Liteville 301 Mk10 bearings and bits
I took my 301 Mk10 into the local bike shop to get all the frame bearings etc sorted as I didn’t want to have a go myself and ruin the frame, but its been 2.5 weeks and Liteville apparently aren’t answering emails or the phone about replacement parts. I took it in on 9th November!!
Does anyone know if the needle bearings and other bearings are a standard size and can be purchased elsewhere?
ThanksPosted 3 months agowelshfarmerSubscriber
Assuming the Mk10 uses the same bearings as the Mk11 (and I am pretty sure they do) then, yes, you can buy standard off the shelf needle bearings, as I did my own earlier this year.Posted 3 months ago
These are the ones I fitted…ndthorntonMember
I did my mk10 last year….took me ages to get all the different bits I needed. All different! The needle bearings in the shock turned out to be the only bits that didnt need changing.. they were perfect. The worst offenders were the roller bearings in the middle of the top tube…they were screwed. Couldn’t find them anywhere. I finally emailed this German bike shop email@example.com they were brilliant. Sorted me out with the rollar bearings and the bearing axle which you also need as it gets terribly pitted. The rest of the bearings were standard cartridge ball bearings which that bike shop will probably do for you too. They were in pretty good shape but i replaced them anyway. Its not cheap for tge whole set…Id put money on the roller bearings being the culprits.Posted 3 months agowelshfarmerSubscriberndthornton wrote:
I did my mk10 last year….took me ages to get all the different bits I needed. All different! The needle bearings in the shock turned out to be the only bits that didnt need changing.. they were perfect. The worst offenders were the roller bearings in the middle of the top tube…they were screwed. Couldn’t find them anywhere. I finally emailed this German bike shop firstname.lastname@example.org they were brilliant. Sorted me out with the rollar bearings and the bearing axle which you also need as it gets terribly pitted. The rest of the bearings were standard cartridge ball bearings which that bike shop will probably do for you too. They were in pretty good shape but i replaced them anyway. Its not cheap for tge whole set…Id put money on the roller bearings being the culprits.
My link is for those needle roller bearings in the top tube. The really fine needle bearings in the shock are an aftermarket option and most bikes would not have them, just a simple bushing.Posted 3 months ago
I got a complete set from BETD – I sent them the bearing codes and they gave me a price for the set.
Give them a shout, they’ll have the details on file, I’m sure.
It worked out cheaper than I could have bought them for as separate items. The needle roller bearings were included but not the pivot axle, of course. Luckily, mine was fine anyway.
Included were two inner races for the needle roller bearings – I might machine down the inner axle so that I can press fit one of these races either end when I need to replace the bearings again.
Re. the needle rollers in the shock – there’s arguably not much point in having one in the rear shock mount as there’s hardly any rotation there and needle rollers don’t lend themselves to that application. In the front, maybe.Posted 3 months ago
One of my 301s has needle rollers, the other bushings. I can’t notice any difference, tbh.michaelcycleMember
Needle roller bearings will outlast bushes by a long time, part of the reason they are used. I have some bearings in stock here in the UK. Over the next year we will be making significant changes to the UK setup and support to improve service and response time. In the meantime, if you have any specific requirements please pm me. I rarely visit the forum. Cheers.Posted 3 months ago
OOOH i love changing the bearings on my MK10.
If your in hudds i can lend you the fitting tools i made.
Try and buy the bearing kit from liteville. It has the seals rmoved on the inside of the top bearings and the ablity to grease the shaft on the top bearing that the original mk10 did not.
otherwise a couple of these and clean up the shaft
the lower ones are a bit harder and need these ones
others are standard enduromax bearings.
Any questions just ask. Took me 2 evenings Hardest thing was feeding the gear cablePosted 3 months ago
TimP – Member
CRAP!! Just seen your responses andybrad. My bike is still at the LBS awaiting German bearings from Liteville. Only been 2 months since I dropped it in…
Two months!! Why do they have to get them from Germany anyway?Posted 2 months ago
I’d have had it back and ordered a set from BETD.
Which you’d have had in a few days……
Don’t judge me!!
I dropped it to the LBS knowing it would take a bit of time to contact Liteville and get the bearings. I wanted the bearings from them as i spent some time trying to source them myself (I tried asking Liteville who never replied, I tried on here and I tried on Liteville owners on FB, I emailed BETD and got no response), but no one (until andybrad up there) gae me very much to go on, so I decide to stick with the LBS and keep the bearings that come out so I know what to order next time. The responses have been poor from Liteville, LBS has been chasing for me, problem is there is no definte timeline. I also don’t have the time/inclination/skill/tools to have a crack at doing it myself right nowPosted 2 months ago
andybrad, I am on the south coast, so thanks for the offer, but I’ll have to decline!!
TimP – Member
I emailed BETD and got no response
Strange – they were very helpful when I contacted them with the bearing specs. and asked them to put together a complete kit. And, like I said, you’d think that they’d keep the bearing details on file?
andreasrhoen – Member
Don’t like to compare my low cost full suspension bike with an Liteville.
But had the naive idea that money might be able to buy a “trouble free” bike and close to perfect service…
But bearings are bearings and they’ll wear no matter what frame they’re fitted to – and anyway, non of them are proprietry items, everything (apart from the inner sleeve for the top tube pivot) is available off-the-shelf without going to Liteville.Posted 2 months ago
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