Look After A Front Wheel Hub

Introduction

If your front hub has a modern sealed bearing cartridge then it must be replaced, otherwise a cup and cone design can be serviced. Take extra care not to loose any of the balls as they fall out of the hub when you open it up. When buying new balls, take the old ones to your local bike shop so you can exchange them with like-for-like replacements.

This is a long guide, so you can choose to either watch the entire video above, or follow it in smaller chunks by clicking on the individual steps below.

Steps to Look After A Front Wheel Hub:

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1. Remove A Front Wheel With Quick Release

There are two types of fixing for a front wheel. Hexagonal nuts threaded on a solid axle, or a quick release skewer system that runs through the centre of a hollow axle.

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2. Check A Front Hub

The front hub must hold the wheel firmly to the bike and also allow the wheel to turn.

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3. Service A Cup And Cone Front Hub

Some modern front hubs are fitted with sealed cartridge bearings that can't be adjusted. The bearings are simply replaced with new ones. Cup and cone front hub bearings can be adjusted and serviced.

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4. Adjust A Cup And Cone Front Hub

Some modern front hubs are fitted with sealed cartridge bearings that can't be adjusted. The bearings are simply replaced with new ones. Cup and cone bearings can be adjusted and serviced.

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5. Mount A Front Wheel With Quick-Release

There are two types of fixing for a front wheel. Hexagonal nuts threaded on a solid axle, or a quick release skewer system that runs through the centre of a hollow axle. If the wheel has a hub brake or a hub generator there are some extra steps.