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Old 07-13-17, 06:49 PM   #101
Bonzo Banana
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
Nothing wrong with freewheel. I ride my 5-spd mtb on single-track for a full season, slaming into roots and rocks. No problem.
If the axle does bend in the future, I'll just replace it with one from BMX super strong chromoly...takes 10 minutes.

Another great thing about freewheels is that they're easier to convert to single-speed.
I don't live in the US but I'm sure I saw it somewhere that walmart bikes have warning stickers on the frame warning people not to use their mountain bikes off road which are freewheel equipped and when you watch those youtube videos where they actually use them off road pretty soon they bend the axle as well as many other faults. Generally the frames hold up quite well though. Better brands with freewheels can't really be compared because they wouldn't use freewheels in the first place for mountain bikes.
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Old 07-13-17, 09:00 PM   #102
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
I stay away from jumps and keep the psi up...maybe that's why I don't have problems.
Yes I never get more than 6" off the ground----intentionally anyway---

In the early days of mountain biking we had lots of BMXers moving up to mountain bikes that were comfortable jumping bike---Now they were heavier and still comfortable in the air and a freewheel axle is not nearly as strong as a BMX axle---where the bearing sit on the axle---

Suspension, cassette hubs cured most of the rear axle problems.
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