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Old 06-22-10, 06:30 PM
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Interloc Racing Design Freewheels

Does anyone know anything about IRD freewheels? I first heard of them at Harris Cycle and went to their web site. http://store.interlocracing.com/fr76and5sp.html They sound good, but I wouldn't want to try one at twice the price of all the others if they aren't worth it.

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Plenty of threads on this already. They're overpriced garbage. But if you need the gearing it gives you and nobody us makes it then you are unfortunately SOL.
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You get what you pay for and the IRD's are twice what the Shimanos are, TMPO. Tried the Shimano first and hated it, the IRD is much smoother, quieter and rotates without wobble.
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Thanks. Anymore people with experiences with them?
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Originally Posted by Mr Gnome View Post
Thanks. Anymore people with experiences with them?
I'm currently riding my second (first failed after about a month or two on my commute bike...maybe 200 miles total) and so far it's been ok.

I went through the same pondering, and figured it was worth a shot. Given the chance again, I'd go with a shimano option I think and save the extra $. I was pretty unhappy and unimpressed when the pawls failed me after such a short time.

For what it's worth though, I did read of multiple failures in the "Mark II" version of the same 7 speed freewheel...failures that were supposedly fixed in the "Mark III" version. My new freewheel has "M3" stamped on it, and I THINK (I didn't put it together until later, so I'm not entirely sure) the first one may have been stamped "M2"...which would explain it's tendency to fail.

I warrantied it through my LBS (where I'd bought it), and have been happy with the new one so far, just keeping my fingers crossed. I've been riding it for probably a year now maybe...can't remember exactly. I have a thread on here somewhere that I started when I had the trouble etc.. I don't feel like looking it up just to check the date.

If you can get the gearing you want in a shimano, I'd say go that route. If not, and you have to buy the IRD, make sure you buy from a shop that can replace it for you if it ever fails.

Oh, and it shifts beautifully, but I'm sure the ramped (hyperdrive) cassettes shift just as well.

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You get what you pay for and the IRD's are twice what the Shimanos are, TMPO. Tried the Shimano first and hated it, the IRD is much smoother, quieter and rotates without wobble.
Oh, and my new (replacement) IRD freewheel wobbles more than any freewheel I've seen, so count yourself lucky.
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I've not used IRD FW's ...... from all the mixed reports , I'm feelin' fortunate not to have bought one.

Now me .... I'm all about making your FW's if the opportunity is there. From what I know of IRD's bodies, they are copies of Shimano bodies, which one I do not know. I'm thinking then you can mix and match cogs and spacers to make any combo you want. If someone has a bum IRD FW, buy it for $5 and use the cogs on a Shimano body, or buy different Shaimano FW's and make your own custom cogset.

See these web pages.....
http://blog.harriscyclery.com/custom...ed-freewheels/

And notice here(post #27) the IRD FW body looks the same as the Shimano ... http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=373319


I did notice Harris is out of IRD FW's until July. Curious..... I wonder if they were all pulled again until IRD could pull their head out of their behind and offer a FW that works for everyone.

You know how it goes with people who get one that doesn't break down or wobble...... they'll tell you they're great. But enough people have had these fail and wobble to know there is a real problem here, still. I never heard of any brand of FW failing so much.

Mr. Gnome ... what combo you were looking for?
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Thanks to all. I'm glad I asked. From the web site and Harris saying "highly recommended," I thought they were God's gift. I know everywhere I've found them they are out of stock.

I'd mainly like a 11t-28t, but just looking for something not to have problems with on my Sun X3-SX trike. Right now I have a DNP Epoch 11t-30t. With the 20t mid-drive and 20t axle gear I really can't take advantage of the 11t anyway. It shifts GREAT, but just a strange noise "ONLY" in the 4th gear. If I do one revolution backwards it will stop. It's been in 2 shops and everything changed out and it still does it. I'm beginning to think it's a design thing and not liking freewheels.

BTW, I have a 13t-28t Shamino for $13 coming from Ebay tomorrow. We'll see how that works.

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