Questions tagged [freewheel]

The freewheel is a ratcheting mechanism, that coupled with a set of gears, is that threaded onto the rear hub of a bike. The freewheel allows the rear wheel to engage and move when the pedals are spun forward, but coast freely when the pedals are stationary or spun backwards.

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Freewheel disassembly problem

This is a cheapo Chinese freewheel, probably from a Walmart bicycle, etc. It's unusually heavy compared to my mountain bike's freewheel. I'm just trying to see if I can disassemble it. It's a learning ...
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Over-locknut dimension (hub distance) (cup depth) changed after 10.000km

Recently I wanted to replace my bearings and spotted something strange. My Over Locknut Dimension has reduced by 7mm. You can spot the difference when you compare it to the new hub: Can this happen ...
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Got a new cassette and chain, freewheel not working correctly

I bought a new chain and cassette for my road bike. The bike is about 10 years old from estimation (9 speed shimano). I assumed I replaced all the parts correctly, but now whenever I stop pedaling, I ...
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Old Cannondale MTB. 2nd set of wheels. Orig wheel has 8 speed cassette…2nd set has a 7 speed. Need advice

OK...need some advice. I have an old Cannondale with 8 speed Shimano XT drivetrain. My current wheel has the appropriate Shimano 8 speed cassette.(13-26). I bought an old Schwinn with the intention ...
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Am I able to replace the bolt in the hub to be quick release on a back wheel?

I have this wheel and want to replace the skewer that it is tightened with to a quick release fitting is this possible?
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Freewheel removal help

This freewheel has been giving me a lot of pain. I can't seem to move it at all with hammer & punch (clockwise). From the videos, it always seems so easy :P So I'm going to buy a removal tool. Is ...
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Reassembling rear wheel hub

I have a ten year old decathlon cheapo bike and I wanted to take out the axle out of the rear wheel to see if I could replace it with a quick release mechanism and also learn a bit about how it works (...
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Appropriate oil viscosity for the inside of a freewheel body

Without taking one apart, I have seen people spraying WD40 into a freewheel body to clear it out, and then dripping Phil's tenacious oil into it for lubrication. The thickest stuff I have available at ...
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What 5 speed freewheels are compatible with a Sun Rims M13II rear wheel rim?

I have a 1972 Schwinn Varsity. I have purchased new wheel rims. Both the front and rear rims are Sun Rims M13II model rims. I need to know what 5 speed freewheel will attach to the M13II rear rim ...
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Terminology: coaster brakes vs free wheel?

I just read this article https://www.tikesbikes.com/pages/coaster-brake-vs-hand-brake and it confuses me. They oppose coaster brakes with free wheels. My understanding is that the opposite of ...
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Rusty chain and back cassette – Replace or repair?

Reference of the chain: KMC Z51 Reference back freewheel: Shimano TZ21 14-28 Teeth 7 Speed Reference of the bike: BTWIN Rockrider 340 I recently acquired a second-hand bike and decided to repair it: ...
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Replaced rear axle, now seems to wobble

I was replacing a tyre a couple of days ago, and noticed my rear axle had snapped. So I replaced the axle, just a normal road 10mm x 145mm, it's a basic Shimano sprocket set and no-name aluminium ...
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Swap Shimano/SRAM freehub for Campagnolo

Through my work I am able to get a set of freewheels pretty cheap (less than 100€). I know they are not super special but they are still an upgrade to my current ones. Here are the wheels: https://...
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Levels of derailleurs, freewheels and chains

What are the levels of derailleurs (Shimano probably) I know Altus and Acera but don't know the higher end ones. I am putting this on my Sondors Fat ebike. I will be using a 7 speed freewheel, and a ...
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Back wheel lock up, when got off wheel would move side to side [closed]

I have a 29 inch Iron-Horse/Sunday 24 speed. My back wheel locked up, when I got off the wheel would move side to side. I thought I lost bearings, took my freewheel apart and clean. Doesn't look like ...
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Is there such a thing as 'eBike specific' freewheel?

I've recently had the LBS replace the freewheel on my eBike after 500 ish miles of riding. The sprockets were not worn out, instead the freewheel bearing (not the hub bearing) had become loose. It ...
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Rear wheel not moving when axle nuts tightened

I have a racing bike with the wheels secured by axle nuts. For the rear wheel, when I secure the nuts to finger tight the wheel turns fine, but when I tighten them properly the wheel is stuck and will ...
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Acera rear derailleur / freewheel compatibility

I'm looking at buying an e-bike conversion kit with a rear geared hub motor that requires a freewheel. On my current bicycle, I've an 8 sprocket cassette (Shimano HG CS-HG41-8an) and my rear ...
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Freewheel vs cassette geared hub motors serviceability

With ebike conversion kits there appears to be 2 types of rear hub motors: the ones that accept a cassette and a freewheel (see the image below from this aliexpress item) Is the freewheel option more ...
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Raleigh Nitro MTB - 5-7 speed freewheel conversion - 135mm spacing

I have a Raleigh Nitro Mountain Bike that I want to convert from a 5 to a 7 speed freewheel. The rear drop-out spacing is 135mm. Am I right in thinking that all I need to do is get a rear wheel that ...
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Mountain bike freewheel replacement

My freewheel pawls recently shattered and I was wondering if the new one I am about to order will work. New freewheel at ebay The only difference I noticed was the new sprocket is more spread out.
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Chain skipping on new single speed freewheeel

I just got a Colnago Master Arabesque single speed conversion from a friend who moved abroad. It's set up as a fixie on a flip flop Hub. I flipped the wheel and installed a new single speed 1/8 ...
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E wheel needs an 8sp free wheel instead of cassette

My new electric wheel requires a free wheel set up. I have an 8 speed Shimano cassette which obviously won’t work. Can I find a free wheel that will be similar to my cassette? I realize I may have to ...
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How long does a freewheel cog last?

4 months I asked this question when I changed my chain: What can be done wrong changing the chain in a single speed? and the solution was to change the freewheel cog. I decided to "invest" in the not ...
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Would the shimano freewheel removal tool be roughly compatible with a Sram/shimano cassette?

I have a bike with a sram Cassette and a bike with (i think) a shimano freewheel. According to https://bicycles.stackexchange.com/a/43506/38471 and other sources, in text atleast the two tools to ...
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Derailleur tension causing chain friction?

I have a foldie which recently seemed a bit harder to pedal. Specifically back pedaling seems harder than it should be (if I kick the pedal back, it barely travels a quarter or half turn. I noticed ...
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Could I replace a hub on a wheel?

I have a freewheel and I keep bending the axle, however the rim, spokes and tire are all fine, does anyone think it would be possible to unscrew the spokes, buy a new hub that has a freehub, install ...
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What kind of freewheel/cassette is this? [duplicate]

I bought some old bike from netherlands, I wanted to restore it. Rear wheel is broken and I wanted to exchange it but there is this strange freewheel which I cannot identify, do you have any idea what ...
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Freewheel to cassette Conversion 2016 Windsor Wellington 2.0

I am a fit but heavy rider. I am looking to change out my stock wheel set on my Windsor Wellington 2.0 (Bikes Direct.com) to a Veulta HD 36 700c spoke wheelset. I'm just wondering and hoping my ...
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Freehub vs freewheel in a singlespeed?

I'd like to know what is better in terms of maintenance and reliability in the long term. I currently have a flip flop hub with a freewheel which I had to replace recently. For what I saw there were ...
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Best option to upgrade 7-speed bike to higher gears

I have recently bought Giant Escape 3 hybrid bike that came with: Shimano FC-TY501 28/38/48 chainset 8/7/6-speed compatible Shimano Tourney RD-TY500 7/6-speed rear derailleur Shimano MF-TZ31 14-34T "...
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cogs for front wheel

See this wheel. Can I put two freewheel cogs on it, instead of one freewheel and one fixed? (driving clock and anti clock, so both driving forward) Then get this wheel onto front steel fork, by ...
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What do I need to replace my singlespeed freewheel cog?

As I learned in this question, the cog of my freewheel are damaged and should be replaced. I've been searching for some information but I'm still not sure of what I need. At the beginning I though I ...
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What model/make are this Freewheel and Freehub?

I am in the process of overhauling my old Motobécane racing bike and I'd like to replace the freewheel, if reasonable. However, there is no indication of who made it (the bike shop couldn't help) and ...
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Bearings Cooked? [closed]

I have a Trek mountain bike. It is not new by any means. The back wheel should not freewheel, correct? I am having the back wheel spin freely and I question the bearings.
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Changing the rear wheel offset to allow space for freewheel

I've had some new wheels built for a steel frame with a 126mm rear dropout spacing. The rear hub takes a 7 speed screw-on freewheel. At the moment the rim sits perfectly central to the chainstays when ...
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Schwinn sidewinder 21 gear slipping?

If rear tire is off the ground, the wheel will spin when pedaled. When wheel is on the ground the pedals will move the chain in any gear but will not move the rear wheel. The chain is not losing ...
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Freewheel not working properly

I have an older Trek Mtn bike with Shimano components. Just today the pedal started spinning without turning the wheel. I can pedal forward and backwards and occasionally it will start turning the ...
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Help me understand my 8-speed uniglide compatibility issue

I have a Dura Ace 8-speed uniglide rear hub/freewheel marked 'Integrated 8 SIS' and an 8 speed uniglide 14-21T cassette. Two issues - the first being that the smallest cog needs to be a special 32mm ...
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7 speed cassette on a direct drive trainer from freewheel bike

In 2011, I bought a cheap bike from Walmart. It's done fine by me on the ride or two I take per year, but I'm looking to enhance my home gym a bit and was looking to grab a direct drive trainer. The ...
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Can I add a gear to my Tourney 14-34T freewheel

tl;dr Is there a way to easily add a smaller chainring to a tourney 7 speed 14-34 freewheel without replacing the hub/wheel Details: I have a 13" Fuji Women's Adventure 3.0. I've been shopping for a ...
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Easiest fix for this transmission problem? [duplicate]

My bike is an adult mountain bike with different gear shifts and all. Suddenly my rear tire stopped going but the chain and everything still works - the gear and chain still spins. What is the ...
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What 70's/80's freewheel threading is most common in central or eastern Europe?

Just interested to know? For example, if an 80's steel frame road bike in Europe came with Suzue high flanged hubs (94mm spacing front and 126mm rear), what type of freewheel threading would be ...
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Help identifying Freewheel lockring

I've recently acquired a retro steel bike which needs some work. Has anyone ever seen a freewheel with this type of locking system? I haven't been able to find any tool which seems like it would be ...
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Is it possible to upgrade a 6 speed mountain bike to 7 or 8 speed?

I ride a Hero Sprint, MTB, with 6 gears in rear and 3 in the front. I am thinking about upgrading my 6 gears to something like 7 or 8. Is it possible, if yes, how much does it cost, and what are the ...
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Can I replace 11 speed 11-40t with a 11-42t or 11-46t staying with Shimano XT family?

Can I replace the 11 speed 11-40t cassette with a 11-42t or 11-46t? What other parts will be needed to complete job? I.e. new chain, long chain, spacers?
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Remove Maillard freewheel

I'm trying to open the freewheel from an old bike that I have, but I can't find how. I even searched for tutorials on the Internet but I can't find one that looks like mine (please see picture). And ...
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Rear tire wobbling and feels “tight.” Is it likely to be axle issue or no?

I've noticed that my bike's rear tire has slowly been downgrading, and beginning to wobble more and more. I took no notice of it because it did not affect the bike riding at first, but slowly started ...
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Freehub stuck on wheel

The freehub doesn't quite roll as smoothly as before. Pedalling back actually turns the wheel back if it's free spinning. So we thought we'd take the body off to clean it and see if anythings broken ...
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How to remove this Shimano cassette (actually: freewheel)?

A neighbour approached me to help him with removing the cassette from the wheel in the picture below. I am familiar with the modern Shimano lockring but would appreciate tips how to remove this one.