For days I would check out everything. I opened up my brakes more, re waxed my chain, checked my chain line, made sure that I was not changing my riding position. Everything was checked! Over and over!
I spun the wheels, bearings felt fine, wheel's spun for a few minutes, maybe a minute and a half on the rear, Then it hit me! These are Novatec hubs! I remember seeing posts about people trying to find out if they are good or bad. People reporting problems with them, and how bad the bearings are. I pulled the rear wheel, took it apart, (Novatec hubs come apart very ez) and checked the hubs. Not bad. Everything is pretty beefy, solidly built. Found a broken o ring on the non drive side.but did not replace it. Figured that was the squeek that I was hearing, greased up the seal, put it all back together, remounted the wheel back on the bike. Spun the wheels, they were spinning long and happilly, and went to bed.
Pumped up the tires for my morning ride. A swig of water, and i'm off. Squeek sqeek sqeek, you get the picture. it stops, jump off the bike and spin the wheel, spins maybe once, spin it again, one revolution! do a quick ride home. Worst times ever!
I get home tear appart the rear hub, and guess what I see!? NOTHING! It all looks fine! What the heck is going on? Put it back together, and it again spins happilly and for a nice long time!
I go out for a quick ride, squeek sqeek sqeek, stops! spin the wheels, maybe one revolution at most! Pushing hard on the pedals I make it home! Now I am pissed! Beautiful bike! Beautiful wheels! But aint worth riding!
Tear appart the rear hub, Nothing looks bad! Put it back together, spins beautifly! AUGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!
I calm down! come back an hour later, spin the wheels and they are fine. Nothing is wrong with them! WHAT THE HECK IS IT? And WHY ME!
Just for laughs I take the rear hub apart again, everything is as it should be. Nothing looks wrong! What the #$@%%$ is wrong!!!?? I decide to spin the bearings, they spin ok, but they all have a metal on metal sound, you can hear the balls clicking against each other. Wait , these are cheap steel on steel bearings, I knew this when I bought the wheels, I figured I would change them out later to ceramic. But, I grab a needle and lift out one of the seals.
OMG!!!!! They are as dry as a bone! There is no grease whatsoever in them!!!! Metal expands when it gets hot! steel bearings rubbing against each other in a steel race will get hot and expand! NO LUBRICANT to decrease friction! Which creates friction, and being steel WEAR! When I rode the bearings would get hot and expand, slowing me down just like I had the brakes on! When I got home the bearings would cool down and go back to their regular size, and just spiining the wheel would not create that much friction. MY Problem solved!
I greased all of the bearings! My times are actually up over normal on the flats. And I am happy with my heavy 60mm, 23mm wide, 5 spoke ,Ebay, boat anchors!
They could be lighter!!!!!