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hub oozing grease(11 posts)

hub oozing greaseSpongeBones
Nov 12, 2001 10:51 AM
My front hub is oozing grease out of one side. Is this a problem? It's a Rolf hub.
TIA,
SpongeBones
probably notmr_spin
Nov 12, 2001 11:09 AM
Did you just have it overhauled?

I don't know anything about Rolf hubs, but almost everyone puts too much grease in when they redo the hub. The excess gets squeezed out, you wipe it off. It's no big deal.
Had the same thing..muncher
Nov 12, 2001 11:12 AM
When I got the new wheels on my SS - oozed odd pink grease for a while from the record hubs - wiped it off, it stopped eventually, and been fine ever since.
That's a good sign!cioccman
Nov 12, 2001 11:51 AM
Muncher, the odd colored pink grease is, in my opinion, a telltale sign of someone knowing truly what they are doing. It is likely a combination of campy and bullshot grease. One good combo.

Just a tiny tiny little deal, but someone, if this is indeed the case, is indeed a pro.
That's a bit annoying...muncher
Nov 13, 2001 1:36 AM
seeing as I got the bike with the wheels unused from a guy who'd had it built up to commute on, and then found that he had to move to somewhere really hilly for his job, so he sold it through the newspaper - so I have no idea where he got the wheels built. Good tip on the grease though, and makes me think I got an even better bargain than I thought. Have to say the wheels are an excellent build - been commuting on them for nearly a year, including some pretty rough tracks, and they are still perfectly true. 36x3 14s on MA30 rims, record hubs if anyone wants an endorsement. And no bladed spoked to sheer my thumb off either....
So is mine!guido
Nov 12, 2001 11:16 AM
Noticed the other day I have the same phenomenon. The wheel (front, like yours) is true, well balanced, and the grease cover on the hub is also true, no wobble, but it seems the grease cover may be pumping grease out along the axle, which is what you see. The other side is clean. The bearing adjustment is just to the point of no play.

Why?
So is mine!guido
Nov 12, 2001 11:25 AM
Alright guys, I packed grease in my front hub over a year ago, and all of a sudden, it starts bleeding grease out one side. I am riding more now, however.
It's a pretty new wheel; I guess I'll take it in (nm)Spongebones
Nov 12, 2001 12:25 PM
At least they can assure you nothing's wrong...guido
Nov 12, 2001 1:13 PM
I think its the dust cover somehow pumping the grease that contacts it on the inside, to the outside. As the poster said, it'll eventually stop and the hub will go for another two years.
Could be a good sign.Sprockets
Nov 12, 2001 2:07 PM
Lots of grease in the hub leaves less room for water.
.....until the grease lands on the braking surfaces. (nm)grzy
Nov 12, 2001 4:33 PM