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are new drivetrains stiff?

ChivalryChivalry Posts: 48
edited June 2010 in MTB workshop & tech
Hey.. just a quick question... received my new 09 giant trance x3 today from pauls cycles... who I believe build and check each bike before repackaging and sending out.
Alls good except 1 thing.. the crank / drivetrain feels very kinda stiff...or stodgy.. hard to find the right word to describe it... but if I try spinning it backwards it feels like I'm having to push it through treacle.. to the point if I give it a good push it only manages half or maybe 3/4 of a revolution before coming to a stop...
Seem normal.? I'm sure pauls cycles woulda picked up on it if it was a problem ?
Cheers for any advice..


  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Sometimes the bearings free up. Or they may have preloaded the cranks too much.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    generally, well greased bearings will not "spin" freely. They will be bound a little by the grease. However, they should feel really smooth through the entire rotation.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    cranks with external bearings use a bigger axle and the OE bearings seem to have more friction/sticktion than some aftermarket bearings.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
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  • diydiy Posts: 6,473
    If it doesn't free up after a couple of rides, then try loosening the pre-load. Don't keep riding it tight if its not loose, otherwise the bearings will be toast within a month or two.
  • 123-alz123-alz Posts: 8
    sounds like they've been over tightened.check the torque on the tension FSA cranks have it written on the cap but you should be able to get the correct torque off the makers web site.
    Marin Wolfridge GT Chucker
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