Bearing Adjustment Guide (2017) - Angular Contact & Radial Bearings

Bearing Adjustment Guide


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Bearing Adjustment

For MY17 and earlier models, we recommend completing a bearing adjustment every 20-30 hours of riding, depending on your riding style and riding conditions. For MY18 models, this procedure only needs to be done once after approximately 5-10 hours of riding on new bearings. 

MY17 models have angular contact bearings (bearing numer begins with a 7).

MY18 models have radial bearings (bearing numer begins with a 6). Verify which bearings are on your bike by consulting your bicycle dealer or checking the number on the bearings (colors vary). 

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