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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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    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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    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
    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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