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    Newbie: Freewheel or Cassette Cog?

    I have two wheels that I can use. One has a freewheel hub, the other a 8/9 speed cassette hub. My question is, which is the better route to take for a single speed? I know that you can fine tune the cog spacing with the chain line on a cassette hub, but what about with a freewheel?

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    Cassette hubs allow easy chainline adjustment.
    FW hubs like the surly are WAY TOO OUTBOARD to adjust.
    (Its like "I keep adding spacers and its still too wide")
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    New question here.

    It would seem to me that putting a single speed freewheel on a wheel design for a multi speed frewheel, would be more inboard than outboard. That is, it would be closer to the hub and way out of the chain line. Is this not correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by irieite
    It would seem to me that putting a single speed freewheel on a wheel design for a multi speed frewheel, would be more inboard than outboard. That is, it would be closer to the hub and way out of the chain line. Is this not correct?
    If that's what it is, then it needs respacing, redishing, and then some FW spacers...and at that point you can do with it whatever you want and it be a pretty cheap way to get things going. But dang, if that's the case I would just buy some spacers and a cog and be done with it on the cassette hub. Respacing FW hubs can be obnoxious. Besides, cassette hubs have stronger bearings than fw multigear hubs
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    Quote Originally Posted by irieite
    It would seem to me that putting a single speed freewheel on a wheel design for a multi speed frewheel, would be more inboard than outboard. That is, it would be closer to the hub and way out of the chain line. Is this not correct?
    No. Freewheels and freehubs are not interchangeable. A freehub is the Shimano invention that holds a cassette.

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    Right. I have both a freehub and freewheel, wheel that I can use, I'm just trying to decide which is the better route to persure, being that I haven't bought a singlespeed cog or freewheel for them yet.

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    go with the casette freehub.

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    Suggestion

    I don't know if it's 'better', but the less expensive way to go would be to buy a few different sized cogs for the freehub with spacers and see what gear ratio fits.
    Hopefully the freehub is steel so you can use the $5 novatec/ DX cogs. If it's aluminum, you'll need to look for a wide based cog, which is a bit more $$$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irieite
    Right. I have both a freehub and freewheel, wheel that I can use, I'm just trying to decide which is the better route to persure, being that I haven't bought a singlespeed cog or freewheel for them yet.

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    Thanks for the replies. Looks like I'll go with the freehub cassette cogs and spacers. Seems to be the easiet way to go.. I do however have an aluminum freehub, so looks like I'll have to go with more expensive wider cogs to keep from damaging it.

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