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    Smallest freewheel for Phil Wood rear hub

    I've Googled this but little clarity. For whatever reason the PW site apps won't open for me to view the content.

    I have a PW threaded MTB rear hub (New) and want to put a 15t freewheel on it. Do I have other options lower than 16t. Googling has lead me to think they don't get smaller and still match threads.

    Any help is appreciated.

    Cheers.

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    I think someone made a 15t freewheel to fit standard hubs at one time, but I don't see it anywhere now. typically 16t is the smallest unless you use a bmx flip-flop hub with metric threads on one side, in which case you can do down to 13t.

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    AC Racing 888. I had one in my parts bin for roughly a decade before I gave it to away, or lost it, or something. Good luck.

    Scratch that, I do still have an 888. It was in my swap meet box, but it's a 14t.
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    Quote Originally Posted by big_papa_nuts View Post
    AC Racing 888. I had one in my parts bin for roughly a decade before I gave it to away, or lost it, or something. Good luck.

    Scratch that, I do still have an 888. It was in my swap meet box, but it's a 14t.
    Also had and maybe still have an AC racing freewheel. It was not the greatest, got pretty crunchy and skipped often. Was the 15t model I believe.

    Note: I think that combination of Phil hub and AC 888 freewheel required a spacer to work. I remember the freewheel body being so low profile the outer rotating part touched the hub body just enough that it wouldn't function.
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    Ok. I trust that my searching and your answers tell me that it's not likely a dependable 15t is out there. My next step is to experiment with the front sprocket and R-Chainstay clearance. I've heard of guys going up to 33 on my particular frame but chainline is suspect.

    Huge thanks to all.

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    If you want a reliable freewheel, stick with 16t and adjust your chainring size accordingly.

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