Hope pro 2 bearing advise.
Genuine set on Merlin for £15 would be my choice or push the boat out and get Stainless Steel one from UK Bikestore for £17. ‘What’ bearing are a regular thread disagreement, personally I don’t rate cheap unbranded bearings, and it’s not like you go through lots of front wheel bearings.Posted 3 years agoSandwichSubscriber
No need for a puller. Lever the spacer in the centre of the hub to one side and using a drift tap out with a small hammer. Also try you local (not a national chain) bearing factor for some SKF or other branded bearings, you may be pleasantly surprised at the prices (or horrified).Posted 3 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
As far as fitting tools, if you’re a proper man and you own a load of sockets, they’re just as good as the Hope tools. You don’t need a seal driver either, it’s very easy to fit. But if you’re some sort of moisturised girlyman, and you don’t have a mancave well enough equipped to build an oil rig, then the hope tools aren’t too expensive.
ir_bandito – Member
Cheap bearings are cheap as the tolerancing is slacker. So you might get away with it, but there’s a fair chance they’ll wear out quicker than “quality” bearings
Not just that, they can be badly made, cheaper materials etc- I had some with brittle casings that chipped as I fitted them, and some that were rough from brand new. Decided it’s not worth the faff but mileage may vary o’course.Posted 3 years agowwaswasSubscriber
if you’re a proper man and you own a load of sockets, they’re just as good as the Hope tools
I’d say not – most sockets have a chamfered edge which tends to sit inside the outer bearing race when you use a socket that nominally has the same outside diameter as the bearing.Posted 3 years agodiggaMember
One thing I always do is (very carefully, with a sharp knife) prize the seals out of the new bearings and pack in some decent quality grease. Even the ‘genuine’ Hope ones have a pretty stingy smearing of clear, snot-like grease and adding more grease of a decent quality is worth spending a few minutes on IMHO.Posted 3 years ago
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