How to clean & service your hubs

With all the rain lately, we thought it would be good to show you how to clean, service and lubricate your Quest disc or 85 Road rim brake hub. Here is our step-by-step guide on how to keep your hubs nice and clean. Ideally, this service should occur twice a year, or more often if you’re riding through lots of rain and/or muddy conditions.

You’ll need

  • at least one dirty wheel (the fun part)
  • pair of rubber gloves
  • One or two microfiber towels
  • Rubbing (Isopropyl) alcohol in a spray bottle
  • NixFrixShun Speed Coat lube, used to regrease the hub pawls


  1. Pull the freehub body and axle assembly away from the wheel to gain access to pawls and engagement teeth.
  2. Spray a towel with alcohol and wipe out the engagement teeth of the hub and freehub body.
  3. If the rubber gasket in the hub shell comes loose, press it back in the hub.
  4. Apply a bead of NixFrixShun Speedcoat lube to the engagement teeth. The freehub body will spread the lube around for you when coasting.
  5. Install the axle assembly back into the hub shell, by pressing it into place and pop your endcap back on.
  6. Clean the wheel with some rubbing alcohol on the towel and wipe the wheel down.
  7. Be sure to use a clean towel when wiping off the disc brake rotor.
  8. Once everything is clean, get out and ride!

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p.s. here’s an exploded view of the Quest disc hub assembly. 85 Road rim brake is very similar.

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