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Rear hub issue
#1
I have a 10-year-old 105 rear hub, and one of the pawls is acting up, I cleaned it and relubed the hub pawls but it still won't engage as fast as it did, like one of the pawls isn't working.

I think it might be time to get a new hub. I would like one that engages faster but don't want to spend the money for something like the DT Swiss hub, what recommendations do any of you have for a hub? Or is there some sort of repair that could be done that I don't know about? I'm riding on Shimano components with a 10-speed rear cluster and rim brakes.

Thanks
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#2
you can buy the pawls itself on Ali express or Amazon, just replace the spring and engagement should be back to normal

its also a good time to shop around for a new wheel set, I see DTSwiss rim brake wheel sets going for less than 300usd in my area these days since there isn't a lot of demand for cycling and rim brake road bikes these days.

Happy Shopping!
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#3
I'll have to check into the pawls. The wheelset sounds great, but again that would be more than I want to spend, fixed income and all. Thanks
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(04-13-2024, 09:42 PM)froze Wrote:  I have a 10-year-old 105 rear hub, and one of the pawls is acting up, I cleaned it and relubed the hub pawls but it still won't engage as fast as it did, like one of the pawls isn't working.

I think it might be time to get a new hub. I would like one that engages faster but don't want to spend the money for something like the DT Swiss hub, what recommendations do any of you have for a hub? Or is there some sort of repair that could be done that I don't know about? I'm riding on Shimano components with a 10-speed rear cluster and rim brakes.

Thanks

I would agree regarding the spring replacement. If you used grease try hypoid gear oil instead and see if that helps. I have manually stretched a spring before and it still works, but not a modification I would do for anyone but myself.
The hub should not need replacing unless there is a bearing problem that cannot be remedied.
Take care,
Jesper

"I am become Death, the destroyer of bicycles." NJS
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#5
Also, there's a lot of high engagement hubs out there today for really cheap.

Arc even has alloy freehub bodies to save even more weight.
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(04-13-2024, 09:42 PM)froze Wrote:  I have a 10-year-old 105 rear hub, and one of the pawls is acting up, I cleaned it and relubed the hub pawls but it still won't engage as fast as it did, like one of the pawls isn't working.

I think it might be time to get a new hub. I would like one that engages faster but don't want to spend the money for something like the DT Swiss hub, what recommendations do any of you have for a hub? Or is there some sort of repair that could be done that I don't know about? I'm riding on Shimano components with a 10-speed rear cluster and rim brakes.

Thanks

So far you're doing well! Most straightforward solution would be a new hub or exchange it with an old similar hub from another bike maybe from Novatec.
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(04-13-2024, 09:42 PM)froze Wrote:  I have a 10-year-old 105 rear hub, and one of the pawls is acting up, I cleaned it and relubed the hub pawls but it still won't engage as fast as it did, like one of the pawls isn't working.

I think it might be time to get a new hub. I would like one that engages faster but don't want to spend the money for something like the DT Swiss hub, what recommendations do any of you have for a hub? Or is there some sort of repair that could be done that I don't know about? I'm riding on Shimano components with a 10-speed rear cluster and rim brakes.

Thanks

How much is your planned budget? Depending on where you live, the cheapest, reliable budget hubs i knew as of the moment are from Novatec. Though some of their models were priced near a DT Swiss hub but they offer budget hubs as well.

As for your 105, have you tried replacing the spring of the pawl?
If you're a DIY mechanic and assuming you have already disassembled the freehub in pieces, you can try to change the spring. (the spring for Shimano hub looks like a coil that wrap around the pawls inside your freehub body)

If you can't get a substitute spring, you can try doing a DIY from the spring of a quick release skewers. I have done it few years ago on my XT hub and it worked well.
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