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Deb? DuraAce noise question

Biciclista2010-04-28 20:31:15 +0000 #1
This morning on the way to work I noticed that my DH's duraAce gruppo was making the same kind of noise while coasting that my Campy stuff makes, only a little louder. He didn't seem concerned, but I was because it normally does NOT make a coasting noise. Any idea what that is?

He has a 200k this weekend and I'd hate for him to do it on bearings that are going out or something, there's several thousand miles on this bike just this year!

thanks so much!
DebW2010-04-28 20:37:54 +0000 #2
The coasting noise comes from the pawls inside the freehub. The freehub is the replacable part of the hub that the cassette attaches to. The freehub can theoretically be disassembled and overhauled (50 bearings inside and maybe 4 pawls) but Shimano quit selling the disassembly tool and now recommends that freehubs simply be replace when worn out (~$50 for the Ultegra version, I believe). The freehub can be soaked in solvent and then relubed with oil (see ) if it is sticky. That might be worth a try in this case. The excess noise might indicate lack of lubrication inside. If you spin the rear wheel without touching the pedals, do the cranks spin? That would indicate a sticky freehub. Does the bike ever seem to freewheel forward, ie. the pedals turning don't move the bike immediately? That would indicate failing pawls.

I've never run into this specifically, so can't say why a freehub would suddenly sound louder. Worst case would be a broken pawl that's chewing up the inside of the freehub. If the freehub fails, it would either freewheel both forward and back so it's constantly coasting, or it would seize so the bike becomes a fixie. If it sounds pretty much like your Campy freehub when coasting, it may be fine with some fresh lube.
Biciclista2010-04-28 21:09:00 +0000 #3
thanks so much, I'll see that he checks tonight!

ah; the DH responds:

Two points:

1. I don't have a 200k this weekend. I have a 225k.

2. I don't have a Shimano freehub. I have a Phil Wood rear hub that is fully rebuildable. It was recently rebuilt and is in fine condition. I am not concerned about it, but will listen closer tonight on the way home and check it out in the garage.

Thanks again! sounds like we can avert a problem before it gets too serious.
ridebikeme2010-04-28 21:16:15 +0000 #4
Deb definitely gave you some great advice! The other thing that I would do is repack the entire hub... there are bearings inside the freehub as well, and everything might simply be dry. A quick way that you can test that is take the wheel off the bike and hold the wheel in your hands so that you are holding onto the axle(not the quick release) when you spin the wheel it should feel very smooth. If it doesn't, or it seems to catch, have the entire hub repacked and check the pawls as well. Good Luck!



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