6spd Freewheel, Is It Shagged And/or Replaceable?

Postby neels on Tue 1/Feb/11 12:50pm

A couple of questions for the accumulated vorb wisdom.

I have acquired for myself an old 12spd roadie for the purposes of hacking to work and back.

It's in reasonable nick except for the freewheel, which has quite a lot of sideways movement, not something I've seen before in my limited bike tinkering.

So my questions are;

Is it completely shagged or fixable, and if it is shagged is it still possible to get a replacement.

If it helps, it's a shimano freewheel mounted on a shimano hub.

Thoughts readers?
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Re: 6spd Freewheel, Is It Shagged And/or Replaceable?

Postby kiwi_zg on Tue 1/Feb/11 1:24pm

Is it the cluster/freehub threaded on to the hub?
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Re: 6spd Freewheel, Is It Shagged And/or Replaceable?

Postby neels on Tue 1/Feb/11 1:28pm

kiwi_zg wrote:Is it the cluster/freehub threaded on to the hub?

Yep, it's a screw on freewheel not a cassette.
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Re: 6spd Freewheel, Is It Shagged And/or Replaceable?

Postby Oli on Tue 1/Feb/11 1:50pm

New freewheels should be easily and cheaply obtainable through your chosen LBS. It's not worth trying to repair them. :thumbsup:
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Re: 6spd Freewheel, Is It Shagged And/or Replaceable?

Postby neels on Tue 1/Feb/11 1:52pm

Sweet, I'll go shopping for a new one.

So while I'm there, what chain do I need to go with it?
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Re: 6spd Freewheel, Is It Shagged And/or Replaceable?

Postby danose on Tue 1/Feb/11 1:55pm

neels wrote:So while I'm there, what chain do I need to go with it?


6/7/8 speed (not 9 speed - too narrow in width). I ended up using a sram pc850 when I rebuilt the 6 speed drivetrain on the chromegoose, shifted much much better than the old DA (uniglide) that was on there (switching from a UG cassette to HG may have accounted for some of that though)
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Re: 6spd Freewheel, Is It Shagged And/or Replaceable?

Postby neels on Tue 1/Feb/11 2:04pm

Awesome, 8spd chains are cheap, cheap is good for the commuter bike but I still want it to work properly.

I thought danose and Oli would be a couple of likely suspects for info on a 20+ year old roadie :p
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Re: 6spd Freewheel, Is It Shagged And/or Replaceable?

Postby neels on Tue 1/Feb/11 4:33pm

Hmmm, so it appears that the only 6spd available is a 14-28, I'll have to check what's it's got at the moment and see if the rear derailleur will adjust for a 28 cog.
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Re: 6spd Freewheel, Is It Shagged And/or Replaceable?

Postby Oli on Tue 1/Feb/11 4:44pm

Hmm, you seem to be right. I've just had a trawl through all the wholesaler websites I have access to and I can't find anything better, sorry. I suspect your derailleur will work, but I can't be sure without knowing exactly what it is. If you do go to a 28 you should be okay if you don't go big/big cogs...
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Re: 6spd Freewheel, Is It Shagged And/or Replaceable?

Postby pushbikerider on Tue 1/Feb/11 6:09pm

[pimping work stuff]

If you can wait a few weeks

http://www.interlocracing.com/freewheels_steel.html

these guys do a 13-24 in 6 speed, your LBS can get Wide Open to order them in :blush:

[/pimping work stuff]
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Re: 6spd Freewheel, Is It Shagged And/or Replaceable?

Postby Oli on Tue 1/Feb/11 6:16pm

Awesome! Good to know, PBR. :thumbsup:
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Re: 6spd Freewheel, Is It Shagged And/or Replaceable?

Postby neels on Wed 2/Feb/11 4:07pm

pushbikerider wrote:[pimping work stuff]

If you can wait a few weeks

http://www.interlocracing.com/freewheels_steel.html

these guys do a 13-24 in 6 speed, your LBS can get Wide Open to order them in :blush:

[/pimping work stuff]

Cheers for that, looks very nice but i think possibly a bit spendy for the around $100 total budget I've got in mind for this bike.

Have done some trawling on the interwebs, and it would seem that the rear derailleur should be able to cope with a 28t cog. I might rip the 6spd freewheel off my sons hack bike (6x4 24spd setup off an old avanti black thunder) and do some fiddling.
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Re: 6spd Freewheel, Is It Shagged And/or Replaceable?

Postby danose on Wed 2/Feb/11 4:16pm

SJS still have a decent range of 6 speed freewheels, including odd things like 'timetrial' 16-21s etc - prices aren't too bad (UKP15-20) but no idea how badly they'll gouge you on freight

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/freewheels-6 ... 0ASCENDING

edit : just checked, UKP13 shipping, so $60 landed - but that's still about what you'll pay here (with no choice of models)
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Re: 6spd Freewheel, Is It Shagged And/or Replaceable?

Postby neels on Thu 3/Feb/11 7:41pm

All sorted :thumbsup:

Had a chat to Keith the oracle of old bike knowledge at cycle trading in chch, 14-28 should be workable so have a new freewheel for the princely sum of $30, although he'd never seen that hub/freewheel combination before. And a new chain and some new bar tape, seeing as I was there anyway, there goes the $100 budget :blush:

So a quick regrease of the wheel bearings and some tyres to sort, and I can get out and experience some biopace pedalling awesomeness
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