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Powertap bearing replacement

magliacelestemagliaceleste Posts: 748
edited December 2009 in Workshop
Is it still the case that Powertap wheels are supposed to be sent away to have their bearings replaced? Last I heard they had to be sent back to the USA, although there appears to be Euro service centre now? (

Has anyone actually tried this themselves?

There appear to be mixed opinions about it on the web with some people claiming to have replaced them without any problems. The bearings are bog standard, the only issue I can see is whether there is any effect on the torque tube?


  • scherritscherrit Posts: 360
    I have heard that you need to make yourself a good puller (or a big diameter ally or steel cup anyway to add to your usual pulling arrangement) which does hit the hub shell wide of all the electronic gubbins- so it's going to be a little fiddly.

    This for pulling the left cartridge bearing, the right should be easy or nothing unusual anyway.
    Good luck,

    PS applies to the newer hub, the old ones were cup and cone with a few substandard cones (long long ago...) that could be replaced with a DA turned down cones but that's all ancient history now, I expect most people are on the new style.
    If you're as fat as me, all bikes are bendy.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    edited December 2009
    I'll give Bob at a bell.

    See what he says...
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    Just spoke to cyclepowermeters who say that th UK distributors, Paligap do this as they have the tools.

    They issue with doing it oneself is they have to be recalibrated and Paligap have the tools to do this.

    Price is about 40 - 50 quid with a 4-5 day turnaround.

    I also enquired about upgrading my Wired SL to wireless. In the new year there will be an option to do this and you will effectively have an SL+, price will be around 500 quid (although a new head unit will be required. They will change the bearings at the same time as this...

    Hope that helps!
  • NapoleonD, that's great to know. I know Paligap use to batch them up and send them away to the USA. If they do it themselves now then that's perfect.

    Thanks guys.
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