Fulcrum 5 (Evo) Bearings

Mike67
Mike67 Posts: 585
edited March 2011 in Workshop
One of the cartridge bearings on my front Fulcrum 5 Evo wheel is feeling decidedly gritty, probably due to being used all through Winter.

It's bad enough that the wheel only rotates a couple of times before stopping when turned by hand. (Now I know why training seems so hard...my excuse anyway :D ).

Upshot of it is I've ordered some replacements and want to have a go at changing them myself.

I get the idea of using a drift to push the old ones out and I can make up a bearing press of sorts using a threaded rod.

Has anyone done this themselves and if so was it a nightmare or a piece of cake?
Should I just play safe and pop down the (not very) LBS and get them to do it...anyone any idea of cost?
Mike B

Cannondale CAAD9
Kinesis Pro 5 cross bike
Lots of bits

Comments

  • I think you've already got it sussed. Put the new bearings in the freezer for a few hours beforehand to "shrink" them. I dont use a press, just tap them in with a 1/2" drive socket of the right size to engage with the outer race part of the bearing only.
    -- "I am but a spoke in the wheel of life" -- Ghandi
  • You will need a very very fine set of circlip pliers to get the ring out of the cap before you start. This is a job best left to a specialist road shop
    Racing is life - everything else is just waiting
  • Mike67
    Mike67 Posts: 585
    Ummmm..no circlips unless you mean in the rear freehub maybe?

    I was doing the front wheel and can say it was quite simple in the end.

    Knocked the old ones out using a fat pin punch, once i was man enough to hit them hard enough that is :D

    New ones went in a treat using your freezer/socket technique thanks Dieselgeezer.

    I now have a nice smooth set of wheels to train on again...should be worth at least 4mph extra on my average, what do you reckon :lol:
    Mike B

    Cannondale CAAD9
    Kinesis Pro 5 cross bike
    Lots of bits