Bicycle Mechanics - Rear wheels
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04-04-08, 04:47 AM
I have a question about the sounds made in a freehub. I have a new bike with Mavics and the rear wheel is almost quiet, kinda acool. My older bike has Rolphs which are very very loud click click click....it sounds cool for other reasons. My question is, is one better than the other and why such a huge difference?
Is one faster?
04-04-08, 05:44 AM
It's just a function of the design of the pawls, the lube that's used etc. There's an old saying that expensive wheels make more noise than cheap ones but that doesn't really hold water.
As to faster, some would say that certain pawl designs engage more quickly and that will make you faster....................good luck measuring that.
In my opinion, the ones that will make you faster are the ones that are so solid that they never break..........then you get to ride more............thus faster.
04-04-08, 06:01 AM
DT Swiss 240s hubs are very quiet, and they are one of the best hubs on the market. I don't know that I'm any faster on these wheels, but the engagment of the star ratchet system is definitely smoother than the hubs using pawls (no thud when force is applied to pedals from rest). Anyway, I wouldn't worry too much about sounds unless it gets so loud that your hub obviously needs cleaning/lube.
04-04-08, 07:41 AM
Rolfs are much louder, nothing to be concerned about. Some people talk soft, some loud. Still get the message across. Personally, I love that scary loud ratchet noise on my Vigors.
04-04-08, 02:37 PM
Yeah I luv my Rolphs as well I have Victor pros but the new bike has Mavic Askiums...smooth quite. The loud click was cool but I could :Dnever sneak up on my brother with our being heard.
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