Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Iowa -- in the great Midwest, U.S.A!
Bikes: '72 Schwinn Sports Tourer; '73 Schwinn Super Sport; '79 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8; '86 Peugeot 501; '90 Schwinn High Plains; '06 Downtube Mini; '09 Cannondale Synapse Sport
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The Silence of the Pawls ...
I recently installed a NOS SunTour 'Perfect' 6-speed freewheel onto a wheel intended for my current project bike (a 1980 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8). The freewheel was still in its plastic bag and in the original box. It is engraved with a date code of 'AF,' which I believe indicates a manufacture date in early 1985. It spins beautifully, but it's virtually silent ... no characteristic 'tick tick ticking' of pawls whatsoever. I've never heard a freewheel so quiet. So here's the question ... is something wrong with it, or were new out-of-the-box SunTour freewheels just that stealthy?
Trailtrekker in Iowa