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Old 06-11-04, 11:44 AM   #1
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Recommendation on a freewheel

My fixie hub is a flip-flop. I'm thinking about putting a freewheel on the otherside so I can pull my daughter in the trailer on rides with the wife. Can you guys recommend a freewheel brand for this application? I looked a the White Ind. freewheel, but man, their expensive. Thanks.
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Old 06-11-04, 11:49 AM   #2
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I heard the ACS claw series is pretty decent. It has more pawls that can be engaged compared to its competitors. However, it is apparently noisier than say a Shimano freewheel.

The ACS can be installed easily with a Shimano bottom bracket installation tool, so you don't have to buy yet another tool to work on your bike if you already have a Shimano bottom bracket. For that, it earns some points in my opinion.
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Old 06-11-04, 11:55 AM   #3
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I heard the ACS claw series is pretty decent. It has more pawls that can be engaged compared to its competitors. However, it is apparently noisier than say a Shimano freewheel.
true on both accounts - engagement and noise
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I have the 15 tooth AC racing freewheel. It's quiet, actually weirdly quiet, makes me think its not working right but I have no actual basis for this. I've only riden it for about an hour so I cannot atest to it's durability. It also uses the Shimano BB tool (big selling point for me)

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The Mtn. SS'ers around here rave about the White Industries Eno freewheel. Very light to boot. But, pricey.

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I'm running a standard Shimano freewheel. Cheap, sturdy and quiet. Can't ask for more. I suppose, if you're getting the Eno, you're paying for durability and quality. is it worth five Shimano freewheels? In the long run, probably. But for now the Shimano holds up well.
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The ACS can be installed easily with a Shimano bottom bracket installation tool, so you don't have to buy yet another tool to work on your bike if you already have a Shimano bottom bracket. For that, it earns some points in my opinion.
That's incorrect. ACS freewheels use this tool for removal. No tool is needed for installation, but you can use the same tool if you want.

An ACS will be fine for tooling around with the kid.
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I believe this is the freewheel in question (regarding Shimano BB tool)
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Cool! Thanks for the replies guys. I'm not looking for anything fancy, just something that will do the job well enough for a 20 or so mile ride once a week with the family. Sounds like the ACS is what I'm looking for. Thanks!
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My fixie hub is a flip-flop. I'm thinking about putting a freewheel on the otherside so I can pull my daughter in the trailer on rides with the wife. Can you guys recommend a freewheel brand for this application? I looked a the White Ind. freewheel, but man, their expensive. Thanks.
shoot, I've got a basic BMX freewheel on my track bike that Ive installed but never used.... make a cheapo offer and its yours.
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Yeah, I've got an ACS freewheel on the kona singlespeed, and man it's loud. The oem one on the other side of the hub is a lot quieter.
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My fixie hub is a flip-flop. I'm thinking about putting a freewheel on the otherside so I can pull my daughter in the trailer on rides with the wife. Can you guys recommend a freewheel brand for this application? I looked a the White Ind. freewheel, but man, their expensive. Thanks.
Dicta BMX freewheels are affordable, available in several sizes and seem reasonably durable. Certainly they're fine for what you're planning. I have one on my single speed with no complaints.
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Thanks for the replies guys, Crustedfish hooked me up with a freewheel. Thanks Crustedfish!
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That's incorrect. ACS freewheels use this tool for removal. No tool is needed for installation, but you can use the same tool if you want.
Thanks for correcting me. Sorry for any confusion on my part.
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