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Old 10-19-05, 06:23 PM   #1
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Maillard Freewheel Tool

Hi All!

Does anyone know where I can buy a Maillard freewheel tool?

I have a Maillard freewheel on my '78 Raleigh Competition that requires a 20 point tool to remove. I can't seem to find this tool at local bike shops or catalog sales, so any help would be appreciated.

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Old 10-19-05, 06:29 PM   #2
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Go to bike www.bikepartsusa.com I think they will have what you need .
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I was lucky, my LBS had one.
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Bike Parts USA has the tools, but they don't tell you which one fits his Maillard. I think you need a Park fr-4. I have a fr-4, but the Maillards I have are the dreaded 2 prong type.

When I need a freewheel removed that I plan to toss, I pay the LBS $5 to pull it for me. If I plan to use it, I go ahead and buy the tool.
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Old 10-19-05, 07:00 PM   #5
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I was lucky, my LBS had one.
After I dug through all of my oily old freewheels! That's okay, I found a new Regina I didn't know I had.
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Old 10-19-05, 07:06 PM   #6
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The FR-4 is probably what he is looking for I think that sachs-maillard is compatable with the atom tools
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Old 10-19-05, 07:12 PM   #7
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Park Tool says they don't make one for the oversized Maillard freewheels, and told me that they recommended the Bicycle Research tool. At Biketoolsetc.com it's part #BR-CT3
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Thank you all for responding to my Maillard freewheel tool question.

The FR-4 and BR-CT3 tools look close to what I need. However, the grooves on these tools appear to be square, whereas my freewheel appears to have scalloped preparations.

Having said that, I might try one anyway; they’re not too expensive.

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Is this a Malliard Helicomatic hub by any chance?
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Bekologist,

I wondered the same thing. How do you identify a Helicomatic freewheel???

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Hi All!

Does anyone know where I can buy a Maillard freewheel tool?

E-Bay...got mine in the mail yesterday! Check out a vendor called bikesplus. This is for the Helicomatic hub.

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Is this the maillard tool that doubles as a bottle opener and spoke wrench?
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check Sheldon on helicomatics... but if it's splined like a normal freewheel (only with a larger internal diameter) it's not a helicomatic.
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A Helicromatic is splined and uses a lockering, every other freewheel is threaded and screws onto the hub.
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I don't remember how to tell the difference in appearance, but once the cogs come off wether you have a helicomatic or not becomes very clear. It sounds like yours is non Helicomatic, no bottle opener spoke wrench lockring tool in your future, luckily.
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A Helicromatic is splined and uses a lockering, every other freewheel is threaded and screws onto the hub.
Right. Clarifying what I meant by "splined" in my previous post: Standard freewheels have a circular depression in the center with splines on the inside of that hole to fit a removal tool. Helicomatic freewheels have a lockring extending outward at the center, with splines around the outside edge of that lockring.

If it's an innie, it's not helicomatic. If it's an outie, it might well be.
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Thanks brokenrobot,

Mine is an innie; so no helicomatic.

And no, you don't know my mom.

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Just a quick update on the Maillard freewheel tool.

Roadpig and Dirtdrop were spot on with their Park FR-4 recommendation. I bought one and it worked perfectly!

Thanks,

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Just a quick update on the Maillard freewheel tool.

Roadpig and Dirtdrop were spot on with their Park FR-4 recommendation. I bought one and it worked perfectly!

Thanks,

Jason

Good to know! Somebody ought to tell Park
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