Hi guys. This is kind of a specific thread, but perhaps it applies to more than the Downtube Nova. If you don't want to read my story leading up to this result, just skip down to the bottom.
I recently purchased a downtube Nova. It's great but I'd like it to be faster. The easiest thing I could see would be replacing the freewheel for one with less teeth on the small cogs(s) (the original freewheel is 14-28.)
So I wanted one with 11 teeth on the small cog. They're really hard to find, really really hard. But comcycle-usa sold a model with 11-34 teeth. The brand is DNP and it's pretty much the only one I can find. I ordered it, but there was a big problem, literally. The 34 tooth cog was too big! It would get in the way of the derailleur if it was installed.
Now I was troubled with trying to find a model with a big cog that didn't have 34 teeth. I live in Florida so I didn't care how few teeth the biggest cog had; I just wanted to make sure it wouldn't get in the way of the derailleur. So I called comcycle and it turns out they have 11-28 tooth models in stock, just not on their website.
Well, now they're on their website. You can see it on
I have ordered one and will soon be getting it installed and seeing if it works good or not. I will update this post with the results. Just wanted to share the news in case anyone else wants to give it a shot.