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    #16
    Nexus 3 has 186% gear range vs something like this where you could have 300% or more. The igh series with more gears (9 spd igh, 11 spd igh etc) are weaker besides the $1300+ rohloff.

    Also, I don't know about you but I think IGHs are too noisy, annoyingly so. But maybe that's just personal preference.

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      #17
      Good points, I personally like the simplicity of the 3 speed, which have you used that are noisy? I have used bicycles with nexus Inter - 3 and seems to have enough range and no noise, I find that I need a lot less gearing range when I have power, but I don't ride off-road. I have been using a Nuvinici N171b (one of the original models, with a lot more durability) but I know that i am loosing a good percentage of my power to the fluid resistance inside, so now that my Nuvinci is starting to leak a bit, (I sealed it for now with some RTV) I am getting my own Inter - 3.

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        #18
        I used nexus 3 as well. One of them was a beach rental so maybe it didn't get good maintenance and/or there was corrosion where the pawls are. The other was a cruiser I got for my mother, it was loud right off of the bikeshop showroom floor, brand new.

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        • MIKEinNC
          MIKEinNC commented
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          I have a seven speed Falcon freewheel, on which the cogs slide onto the hub and are secured with a threaded lock ring. I disassembled it with the intent of rearranging the cogs, but found that the diameter of the hub is stepped in size. The inner (larger) cogs have a larger center aperture to fit the larger hub diameter. Has anyone encountered a freewheel on which the cogs can be rearranged ?

        • calfee20
          calfee20 commented
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          You seem to be describing a cassette rather than a freewheel.

        #19
        I understand why you'd get that idea, but the whole freewheel assembly does unscrew from the hub. Also, the techs at my LBS agreed that it was a freewheel.

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          • MIKEinNC
            MIKEinNC commented
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            I probably described it badly by saying that the cogs slide onto the hub. I should have stated that the cogs slide onto the freewheel body.

          • commuter ebikes
            commuter ebikes commented
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            I imagine that the cogs work differently on a freewheel (pictured above) and a freehub. My understanding is that the cogs easily slide on and off on a freehub.

          #21
          Originally posted by MIKEinNC View Post
          I understand why you'd get that idea, but the whole freewheel assembly does unscrew from the hub. Also, the techs at my LBS agreed that it was a freewheel.
          Commuter ebikes had a thread about gearing and I found some information about custom gearing of freewheels. It is a 2 page thread so not to long. You should give it a look.

          http://electricbike.com/forum/forum/...uge-chainrings

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          • commuter ebikes
            commuter ebikes commented
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            I still plan to experiment with rearranging cogs on a freewheel, but at this point I am still experimenting with getting my gearing set up with factory freewheel and freehub offerings.

            I no longer consider a hub motor to be a viable tool for hillclimbing (unless one starts with an extreme torque winding).

          #22
          My city is flat, and I sure notice that my gearing stays in the tallest gear for 99% of my riding. As long as I am on flat ground, the only time that I would need to gear down is when I lose motor power (e.g. low battery or electrical problem).

          For those of us who live in a flat city, this thread is useful for getting the chainline set up for one's tallest gear.

          Do you guy's find that the majority of your riding is in the tallest gear?

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          • ykick
            ykick commented
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            When I rode hub motors I “always” rode in the tallest gear. But since shifting over to mid-drive I normally use medium gearing for majority of riding.

            My tallest gearing is really only best for flat level with neutral or tail wind and of course downhills. Any sort of incline or head wind on level road I find myself in one of the lower “medium” ranges.

            3 wide speeds being sorta extreme and although it "works" I’ve found preferring 4-5 wide spaced gears with a 2-3 focused in the middle ranges.

            Greyhound for some situations and a Granny for steep situations but the majority of riding I’m happiest with a couple medium-high ratio choices.

          #23
          Would like to hear some input from you guys on whether this would work for folks that want to maintain a clean look by using this to hold the cogs in place.
          So hypothetically you would only have the cogs you want on the cassette.
          Or would it be better to just recommend a bunch of cassette spacers behind whatever's left of the modified cassette?

          Click image for larger version  Name:	2017-11-01 02_48_01-NEW GearClamp Single Speed Conversion Kit for Shimano_SRAM Freehub _ eBay.png Views:	1 Size:	503.5 KB ID:	49639
          Click image for larger version  Name:	2017-11-01 02_48_35-NEW GearClamp Single Speed Conversion Kit for Shimano_SRAM Freehub _ eBay.png Views:	1 Size:	186.4 KB ID:	49638Click image for larger version  Name:	2017-11-01 02_51_05-NEW GearClamp Single Speed Conversion Kit for Shimano_SRAM Freehub _ eBay.png Views:	1 Size:	175.9 KB ID:	49640

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          • commuter ebikes
            commuter ebikes commented
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            Well there's something new under the sun. That sure would make it easy to set up a straight chainline. I see that it fits on both Shimano and SRAM freehubs.

          • ykick
            ykick commented
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            Could see it useful for some cluster re-arrangements? Gotta use spacer with 15T or smaller. About $25-$30 shipped/pair. Good find....
            Last edited by ykick; 11-01-2017, 07:26 AM.

          • ApexBM
            ApexBM commented
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            I'd be iffy on this, worried that lateral play would develop over time. I'd be more apt to purchase a spacer that that I could torque down similar to what's on the end of most cassettes... but that would require making custom sized spacers, so probably not viable for mass production.

          #24
          Just wanted to chime in and say that this has remained one of my favorite modifications, so much nicer to not have to shift a million times and with the gearing gaps I can "feel" based on intuitive speed what gear I'm in rather than having to look down at my cassette all the time.

          Thanks again for making this thread otherwise the thought wouldn't have crossed my mind.

          I did about 350 miles pre-"reworked sprocket." And am now ~750 miles post reworked sprocket.... which reminds me I was planning on doing a first 1000 mile lessons learned thread...

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            #25
            I lost track if this is already mentioned, sorry if a dup.

            I am converting my 7 speed freewheel to a 7 speed casette to add a disk brake in the rear and a more capable wheel (wider rim and tire). I am planning to use a hub for an 8 speed casette with a 4.5mm spacer and a 7 speed 11-34T casette. So I will with some luck not need to swap out the derailleur and shifters.

            While at it, I will probably try a 4 or 5 speed rearranging to see hiw it feels. I think 3 speeds is too few for me as I like to use my legs more, but I find I mostly use the top 2 and bottom 2 gears. The middle gears I do go through on occasion when I want to get the most out of the motor, accelerating in traffic...
            Last edited by Kocho; 11-09-2017, 12:39 PM.

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            • ApexBM
              ApexBM commented
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              I thought I would want more gears also... mine is built with 4 and at the time I was building it, I thought I would want 5... but 99% of the time I only use 3 gears.

              42t up front driving 32, 24, 18 on the cassette with an occasional 15 for short bursts only. Powered by a stock BBSHD this gets me to 35-38mph on the 15t which can only be used in very select situations even with a massive 203mm disc brake up front.
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