16t Freewheel Recommendation

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16t Freewheel Recommendation

Postby razon » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:52 am

Hi there,

I'm on my second set of ACS 16t freewheel on my Felt SS and it's time to replace it again due to bearing getting loose and shaky.. I've only covered about 1000km.
Current rig is Felt SS with 50t / 16t.

Just after a durable freewheel. Dictas don't seem to last long and so as the ACS. Haven't tried shimano's. Also, what's your take on White industries freewheel? Seems pretty costly for a freewheel..

I'll be hitting sydney to jamberoo with my SS in the next couple of weeks so trying to get the bike in tip top cond.

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Re: 16t Freewheel Recommendation

Postby Alistair » Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:35 am

I'm in the same position as my ACS freewheel is sounding pretty awful. It started getting rough at around the 1000km mark, but dumping a load of gearbox oil in shut it up for a while.

Think the White Industries freewheel is the way to go. The Dicta freewheel I used was as bad (if not worse) than the ACS one on it now. All the WI stuff I've used has been amazingly durable and nice to use.

While the WI freewheel is expensive, it can be serviced so should last longer than the alternatives.

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Re: 16t Freewheel Recommendation

Postby familyguy » Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:01 am

Had a Shimano 17T on a bike for a while. Even used, it felt more robust and quality than a new Dicta or an ACS. Not quite ninja-quiet, but close. If you can stretch the budget, but not quite to WI levels, the Shimano stuff is about half the price and probably 3/4 the quality. People rave on about WI stuff, with sufficient reason, but it can be a pricey up-front proposition.


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Re: 16t Freewheel Recommendation

Postby Tbird » Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:50 pm

Can thoroughly recommend the White Industries also have used mine for over 4 months now and it's as good as the very first day.

It is expensive but will last a lifetime plus the freewheel sound is addictive :mrgreen:
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Re: 16t Freewheel Recommendation

Postby razon » Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:40 pm

Thanks gents.

time for ebay hunting for white industries.
yeh, was thinking of getting a shimano but base on the reviews, WI are louder, and that's the one i'm after too, (music to my ears) like my campy wheels.. lol Cheers!!

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Re: 16t Freewheel Recommendation

Postby gururug » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:10 pm

prowheelbuilder.com has whites, postage can be abit x'y ..... current one has done over 7000km, 1 service... i'd be surprised if it's at 30% wear :lol:

you might wan't to consider the remover as it's different from a shimano one. Or you can borrow mine for a beer :wink:

actually.... i've got an ACS fat laying around i'll sell you for half price if ya want.

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Re: 16t Freewheel Recommendation

Postby baabaa » Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:07 pm

Go the WI. I got sick of pulling down shimanos to keep the grease up to them and went for 18t trials.
Loud purr yes but the build is much higher quality and have not had to touch it in what would have been three or four pull downs and still feels as good as new.
Will go WI again and while they now have trials in other sizes I guess I would go just the normal Try bikeman...

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Re: 16t Freewheel Recommendation

Postby AlMac » Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:38 pm

Another +1 for White Industries freewheel. I paid $100 for mine. Worth every cent.

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Re: 16t Freewheel Recommendation

Postby razon » Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:46 am

thanks guys. bit the bullet and bought the WI 16t for $100.
Hopefully it arrives today, coming from melbourne.

heye gurugug, i"ll keep that in mine, i'll get the beers ready when the tool is required (or even not required).. lol
Thanks gents.

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Re: 16t Freewheel Recommendation

Postby AP81 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:09 pm

Halo Clickster are pretty decent too.

WI are undoubtedly the best though.
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Re: 16t Freewheel Recommendation

Postby HillBilly » Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:11 pm

I know you went with a 16t WI .... Which I'm sure you will be super happy with. I run an 18t WI trials version free wheel on my commuter which is even better ! ! ! Live and learn...

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