The Geisha is a new free-coaster. It is not included in www.flatlandfuel.com’s free-coaster maintenance page. I thought I would write up a description of the maintenance of the hub from the fifty some odd pictures I have of this hub…
The geisha does not require a substantial amount of maintenance, unlike some unsealed hubs. Usually I would recommend starting by re-greasing the hub after the first ride on it. Then make sure it is all nice. After that, repeat one week later. Then two weeks after that, then one month after that. Try to find how you like the hub to feel and how often you need to service it in order to get it to feel that way. Remember: The best way to know if you should service the hub is by how it feels to you (after all, you should know how your hub should feel since you are
riding it. You are riding it, right?)
So here it goes. Here is your brand new Geisha (This gold version is Flatland and Street. The brown version is Street only).
Remove the axle nuts, axle washers, and studs.
Remove the golden washers on each side. Remove the driver by turning it counter clockwise and pulling on it (if this seems a little tough to do, tap on the non-drive side spindle [that’s the
center aluminum piece] while you turn the driver backward, to free the driver from the bearing).
Tap the drive side of the aluminum spindle in order to get the non drive side bearing out. After that, the rest of the internals can easily be pulled out.
At this point, I like to use some sort of metal prep (my favorite right now is White Lightening’s Clean Streak) in order to get all of the grease off of your parts.
As for greasing, Here is what you want to grease:
- Inside of the clutch (everywhere inside the clutch)
- Backside (downside in the picture above) of the clutch
- Threads of the driver.
- Bearing seat on the driver
- Bearing seat in the hub shell
- Threads in the aluminum spindle
- Studs on the axle studs
This will ensure that everything fits back together nicely.
To reassemble, just reverse the process…
- Place the clutch on the spindle from the drive side.
- Choose how much slack you want by adding or removing the small silver spacers on the non-drive side.
- Put the top-hat washer onto the non-drive side
- Place the bearing on the non-drive side of the spindle.
- Insert this setup into the non-drive side of the hub shell.
- Tap (lightly, with a rubber mallet if possible) the bearing into it’s seat in the hub shell.
- Insert the driver into the drive side of the hub shell, turning it clockwise to thread into the clutch.
- Add the gold spacers on both sides (this is important).
- Thread in studs and tighten them down (some people have needed to use light locktite to secure the studs).
- Install on your bike (or lace up)
- Test it!!!
The worst thing in the world is spending all that time and then going out to some far away awesome spot and not having it work correctly…
I hope this has helped. Please let me know if there are any corrections that should be made…