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Looking for high quality, but quiet ss freewheel.

Old 02-11-24, 02:42 PM
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Looking for high quality, but quiet ss freewheel.

Title says it. Looking for 17 or 18t freewheel that is quiet while coasting, but higher quality than Shimano sf1200. White is quality, though loud. Any suggestions?
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Quiet, unsure? Most of the quality ones are going to be louder because of how they work. More points of engagement generally leads to a higher quality freewheel but those extra points of engagement tend to add some noise. I would have to say White Industries is the way to go.
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Hmmmm,
I have a Suntour Winner Pro 6 speed cluster that is super quiet as I presume the PO stuffed it full of grease.
This is despite Suntour warning specifically not to do this.

Works fine however and is a real 'stealth mode' bit of kit.

I have no intention of doing this to any more freewheels.

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Keeping a freewheel lubed with the correct oil will help keep the noise down both from the pawls and wear over time. They should only have a good thick oil in them like a hypoid gear oil or Phil Wood Tenacious. A loud freewheel tends to indicate a dry freewheel, regardless of brand name. Shimano have seemed to be stingy on the lubricants in recent years, I've seen a couple brand new hubs with nearly dry balls. A good bit of thick oil might calm that Shimano down.
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What I've done to quiet freewheels is to run oil into the body until it comes out the other side. Wipe off the excess, and then seal the gap between the inner and outer freewheel body with a heavy grease. You're not packing the grease into the freewheel, just working it into the gap to seal the oil inside. Seal both sides of the freewheel this way. It's not permanent, but you can get several weeks or even months of silent running, after which you just repeat the process.
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
What I've done to quiet freewheels is to run oil into the body until it comes out the other side. Wipe off the excess, and then seal the gap between the inner and outer freewheel body with a heavy grease. You're not packing the grease into the freewheel, just working it into the gap to seal the oil inside. Seal both sides of the freewheel this way. It's not permanent, but you can get several weeks or even months of silent running, after which you just repeat the process.
+1 I used to dissemble my Winner FWs, pack the bearings in grease and lightly grease the pawls. Add oil as per your method as needed. THey were dead silent until the oil washed the grease away. (I saw no reason to advertise to hard working competitors in a race that I was coasting (or if I cught them from behind, that I was there).
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