Something stronger than Wellgo B54s!

paulmclean85
paulmclean85 Posts: 27
edited June 2010 in MTB buying advice
i've trashed them in less than 3 weeks use out in France, and the lifts arent even open yet.... looking for something stronger and thinking DMR v12s or Easton Flatboys. What do we reckon?

Also, while on the subject, is there something i have/havent done which could have caused the B54s to die so soon? Im big and heavy (6ft6) but i expected them to last longer than they have!

Cheers

Comments

  • nicklouse
    nicklouse Posts: 50,675
    so how did you trash them?
    what broke?
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  • popstar
    popstar Posts: 1,392
    You must be amazing, I couldn't thrash them in 2 seasons. Certainly if it stands as it is, avoid any magnesium pedals.
    What could have been (Video)

    I'll choose not put too much stake into someone's opinion who is admittingly terrible though
  • popstar - more like useless, hence the problems!

    nicklouse - I've been hunting down the cause of a constant clicking/crunching along wth a fair bit of vibration through the pedals. I tried a few things with no luck, changed the pedals and bingo, problem solved. On closer inspection there is a bit of play between spindle? (bit wth the threads) and pedal body. As for what caused it, no idea. a few small drops, a few falls....nothing huge?!
  • nicklouse
    nicklouse Posts: 50,675
    so bearing issues?

    then you are either going to have to look at some regular greasing for what ever pedals you get or look into some of the low volume makers like BurgTec's Penthouse Flats, as the construction of the Wellgo B54 is the same as 99% of the pedals outthere as Wellgo make them.
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  • ride_whenever
    ride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    move to something with more than one cartridge bearing. straitlines, point one racing, nuke proof. More bearings are needed for the bigger riders in my experience.
  • ride_whenever
    ride_whenever Posts: 13,279
    not sure how well they're hold up to long term abuse with the cup and cone bearings.

    But better than a lot of the other options if you're not maintenance shy.
  • Northwind
    Northwind Posts: 14,675
    Is it not maybe just the case that the Wellgos needed adjusting? Seems awful fast for worn out bearings but not too fast for them to have slacked off a little.
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  • nicklouse
    nicklouse Posts: 50,675
    Northwind wrote:
    Is it not maybe just the case that the Wellgos needed adjusting? Seems awful fast for worn out bearings but not too fast for them to have slacked off a little.

    there is no adjustment.
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  • Cheers for the tips guys.

    I decided to pull one of them apart, give it a good hard clean, re-grease, now the play has gone and they feel solid again. I wont be able to look at the other, or take em for a spin until tomorrow night though. Is it possible that all they needed was a bt of TLC? there was quite a bit of drt kicking about in there too.
  • Northwind
    Northwind Posts: 14,675
    nicklouse wrote:
    there is no adjustment.

    No? I'd assumed it'd be the same as the MG1s etc, with a nut on the end of the axle under the end cap which can be used to set the "tension" on the bearing and bushing.
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  • nicklouse
    nicklouse Posts: 50,675
    nope as all it does is press on the inner race. I would be surprised if the MG1s are adjustable

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    as shown here.
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  • Northwind
    Northwind Posts: 14,675
    He's complaining of play, if that nut's loose then the pedal will have play, is what I'm getting at.
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  • Well there is no play in either pedal after regreasing and tightening that nut as much as possible. Need to give them a couple of rides before they get the all clear though, ill confirm either way for people with similar problems in future.

    The question now is...what do i buy instead? :twisted:
  • a quick update for anyone finding a similar problem in the future...

    Wasn't satisfied the pedals were knackered so quickly so did a bit more searching. I've got a GT Sanction and it turns out the lowest suspension pivot (which connects to the bottom bracket) was loose. I pulled it apart, cleaned it out, regrease, tightened up properly and job done. If nothing else, its taught me plenty about bike maintenance!

    Thanks for all the help once again
  • asdfhjkl
    asdfhjkl Posts: 333
    Well there is no play in either pedal after regreasing and tightening that nut as much as possible. Need to give them a couple of rides before they get the all clear though, ill confirm either way for people with similar problems in future.

    Just a bump to say that I was experiencing the same thing as Paul. Probably just grit that had gotten in past the rubber seal, because the axle was quite manky when I cleaned it. For anyone else having similar problems - 6mm alley key to remove the cap from the pedal, 8mm socket to remove the locking nut, remove axle, clean, add plenty of new grease, put back together again.