Like some of my brothers and sisters here and in the classic and vintage, I am a throwback, technology-wise to the 1980's. To me, going from 6 speed to 7 speed cassettes was a quantum leap forward. I could probably run the same Shimano 105 hub with Uniglide cassette forever if I wanted to. I do have back ups but don't think I'll need them for quite a while.
Sometime this year, I am planning on building up a Dura Ace 7400 Uniglide hub up into a contemporary clincher wheelset. I'm really looking forward to this.
I have the special tool for removing the cassette body if I need to.
I also have 2 sets of Deore LX combination UG/HG 7 speed cassette hubsets (black anodized), one already converted to 126mm rear locknut spacing thanks to a high quality Wheels Manufacturing replacement 137mm axle with Shimano threading. I also have a new in the box Deore XT silver 6 speed Uniglide only hubset that is very pretty that I was considering retrofitting with a hyperglide 7 speed cassette body.
Then I came across this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWN:IT&ih=021
Shimano Freehub spare parts box, and for the price I couldn't pass on it. I'm still waiting but figure I will get it this week one day.
It appears to be from the very early days of 5 and 6 speed Uniglide cassettes. I figure the parts may or may not be interchangeable. I noticed all the cogs are black. I tend to use the silver ones but if they mix and match, I doubt there will ever be a shortage.
The instruction sheet on the cover of the box and all the little parts like pawls, bearings, seals, an inner and outer races sounds interesting even if I don't end up actually using them. I love stuff like this that lets me go back in time a little. Its like an archeological dig into the genesis of cassettes , just my cup of tea.
Just thought I'd share what I've been up to this fine Sunday morning.