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What's up with Shimano and grease?(4 posts)

What's up with Shimano and grease?Ken of Fresno
Oct 9, 2002 11:05 AM
I put less than 300 miles on a pair of new Ultegra hubs and started to notice a clicking sound coming from the front hub. I pulled it apart and found it to be almost completely deviod of grease. Checked the rear hub and found the same. I really doubt that the grease could wear that fast. What grease that was there seemed to be pretty good quality stuff. I suspect it was gossly underlubed. Why in the world would a manufacturer put such a paltry ammount of grase in an area of a bicycle where bearings receive the most wear? I really doubt they would have lested the first year as they were. I'll bet Shimano will be seeing a lot of warranty issus if this is not an isolated issue. Anybody have a similar experience?
I had the same experience, went with Record, no more problems.onespeed
Oct 9, 2002 11:10 AM
Wouldn't it have been eaiser to just add grease?Ken of Fresno
Oct 9, 2002 11:20 AM
I cleaned out the Shimano stuff and added lots of regular automotive chassis lube (non lithium) and the clicking is gone. $1 for a 400g tube and works great. Slightly heavier viscosity, but it gets pretty hot here in Fresno anayway. Besides, the grease is red and matches my color scheme. :)
common for parts to be minimally greased out of the boxcory
Oct 9, 2002 5:36 PM
It's not unusual for parts to be poorly greased when they come from the factory. Pedals seem to be the worst offenders, but maybe it's just because I've bought some lately. But a couple of years ago I got a pair of those MKS platforms from Rivendell, and when they seemed a little rough, I took them apart to check the grease. They were dry and one bearing short.