Last week I took my wheel back to bike shop and left it with them to assess.
Ash, Cycle Heaven’s resident hub expert kindly checked it over. FOC. He backed off the cones, it span ok and I breathed a sigh of relief. When I got it back I put it back in the frame and hooked up the shifter cable to discover that the hub is still – literally – screwed up inside. It doesn’t pedal forward in second. So back it went to the shop. In the bike this time to give Ash a better idea of what the hell is going on.
Meanwhile… My enquiries into the availability of spares have unearthed two facts: A complete rear wheel laced to a SRAM 3 iMotion hub is cheaper to buy than just a hub. And just a hub is cheaper to buy than just the internals. The less you buy the dearer it becomes. How queer.
I await Ashley’s call with trepidation.
Meanwhile… David Hembrow contacts me with news that his Dutch Bike Bits on-line store now stocks good quality Shi**no dynamo-hub equipped front wheels. British readers will be astonished at their low cost. We hope that shipping from Dutchland doesn’t dent their great value.