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Old 12-15-08, 05:50 PM   #1
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How to determine type of freewheel for removal

New to bicycle mechanics, worked on them as a kid, but never took off a freewheel. How do I determine the type of freewheel I have and the proper tools to remove it?
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Old 12-15-08, 05:57 PM   #2
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Post a picture here if you can. I'm sure someone could link you to a picture of the type of puller you need.
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Old 12-15-08, 06:11 PM   #3
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here is a pic...
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You could try cleaning it and reading what it says around the center area. It might say SUNTOUR or SHIMANO. Maybe nothing. Then see if it has notches in the inner-ring. Or splines - quite a few notches. It is into these notches/splines that a freewheel-remover tool fits. Each manufacturer has a different pattern there that requires a FR-tool made for that brand/type.

Park Tool has most of them in their catalogue:

http://www.parktool.com/products/category.asp?cat=4
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It's a freewheel, all right. Cleaning it and focusing more clearly would help all of us identify it accurately.
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No matter how many times i magnified it in iphoto i still couldn't tell.
Best guess, 2 prong Suntour.
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Falcon - China.
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yip looks like a low end mountain bike wheel
so will probably have the Shimano splined freewheel tool fitting

be carefull to get a freewheel remover. As the cassette remover is simmilar.
but wont work.
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yip looks like a low end mountain bike wheel
so will probably have the Shimano splined freewheel tool fitting

be carefull to get a freewheel remover. As the cassette remover is simmilar.
but wont work.
So, you are saying it is the FR-4, correct?
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So, you are saying it is the FR-4, correct?
No, Shimano is different than Falcon. They are very similar to each other but the splines on the Falcon will be bigger and the inside diameter of the splined area is larger. You want the FR-7 tool. It is specifically made for the Falcon freewheel.
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ok. Thanks!
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Why don't you just take it by a LBS & have them remove it for ~$3. You probably aren't going to use this freewheel again and the cost of the tool will be more than a one time removal fee.
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Maybe because we are trying to coax him into learning bike-mechanics? Stranger things have happened...
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Take the wheel to the shop and get the right tool; then you can remove it yourself whenever you want.
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