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Loudest Singlespeed Cog? ACS Good?

Old 05-25-20, 04:30 AM
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Loudest Singlespeed Cog? ACS Good?

I intend to build a singlespeed commuter.
Frame is Ayrton Silverstone, and intend to use unbranded wheels and some nitto components etc.
However, I like loud freewheels and freehubs.
I am looking at ACS Main Drive or Paws as it is SGD50, but I heard some fail almost immediately when they start pedalling.
Is this true?

And yes I have heard of White Industries, but since this is a student's bike, I can't get a USD120 cog.
Any suggestions?
I want to get something brand new, as I don't want a used or pre-owned wear and tear component for drivetrains etc.
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Old 05-25-20, 08:09 AM
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ACS freewheels are just fine. I have several, but have never had one fail. They are totally rebuildable so if one does get gunked up to the point it is unreliable, it can easily be cleaned and made to run like new.

However, if you want a cheap loud freewheel, get an Origin 8 Hornet. It has 108 engagement points and is the loudest freewheel I have ever heard. I linked a video (not mine) below.

Mine is loud enough to startle pedestrians as I approach from behind. No bell needed with this freewheel.

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The ACS cog I had installed was a lot louder vs the OEM. But after a rides it sounds as quiet. I kinda miss the "clacking"....
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Originally Posted by mihlbach View Post
ACS freewheels are just fine. I have several, but have never had one fail. They are totally rebuildable so if one does get gunked up to the point it is unreliable, it can easily be cleaned and made to run like new.

However, if you want a cheap loud freewheel, get an Origin 8 Hornet. It has 108 engagement points and is the loudest freewheel I have ever heard. I linked a video (not mine) below.

Mine is loud enough to startle pedestrians as I approach from behind. No bell needed with this freewheel.

https://youtu.be/NbHhFFHeDCw
Some kid on a BMX bike buzzed by my house yesterday with a hub that sounded just like that Hornet. I didn't know that was done on purpose. It certainly made me take notice, it was so loud.
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Count me as one of the unlucky ones with ACS single speed freewheels. When it failed I was on a trail in the rain and it took me over an hour to walk out to be able to grab a taxi to get my bike home. That same day I ordered White Industries.

I still recommend the ACS for you because the price is good and most ACS's are fine, I was just unlucky. Stuff breaks at some point and I got two good months out of it.
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You may have heard of it but clearly you haven't ridden one. White Industries Trials Freewheel get one and don't need to buy one again! Life's too short for cheap crappy freewheels.
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