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Loud freewheels

Old 08-12-10, 10:31 AM
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Loud freewheels

At first I wondered why anyone would want one but after thinking of the safety issue I kind of like them. What brand makes those loud new free wheels? It would make it hard to sneak up on someone.
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Old 08-12-10, 10:36 AM
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Chris King has one of the loudest (and coolest) that I know of.
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Old 08-12-10, 10:38 AM
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Every Mavic wheel I have owned has a loud free hub.
It helps when I am attempting to pass someone on a MUP but all in all I would prefer the opposite.
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Kysrium SL's are pretty loud, as are Williams Cycling 30s
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Old 08-12-10, 10:40 AM
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Free Wheels? Who is giving away free wheels?
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My Campy Eurus hubs are pretty loud.
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Originally Posted by AGGRO View Post
At first I wondered why anyone would want one but after thinking of the safety issue I kind of like them. What brand makes those loud new free wheels? It would make it hard to sneak up on someone.
HTFU! That loud ratcheting sound you hear is not there for safety. It is an alarm saying that you stopped pedalling!
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Old 08-12-10, 10:45 AM
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I like loud freewheels/hubs as they let me know to dial it up if I hear one behind me when I am pulling.

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Old 08-12-10, 10:48 AM
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If you actually mean freewheels, then White Industries makes the loudest ones I know of.
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Originally Posted by SalsaPodio View Post
IWhite Industries makes the loudest ones I know of.
My wife had some wheels built last year with WI H2 hubs. I've been really impressed.
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Old 08-12-10, 11:01 AM
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fulcrums. not the nice buzz of CKs, but a loud fast ticking
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I like my somewhat loud Campy hubs. The sound is pretty similar to the sound made by a fishing reel and very appropriate when reeling in freds, toddlers on their tricycles, etc as I blast down the MUP in TT mode at 25+ mhp.
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Zipp 404 carbon clinchers have the loudest freehub I've ever heard, including many of the ones listed above.
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Zipp 404 carbon clinchers have the loudest freehub I've ever heard, including many of the ones listed above.
Neither set of my 404's were obnoxiously loud, at least not compared to Kings.
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Rolf Wheels, you can hear them 1/8th of a mile away.
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Originally Posted by thegunner View Post
fulcrums. not the nice buzz of CKs, but a loud fast ticking
this. My fulcrums are SO LOUD
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
HTFU! That loud ratcheting sound you hear is not there for safety. It is an alarm saying that you stopped pedalling!
Quote of the year
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Originally Posted by thegunner View Post
fulcrums. not the nice buzz of CKs, but a loud fast ticking
+1, annoying as heck.
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Old 08-12-10, 11:28 AM
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+1, annoying as heck.
5's and 7's. the zeros, 1's and 3's are a nice buzz.
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Old 08-12-10, 11:32 AM
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So, in another post I noticed that many people go to the extreme by riding with their brakes open for minimal drag, although this wouldn't be the same extent, wouldn't it be logical that having that 'clicking sound' would require some amount of friction that is really unnecessary?

I only ask because some of the people in the other post seemed really really particular about unnecessary friction/weight/anything.
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Noob question: What makes some louder than others and why is this done (other than to let others know that you're not pedaling, scare kids on tricycles, etc).
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5's and 7's. the zeros, 1's and 3's are a nice buzz.
that makes me tempted to upgrade to the 3's
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FWIW, you can pull the freehub body partially off and put a little Phil's Tenacious Oil in there and it'll quiet it right down.
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I also would like some free wheels.

I noticed someone in my club had a super-loud freewheel, sounded like a bumblebee with an amplifier - was a chris king.
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