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I have a set of Dura-Ace (9 speed) wheels from 2001 that have probably 20,000 miles on them. The bearings are new.have recently been replaced.

I noticed when I hold the freewheel in one hand and the axle with in the other and spin it, there is a rough feel (rubbing a bit).

The wheel does spin for awhile before stopping but in comparison when I spin an Easton wheel it feels much smoother and spins much longer.

So I know there is a problem. Any idea what it is and can it be repaired? I'm thinking one possibility is the free wheel hub - someone mentioned the hub itself.

Thanks in advance.
 

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I have a set of Dura-Ace (9 speed) wheels from 2001 that have probably 20,000 miles on them. The bearings are new.have recently been replaced.

I noticed when I hold the freewheel in one hand and the axle with in the other and spin it, there is a rough feel (rubbing a bit).

The wheel does spin for awhile before stopping but in comparison when I spin an Easton wheel it feels much smoother and spins much longer.

So I know there is a problem. Any idea what it is and can it be repaired? I'm thinking one possibility is the free wheel hub - someone mentioned the hub itself.

Thanks in advance.
Assuming you are holding it but the axle and not the freehub itself, its not the freehub. Older hubs are a pretty simple thing. There are cones attached to an axle. The cones ride on a set of ball bearings in the hub. On the other side is a race. Any one of those 3 could be the problem. It is likley repairable. Its not difficult to dissemble it yourself and have a look
 

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I just went out and held the axle and spun it - it is definitely rubbing. I'll take it apart and see if I can spot the problem. Thanks..
 
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