Classic & Vintage - Shimano UniGlide Freewheel
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12-27-06, 03:27 PM
It's likely been discussed before but here's a question for the experts:
I have a set of Shimano DURA-ACE EX hubs with UNIGLIDE Cassette Freewheel rear. They are a beautiful set of unused hubs in the original box and have never been mounted. I was thinking of putting them into service but am concerned about compatability issues (chain,ect) and serviceability.
Am I better off selling to someone that could use them for a restoration? Hanging them on my Christmas tree? Using them as is? Putting them back in my parts bin for another 10 years?
Models is FH-7250/FH7260
i'm pretty sure that if you keep it to 8 speed and less you wont have a problem with the chain (sram still makes 5/6/7/8 spd. chains). Also, make sure the rear spacing matches the hub unless you want to cold set the rear of your intended frame. And, if your are going index shifting make sure the rear shifter matches the freewheel, if friction than you can pretty much use whatever you want :) Finally, the hubs can be cleaned and repacked, and last you many years.
but i'm no expert. so,what is the hub spacing , and how many speeds is the freewheel. if you don't want them PM me.
12-27-06, 07:24 PM
Others will chime in but hers my take. Those hubs are still useable. Any Shimano cassette cogs will work. If your using newer cogs with the wider spline you can grind of the wider spline to work. Use the appropriate spacers for your shifter and you'll be ready to go. The outer most cog can be ground down to the appropriate width. If you do grind it down cool it off frequently and measure it at many location to ensure even grinding.
12-28-06, 12:38 AM
Do you have a freehub (cogs slide onto splined body and are fixed by smallest cog which is screwed onto threads adjacent to the chainstay) or freewheel (entire cluster screws onto threads adjacent to drive side spokes)? A freewheel would be very usable since you can still buy 5/6/7 speed freewheels from many sources. A dura-ace uniglide freehub is problematic because the threads on the end of the body for the smallest cog are unique to dura-ace line- you can't use non-dura-ace uniglide smallest cog. Note that modern hyperglide lock rings will not work (threads for lockring on inside of freehub body for hyperglide, outside of body for uniglide smallest cog). Needless to say it is a little more difficult to acquire the dura-ace uniglide screw on cogs.
12-28-06, 06:58 AM
...A dura-ace uniglide freehub is problematic because the threads on the end of the body for the smallest cog are unique to dura-ace line- you can't use non-dura-ace uniglide smallest cog.... Needless to say it is a little more difficult to acquire the dura-ace uniglide screw on cogs.
DuraAce Uniglide is not that hard to find, go here to find 12, 13, 14 tooth first position DuraAce;
They also have various loose Shimano UG cogs, some DA, some not, and complete DA UG 6 speed cassettes. Good luck.
12-28-06, 08:20 AM
Thanks for the help so far. The Hubset accepts a Freehub, Cassette style with the individual splined gears and small ring that threads on and acts as lockring.
Bob, thanks for the source, maybe I'll buy some spares while I can get them, build them up on an old set of MA-40's. They are too pretty to leave unused in the box in the bin.
Of course then I'll have to find a set of Shiamano Crane Mech's and............
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