Just finished replacing the wheel bearings on my rear wheel which is a conical hub wheel for my 1971 TR6R.
I was careful to ensure they went in nice and square and they look to be seated correctly but when I try to turn the inner race with my fingers they are tight. Is this normal and will everything "loosen" up once the wheel is all back together and rolling? Maybe after a few miles?
I have changed my share of wheel bearings but first time on a conical hub with that neat spacer and just wondering before I completely assemble the rear wheel and re-fit to the bike. I can't recall bearings that I've replaced in the past in my earlier hubs or anywhere else feeling tight like that.
BTW, they are sealed 6204RS bearings (W653) and the inner grease retainers are still in place. The only things changed were the bearings which are brand new and they did spin nice and free before assembly.
The wheel is located on the axle by one bearing, the one with the lock ring. The other floats in the bore. How did you push the bearings in? It should have been the outer race on the lock ring side and inner race on the floating side. Since you are using sealed bearings the grease retainers are not needed for grease but locate the floating bearing. Be sure the outer grease retainer is not loading the bearing against the axle. Tapping the axle with a plastic hammer might loosen the preload.