Classic & Vintage - Free Wheel Question
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01-23-08, 10:25 AM
I am looking at an early eighties Guerciotti equipped with Super record components that has a Maillard freewheel and a Sedis chain. After searching the forum, it appears the Sedis chain is good reliable stuff, but I am concerned about the Maillard freewheel and comments I have seen about them on the forum. So I have some questions. Is Maillard stuff ok or not? What is an helicomatic hub? How can I determine whether this particular freewheel is helicomatic and what are the issues with helicomatic hubs? And finally, what are the complications and issues which might occur with replacing this freewheel? Oh, this is a 7-speed, around 1982. Here is a picture.
01-23-08, 10:31 AM
That Malliard freewheel is mounted to a Campy Record hub which is standard thread. If it were a Helicomatic freewheel, it would also be a Malliard hub. I would not worry about that freewheel, it should last a long, long time and the price of a NOS Regina getting outrageous.
01-23-08, 10:32 AM
I don't think thats a Helico hub. It would have a knurled locking ring adjoining the smallest cog.
Anything Maillard/non Helico seems to be pretty reliable.
01-23-08, 12:13 PM
I agree - You have nothing to worry about. That is a standard freewheel hub and the Sachs/Maillard freewheel can be removed with the proper freewheel tool. You could replace the freewheel with a 6 or 7 spd english thread freewheel, up to a 26 tooth max with the SR derailleur. Go for it.
As preciously stated, it is not a Helicomatic. If the range is adequate and it is not overly worn, I would stick with the Maillard freewheel. Besides ensuring that the maximum cog size does not exceed the derailleur's capacity, another replacement issue is the threading standard. There is the remote possibility that the hub and freewheel could be French threads.
01-23-08, 12:33 PM
looks nice! Pics of entire bike??
01-23-08, 02:56 PM
Here's a picture of the bike along with some component pictures. The owner says the components are Super Record and I was wondering if any of you would be so kind as to confirm that. It's a 1982 and there are several scrapes/dings/rough spots in the frame, but all in all the condition's not too bad. Thanks!
Keep the freewheel, keep it well-oiled, and listen for changes in the sound of the ratchet or for the first signs of chain droop.
The bike is gorgeous, but then I am partial to Italian steel and to red. :)
How do you refer to those Campy components with the colors of Italy inlaid?
01-23-08, 06:14 PM
pantographed (for the engraving machine that you mill/engrave with) and painted in...+1 that's a standard threaded Maillard FW and very unlikely to be anything but a standard (nonFrench) threading given it's mfg. date. Great looking bike, and great Regal saddle too, if the price is right: BUY it!
01-23-08, 07:47 PM
VERY NICE!!! No, thats an understatement.....beautiful! I too am partial to Italian anything!
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