quite annoyed by my new spank hex freehub came missing a pawl springs on one of the 6 pawls. Can I still use it without 1 untill I receive one or shouldn’t I? All the pawls are there just 1 is missing a spring
I think you’d be ok based on the fact that with Spank Hex hubs all 6 pawls are normally engaged simultaneously. In contrast, while I9 hubs also use 6 pawls, only one-half of the pawls (tooth offset) are actually engaged at any given moment. For this reason, Spank’s design is probably better in your situation.
I highly doubt you could generate enough torque, combined with an uneven distribution of force, to case failure of the remaining 5 pawls.
The purpose of the pawl spring is to push the pawl against the points of engagement on the driver. While the one pawl won’t reliably engage against the free hub body, it will not have any impact on the ability of the free hub to function.
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