How do I service my bike hub?

How often should bike hubs be serviced?

Recommended maintenance for internally geared hubs: regularly clean the outside area where the axle enters the hub to keep grit away from these entry points. Overhaul the hub every 1500 miles or so to keep the greases and oils inside fresh.

How do I know if my bike hub is worn?

Hub bearings in good condition will feel smooth when you turn the axle because the grease inside is coating the bearings preventing metal-on-metal contact. Worn out or dry bearings will feel rough, metallic and dry.

How long do bike hubs last?

Bike wheel bearings will last for 8,000 miles on average. This can vary to as high as 18,000 miles and as low as 5,000 miles depending on the surface on which they are ridden and the rider’s weight. Notably, sealed cartridge bearings typically last longer than unsealed ball bearings due to separation from the elements.

How many miles do bike hubs last?

Replacement mileage might vary from a few thousand miles to 20,000 miles or more, depending on your road or trail conditions, your weight, how much overall weight your bike is carrying, how aggressively you ride and, most importantly, how much braking you do.

Do you grease wheel hub assembly?

Hub assemblies can be oiled or greased, and just like motors and transmissions, the lubricant and lubrication practices will have a considerable impact on their life expectancy and operation. The better you take care of these components, the longer they will last.

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How do I know if my freehub needs replacing?

Check the freehub for wear to see if it needs replacing or just cleaning and relubing. To do this, firmly grab the splined body and give it a wiggle. If it moves more than a couple of millimetres side to side, replace it.