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last night I was about to hit the trails but found my rear wheel a little sloppy so I decide a little cone adjustment is in order. No problem, right? Wrong. It ended up that I had to replace an axle and go back to a quick release just to get the ride in. The problem was that my drive side bolt seized to the axle! Couldn't remove it for anything and wound up having to loosen the cassette lockring with a pipe wrench so I could pull the axle out of the hub. In the end, I Dremeled the bolt off just so I could remove the drive side cone.

Anyone ever run into this before? In the end it might be good since I have no slippage issues with a qr and a tug and have had a ton of little problems with the solid axle (things like the cones loosening when I snug up the bolts, etc).

I don't know, maybe it was just a bad charma night since after finally fixing the problem, I left the house and my bulb in my headlamp immediately blew. Back in, replace the bulb, back out and my riding bud says he's now going home since he's getting a ton of skipping in his front ring (gearie!!!!!). Back in and I give him a used (but better than his) middle ring. Swap ema nd back out for a 45 min ride at 11:15. Back home at midnight and I find that my wife has gone to bed at this point but has locked me out of the house! I had to sneak in the neighbors garage to grab a ladder and get into my house by going on the roof through the one unlocked window I can find (thank heavens my kids tend to leave things that way!). Anyway, I guess it was just one of those nights.
 

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Same thing happened to my Surly hub over the ast few months. In addition, when I would try and loosen or tighten the track bolts the axel would spin either tightening or loosening the cones.

I bought an new Vandessel hub, which has the king style fun bolts, and I'm hoping that will solve the problem.
 

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MrXC said:
Same thing happened to my Surly hub over the ast few months. In addition, when I would try and loosen or tighten the track bolts the axel would spin either tightening or loosening the cones.

I bought an new Vandessel hub, which has the king style fun bolts, and I'm hoping that will solve the problem.
Hopefully it does solve the issue for you. Ive heard good things about those bolts. I was using some really nice track bolts (the kind with the floating washer). I have no clue what happened but that spinning axle thing really does bite. After going back to the qr last night, I am not sure why I changed in the first place. With the qr, I have fewer tools to carry, easier wheel removal for a flat change, and, so far, zero problems.
 

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Hummmmm

Phil hub, alum axle and stainless bolts. Zero slip, zero seized bolts.
But maybe it is the Phil green grease I apply to it :)

Eric
 
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