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Old 02-13-09, 10:13 AM   #1
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Sunrace Freewhweels to Maillard hub

Ok this is a retro- french question.

Will a 5 speed Sunrace freewheel go onto a Maillard/Atom hub (which currently has an Atom freeweel)?

Is the threading compatible?
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Old 02-13-09, 10:33 AM   #2
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I like the Mailard hubs
they were on a lot of old Raleigh racers
Ive built one onto a 27" steel rim for my Elswick hopper single speeder.
I just screwed a standard thread 16tooth freewheel onto the hub
so the 5 speed sunrace will fit no problem
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Old 02-13-09, 10:38 AM   #3
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I had one on an 80s Peugeot. Its a nicely executed design on paper but they're losers in practice. And its impossible to find parts for them and that was true even in the mid 90s when I bought mine. Ditch it and get yourself a modern hub. You won't regret it.
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Old 02-13-09, 11:44 AM   #4
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Care to clarify your claim?
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The answer to your question is: Yes. A standard 5-spd. freewheel should thread on with no problem. Be sure to grease the threads on the hub and freewheel. And be sure to have the correct freewheel-remover.

Even the French used standardized tpi on their rear hubs. Otherwise you may need a Mon Dieu! freewheel.
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I had one on an 80s Peugeot. Its a nicely executed design on paper but they're losers in practice. And its impossible to find parts for them and that was true even in the mid 90s when I bought mine. Ditch it and get yourself a modern hub. You won't regret it.
I think your talking about the Helicomatic, but Mailard made a host of ordinary freewheel hubs as well. The Helicomatic has it's fair share of problems, and I would advise not getting too attached to one. Mailard freewheel hubs on the other hand are awesome. I have a 700 series that spins better than most anything else I can find. Don't dismiss Mailard because of that one idea, after all, what company hasn't had their fair share of folly (Dyna Drive, Delta brakes...the list goes on)
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It's no problem as long as you don't have a French threaded hub. I've seen French threaded Maillard 700's on eBay. It's very difficult to find freewheels for them.
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