How to service cup and cone hubs

Pros and cons of Shimano-favoured bearing system; cleaning, inspecting and replacing

The hubs of most bicycle wheels revolve around one of two types of bearing system: a disposable cartridge bearing, or a cup-and-cone system, which can be serviced.

We’ll look here at the cup-and-cone system: its pros and cons, and a series of simple steps for maintenance.

Cup and cone bearing systems are easily serviced with a few basic tools

We spoke to Jon Hayes, mechanic at independent bike shop, Ride, to get the inside line on servicing technique for a system still favoured by the world’s largest cycle component manufacturer, Shimano, and a host of smaller brands.


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