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When I spin the rear wheel(when the bike is on a work stand) I can hear and see that the wheel does not spin freely, or spin for a very long time, it is as though it is hitting something that is slowing the wheel and eventually making it stop.

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First, make sure that the brakes are not dragging the wheel to a halt. If that is not it, then try loosening the axle nut or quick-release very slightly to see if the problem was an over-tightened axle (unlikely). If neither of these two are the culprit, your hub needs adjustment or repair. If you have adequate hub tools, parktool.com/repair has instructions on hub service.

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