Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: SW Washington, USA
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Yes, I have a 1988 (?) Nishiki, original wheels/hubs. The original Suntour freewheel is 6-speed. What's your question?
I've toured over 10,000 miles on it. When I use that bike, I carry a freewheel removal tool, and a lightweight aluminum crescent wrench. I've had to use those a few times (with assistance from a rock) to replace some broken spokes.
Last time I toured on it, I replaced the freewheel with a 7-sp Shimano, mainly to get the 32 low-end gear. The bike has Suntour barcons, and I thought I'd have to switch them to friction mode. But, lo and behold, the Suntours are so forgiving and easy to use, that the indexing still works -- although for the two highest gears, I have to "feather" the shifting at the index to get either gear.
If and when the hub ever gives up the ghost, I think I'll just spread the dropouts and go with a freehub.