Wheel bearing conundrum... Reynolds Alta Race

london-red
london-red Posts: 1,266
edited June 2009 in Workshop
Hi,

I took my Reynolds Alta Race wheels in for a bit of TLC at the LBS the other day, and it turns out that the hub bearings are shot. Ruined. Which wouldn't be so bad except that neither the LBS or I can find the bearings we need to fix the hubs...

I wondered if anyone on here was clued up enough to point me in the direction of some wheel bearings sized thus: Outside, 26mm; Inside 15mm, Width 8mm.

Alternatively, a Reynolds Alta Race Freehub would be great. And failing that a Reynolds Alta Race rear wheel in good nick might also suffice.

Thanks in advance.

Comments

  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    It could be an imperial sized bearing - go to an online bearing specialist - they will give you the right code number and then do a search. These are highly likely to be standard industrial cartridge bearings at a couple of quid each - suggest you opt for stainless ones for durability.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • Mister W
    Mister W Posts: 791
    If you find some would you let me know, please. Mine need new bearings as well and I've no idea where to get them from.
  • london-red
    london-red Posts: 1,266
    Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, no joy on imperial. I've called a couple of bearing manufacturers (Bearing King, Bexhill Bearings) and have drawn a blank. I'm beginning to run out of ideas...

    Why the hell a company like Reynolds would use such a random bearing size, I don't know...
  • appletrees
    appletrees Posts: 327
    I have a spare alta race rear wheel, as the hub collapsed on the front that went with it.
    PM me with an offer if interested - it's in very good nick, and could be used as is, or scavenged for parts.
  • 1960ride
    1960ride Posts: 28
    Try Bocabearings.com they can even supply ceramic bearings if needed or wanted.
  • bennyboyh
    bennyboyh Posts: 51
    There used to info on servicing Alta wheels on the Reynolds website but it seems to have been replaced by stuff on the Solitude wheelset (identical to myknowledge).
    If its any use, Alta wheels use KT hubs and here is a link to an exploded diagram of the rear hub including bearing codes

    http://www.reynoldscycling.com/uploads/ ... eframe.PDF
  • Gary D
    Gary D Posts: 431
    bennyboyh wrote:
    There used to info on servicing Alta wheels on the Reynolds website but it seems to have been replaced by stuff on the Solitude wheelset (identical to myknowledge).
    If its any use, Alta wheels use KT hubs and here is a link to an exploded diagram of the rear hub including bearing codes

    http://www.reynoldscycling.com/uploads/ ... eframe.PDF

    A bit of googling came up with this site:
    http://www.ison-distribution.com/ison/e ... rt=BG15267

    Looks like both those bearings are listed and the sizes match up with those that the OP gave.

    Gary.
    Oh and I feel like I've been raped by an Orangutan :shock: And I've got legs like Girders :lol:
  • london-red
    london-red Posts: 1,266
    Genius. This is a red hot lead :lol: Thanks Bennyboy and Gary - looks like I might actually be able to get to the bottom of this...

    appletrees - thanks for the offer. I'll have a look into this firstas the LBS has already spent a lot of time stripping it down, so it's probably only fair that i give them the opportunity to finish the job.
  • appletrees
    appletrees Posts: 327
    No probs, just let me know if you don't have any joy, the wheel is just hanging in the spares hook, it ain't going anywhere... :D
  • Wappygixer
    Wappygixer Posts: 1,396
    Bearings normally have a number stamped into the rubber seals, this number will help you track down a replacement much easier....I hope.

    If I remember correctly Reynolds are American and lots of stuff is still done in imperial measurements their.
  • volvicspar
    volvicspar Posts: 208
    Try putting RSWWW into google. or RS components they have a fair selection of bearings.
  • london-red
    london-red Posts: 1,266
    If you find some would you let me know, please. Mine need new bearings as well and I've no idea where to get them from.

    I assume you figured this one out but Ison Distribution is probably the only place you'll find these. Cost about fiver each, but won't sell direct so you have to get your LBS to get them in.

    http://www.ison-distribution.com/ison/e ... rt=BG15267

    Big thanks to all who helped on this thread. I love my Alta Race and thankfully they're now as good as new...