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Old 01-25-09, 10:26 PM   #1
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Anyone using the Regina Futura?

I'm rehabing a Raleigh Professional and wondered if others had any comments on the Performance and Reliability of the Futura. I'm really not interested in comments as to whether it'd DESTROY the bike or other insight as to it not being OE. Just reports regrding the use of the Futura.

It looks like a nice FW setup and it looks like a first class attempt toward the modern day cassette.

BTW, the range of teeth was:

13-18
13-21
14-24

Each cassette was a six speed.


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Old 01-25-09, 10:36 PM   #2
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You are referring to the Futura freewheel, right? I think that this was a new part in the '80's, and I haven't heard anyone complaining about this setup particularly. Sort of an answer to freehubs, and Regina always built a pretty good product. You can sometimes find aluminum and titanium cogsets that fit on the body.
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i've got the complete futura freewheel set complete with 3 cogsets, 1 body, the wooden display case & fw removal tool. the concept was well engineered and i've had no problems at all. very neat & clever design that allows fuss-free, no-tool cog swaps in seconds.
the trouble is that it still shifts just like an oro , CX/CX-S or BX, etc.
I'll let you have it for cheap, if interested.
as for me... i went straight back to my trusty suntour new winners

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Old 01-25-09, 10:43 PM   #4
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"i've got the complete futura freewheel set complete with 3 cogsets,wooden display case & fw removal tool." QUOTE.


May we have a pic?


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Thank you sir.

I have 2 campy freewheels and the complete wrench, (the black thingy with the two dogs,

C/W the handle as well.) so I am interested to see your boxed futura set.

I had the chance to buy the Campy Freewheel toolkit 1 year ago, but passed due to

the price. ($1000.00 - and missing what I now have!)

I really love "sets", and "presentation boxes".


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Yes, that's the deal. I understood it incorporated the 'guts' of their well known FW, w/the convenience of three gear ratio change-outs depending on your intended route. I just wonder about the durability of the cogsets. They appear to be machined from one block of steel.

Were these really intended by Regina to be used or only for promotion purposes and given to race winners?

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cog durability appears no better or worse than it would be for any conventional Regina CX/CX-s, BX, America,etc. freewheel. the 'cassettes' are machined from a solid steel billet but I've never heard of splitting or breakage.. I vaguely recall these sets being sold as catalogue items for only a moderately heinous price and much less than campagnolo's alloy freewheel.pretty neat device-the bayonet feature is very precise and positive. no slop, slippage or wobble.
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regina futura freewheels set

I've got a brand new set in its box, never used , not even taken out of its box .
I won't use it myself as i am not into racing bike .
As wel i 've got quite a few others brand new raing parts , ofemga for mot of them .
Very nice italian made too.
If anyone is interested , just let me know .
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I have the Regina Futura Freewheel set. Never been used. The freewheel sounds like a salt-shaker. Is this normal? Or does it need repacking with grease? I was thinking Phil Wood Tenacious or would it need something lighter? Does anyone how to open the frewheel to expose the bearings? There are two little holes on the top plate. Can anyone recommend a tool that will unscrew the top plate? Do I use the removal tool to arrest the freewheel from turning and use smt like a prong that'll fit in those 2 little holes turning the top plate anti-clockwise? Thank you for your comments in advance.
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I have the Regina Futura Freewheel set. Never been used. The freewheel sounds like a salt-shaker. Is this normal? Or does it need repacking with grease? I was thinking Phil Wood Tenacious or would it need something lighter? Does anyone how to open the frewheel to expose the bearings? There are two little holes on the top plate. Can anyone recommend a tool that will unscrew the top plate? Do I use the removal tool to arrest the freewheel from turning and use smt like a prong that'll fit in those 2 little holes turning the top plate anti-clockwise? Thank you for your comments in advance.
While I've never worked on a Futura, I have rehabed a variety of different Regina FW.

I'd say, no, it should not rattle. I can't imagine how there is space for the balls and pawls to come loose, but it sounds as if they have.

The easy way to remove the retaining ring is to thread the FW onto a built wheel. Using a flat nosed punch which fits in one of the small holes and hammer, remove the retaining ring. It will have reversed threads, so "righty loosey." Be prepared with a small cup to catch the balls before they tumble to the floor. I try to keep the wheel horizontal while holding the outer body tight against the inner body (I like to remove the cogs first). Then place the cup over the FW body and quickly flip the wheel 180 degrees. The retaining ring, outer body, and balls fall into the cup.

Now it sounds as if all the balls have little to no remaining lubrication, and since they are rattling about, this does not sound good. Could you post pictures after you take everything a part?

For grease I use synthetic. If you check my website, FreeWheelSpa.com you will see the grease I use. I think Phil's grease will not be the best for this application. I also place a small drop of oil on each pawl pivot and smear a very light coat of oil on the pawl notches on the inside of the outer body.

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I ran across this recently and realized I never posted pics. They are now incorporated in the first post. Thanks so much for the (Old) comments!!!
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