i am typically a fixed/ss riding type. i did my last tour fixed, but with my tax returns this year i'm thinking of building myself a geared rear wheel to do a 1x7 setup for touring in the mountains.
i'm familiar with the typical concerns about freewheel hubs (axle breakage and threading freewheel scarcity) but the phil cassette hub is MUCH more expensive, and i also tend to trust older technology.
i have seen phil freewheel hubs that are older than me, and still working fine. is axle breakage really much of a concern with phils? has anyone had bad experiences with them? i've only heard good.
while we're at it, what are some good, durable freewheel brands? suntour seems like a good option, with lots of ebay availability.
if anyone thinks of any other concerns that might be valid to one who hasn't ridden geared since childhood, toss 'em in.