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    Freewheel upgrade options - Goal: 11t cog, or smaller.

    I've been looking at upgrading the gearing on my DT Nova (rear wheel: 130mm OLD, 7sp freewheel), and came across a couple of options. Just wanted to see if I missed anything.

    1. Long Yih (aka DNP epoch) 11T freewheel - Originally, I was just going to go this route, but after some research, it doesn't seem like the quality of these things are very high. ~$40 total.
    2. Dahon D7 rear wheel - The only bummer about this one is that this wheel is not quick release. Don't know if this is a huge deal, but seems like a small step back, seeing as how my current wheel is quick release. ~$50 + ~$20 cassette
    3. Swift Rear Wheel - 132mm spacing. Probably ok? 8speed ~$78 + ~$20 cassette + $x shifter
    4. Dahon Kinetix Comp rear wheel - 8 speed. ~$100 + ~$20 cassette + $x shifter
    5. Shimano Capreo Rear Wheel - out of my price range ~$300 for wheel alone


    The D7's wheel looks like the most "plug and play", as I wouldn't have to change the shifter or anything, but the lack of a quick release bothers me a bit.

    Aside from having an extra gear on the swift and kinetix comp wheel (the extra gear is not a big motivator for me), are there significant performance differences from the D7 wheel?

    Comments? Personal Experiences? Spot any gaping holes in my list and/or reasoning?

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    If you are interested I will sell you my rear wheel from my Nano with 8 speed cassette and Shimano Sora derailleur and it is quick release for $40 plus shipping. It has less than 10 miles on it. If interested email me at colorodo@gmail.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynocoaster View Post
    If you are interested I will sell you my rear wheel from my Nano with 8 speed cassette and Shimano Sora derailleur and it is quick release for $40 plus shipping. It has less than 10 miles on it. If interested email me at colorodo@gmail.com
    Email sent!

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    I recently ordered the DNP Freewheel for ~ $53 shipped with the freewheel removal tool from itselectric.ca. It was the cheapest option considering I live in Canada. The first one was bad so they're sending a replacement. I don't even know why I bought the freewheel removal tool since I'm only going to be needing it once. If I was in the US I would have gone the Dahon wheel route since shipping to Canada is crazy expensive. Funny thing is that I just bought a Dahon D7 so I could have upgraded it's wheel and used the old one for my Downtube Nova. If the replacement freewheel doesn't work then I know where to find a Dahon wheel with the cassette Any updates?
    Last edited by matchpoints; 10-03-11 at 02:50 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matchpoints View Post
    I recently ordered the DNP Freewheel for ~ $53 shipped with the freewheel removal tool from itselectric.ca. It was the cheapest option considering I live in Canada. The first one was bad so they're sending a replacement. I don't even know why I bought the freewheel removal tool since I'm only going to be needing it once. If I was in the US I would have gone the Dahon wheel route since shipping to Canada is crazy expensive. Funny thing is that I just bought a Dahon D7 so I could have upgraded it's wheel and used the old one for my Downtube Nova. If the replacement freewheel doesn't work then I know where to find a Dahon wheel with the cassette Any updates?
    I received the wheel from dynocoaster and installed it (had to make some modifications though). You can see what happened in this thread: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...pgrade-Fail...

    i'm just using the 12-25 cassette that was on the wheel for now. I'm planning to eventually replace it with a 11-30, but i'm not really missing the big cogs for now (I rarely climb big bad hills, but I do sometimes, and would like the option). The 12t cog is pretty decent. I'm enjoying the slight bump over the nova's stock 14t.

    all in all, it turned out fine with a little work. Nova owners need to watch out for that 135mm frame spacing!

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