- On-One smoothie lower bearing – what size and where from?
Just removed the fork – which took some persuasion. Bike has been built for 16 weeks at most. Lower bearing is rusted into the cup, balls are rattling around in what is left of the cage. Inner face is stuck on the crown race! WTF have i paid for – this is a bag of shite – sealing must be tracing paper at best!Posted 3 years agotwoninerMember
I never got the option of returning when I contacted on one. Just ‘buy another here’s the part number’
What remained of the lower bearing was stuck in my frame too, I had to get a long screwdriver and go in from the top and tap it out. A bit cowboy but it did the trick.Posted 3 years agonbtMemberTaylor Third wrote:
Did you grease the bearings up n all? Maybe a stupid question but I want to rule out any potential for user error! I certainly applied a liberal amount of grease.
first: I applaud Brant’s customer service on this thread,
second: why the hell should you have to add grease to a SEALED bearing when BRAND NEW. I’m not an engineer, please enlighten mePosted 3 years agojohnnystormSubscriber
As a matter of course I never assemble anything dry unless it’s into carbon. With my Fargo there’s a hole through the headtube inside where the gusset is welded between head & downtube. Lovely area for water to flush through the headset the wrong way. The grease isn’t for the bearings as such as just where components sit in the same place for any length of time.Posted 3 years ago
second: why the hell should you have to add grease to a SEALED bearing when BRAND NEW. I’m not an engineer, please enlighten me
because the grease acts as an additional sealing medium and helps keep muck out, but this isn’t indicated in any literature so I don’t blame anyone for not trying it.Posted 3 years agodannyhMember
I think I might be needing a new lower bearing for my 1 1/8 inch smoothie regular soon as well.
So, did anyone discover what the code for that bearing would be, please?
I agree with Brant on the grease question, though. So long as the parts aren’t minute and so impaired by loads of sticky grease (like hope freehub pawls and springs), then packing in a load of grease just seems like common sense to me. If grease oozes out when you press two parts together, then that means there is no room for that grease. It follows that there probably isn’t any room for anything else as a result (water and grit for example).
Obviously grease degrades over time, and you might get a bit coming out as time goes by, but it’s much better than having to buy expensive components more often than absolutely necessary.
Anyway I digress. If anyone does know the code for a lower bearing of a smoothie regular, please can then post it here?Posted 3 years ago
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