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Old 03-02-07, 09:01 PM   #1
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FreeCoaster?

Does anyone run one? what sort is it? is it good? what type would you get if you had another choice?

i am getting sick of running a standard wheel and i work in a bike shop and have good access to most brands. i also spend alot of time riding chainless, i am thinking about gettign a freecoaster.

any suggestions?
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Old 03-02-07, 09:12 PM   #2
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I run a older Nankai on my spare bike. The only problems I have with it is the bad engagement, I've fallen because of it a few times.
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Old 03-02-07, 09:48 PM   #3
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Not for me... if I would get one, I would get the new "Reverse" that's coming out.
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taht geisha **** yo
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freecoasters are the absolute ****. i love them.
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I would like mine if the engagement was better and it was 14mm.
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My buddy just got a Geisha...

I've taken it for a spin a few times it's nice and he loves it. But it's the second freecoaster i've ever ridden so what do i know.

Before that i rode a Nankai on this guys flatland bike...
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Old 03-03-07, 10:33 AM   #9
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I have a geisha and love it. Personally, I'd rather have the Geisha rather than the Reverse. The three peice axle is nice because if you bend or snap it, you just replace that side. Not to mention it is REALLY easy to remove the axle and change the settings on it to get it dialed for your preferences. I don't know that much about the reverse, but there isn't anything wrong with the current Geisha for most riders.

As far is the slack goes, it is really needed. I ran my geisha for a short time with little slack and it feels like poop. Doing blackwards hops and half caps with no slack it always catches and is annoying. I have three spacers taken out now and it rarely catches doing stuff going backwards, which is nice. You have to have that play in the pedals in order to acheive comforting backwards manuvering. Dats dat ****.
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The reverse has a one-piece hollow axle, which is much more durable which has a lot less chance of breaking. The 3-piece on the geisha is a lot easier to break, although I have heard good things about the hub in general.
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still, if you bend your axle with a one peice it pretty much screws up the entire mechanism. With the three piece it wont mess with the enternals. Which I think is nice. Not to mention replacements for the three piece are real cheap. Either one would probably work for your needs, but you probably wouldn't have issues with the current geisha.
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although a three piece axle sounds like a really good idea and i would get the geisha in a second if money wasnt a problem...
i feel like a 3 piece would be harder to replace.
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I thought it would be a big pain in the azz. I HATE replacing axles on cassette hubs, or even getting one side off to service the driver. But I can seriously take the geisha apart, and put it back together in less than 10 minutes. I swear, it's like those army dudes and their AK47s.
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no. i mean like i think it owuld be harder to find a 3 piece axle then a regular one.
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the 3pc axle on the geisha is not very strong, theres a local rider here who weighs like 120lbs Pegless park riding and bent the **** out of both sides.

and you dont want super tight engagement in a coaster, otherwise it wouldnt work as well. the slack is needed for them to work the way they do.
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If you arent a hack you can run the 3 piece no problem. I've seen a few street oriented kids riding them with pegs no problems. Replacement axles are as available as every other company, not any easier or harder. Not to mention that you should never need to replace the middle bit, because the studs are what tend to break or bend if something happens. you can buy one stud for $7 at a LBS.
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Old 03-03-07, 07:34 PM   #17
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I've never even seen a freecoaster in person. No one around here has them.
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I've never even seen a freecoaster in person. No one around here has them.
Same. Actually, I haven't even seen a bike in a while. Mine is in my bassment in pieces... I was taking off my gyro and got lazy and never put it back together.
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i havent seen my bike in ages becuase its in my friends shed. It ned all new bearing and a new shadow chain. I probably need to take it apart and paint it again becuase last time i got lazy and never clear coated it.
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I'm probably not going to figure it out and never put my bike back together. I have no idea how I'm going to do it.
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easy: leave off the gyro
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I see three bikes right now. getting ready for Pre-Burly jam today. **** yes son.
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and you dont want super tight engagement in a coaster, otherwise it wouldnt work as well. the slack is needed for them to work the way they do.
I agree with you. My friend who just got one is leaving the stock slack and it's really hard to use because every time i've tried riding it i always engage it accidently when i do 180's. He seems to be getting the hang of it. But if i were him i'd make the slack a bit easier.
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ive gotten used to it where I can have less than 1/4 crank rotation of slack and it RARELY engages, only if its obviously my fault for not minding my feet.
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I bought a cheapo freecoaster wheel that works pretty well actually
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