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View Poll Results: Freewheel or Cassette rear hub for Single Speed
I prefer to ride a Freewheel hub. 4 20.00%
I'd rather ride a single speed Cassette hub. 6 30.00%
My hub isn't SS-specific---it's converted. 10 50.00%
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Old 02-28-06, 11:18 AM   #1
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Freewheel or Cassette rear hub for Singlespeed

What type of rear hub do you use on your single speed bike(s)? And why? Looking for help with a ss build here, so your opinions are oh-so-valuable.
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Hey, i actually just converted my Hardrock to a single-speed yesterday with this $20 conversion kit from pricepoint.com. I decided to do it just for riding around on campus to class, but i really like it so far.
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Hey, i actually just converted my Hardrock to a single-speed yesterday with this $20 conversion kit from pricepoint.com. I decided to do it just for riding around on campus to class, but i really like it so far.
Good to hear you're liking it so far. My single speed is in its infancy right now, as I only have a few parts bought and the frame hasn't even arrived yet. I'm just picking people's brains to try to decide on parts like the wheels, cranks, etc.
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Old 02-28-06, 12:23 PM   #4
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I'd like to have this Woodman SS cassette hub
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I'd like to have this Woodman SS cassette hub
Not a bad price. Does it come in a non-disc version? I don't see one on Woodman's web site.
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Old 02-28-06, 12:39 PM   #6
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Right now I'm riding fixed/fixed, but I'll be getting a phil wood fixed/freewheel for spring riding.
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My Bianchi is running a Shimano BMX hub, it might be extended to fit a standard drop out spacing but not sure since I have only had the bike since Saturday and have been to busy riding it to really do any investigation on it. But let me say, man is riding an SS fun and now I wish I would have gotten one years ago.
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I use freewheels because that is what I started using and have never had a problem with them. Shimano or White Industries. Even though they are cheaper I like the Shimanos better becuase they are silent while coasting.

I have surly hubs on two wheelsets, white industries on another. I think surly hubs are a good compromise between quality and price.

If I ever kill any hubs I plan on stepping up to Phil.
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i run an ENO eccentric.
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oh geez. I have that woodman hub, in a quick release version. It's a hoss but the engagement is awesome. There is so little play it's amazing. It came with a 14 and a 16 cog, but I needed an 18, so I ordered a DX. It works perfectly. Almost identical to the cogs it came with. I much prefer cassette hub for the chainline adj action. I also like the resale value, or adjustability that I may one day want gears and I haven't screwed myself out of the option. I also don't have to worry about a special freewheel removal tool, or stripping threads and having my whole hub screwed (just the freewheel body). So I really like SS specific cassettes because you don't really need that whole 9spd cassette.

I found in the new QBP catalog that profile makes a 3spd hub, but on their website I only found a six speed. Anyway I thought that was kind of cool, because it appears to just be a mini-cassette, but they explicity say you can run 3/6 cogs spaced for 8 spd and be good. Which is all I would ever need.

Right now my urban assualt has a deore cassette hub w/ spacers. My raleigh super grandprix uses a coaster brake but I had a freewheel. And my soma ss 29er has that woodman. The bearings are smooth but it weighed decidedly more than the xt counterpart. I don't have a scale or I would have weighed it, I'm sorry.
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I think cassette hubs make a lot more sense.

For some reason, all my singlespeed wheels are freewheel.
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Forgive the silly question. But the difference between ss and fixed is no freewheel correct? On a fixed, if the wheels are turning, so are the cranks?
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Forgive the silly question. But the difference between ss and fixed is no freewheel correct? On a fixed, if the wheels are turning, so are the cranks?
Yup.
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Thought so. Cheers.
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Right now I'm riding fixed/fixed, but I'll be getting a phil wood fixed/freewheel for spring riding.
Are you riding trails on your fixed/fixed? I'd probably be lying in a heap somewhere if I tried that.
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I have a DMR Conversion kit on my XT hub, I like it, most reliable bit of my bike, never gone wrong, the option is there if I want to change back aswell which is a definate plus IMO.
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Re: fixed off road.

It's not as bad as you would think. I have my 1x1 set up for winter riding 'suicide' fixed with a fixed cog and a bottom bracket lockring holding it in place, with the help of loctite. I havent had it slip up yet. And I still have a freewheel on the flip side in case of something that hasn't happened yet. When it does I will let you know what it is.

The traction and speed control are remarkable, especially in wet/snowy conditions. You just have to get used to not getting over the logs and stunts as pretty as you did before.



So, the moral of the story is you don't need a fixed hub to run a fixed cog. Try it and have a blast. I actually enjoy riding fixed offroad more than on road. I don't know why though.......
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I'm running a Novatec SS cassette disc hub on my Surly 1x1. Its rocking the 16tooth skinny cog that came with it. Surly and Endless Bike Co. make thicker based cassette cogs, so the cassette body doesn't get mangled as bad. Its on my list of things to get once there are funds.

Running a Surly flip-flop hub on my Fixie commuter. Running a surly fix cog on one side and an ACS freewheel on the other. No complaints so far on it either.
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I use freewheels because that is what I started using and have never had a problem with them. Shimano or White Industries. Even though they are cheaper I like the Shimanos better becuase they are silent while coasting.

I have surly hubs on two wheelsets, white industries on another. I think surly hubs are a good compromise between quality and price.

If I ever kill any hubs I plan on stepping up to Phil.
Which White Industries hub are you using? Standard or Eccentric? How do you like it?

I think I'd like to use a cassette hub, but they seem to be so much more expensive. Either that, or the fair-priced ones only come in a disc version, which I don't need/want. Alfred E Bike has a good price on the American Classic disc version, but they don't carry the non-disc.

So I'm starting to lean toward freewheel. The Surlys are too heavy, and I'd rather not pay the extra for Phils, so I'm looking at Paul's W.O.R.D., Spot, or White Industries ENO Standard.
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I should clarify.......I use a W.I. Freewheel. I no longer use any W.I. hubs although I had an Eccentric Eno for a couple of years and never had a problem with it. Ebayed it though. Real beauty of a hub.

From your list of three, there isn't a loser in the bunch. I would think you would be happy with any of them. If I had to pick one it would we the Paul. W.I makes pretty hubs though. Both light and strong, but you already know that.

Does paul or spot make a flip flop hub?

Also, Do either of them make a flip flop fixed /free?

In case you want one
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I should clarify.......I use a W.I. Freewheel. I no longer use any W.I. hubs although I had an Eccentric Eno for a couple of years and never had a problem with it. Ebayed it though. Real beauty of a hub.

From your list of three, there isn't a loser in the bunch. I would think you would be happy with any of them. If I had to pick one it would we the Paul. W.I makes pretty hubs though. Both light and strong, but you already know that.

Does paul or spot make a flip flop hub?

Also, Do either of them make a flip flop fixed /free?

In case you want one
I'm actually leaning toward the Paul. Interestingly enough, Spot's web site doesn't show a non-disc hub, but Cambria has one for sale on their web site, so maybe it's a previous year's model that's no longer being made.

Neither Paul nor Spot make flip-flop hubs, but that's not really an issue. This is going to be a XC-only backup to my current mtb, and I've got no interest in running it fixed. So I'll save some weight by having only one side threaded.

Bottom line is, I'm watching eBay for anything of interest. My goal is to put together a nicely-specced bike, saving as much money as possible in the process. I'd like to see just how low I can get the final cost to be without skimping on parts. I've already gotten pretty good deals on the frame itself (an '03 Gunnar Ruffian), a Vicious rigid fork, and a SRAM 9.0 complete brake set---all used but in great shape.
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