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 sprocket locking up

I was just out riding my bike. Its nothing fancy, just a €300 single-speed with with a flip-flop hub. I usually ride the freewheel side. Today it made some weird noises and decided to lock up / be a ...
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Maillard Freewheel refurbishing

I have a Maillard freewheel, big cog stamped 10 - 84, which i have taken apart, cleaned, lubed, and reassembled following the excellent youtube by RJ the bike guy . i ...
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Direction of chain whip

Is there an easy way of working out which way round to apply a chain whip to a cassette for its removal? I've taken plenty of them off in my time but always end up having a couple of tries at it ...
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What is this cogset body?

I have some backlash (free movement) in my body of cogset, so I try to dissemble my cogset to discover this weird body: I'm trying to find a new one but I don't know how to call it. Any idea how it ...
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What tool is needed to remove a Shimano HG-50 freewheel?

What tool is needed to remove a Shimano HG-50 freewheel from the wheel hub? It looks like a 12mm or 13mm Allen key. Will this do it or is there some detail I have missed?
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Where can I find a compact/ultra 7 speed freewheel?

Does anyone still make these? I'm aware that I could coldset my frame for a wider spacing, but I'm interested to know if it's still possible to buy a compact freewheel (apart from via e-bay or ...
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Advantages / disadvantages of freecoaster and cassette hubs

I've been reading a lot over the past few days about BMX, and last night I watched a few videos like this one. I have been seeing the words "freecoaster" and "cassette" around a lot, and I was curious ...
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Can we turn a fixie bike into a freewheeler?

I'm new to the fixie world. I'm planning to buy a fixie bike though, but to start right away would be difficult especially when I'm pedaling down hill. Is it possible to change the fixie bike into the ...
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Planning on building a fixed-gear/single-speed from an old Schwinn World. What new parts will I need?

I think I want a flip flop hub, to keep my options open. If I get one off amazon, do I need to buy a freewheel and fixed-gear cog as well, or will those come with the hub? Also, does the hub have to ...
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Is Sram PG850 cassette a substitute for Shimano TZ31 freewheel?

I need your advice. I have a Giant Escape 2014 UK model bike and it's time to change the chain and the original cassette/freewheel, which are worn out. My question is, if I get this Sram PG850 8-...
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29" freewheel ruined (slipping)

Some time ago I gave a 29" bike to a person for a ride. Someway he ruined the freewheel (it had a shimano freewheel) - the 2 smallest cogs were badly slipping. Now I put another freewheel (also ...
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How to fix a clanking rear wheel/flywheel

On my single speed--a POS Bikes Direct bike--the rear wheel makes a clunking noise every time I pedal. I think it is coming from the freewheel and it's basically a CLINK! CLONK! noise that is driving ...
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Finding a single speed kit for an old campagnolo from 1997 with screw on freehub

I have an old Campagnolo from 1997 that I want to turn into an single speed. My problem is finding a kit that will fit the freehub. The outer diameter of this freehub including teeth is 34 mm, but ...
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How can I fix my back wheel's wobbling?

On my single speed bike--a POS J Fixie Cafe CF from BikesDirect--has an issue with its back wheel. The wheel wobbles 1cm back and forth when pulled/pushed from side to side. The freewheel has been ...
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Replace freewheel with freehub?

I have a Motobecane Super Mirage that I bought in 1977. I have another bike for regular use, and I've decided to completely rebuild the older one. I determined today that the freewheel teeth are worn ...
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Axle flex under load normal for freewheel hub?

When using a freewheel'd hub is it normal for the drive side of the axle to flex a little bit? I replaced the kickstand on my bike and the new one sits closer to the rear tire with about 2 mm ...
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How to recognise a 6-speed freewheel compatible hub?

I need to change the freewheel and the hub on my road bike and have been looking for a suitable replacement. I wish to keep my rim so I will rebuild the wheel. Also, I want to stay with a 6 speed ...
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QR vs solid axle for freewheel hub

I've heard a lot of folks complaining about freewheel hubs getting bent axles. I have a rigid BSO with a solid rear axle that I occasionally pound on local trails. I've never gotten a bent axle. ...
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What causes frames to break at the (rear) dropouts?

The drive-side dropout and rear axle have broken twice. It's an old-style freewheel, not a freehub+cassette. (I weigh around 100kg, and ride a lot, and have been touring on hilly, gravel roads, with ...
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Can anyone identify this freewheel type?

When googling the types it seemed to most closely match a Atom/Regina but it has 25 24 teeth and is about 3.5cm across. It's from a 1980s Raleigh road bike. But the bike has had a lot of work done to ...
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I have a Schwinn Tempo which has a 6 speed freewheel

I'd like to replace my rear wheel because it isn't able to be fixed to be made true once again. The bike is an older Schwinn Tempo, the rear wheelset has a 6 speed freewheel. Or so that's what the guy ...
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Can i fit a 6 speed wheel onto a 5 speed bike?

I have a 5-speed bike with a buckled back wheel. I have found one on the internet cheap, but it is a 6-speed wheel. Will it fit my bike? Will there be any adaptations needed to the bike to use this ...
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Which freewheel remover tool to use on vintage Columbia bike?

I picked up what looks to be a late 80's Columbia 'USA Racing' Women's city bike on Craigslist recently. It needs a new 5 speed freewheel, but I can't seem to figure out which remover tool to use. ...
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Freewheel: 8-speed to replace 6-speed

This is for the Freewheel (Not Cassette Freehub) swapping problem. I would like to know if it is feasible, regarding the axle breakage. Assuming that I have: Good clearance and spacing for freewheel ...
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Chain skipping with new chain and freewheel

I've recently (last 6 months) begun riding again after many years away and have begun updating components on my bike (a mid 80s era Fuji). After replacing the rear wheel and freewheel I developed a ...
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Trying to build first fixie?

So this is the first fixie bike I would have owned. I am unsure if I want a freewheel one or not so I won't have to constantly pedal. But I was wondering or seeking help for how I could build one by ...
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Tightening rear quick release stops rear wheel

I have a medium sized Trek Mountain Track/Antelope with a seven speed freewheel. When I tighten the rear quick release, I have to carefully back off on the tightness so that the wheel will actually ...
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Rear index shifting not staying in middle gears

I have replaced a chain (SRAM PC 830) and 7 speed freewheel (Shimano MF-HG37) on the back of my daily commuter bike about 300 miles/ 3 weeks ago with the same models. The old parts lasted me 4000 ...
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Older road freewheels vs new mountain bike freewheels?

I heard an interesting opinion yesterday that said all freewheels made back in the day (we were discussing this over a wheel with a Maillard hub and a Maeda (?) freewheel). The shop mechanic said that ...
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freewheel removal tool for Shimano MF TZ21

I have a Rockrider 5.1 cycle with a Shimano MFTZ21 freewheel. In order to remove the freewheel, I purchased the Btwin tool kit. But the removal tool provided in the kit does not fit on my freewheel. ...
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What's the point in a freewheel/cassette with incrementally sized rings?

Pictured is a freewheel with 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20 tooth sprockets. What I don't understand is why such small increments are worthwhile. Surely the point of having gears is the variance that they ...
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Changing from 5 to 6 cog freewheel on 1986 Stumpjumper-Sport

Refining a prior posted question. 15 speed 1986 Specialized Stumpjumper-Sport has original 5 cog freewheel, 14-30. Original Analog shifters. Biggest cog needs replacement. Individual cogs are no ...
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1986 Stumpjumper Sport Cog Replacement

Original Shimano Deore components all around. Shimano MF Z012 5-cog freewheel. Biggest cog is 30 teeth is worn out, chain skips, and that cog needs to be replaced. Rest of cogs are ok. Are ...
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How can I tell if my bike has a freewheel or a cassette?

I bought a Frankenbike off Craigslist. It's a Specialized Rockhopper of unknown year, converted to a commuter, with shocks up front and V-brakes. I love this weird little bike and want to put a ...
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Mounting a 7-Speed Cassette on an 8/9 speed hub

I asked an earlier question regarding putting modern road wheels on my old steel frame. After clarifying a few things the main issue to me is the number of gears on the freehub. (The freehub I'm ...
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Friction occurs in BMX Freewheel

I've just found out where friction occurs in my BMX. When I take chain off the Outer Part and spin the rear wheel the wheel will spin for several minutes but when the Outer Part can't rotate with the ...
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Bent freewheel axle in less than 200km

I am trying to understand if the problem I've got falls into a common problem for freewheel hubs. After googling and reading, I am still not sure if there is only this factor to what has happened. I'...
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Can an IGH have the same maximum overdrive-ratio as a crank-sproket setup?

Is there an IGH that gives one the maximum overdrive-ratio that one might get with a 39-53T crankset and a 11-34T freewheel? If not, what is the mechanical roadblock in making one ?
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7-speed cassette on an 11-speed freehub

Is it possible to use an SRAM cassette PG 730 7-speed cassette with a Mavic FTS-X freehub? According to the spec, no spacer is required for an 11-speed cassette and for 9/10 speed version a spacer is ...
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Is it a good idea to switch to hub gear?

I have a Firefox Roadrunner Pro. I wanted to know if it was a good idea to install an internal hub gear on it. I want to install it to reduce dust accumulation and oiling and to simplify the wheel-...
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How should I lubricate my Shimano freewheel?

I have a Shimano freewheel (MX-30) that came with my bike from new. Unfortunately the internals got all gunked up and it stopped working (never engaged and became free both ways). I have bought and ...
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Removing Old Freehub Body

I saw this. However, looking at a old 7 speed freehub body, it looks like it takes a special spline wrench (TL-FH10). It looks very similar to the fixing bolt here. Or do I need some other wrench ...
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How to alter a sports cycle to avoid wheel bend

I have a Hero Hawk Nu-Age, which I bought it two years back. In India, this cycle was mostly used for sports. As this cycle has very thin wheels 27 * 1-1/4, I could not ride this on bumpy roads for ...
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What could be the reason for chain skipping

My chain is skipping only on the smallest sprocket, and it skips with every crank turn. The chain is not stretched. Also, chainrings are almost new. Could this freewheel be the reason, it doesn't seem ...
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How does this hub come apart?

Really, I have two questions. But first, I see no place to put a wrench on this hub. Well, there is one small notch on one side on the dust cap (on the other side). How do I get this hub apart? It's ...
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Unknown freehub, trying to source

I have a neighbours daughters bike to fix at the moment. The freehub is totally seized. I've removed the freehub from the hub itself, but can't identify it nor have I see any like it. It doesn't have ...
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sun ez3 trike gearing

I have sun ez3 trike,it has rear freewheel with the largest being 28 teeth,can I put a mega range with 34 teeth on it,and do I have to change the deraileur.Objective to make hills easier.
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Can you change a 7 speed freewheel to 6 speed

Can you change a 7 speed freewheel to a 6 speed
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Why do deraillers require a freewheel?

I've seen fixies with internal hubs, but a non-freewheeling rear wheel with deraillers seems to be unrepresented: | Freewheel? | Derailler? | Yes | No | ...
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Freewheels frequency in 2012?

I would like to know for some future works on my bike whether I have a freewheel or a cassette? I will look at the bike in itself, but just for a little heads-up: my bike is a 2012 FX 7.2 (Trek). In ...