Bicycle Mechanics - What do I have here? A DNP freehweel
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02-18-12, 04:23 PM
Came across this freewheel on an older MTB owned by a friend. 7-speed, 13-28, and has DNP imprinted on the inside race and cogs. Just for the heck of it, I disassembled it and found some worn pawls. I had some Suntour pawls in my spare parts bin, and they fit. A spare Suntour race ring did not fit, but a Shimano race did fit.
Hmmm. Makes me wonder who made this cogset.
Anybody have any clues as to maker and year?
02-18-12, 05:51 PM
DNP is a company out of Taiwan . being a 7 speed it date back to the early 1990's .
02-18-12, 06:01 PM
Not to sure of the year but the maker is Long Yih, a Taiwan component maker that sells under the name of DnP. They are a Shimano clone who have lost numerous patent infringement cases to Shimano, but continue to make their copies and sell in countries where the patent infringements have not been settled; like the US..They still sell their Epoch freewheels in 7,8, 9 and 10 speeds here http://www.universalcycles.com/search.php?q=dnp
02-18-12, 07:40 PM
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