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Old 09-14-05, 07:19 PM   #1
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Quietest BMX freewheel brand?

Of the common brands, what's the quietest available BMX freewheel? That loud clicking drives me NUTS!

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Old 09-14-05, 08:04 PM   #2
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i think the dicta ones are quieter than the acs ones. personally, the more loud and obnoxious the freewheel sound, the better
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Old 09-14-05, 09:14 PM   #3
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As far as I know, the louder a freewheel, the better. Or at least thats what all my mountain biking buddies tell me.
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I had a Shimano on mine, and it was completely silent....
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a louder click would seem to imply more engagement surface of the pawls...
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Old 09-15-05, 12:39 AM   #6
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shimano....
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shimanos are the quietest and crappiest. ACS are loud as hell, and dont last all that long, but i love em
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About 5 years ago Sun Race prototyped one with a silent clutch that engaged with no gap. Seriously...NO GAP. Pretty f'ing sweet. My buddy was the race team manager, that's how I got to see it.

The prototype had some slipping issues and the freestylers had issues with the pedals creeping forward on tricks like tailwhip airs and stuff. Maybe they worked those kinks out in the last 5 years and moved it into production. Look for it.

Also, Chris King hubs make a very different and distinct buzz that you may find more to your liking. But, then you'd have to build a new wheel from the hub up.

Good luck with your search.

Also, try calling Broadway Bicycle (410) 276-0266 here in Baltimore. They have the largest BMX inventory in stock that I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot). So, maybe those guys can give you some good advice.
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Looks like the sunrace freewheel might be out:

http://www.singletrackworld.com/arti...readed&order=0

Scroll down to the pic of the freewheel
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Try this search and you may get lucky and find one.
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dude just spin some think grease into the freewheel to quiet it.
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The White Industries freewheel cots about 4x as much as a normal one, I assume all that extra sealing and stuff might make it quieter. Besides, isn't the possibility of not hearing any clicks worth $90?
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I lube my $15 shimano freewheel with 3-in-1 oil every few months, and it stays quiet as a mouse.
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