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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Why is my freewheel slipping?

My freewheel tarted slipping this week. It slips most from a stop with no pressure snapping to significant pressure on the pedals. Slipping may be the wrong term as it really isn't engaging. Once it "...
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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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MTB freewheel not moving back wheel after change of tyre

I changed my MTB tyres to a slick set to use on road and also to connect to a turbo trainer. After changing the tyre, I put the wheel back in, and see that the pedals are moving the chain and the ...
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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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Shimano MF-Z012 5 Speed Freewheel Shims

So after 35 years I have removed the Shimano freewheel from my original Puch racer, stripped and cleaned it and put it back together withoit losing any bearings. Phew. It was very gunged up. But ...
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Switching a 11 speed cassette+wheel with a 8 speed freewheel+wheel. Any compatibility issues?

I'm trying to get a pair of training wheels to swap out for my race wheels. I dug up a pair of freewheel compatible wheels and I'm trying to buy freewheels now to fit the bike. The bike's drivetrain ...
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Why are higher-end freewheels so much louder when coasting?

I tend to ride relatively modest gear (Tiagra/Ultegra), but when I'm riding near higher-end bikes, I sometimes notice that the clicking sound that comes from their cassette/free-wheel while coasting ...
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12-32 freewheel cluster?

Does anyone manufacture a 12-32 7-speed freewheel cluster to replace the current 13-28 on my 20" Dahon, with a view to touring with panniers? If that's impossible, & I decide to buy a 20" freehub (...
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Converting a KHS FLITE 223 into a freewheel fixie?

I have this KHS Road bike that I got back in high school and was wondering if I'm able to convert it into a freewheel fixie (I think that's the right term) The bike does have vertical dropouts. Would ...
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Freewheel is not making noises [closed]

Freewheel on my bike is not making any clicking sounds like it used to when I bought the bike from the bike shop. I got the bike serviced last month due to brake making screeching noises and the rear ...
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Reverse Gear in Bicycles

For an ordinary bicycle (neither fixed gear nor capable of changing any gears). Is it possible to modify it to have a reverse gear on it? (i.e. reverse pedaling causes the bicycle to go backward) (...
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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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Is there such thing as a freewheel that doesn't click?

The clicking sound of the freewheel on my singlespeed when it's coasting is annoying for me, so I flipped over my back wheel and rode fixed for a few months in blissful silence. But having to pedal ...
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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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Removing freewheel MF-Z012 without tools

I'm trying to just add some grease to an old MF-Z012. some pages online says i can remove it just by spining the first gear agains the last one.(e.g. http://www.cyclebanter.com/showthread.php?s=...
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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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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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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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What tool do I need to disassemble this 5 speed freewheel

I have a 5 speed freewheel that I need to take of from hub, but the standard freewheel tool that I do have does not fit. On the freewheel following text is engraved: UC SHIMANO SIS MF Z015 China It ...
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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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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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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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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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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.
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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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How do I clean the inside of a freehub?

I didn't know any better and I let degreaser drip into the freewheel body of my Shimano FH-RM65. Now it makes a terrible retching noise when it rotates. How do I clean the inside of this thing? I'm ...
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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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Shimano rear hub body compatibility

My free hub body has cracked and im looking to replace it. I have discovered it uses a 14mm hex key to remove. I cannot find a freehub body for sale that matches m785. Will a "m760-m765" body fit my "...
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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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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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Has anyone here ever threaded the left end of a rear hub? (To add a left-side freewheel)

I have found endless opinions on mass-manufactured hubs that are either left-side-threaded or 'reversible' or etc. I am not seeking information or opinions on these. I am also aware of the available ...
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What is a good replacement for my MF-Z012 6 speed wind on cassette?

I'm trying to find a good replacement for my MF-Z012 6 speed wind on cassette. Thing is, I've upgraded my bike with '93 Dura-Ace rear and front derailleurs. Trouble is they are 7-speed compatible. ...
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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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Is this an unsuitable cassette lockring tool?

I can't get my lockring tool to fit my cassette's lockring. The tool is about 1mm i diameter bigger than the lockring, although they have "hills and valleys" that line up. Here's the lockring: Here'...
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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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What is the difference between a freewheel and a hub?

I think these are both just types of cassettes, one all the rings come apart, and the other it's just one big piece all welded together. Can someone please tell me what the difference is?
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Chain skipping on new freewheel and chain setup - What went wrong?

BACKGROUND NOTE: The bike is a 1992 Univega MTB that originally came with 6-speed SIS with a triple chainring. I removed the SIS shifter when it broke, and went with a friction shifter. The bike is ...
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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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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 &...