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I've jumped from freewheels to mostly cassettes, but will still do friction shifting on some bikes.

Nonetheless, I've also used newer freewheels.

Pros of newer freewheels and cassettes:
  • They shift very nicely, even with with friction shifting more speeds.
  • More speed choices are available. 5s, 6s, 7s, and even 8s, 9s, 10s, (in both freewheels and cassettes).
  • I'm a fan of 11T, which is widely available in cassettes, and available in some freewheels.
  • I hated the vintage 2-prong freewheels. The new spline freewheels are much better, and for the most part now are standardized.
  • The new feewheels and cassettes should work much better with various types of indexed shifting.
Cons of newer freewheels (and cassettes to some extent).
  • I'm used to my old freewheels being absolutely bombproof. I think many of the new freewheels and cassettes wear much faster.
  • Limited choice in freewheels. 11T, 7s has horrible shifting gaps. One gets 11T, but misses 12T & 14T, and gains low-end sprockets that I don't need.
  • No interest in producing new "corncob" freewheels. Are any available with 21T or 23T?
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