FAQ: How To Tighten Rear Hub On Mountain Bike?

How do you tighten a loose bike hub?

Tighten adjustment:

  1. Use a cone wrench and hold cone from moving. Note position and angle of wrench.
  2. Use another wrench on locknut and loosen by turning counter-clockwise.
  3. Recall angle of cone wrench and tighten adjustment by turning cone clockwise 1/32nd of a turn. Imagine cone wrench extending to the rim.

How tight should a rear axle be on a mountain bike?

You want your rear axle very tight. 150 in/lb is about standard. If it is not tight it will allow the rear wheel to move around and it ties your rear triangle together. Basically the whole back of the bike will feel sloppy.

How do I know if my bike hub is bad?

If you find that the wheel turns stiffly when you move it lightly by hand, or even seems notchy or wants to stop on its own, it’s a sign that the hub has issues and needs maintenance.

How do I stop my bike wheel from wobbling?

Take your wheel off and hold the axle. Wobble it up and down a few times. There should be absolutely no movement besides the spinning it’s meant to be doing. If this is wobbling, just tighten the hub cones slightly until there is no play.

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How do you fix a wobbly wheel on a cart?

You can easily correct a wobbly cart wheel simply be cleaning and re-oiling its parts. Lubricate the replacement wheel with a penetrating oil spray every few months.

  1. Turn the cart upside down so that the wheels are easily accessible.
  2. Wipe away any dirt and grime that may contribute to the wheel’s wobbliness.

Why is my front bike wheel wobbling?

In bikes, speed wobble starts when something causes the front wheel to accelerate to one side. This could be something as simple as the rider shivering on a cold descent, the rider sneezing, a gust of wind, a bump in the road, or perhaps even a wheel that’s not quite true.

Can you tighten a cassette without a tool?

A large adjustable wrench works nicely. But you can use anything you have that grips the tool, such as water pump pliers, also known as “plumber’s pliers.” If you do a lot of cassette work, you can get a type of lockring tool that has a built in handle (so you don’t need the large adjustable wrench).

How tight should my axle nut be?

The nut on the spindle should be tightened until snug, with no side-to-side play in the hub and then backed off slightly, about maybe a 1/8 of a turn.

Can you over-tighten through axle?

The torque applied to the axle is not meant to be used for adjusting relative brake/disc position, even if you observe such effect. Keeping the axle under-torqued is dangerous, and over-torquing it might damage the fork/frame dropouts.

How tight should bike wheel nuts be?

Defo not as tight as possible but quite snug when using a 8″ or 10″ wrench. People tend to over-tighten stem bolts and pedals but wheel nuts, esp rears in horizontal dropout, need a fair bit of arm strength. More if you have a used bike where the dropouts are already scored by slippage.

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