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Old 07-09-19, 03:42 AM
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6 speed indexed freewheel

The title was a mouthful. Does anyone know if you can use a Shimano 6 speed indexed shifter with 6 speed freewheel not a cassette. I have no idea if the spacing is the same. Getting a bike for my daughter and she isnít too keen on friction.
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I have Schwinn six speed index shifting on my 1987 Schwinn Voyageur. DT shifter and 6 speed FW. You can check the catalogs to see what models, etc. Works fine.
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Just upgrade the freewheel too. They're too cheap not to.
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Old 07-09-19, 05:24 AM
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If you have the shifter, then this is easy as 6 speed shimano freewheels are readily available. If you don't have the shifters, this gets tougher as you'll need to find 6 speed shifters.
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6 speed Shimano freewheel and freehub (cassette) spacing is the same; 6 speed Shimano shifters will shift either one.
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Old 07-09-19, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
6 speed Shimano freewheel and freehub (cassette) spacing is the same; 6 speed Shimano shifters will shift either one.
That is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks
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Old 07-09-19, 10:48 AM
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With the wide spacing of a 6 speed freewheel , I have never felt I needed it indexed,


I even friction shifted the AW 3 speed , I built up in 1957..







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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
With the wide spacing of a 6 speed freewheel , I have never felt I needed it indexed,


I even friction shifted the AW 3 speed , I built up in 1957..

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But itís for my 24 year old daughter who as no desire to do anything but click the shifter. If it was me I prefer friction.
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Old 07-09-19, 01:08 PM
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Are new shimano freewheels available without all that ugly *** writing on the big cog?

This is why I usually go with Sunrace, friction or not.

If buying on ebay, be sure to ask the seller what exactly the freewheel looks like before your purchase. Too often the new freewheel image does not exactly represent the item shipped.
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IGH are even Easier to Use.. now they go to 11..
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Continuing in the spirit of the thread derail, Bah!, 6-speed, indexing, IGH etc are all for sissies. Tell her to woman up and get along with 5spd (or less) friction. Better still, Cambio Corsa or something like that to really teach her the fundamentals. But I understand if the more vintage options listed may not fit the budget.
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Originally Posted by old's'cool View Post
continuing in the spirit of the thread derail, bah!, 6-speed, indexing, igh etc are all for sissies. Tell her to woman up and get along with 5spd (or less) friction. Better still, cambio corsa or something like that to really teach her the fundamentals. But i understand if the more vintage options listed may not fit the budget.
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My 1988 Miyata 512 came stock with Shimano 6 speed indexed DT shifters (SL-S434) and a 6 speed thread-on freewheel.
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