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Old 01-27-07, 11:25 PM   #1
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The BEST freewheel

Is the white industries freewheel worth the dough? I've used various freewheels and some of the acs 3/32 chrome plated seem to work ok. The ****mano ones blow apart into shavings really easy. Just opinions needed. What seems to hold up the longest or works best for you? I know most that post here are into fixed, but when i'm in the mountains i like to use a freewheel.
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Old 01-27-07, 11:50 PM   #2
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they are worth every penny...if you search Ebay you should be able to get the tooth you want for around $50-60.
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Old 01-28-07, 12:39 AM   #3
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old suntour bmx freewheels are pretty nice. You can find NOS ones on ebay for under $20. They seem to be nicer than the ACS stuff, etc.
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I think they are worth the money. I have a DOS ENO on one bike and a Shimano on another. The White never slips and is smoother. I also like that the sealed bearings are easily replaced.
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Old 01-28-07, 02:23 AM   #5
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they are definately the best, but i'm only on my 2nd shimano freewheel at $15 each after 3 years...
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Old 01-28-07, 02:30 AM   #6
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the best freewheel is the free freewheel. duh!
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I'ved used Suntour, Shimano, and ACS freewheels for years and years (BMX and SSMTB) and have never had a single problem with a freewheel malfunctioning. Save your $ and get something other than the WI freewheel....they all work just fine.
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Old 01-28-07, 09:17 AM   #8
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Living and riding in the UK, we spend half the year riding in hub deep mud and rain, and Shimano and ACS all blow up after very short time in these conditions. In fact I've had Shimano ones grinding and slipping after one 50 mile offroad mud ride.
I moved to the White Industries Eno about 2 years ago, and it's still going strong, never misses a beat, and I think well worth the money.
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Yeah, I think it mostly depends on the conditions you
ride in. If you were building a single-speed mountain
or cyclocross bike, I would definitely say get the White,
but for regular urban use, occasionally riding in the rain
or splashing through a puddle, an ACS will do you just
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...

Cool, i think i'll use the acs that i have for now. seems pretty smooth. i'd agree with the shimano ones blowing up in 50 miles. This is in dry conditions. Crazy grinding sound. I took the thing apart and the bearings were toast after just a few rides. maybe i just got a bunk one?
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I'm really hating my Shimano right now but I have decided to kill it before getting an ENO. It shouldn't take long.
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I used a shimano for a while, but never really rode in the rain. One ride in the rain and it started making crunchy noises. I now have a DOS ENO and the thing is rock solid. Shimanos are fine if you plan on a) never riding in the rain b) never riding in the mud or dirt(i.e. off road), and c) don't mind that they are not round so they may have some tight spots in your chainline.

IMO, just spend the $$ and get the ENO if you KNOW you want that particular gear,... It would be a waste if you spend $100 and then decide you want a 17T insead of a 16T.

I got my DOS ENO from Bens Bikes on eBay for $100 shipped. Not bad.
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didn't king ued to make a freewheel those were rad and the white industries def worth it soo sexy
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White makes a fabulous freewheel, but it sounds like a fishing reel.

I bought an ACS freewheel to swap out my White Dos Eno because I'm running 1/8" width chain now and riding mostly fixed. I'd rather have that extra cash in my pocket than cart around a blingy part that I won't use most of the time.

So... if you're interested in a 17t/19t Dos Eno that's been ridden all of 500ft, give me a PM.
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I picked an ENO up tonight from CL. $45 plus the hassle of calling my bank 'cause I forgot my ATM card in the machine due to temporary new-bike-parts insanity. I am an idiot.

I am looking forward to my bike sounding more like a fishing reel and less like a brokedown freight train.
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Ok. Quick update. I put on the ENO last night and it kicks about as much azz as a freewheel can, which is quite a bit as it turns out. No slop. No ugly grinding noises. Engages immediately. I love it. I'm definitely going to get my $45 bucks worth of use out of this thing.
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I decided to strip and service my Eno last night after 2 years of muddy wet riding. Well I was really impressed with the quality of the internals, all that's needed is a pin spanner to spin off the outer metal seal, pop off the big circlip and pull out the toothed rachet outer, leaving the centre with the pawls. Cleaned and de-greased all the bearings and internals, regreased it all and put the seals back in, rebuilt and now it sounds like new. Hopefully it'll last like that for another 2 years before another service, I may even treat it to a new sealed bearing then....
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