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If there isn't play in the hub - they're too tight. My cheapo Formula hubs spin better than my Kings. It seems like every ride I'm off my freakin' bike tightening the hubs back down. I've read the service manual from King. My hubs were recently serviced by King back in April with a clean bill of health. What the hell am I doing wrong?
 

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I dunno but I'd get your LBS & King to help you out, that can't be right.

I've got like 5K + miles on mine and I've never had that kind of problems.

No slack issues on the preload once out of wear-in ( like 2 months of regular riding ).

My hubs are a couple years old, and have been serviced appropriately.

Good luck, I'm sure they'll be able to help you out, every time I've had something to do with King it's come out good.
 

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I feel your pain---but don't worry

I went through the same angst that you are going through now. Those suckers were so tight --it drove me nuts. After a solid 60 hours they are loosing up and spinning freely. So hang in there and don't tighten too much or too little. Now they feel tight and roll easy. It just takes time....

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cptjack said:
I went through the same angst that you are going through now. Those suckers were so tight --it drove me nuts. After a solid 60 hours they are loosing up and spinning freely. So hang in there and don't tighten too much or too little. Now they feel tight and roll easy. It just takes time....

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Is this after you had them serviced or when they were new? I've had these hubs for over a year now and didn't have this problem (that I recall - it was soo long ago) when they were new. The loosening of the hubs was probably my fault, but jeeze - I did a 10 day/250 mile ride on them after getting them back from King (plus countless other day rides) - they're still not "buttery" smooth.

So what's your receipe for adjustment?
 

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NoCoasting said:
If there isn't play in the hub - they're too tight. My cheapo Formula hubs spin better than my Kings. It seems like every ride I'm off my freakin' bike tightening the hubs back down. I've read the service manual from King. My hubs were recently serviced by King back in April with a clean bill of health. What the hell am I doing wrong?
Finger tight is all you need. Remove the lockring and axel cap with the two 5mm allen wrenches, separate the two, screw in the lockring finger tight, screw the axel cap back in and tighten it up (check torque spec, it's pretty high). Should be good to go after that.
 

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Finger tight is all you need. Remove the lockring and axel cap with the two 5mm allen wrenches, separate the two, screw in the lockring finger tight, screw the axel cap back in and tighten it up (check torque spec, it's pretty high). Should be good to go after that.
That should solve your problems. I thought that the King User guide warned that there is a fine line between having the hubs too tight and not tight enough. I rang them when I firstly serviced my hub, and the King guys (Very helpful too) said that it may take one or two go's to get right.
 

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You've had them for a year!!!!???

Dude-
Sell those things on E-bay and get something that spins better. I can feel your anguish and those things are expensive. Cut your losses and get some of those AC knockoff hubs that WTB manufactures.

My guess is that you tightened them too much initially....

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I'd give king a call and see what they say they seem to be VERY helpful. I just got mine a few days ago, and they are pretty stiff I only get about 8 hrs off road riding a month, so planning on breaking them them in over the winter on a trainer.
 
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