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Old 05-24-14, 06:35 PM
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Advice needed, tool for Falcon 5spd freewheel

Do any of you know what tool I can use successfully to remove an old Falcon 5 speed freewheel (circa 1980's)?

I have tried the Park Tool 1.5, which is too large in diameter.
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Absolutely have no idea what a "Park Tool 1.5" is, but n FR-7 is the one to use.
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Old 05-24-14, 09:20 PM
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Ahh, 1.5 was a typo. It was meant to be 1.2, as in FR-1.2. No dice on the FR-7 either.
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Perhaps this one:

Bike Tools Etc. - 1000's of bicycle tools and parts for the home mechanic!

Price: $4.95
Item #LF-09BI : Fits some Falcon and SunRace splined freewheels. Slightly larger diameter than Shimano types, 23mm diameter, 12 splines

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Parktool FR-7 should work. Park Tool Co. FR-7 : Freewheel Remover : Freewheel & Cassette
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Old 05-25-14, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by bhchdh View Post
OP stated he tried the FR-7 without success:

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No dice on the FR-7 either.
Falcon freewheels seem to have a lot of variability.
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I will see if someone around here has one I can try. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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Perhaps this one:

Bike Tools Etc. - 1000's of bicycle tools and parts for the home mechanic!

Price: $4.95
Item #LF-09BI : Fits some Falcon and SunRace splined freewheels. Slightly larger diameter than Shimano types, 23mm diameter, 12 splines

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You going to re use the freewheel again ? if not , just have the LBS take it off, and buy a tool to remove it's replacement in the future.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
You going to re use the freewheel again ? if not , just have the LBS take it off, and buy a tool to remove it's replacement in the future.
A good question. It has very few miles on it, so it's not unreasonable to continue using it.
If I did have a LBS take it off (and I'm guessing render it unusable), what replacement freewheel could I use for it?
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Originally Posted by CustomSteel View Post
A good question. It has very few miles on it, so it's not unreasonable to continue using it.
If I did have a LBS take it off (and I'm guessing render it unusable), what replacement freewheel could I use for it?
Anything with the same hub thread would work; something with the same or smaller range of cogs would mean you wouldn't need to change the chain length, but it's often prudent to chain the chain at the same time as the freewheel.
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Perhaps is the smaller splined tool that requires removing the axle locknuts to remove the freewheel?

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I'm trying to find one. Park Tool doesn't have one in their lineup, and other offerings are obsolete.
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Originally Posted by CustomSteel View Post
I'm trying to find one. Park Tool doesn't have one in their lineup, and other offerings are obsolete.

It'll probably be a Bicycle Research product...they're still made...keep looking...

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I think I may have found one, will know in a couple of days.

I also found this, referencing the Bicycle Research tool being used with successful results:
http://forums.bicycletutor.com/thread-1674.html

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Old 05-27-14, 03:49 PM
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I owned a Falcon bike and the OP probably needs a two prong Mallard type freewheel removed. I am sure they can be found in most bike shops. Good luck OP.
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I owned a Falcon bike and the OP probably needs a two prong Mallard type freewheel removed. I am sure they can be found in most bike shops. Good luck OP.
Thanks Roadie1! It's actually a 12-spline design, it's just a little smaller than the normal ones out there. I think I found a tool that fits, but will have to wait until it arrives to deliver a verdict. I'll post some photos and whatnot as well.
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The CT4 tool from Bicycle Research was successful!!
Be warned that it needs a firm bite, you have to knock the axle out (literally, the cones were pressed too hard and stuck in the caps for the bearing races) or you will risk rounding out the tool because it has less than half of a purchase in the splines. The tool's teeth are pretty shallow as well, but it works without question.



Thanks again for the suggestions and encouragement!
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