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    New question here. ENO freewheel,,less buttery than I expected??

    hello singlespeeeders,,
    I just purchased a new 19T ENO freewheel. I have always used ACS or shimano in the past, but decided I would finally try out the ENO. When I received it, the first thing I noticed is that it does not spin freely AT ALL. It takes a good amount of effort to make the freewheel spin. Wouldn't that provide a braking effect when I coast? My ACS is easy to spin.
    Does the ENO have a break-in period or what???

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    Quote Originally Posted by stellafive0
    hello singlespeeeders,,
    I just purchased a new 19T ENO freewheel. I have always used ACS or shimano in the past, but decided I would finally try out the ENO. When I received it, the first thing I noticed is that it does not spin freely AT ALL. It takes a good amount of effort to make the freewheel spin. Wouldn't that provide a braking effect when I coast? My ACS is easy to spin.
    Does the ENO have a break-in period or what???
    Ride on your ENO for a bit and report back!

    Perhaps twenty miles......the ACS and Shimano products do spin well at the beginning....but will not do so for very long.

    Your ENO will continue to spin "freely" long after you and I are dead, IMO.

    Give it a chance!

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    Yes, the ENO does loosen up a bit with use. It uses a large cartridge bearing and has four seals - An O-ring on the ouutside, the two on the bearing and one on the back of the FW that seals the ratchets. The seals do add drag. The ACS and Shimano FWs basically have NO seals.

    Without seals the crud gets into the bearings and ratchet/pawls VERY easily. I had to flush and lube my ACS after every winter ride (would barely turn).

    After two winters I opened my ENO for inspection and it was perfectly clean.
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    Good job!

    thanks for the info,,. I was worried that I might have gotten a defective one,,,,

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    Question to Shiggy

    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    After two winters I opened my ENO for inspection and it was perfectly clean.
    Did you take any photos during the disassembly? And did you notice if the bearing was a standard size (number)?.

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