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Cassette vs. freewheel(11 posts)

Cassette vs. freewheelTroyboy
Feb 5, 2002 1:42 PM
What exactly is the difference? I've got a wheel with an old Mavic hub that I'd like to use on my trainer. The hub takes a freewheel not a cassette. Could I find a 9 speed freewheel to work with my DA 9? Are they still buyable? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
re: Cassette vs. freewheelDog
Feb 5, 2002 2:13 PM
Freewheels thread onto the hub, and have the ratcheting mechanism in the freewheel. Cassettes are only gears that slide onto a freehub, and the hub contains the mechanism. They are not interchangeable.

I don't know of any 9 speed freewheel.

more info at Sheldon BrownDog
Feb 5, 2002 2:14 PM
Feb 5, 2002 2:17 PM
Thanks for all the info. I checked with Sheldon Brown and looked for a 9 speed freewheel. They apparently don't exist.
7-8-9-10Kerry Irons
Feb 5, 2002 4:58 PM
Although there are/have been a few 8 speed freewheels made, freewheels basically ended when the world moved to 8 speed. 9 speed was never made.
good challangeProboscis
Feb 6, 2002 4:19 AM
Seems to me this would be a good challange for an engineer/machinist. Make an adapter that screwes on a rear wheel, but accepts cassette sprockets.
re: Cassette vs. freewheelJimP
Feb 6, 2002 8:10 AM
Since you are going to use this wheel on a trainer, you could just use a 7 speed freewheel and non-indexed shifting.
Jim, or others, question.....Troyboy
Feb 6, 2002 11:54 AM
I plan on using it on the trainer, pre-race, on the road, only. I'm no *wrench* so I simply want to switch wheels for a 45 min. warm up session. I don't want to shred race tires. I don't want to adjust anything or have anything go wrong. Would it work for my application with my DA9 rig? I don't want to adjust the rear der either. How about my Rec10 rig? I planned on taking it one bike at a time starting with my DA, which is my mostly crit bike.
I don't think soDog
Feb 6, 2002 12:34 PM
I'd just get a really cheap wheel that has a cassette to match your race bike's, especially if you don't want to have to adjust anything. You can get some wheels really cheap. Here's one for $70: There are others there, too.

Get one that matches. You'll have a spare for the races, too.

I don't think soTroyboy
Feb 6, 2002 1:06 PM
Thanks Doug. I didn't think so either. Thanks for the link.
Jim, or others, question.....JimP
Feb 7, 2002 4:27 PM
Glad you cleared up what you meant about "trainer". I made a bad assumption that you were taking a road bike and using it on a trainer for the winter. The advice about getting a training wheel from Performance or some other mailorder house is what I did several years ago.