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Are Tubulars & freewheels things of the past?(6 posts)

Are Tubulars & freewheels things of the past?flying
Aug 27, 2001 11:33 PM
Hi all,
I am about to change to a new frame after 12 years.
I have a Campy Chorus setup with light wheels/tubulars & a 7 speed freewheel.
This is of course an older Chorus set with the interleaved brake arms. All in great working order.
While looking at frames I see a lot has changed in the component section too.
Im wondering if I should just start over with a complete bike with new Chorus 10 group & clinchers.
It seems like hardly anyone specs tubulars now?
Wow I feel like rip van winkle ;-)
Any input would be appreciated.
Are Tubulars & freewheels things of the past?- Yes and nozelig1
Aug 28, 2001 3:02 AM
At least for freewheels (still need them as replacement and for those retro bikes). As the majority of road bikes today are made with a 130mm rear spacing, you might as well go with the cassette technology. This gives you 9 cogs for Shimano or 10 for Campy under their current production. I don't know how I managed with the old 5 spd cluster but one did.

Tubs have declined in use and popularity significantly over the last 10 years or so although many people continue to advocate their use. Also, the selection of rims and tires have likewise decreased. No need to go into the pros and cons as you can search for them here and elsewhere. I've ridden tubs since the mid-70's and a couple of years ago got a set of clincher wheels. I'll not get into the debate except to say I enjoy the wheels and recently bought a pair of Ksyrium's in clincher form. That being said, I still have two pairs of tub wheels although if I had never ridden tubs, I probably wouldn't even contemplate the choice. The pluses and minuses abound so again, search for the threads.
re: Are Tubulars & freewheels things of the past?steeveo
Aug 28, 2001 6:53 AM
Freewheels are increasingly hard to find, and those of us on retro bikes are always looking for a supply. (I bought a $10 yard sale bike the other day, one of those 'ridden only once' bikes, just to get the shiny new 6-speed freewheel). Unless you're deeply committed to an older bike (which is my reason and a fine one) you're better off going the cassette route.
Aug 28, 2001 7:06 AM
You can still get freewheels in just about any gearing combination from your LBS. I just rebuilt an old Trek 770 with Campy SR and I got a super smooth Sachs 7 speed freewheel. I think the shop got it from QBP...
Aug 28, 2001 7:25 AM
Sachs is reportedly about to go out of the freewheel business if it hasn't already. Hey, even the Rivendell catalogue has caved in and started selling freehubs, a sign from Revelations that the end is near.
oh no, say it aint so steevo... thanks... nmjaybird
Aug 28, 2001 8:51 AM