Technical FAQ: Fixing a noisy freehub

  • By Lennard Zinn
  • Published May. 8, 2008
  • Updated Nov. 17, 2009 at 4:54 PM EDT

Dear Lennard,
I was reading the October 18, 2006 column about the noisy freehub problem fix. Is the change from FTS-L to FTS-X as simple as changing to the new pawls? I am experiencing a noisy rear hub and think this is the problem.

Some sites recommend replacing the freehub body and seal as well. Would you recommend replacing these when I replace the pawls?

Dear Andy,
Yes, replace them with the new pawls, which are now available aftermarket.

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Lennard Zinn

Lennard Zinn

Our longtime technical writer joined VeloNews in 1987. He is also a framebuilder, a former U.S. National Team rider, and author of many bicycle books, including Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance and Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, as well as Zinn and the Art of Triathlon Bikes and Zinn's Cycling Primer: Maintenance Tips and Skill Building for Cyclists. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Colorado College. Readers can send brief technical questions to Ask LZ.

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