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    Freewheel Users!!

    I got a surly hub 29er wheelset coming. This is my first set-up with a freewheel.I always use a 19t. One Bike garage.
    A few questions:
    1. Does an ACS Claw or shimano 19t exist? cant find it.
    2. Are WI worth the $$ (basically 3x the price)
    3. Grease or antiseize the threads?
    4. Any remover tool better than another?
    Thanks in advance for your time.
    Jim

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    Don't know about the 19t or WI. You can probably add teeth up front to make the same gear you want. I started 32-18(too high a gear for the mtns and me), went to a 20t in back and ended spinning and going nowhere(but boy could I climb all day), so I settled on a 34-20(the best of both worlds for me).
    I do know the the ACS freewheel remover tool (Claws Fat Southpaw) is great. I usually bolt it on with the hub bolt (can use a QR skewer, if your hubs are QR) to hold the tool in position. Then you can really crank away, without worrying you are gonna bust the FW, tool, or yourself.
    And I use grease, but I change out the FWs often(depending on the ride location), and grease is more prevalent in my tool kit, than that tiny tube of antisieze that I keep losing.
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    If you live where it's wet, and don't want to be constantly overhauling your freewheel, than yes the WI is worth it.
    I like Shimano over ACS.
    ACS has a 19.
    ACS's tool works great.
    I use anti-seize, because I have it on hand, but grease would work too.

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    I've toasted Shimano and ACS freewheels within 4-5 months. My WI ENO's have lasted 3 years and are still going strong.

    I'm 170 and like to climb hard. 32x18, 32x19, 32x20 depending on the ride.
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    thanks

    Good advice. still cant find an ACS 19t.
    Probably going with the WI anyway.

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    I have had positive experience with ACS freewheels with the exception of the "claws clunk" that is somewhat horriblem but only one of mine had it.

    I just bought my first White, not a lot of riding on it yet but oh so sweeeeeeeeeeet....... I think worth the price as long as you know you have the right gear.

    ACS tool is awesome.

    Grease the threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keyaroxy
    I got a surly hub 29er wheelset coming. This is my first set-up with a freewheel.I always use a 19t. One Bike garage.
    A few questions:
    1. Does an ACS Claw or shimano 19t exist? cant find it.
    2. Are WI worth the $$ (basically 3x the price)
    3. Grease or antiseize the threads?
    4. Any remover tool better than another?
    Thanks in advance for your time.
    Jim
    1. Yes (you haven't looked enough)
    2. Yes
    3. Whatever - go to #4
    4. Impact wrench - (A) works in a second (B) And the pure torque + wheel inertia doesn't stress the wheel like any leverage tool would. (C) Eventually you will need it.

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