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Freehub/Freewheel noise

Old 08-19-06, 04:09 PM
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Freehub/Freewheel noise

This is just a passing observation, but it seems to me that the higher end bikes with higher end wheelsets have a noisier freewheel. is there some advantage to a loudly clicking ratchet in the freewheel? or is all of this just perceived?
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Old 08-19-06, 04:11 PM
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I dunno, but my Rolfs are freaking L O U D!
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Old 08-19-06, 04:21 PM
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My Zipp 404s are really loud too!! Am I losing any substantial kinetic energy from this energy converted into sound or friction?

All other wheelsets I have are absolutely silent - multiple Bontragers, Ksyriums, Easton Circuits..
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Old 08-19-06, 05:43 PM
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I'll second this notion, too! My Bonty Races are quiet whereas my high zoot wheels clickety clack awfully loud. Not annoying, but definitely a big difference.
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Must be so that other cyclists know we have high end wheels long before they can see them...ya, that's it!
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sound comes from stuff rubbing together... can't be good, and louder would slow you down more than quieter if everything else was the same.
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Old 08-19-06, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by godspiral
sound comes from stuff rubbing together... can't be good, and louder would slow you down more than quieter if everything else was the same.
Yeah, but everything else isn't the same. Most freehub bodies use spring loaded prawls that work against a ratchet cut into the freehub shell. The noiser ones, like Chris King, use two ramped discs that work against one another. They are completely different mechanisms.
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Old 08-19-06, 09:53 PM
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I took apart my Zipp 404s today to see if I could do something about quieting them down. Are you supposed to clean and grease the spring loaded prawls that work against that ratchet? Would that make them more quiet or am I just obsessing about nothing here?
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