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  • Dead Newmen freehub – replace freehub or rebuild onto new hub?
  • Premier Icon oldnpastit
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    Just riding along, the freehub on my rear wheel started freewheeling both directions. Fortunately the return trip was mostly downhill with just a few short sections of pushing.

    This is a Newmen A30 wheel (29er, 28 SP spokes, 142mm spaced out to 148mm, about 2.5 years old), so now I’m wondering – do I just replace the freehub (about £60 but has to be imported from across the Brexit divide of doom), or switch out the hub (and spokes) for a Hope Pro4.

    I’m not super excited about having a freehub that could leave me with a long walk home again but maybe they’re just a consumable or this is just a one-off.

    The rim needs some super-special washers, so if I lose any, I’m a bit stuck.

    Premier Icon BearBack
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    Would probably choose something other than a pro4 if you don’t want another walk home 😉
    (Experience from sample size of 1)

    Premier Icon honourablegeorge
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    New rings and spring needed?

    https://r2-bike.com/navi.php?suche=Newmen&Sortierung=3&af=0

    Premier Icon luket
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    Pretty big weight difference as I understand it between Newmen and Hope.

    I assume yours is a star ratchet one? My Newmen hub (SLA35 wheels) is a more recent pawl one but it needs new freehub bearings after only one winter and <1000km. And the freehub needed popping off for a good clean and lube before the winter was out. So I don’t think the sealing is particularly good. However I think with other hubs I have improved things by greasing the seal on first service, plus it’s so quick to pop off a freehub for a clean and lube that I don’t mind doing it mid winter. I really like how the bike feels with these wheels on so I will persevere with them. Parts availability looks OK.

    Oh, and on my other bike I’ve got a Pro 4 that isn’t much older, which also feels already like it needs new freehub bearings (3000km). And the Halo hub on my gravel bike is not a low maintenance item either. So maybe I’ve just become an abuser of rear hubs the last couple of years.

    Premier Icon ernie
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    I’d replace the freehub. But if you decide to rebuild let me know as I would be interested in the newmen hub

    Premier Icon chrismac
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    Free hub replacement would be my choice. I certainly wouldn’t put a hope one on

    Premier Icon joebristol
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    Newman are meant to be decent and they’re generally lighter than Pro4’s.

    That said my Pro4 has been decent so far – must be 2 or 3 years old now I’d guess. I’ve not done anything to it maintenance wise yet – although I switched from an XD freehub to Microspline last year so it effectively had a new freehub at that point. I keep meaning to pop the freehub off and check the main wheel bearings but just haven’t got round to it yet – same time check the front hub bearings.

    My other bike has Erase Components hubs and I already had to change a front wheel bearing when I only built the bike in March so they definitely aren’t an option I’d go with again (although it was ridiculously easy to change – done in 10 mins).

    If you do change DT Swiss 350s are a good alternative to Pro4s – bit lighter and generally need maintenance less often. Just they’re a bit quiet for my linking.

    I really want to try an i9 Hydra rear hub but they’re a bit too expensive for me right now.

    Premier Icon oldnpastit
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    Maybe I’m being stupid, but I think choice might be somewhat based on availability. Hope hubs seem to be generally available if I’m not fussy about the colour (I’m not). But the 240s/350s seem to be like hen’s teeth.

    I also wonder if the problem is down to using a non-boost wheel in a boost frame with some spacers. Could it be flexing the innards of the freehub?

    Premier Icon honourablegeorge
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    There’s not much to go wrong inside, it’s one spring. Might just be a broken spring, a replacement is cheap

    Premier Icon luket
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    Have you opened it up? Assuming the hub isn’t renowned for early failure, which I don’t think it is, and you can just identify and replace whatever’s broken, I don’t see why you’d then end up with a hub that’s any more likely to fail than anything else. Sample size of one and all that.

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