New wheel fitted by LBS - now it feels like I'm riding through treacle.

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Welsh wheels, 23 Feb 2018.

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  1. Katherine

    Katherine Guru Moderator

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    Manchester
    I had mine done up too tight once and it did make riding harder work.
     
  2. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Veteran

    Location:
    East Devon
    What exact (if you know) model of hub, please? Or maybe a link if you bought it online.
    This one? http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/shimano-rs11-road-rear-wheel/rp-prod112040
     
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  3. OP
    OP
    Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

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    South Wales
  4. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    My experience with similar symptoms had fixes already posted above.

    I have noticed that wheel rub against brakes or frame is sometimes only visible under riding conditions not on the stand.

    Release wheel, reseat wheel, lean shoulder on saddle, tighten QR. From same position Lift and spin wheel, observe any fluctuations, correct, if satisfied - ride.
     
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  5. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Veteran

    Location:
    East Devon
    RS11s "The hub uses angular contact bearings designed to cradle the balls giving both radial and lateral support for superior strength and durability in real world riding conditions. They also offer precision bearing adjustment and easy maintenance" Proper cup and cone bearings.
    Most likely (as several others have said - try a less tight QR). I'd also be tempted to look at the bearings and push a bit more grease in, however 'dry' they aren't.
    Has the OP done this test? Then replicate (for assurance) with the bike the right way up (ie lifting the rear wheel off the ground/floor).
     
    Last edited: 24 Feb 2018
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  6. OP
    OP
    Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

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    South Wales
    Something peculiar I've just noticed, when I turn the hub axle (the bit with the QR skewer on the end) with my hands, clockwise it's fine but anticlockwise it will catch and suddenly become tighter, every 4 or 5 revolutions.
     
  7. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Has the wind direction changed, think how much difference a tighter bearing would make, percentage wise compared with everything else very little indeed.
     
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  8. cyberknight

    cyberknight Bullied off cc

    Take it back , fitted by LBS but not right .
     
  9. OP
    OP
    Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

    Location:
    South Wales
    My plan is use it over the weekend, and if there's no change, I'm definitely taking it back on Monday. I want to be sure first, I've a reputation to protect :okay:
     
  10. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    If the wheel spins freely and the clearences are fine I would say it is the engine.
     
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  11. cyberknight

    cyberknight Bullied off cc

    I have some rs 11s , decent wheels for the price .Now as back up pair but did have them on the old boardman
    rs 11 wheels.jpg
     
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  12. OP
    OP
    Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

    Location:
    South Wales
    Just come back from a ride and didn't have any problems today
     
  13. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    In that case you had a mystery visit from the bad day on a bike fairy, we all have them, some more often than others.
     
  14. OP
    OP
    Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

    Location:
    South Wales
    Or something was a bit stiff to start and it's just loosened up with riding
     
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  15. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Your legs.
     
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