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Ramped freewheel with friction shifters is awesome

Old 06-04-17, 06:41 AM
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Ramped freewheel with friction shifters is awesome

I have a ramped reewheel with indexed shifters, but I just got another Sunrace (for $12) for my Gran Rally with a friction system and replaced the 600 FW. How wonderful it is. Shifts smooth and quiet with almost no chain skip, it's a night and day difference. I don't have to do much "fine tuning" after the shift, it goes right in.

The Sunrace only comes with one gearing option and it's pretty much a climbing freewheel, but I swapped my 39 for a 42 and it's fine for me but I'll be getting an IRD next.

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Old 06-04-17, 06:49 AM
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I've used similar combos for a while, now, with Shimano, SunRace, and Sachs freewheels. When the chain is the correct width, there seems no reason to need indexing!
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I just tried that combo for the first time and found the shifting to be much more difficult tban with UG.
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For some reason, the HyperGlide compatible freewheels seem to be one of the best kept secrets in the C&V community, despite several well respected members constantly promoting their benefits.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post

The Sunrace only comes with one gearing option and it's pretty much a climbing freewheel, but I swapped my 39 for a 42 and it's fine for me but I'll be getting an IRD next.
If you can fit a 7 speed, Sunrace makes a 13-25.
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Pretty well everything I touch gets a modern freewheel and chain. Almost shifts too well - you can't tell when you should trim.
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Glad you like the only thing made anymore.
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Yep to the title. Suntour ratcheting shifters and a Shimano ramped freewheel, lubed RD and good cables, buttah buttah.
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Yep to the title. Suntour ratcheting shifters and a Shimano ramped freewheel, lubed RD and good cables, buttah buttah.
.....and quiet to boot.

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I agree; I put an IRD freewheel with a modern sram chain on my trek 720 with suntour barcon shifters...and wow...what a difference..quick and smooth. Makes me want to think twice about being period correct on some of my bikes!
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I'm running 9 speed friction shifting on my road bike, works well but you have to be pretty careful with the shifts as the rear derailleur doesnt have far to go for each gear.
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Yup. I have a Shimano 7 and narrow KHS chain on my international and the NR rear shifts like a champ.
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