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    New question here. SS Rear Hubs, Spin on FW or Spaced Cassette...what ya us'in?

    What do you prefer and why?

    I use both, but feel the spin on FW builds the strongest wheel, but have had no problems with cassette wheels, so it's a toss up for me both work fine.

    Additional question:

    What is the largest cog spin on FW you have seen for sale?...
    ...personally, I have a 22t FW from a 3 wheeler trike.

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    i have a 24t freewheel at home dont know where it came from though

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    I run a hope SS hub. Didn't even really look into the FW's when I was building the bike. I run a 22T rear cog and I think selection for bigger FW's was an issue when I was looking so ruled them out early.

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    Cassette.

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    I've always done cassette hub. Glad I did. I have a knee injury right now and I can't do SS until I get my legs back.

    The other bonus is that SS hubs are a bit of a target audience and if you compulsively change things like me, it is good to have more people interested.

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    Currently I have a spaced cassette hub on my bike but I recently picked up a SS hub that I'm having built for a SS specific wheel. I can only assume it will work better as it's (supposed to be) a better hub than I have currently.
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    Single speed specific cassette hubs like my Hope trials still build strong wheels, I also use a white industries eno FW hub on my vertical dropout rocky. Cheap nasty dicta freewheel on it mind and I enjoy the engagement of the Hope trials more

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    Cassette

    If you change gears often like I've done for the last 13 yrs, putting 3 different cogs on a regular cassette hub works well and is easier than spinning a FW off each time I want a different gear. I usually have a 16/18/20 or similar variation on my 1x1 and I don't have to break the chain when I switch gears. Surly makes cogs up to 23 I think.

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    i'm using a white industries hub with a trails eno freewheel. Solid set up, I knew the gear ratio I like from the get go, I have a few front chain rings (32, 34, 36, need 31 and 33 to choose from as well. Other then geared bikes no time on anything splined.

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    dt 240s single speed used here. Add the 36 tooth upgrade and you've got an awesome ss hub.

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    I've used regular cassette hubs spaced for SS (XT), SS specific Cassettes (generic), shimano freewheels, and currently on a WI freewheel screwed on a Phil Wood Hub. The WI/PHIL is my favorite, but that could just be the fact that it's the nicest wheel I've ridden.

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    Cassette hub with spacers. 21t surly.

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    I've used freewheels before, and after 2 stuck ones, having to cut them off, and all that nonsense, never again. Cassette freehub + spacers + quality cogs from now on. There are just too many advantages (adjustable chainline, easily changed cogs, multi-gear options, easier to find a wheel since you can convert any hub, etc, etc) for me.

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    I have one of each. I like the cassette.

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    Spaced cassette because you can switch back to geared if you're feeling like a traitor.

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    I have a cassette wheel set and just built up a singe speed wheel set.

    I needed threaded axles on the rear and I know the gear I like to run on the back so I went with a WI trials FW.

    With the cassette wheel set extra I can run different gear, tires, ect. I see the value and benefits of both.
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    I'm on my second Chris King SS cassette hub, and don't picture myself using anything else. Depending on the time of year, and how my legs are feeling I like to switch between 18,17,16t cogs. I'd rather not deal with a freewheel replacement, and I feel the King ring drive is plenty strong enough for me.

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    Prefer the flexibility and resale of a regular 9spd hub.

    Cogs are not as expensive.......
    Easier to swap out cogs......
    Can run gears if you want......
    More hub options.......
    Haven't had any wheel weakness issues.....
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    WI Freewheel here. It's been on a Paul hub for years and the combo has been flawless. Any time you can put gear on and forget about it for the next 5 years, in my mind, its earned its keep.
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    2 flawless years on my WI/Paul combo.
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