Close-range freewheel

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Wide-range freewheel
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a freewheel is one or more sprockets on the rear wheel that allow coasting. Some people will call this “cassette” which more specifically means a series of sprockets that can be removed as a unit from a ratcheting unit built into the hub. That kind of hub is called a “freehub.”


Others may call the freewheel a “cog” which more generally means a single rear wheel sprocket. A true freewheel has the racheting mechanism built into the sprocket assembly, not the hub, and fastens to the hub with large diameter, closely-spaced threads.

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