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Rear Freewheel(3 posts)

Rear Freewheelwily in pacifica
Oct 16, 2003 11:57 AM
Anyone know the best source for Freewheels? Is there such a thing as a 9 speed freewheel these days?

I just came into a rear wheel that takes a freewheel. I have a 9 speed cassette on the bike now and I am using bar end shifters. If I cannot find a 9 speed freewheel can I use a 7 or 8 speed freewheel and just switch the rear bar-end to friction mode instead of indexed?

Thanks, Willy in Pacifica
re: Rear FreewheelMR_GRUMPY
Oct 16, 2003 12:58 PM
Yes, that will work fine. Often, you can pick up a freewheel type disc wheel for almost nothing. If you have bar ends that can be set to a friction mode, you're all set.
I would advise a 7 speed freewheel. 8's are hard to come by, and they probably won't fit on the hub.
9 speed freewheels were never made.
re: Rear Freewheeltoomanybikes
Oct 16, 2003 1:08 PM
Get onto eBay and do some freewheel shopping there, I rebuilt a couple of "old" bikes off eBay earlier this year - there were lots of freewheels available - 5, 6, 7 ad even 8 speed. Most of the 8's are Camapgnolo though - that works for me, may not for you.

Friction shifting ( like my "old" babies ) doesn't matter too much what size freewheel you put on.