How to remove axle from Superstar switch free hub.

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  • Premier Icon johnnystorm
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    I’m hoping to convert a rear superstar switch hub from 142×12 to 10mm qr. I can get the brake side end cap off with no bother but the axle stays fixed inside the free hub. I did get the instruction sheet emailed from superstar but that just seems to suggest the axle will pop out, it doesn’t! With the free hub/axle coming out of the hub as one do I just need to whack the axle towards the drive side, assuming its a press fit?

    Thanks in advance. 🙂

    Apparently they’re rebranded Novatech hubs and this worked for me (but a bit more force was required than this guy):

    chvck
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    On my switch the non brake side cap was fixed to the axle and didn’t look designed to come off. Also, my axle wouldn’t come out either…until I got a ruddy big hammer and persuaded it otherwise!

    Rorschach
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    Special superstar tool,

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    That looks like an Imperial rock. You may be better off using a Metric one.

    BTW, Superstar are selling tool kits now that will fit all of their products.

    Premier Icon johnnystorm
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    Cheers fellas. Looks like I need to find a few scrappy bits of wood and a BFH to coax it out. 🙂

    Premier Icon tonyg2003
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    Hi. Changed the bearings in two hubs recently. As said above. Undo the end caps and tap out the axle. Easy to change the bearings on the hub and freehub at the same time (6902-2RS – one sitting on my home desk :))

    Premier Icon johnnystorm
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    I hope the bearings don’t need changing. They’ve only done about 10 miles but I’ve bought a new frame……

    Premier Icon simon1975
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    You’ll have to remove at least one of the bearings to get the axle out. Be careful not to damage it!

    warpcow
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    I’ve changed between qr, 10mm and 142×12 a few times and never had a problem. Disc-side cap off and tap/pull the axle through from the other side.

    legend
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    You’ll have to remove at least one of the bearings to get the axle out. Be careful not to damage it!

    Please step away from the tool kit. Removing SS axles takes 2 spanners and 10 seconds (and maybe a gentle tap)

    Premier Icon johnnystorm
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    Piece of wood resting on a large cable reel and a crafty whack with a rubber mallet sorted it. Absolutely no chance of the axle popping out like it does in the video!

    You’ll have to remove at least one of the bearings to get the axle out.

    Not one mine: it didnt “just fall out” like it does in my link above, but a moderate tap / blow with a mallet had it clean out with no bearing attached. I wonder if the bearings bind onto the axle with age / use?

    chvck
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    I wonder if the bearings bind onto the axle with age / use?

    I suspect so, the bearings didn’t come out with my axle but errr, I fairly mangled the end when I got fed up and resorted to smacking it. Doubt the cap is likely to come off again, it took some force to get it back on!

    Premier Icon tonyg2003
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    Yep for both my very well used Superstar wheel I can confirm that the axle came out without the bearings. Not that the bearings were difficult to change either.

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