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Old 11-08-09, 08:31 AM   #1
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Freecoasters

I don't really know too much about them, aside from the fact that you don't have to back pedal when rolling in reverse. Just wondering if people use them and could inform me on their benefits and downsides, ( I can imaging lots of failures and difficult repairs).

Whats good? bad? or is there any point to getting one at all, i almost never see people using them.
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I have one. I love it.
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I have one. I love it.
Which one do you have ?
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I have two. Version 1 and 2 of the KHE Reverse. The V1 gap was too much for me. So I went and got the spacers to make the gap shorter. Well for some reason, it does not want to engage the driver AT ALL. Something I'll have to look into fixing this winter. V2 gap is perfect for me right out of the box. I just love this one.

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You can back pedal on a freecoaster if you engage it. There is a certian amount of gap or "slack" where the pedals won't move if you roll backwards. If you move your pedals backwards while rolling back and you go past the "slack", you will back pedal. From my experience they are no more difficult to just slightly more difficult to maintain than a normal wheel (with the exception of my V1).

As far as not seeing them, I see them all the time on flatland bikes. It's all about personal taste. I just don't like to back pedal on anything going backwards.
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I have the Alienation v2, and i love it. The externally adjustable slack is a really nice feature. And I see them all the time on street and flatland bikes.
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I have two. Version 1 and 2 of the KHE Reverse. The V1 gap was too much for me. So I went and got the spacers to make the gap shorter. Well for some reason, it does not want to engage the driver AT ALL. Something I'll have to look into fixing this winter. V2 gap is perfect for me right out of the box. I just love this one.

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You can back pedal on a freecoaster if you engage it. There is a certian amount of gap or "slack" where the pedals won't move if you roll backwards. If you move your pedals backwards while rolling back and you go past the "slack", you will back pedal. From my experience they are no more difficult to just slightly more difficult to maintain than a normal wheel (with the exception of my V1).

As far as not seeing them, I see them all the time on flatland bikes. It's all about personal taste. I just don't like to back pedal on anything going backwards.
see i am rather confused, with this idea of "slack". so i would probably get one with adjustable slack, so i can find my fit.

so i'm looking for:
-adjustable slack.
-Strong, because i ride alot more than street/park.
-Easy to get parts for, "drivers and bearing, etc"

So i am thinking KHE freecoaster
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see i am rather confused, with this idea of "slack". so i would probably get one with adjustable slack, so i can find my fit.

so i'm looking for:
-adjustable slack.
-Strong, because i ride alot more than street/park.
-Easy to get parts for, "drivers and bearing, etc"

So i am thinking KHE freecoaster
I should have mentioned that the current crop of freecoasters listed below all have adjustable slack. They just vary in the way that you have to adjust the slack. Here are how some of the models are adjusted-

1. KHE Reverse / KHE Reverse ACB / KHE Geisha--take axle out of the wheel and put washers on it.
2. KHE Astern / Alienation Rush V2 / Federal V2--allen wrench in the end of the axle.
3. Stolen Easy Street--take wheel off bike and use a wrench and a cone wrench.

Knowing what I know now, if the KHE Reverse ACB was not available, I'd go with any of number 2. With the ease of adjusting with an allen wrench and not having to take the wheel off the bike is a winner for me. I only say that because the gap on my ACB was set just right for me out of the box. I am very picky about that so if it wasn't to my liking I would go with any of number 2. The deciding factor would by style and color of the hub.

All of them have 14mm axles for strength. The one bonus is the Federal and Alienation are based on the internals of the KHE. So if it fits the KHE, it should fit the Federal / Alienation.

Hope this helps.
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