ASK THE BMXPerts: HUB GUARDING
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Hey, I have a problem, I ride a 2011 Fit Inman 3 and I can’t find a hub guard that will fit. You see, whenever I put a hubguard on it creates friction with the bearing and wont let my wheel spin. I wonder if I’m putting it on improperly or if the whole thing is just hopeless.

We will start off by letting you know that it is not hopeless. It all comes down to what kind of hub guard you are using. The most basic and most affordable guards are designed to slide over the axle (like the FBM), but also require the frame to be spread slightly to make room. This can put your axle under an uneven load and effect your wheel spin. This is especially common with unsealed bearings, if the hub is slightly out of adjustment. The next option is something threaded, that is designed to replace the lock not on the axle. These work well and solve the “spreading” issue, but also hide cone nut, making adjustments to the hub very difficult. The solution to this problem is to tighten the hub guard side and make all your final bearing adjustments from the other side. If you have sealed bearings, then this isn’t an issue and you are good to go. The final and best option is to find a guard that fits over the hub shell and hardware (Like the Cult Match). These are more hub specific and cost a little more but are well worth the money. Since there isn’t a specific guard for the Fit semi-sealed cassette, swing by your local BMX shop and try on a few guards for size. Many are designed to work with a variety of hubs, so you should find a great match with little trouble.


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