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    Freewheel issues

    Ok, so this might be my OCD acting up, and not a real problem, but here goes:

    I've noticed that if I'm coasting (or really soft-pedaling) and then start pedaling again the crank rotates forward a little bit before my cassette/freewheel engages -- maybe 1/16th of a crank rotation, but probably less. The rotational distance the crank takes to engage the back wheel seems to be taking longer than I remember, which is why I noticed it. I'm assuming that there's something weird going on with the freewheel/hub assembly, but I don't know if I'm imagining things.

    Any thoughts?

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    Remember that the crank angle needed to engage the freewheel pawls depends on the gear. (The angle at the wheel is constant and depends on the make of freewheel.) In a high gear, engagement will happen with very little crank motion, and in a low gear, more crank motion is required.

    Maybe your riding style has changed toward spinning faster cadences in lower gears...?

    I know mine has.

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    You could remove the freewheel and apply some light lube (Triflow) to the back of the freewheel. If needed, whack the freewheel with a small hammer to free the pawls.
    That did the trick on a bike I worked on yesterday.
    My bikes: 2001 Litespeed Tuscany---2015 Cannondale SuperSix EVO carbon

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    Senior Member landshark's Avatar
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    Yeah, I'm going to pull everything apart tonight. It's a Ksyrium ES wheelset, and word on the street is that they need a bit more lube than normal. Hopefully I won't need a hammer.

    FLYcrash, thanks also for the comment. I don't think my mechanics have changed, but I'm going to look at everything.

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