Freecoaster FIRST Impression

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2/22/2014 11:48 AM

Hopped on my bike. Everything felt great , super dialed to my extent. Felt amazing , was itching to try this coaster.

They are REALLY fun. But no joke , they feel WEIRD. I ordered a coaster with no experience , so it was a different feeling. I love fakies and 180's , so I was really happy to try one. But you can not image HOW MUCH pedal pressure you use while riding. Everything is different , no joke. Bunnyhops are different , manuals are different , even hopping back into a bank is sketchy because your inside foot uses pedal pressure when you land.

Not a bad thing though ,just REALLY unusual. I could not 180 or do most of my tricks for the day. Half cabbing out of a fakie is a bit too scary / weird for me. It's extremely difficult trying to fakie out of a 180 without pedal presure ; I will have to learn to slider or as I mentioned , just half cab out. I did manage to fakie ride a fair bit , they're easy. I probaly got maybe 3-4 parking spaces one time , it's definately fun when you're coasting backwards and just are like "Damn !" and you seize up trying to keep control. I even got some fakie lines , and I'd turn about 90 degrees from where I started , so if I do get half cabs I can use it to my advantage , maybe over obstacles .

SLACK is different as well , I have a quarter crank. Pedalling is different , but you get used to it really quickly. It's just something you get used to. Not anything to consider before you buy one , it's just a neutral addition to a coaster. IT is annoying though when you're going backwards and then it enages -__- Sometimes you know your slack is about to engage so your feet aren't parrallel to the ground ; one cranks might be at the ground and one will be facing up. I changes footjams to fakie ; which are my favourite trick.

Anyways , that's my first time on one. I hope people who want one with this coaster trend will appreciate this thread. They're not really different but they are in a sense.

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2/22/2014 12:22 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/22/2014 12:24 PM

A lot of the same stuff I went through on my first day, luckily on my cassette I did half cabs without any pressure so those came fairly quick, everything else took a week or so to get back to normal for me. After a while though you'll get used to everything and it feels like second nature. Also you may already be doing this but before you 180 make sure you pedal forward a quarter crank and then level your cranks back out to disengage the hub, I had problems with the hub engaging in fakie and I found out me not doing this was the reason.

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2/22/2014 12:27 PM

Nice experience, id love to try a coaster.

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2/22/2014 12:28 PM

What coaster do you have?

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2/22/2014 1:58 PM

T-rider wrote:

Nice experience, id love to try a coaster.

just try riding chainless. if you dont like chainless, im pretty damn sure youll hate a freecoaster

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2/22/2014 2:13 PM

Chai less and coaster riding a two very different but related beasts. I'd prefer coaster over chain less any day.

I want to get a coaster but with work I prob ride once a fortnight of I'm lucky so it will take ages to get comfy on one

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2/22/2014 3:00 PM

CianMurphy wrote:

What coaster do you have?

he has a demo rotator

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2/22/2014 3:01 PM

T-rider wrote:

Nice experience, id love to try a coaster.

FEDEXdoobie wrote:

just try riding chainless. if you dont like chainless, im pretty damn sure youll hate a freecoaster

I know, i might try tomorrow and see hows going all.

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2/22/2014 3:39 PM

The Rotator is doing fine so far. My friend was baked outta his mind and backpedalled on it , but it seemed to break it in better. It still enages a little bit , but I'm still getting used to how it works. I was doing footjams to fakies and I was rolling back a couple meters , it,s really fun !

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2/22/2014 4:08 PM

I tried to fakie on some guys bike with a FC once and it was impossible, I have fakies locked but this just wasn't happening

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2/22/2014 6:27 PM

There fun wait till you try fullcabs on them. makes it a whole lot harder.

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2/22/2014 6:40 PM

I'll just stick to my cassette Freecoasters just seem like to much a pain in the ass and really just pointless for me

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2/22/2014 7:11 PM

Gump wrote:

Chai less and coaster riding a two very different but related beasts. I'd prefer coaster over chain less any day.

I want to get a coaster but with work I prob ride once a fortnight of I'm lucky so it will take ages to get comfy on one

just curious have you ever ridden a freecoaster? because it literally feels the same as riding chainless to me. not a "different beast" or whatever

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2/22/2014 8:00 PM
Edited Date/Time: 2/22/2014 8:01 PM

I rode my friend's Mongoose Mode 360 and it had a coaster-like cassette with no pawls. There was so much slack and there was a 75% that the hub would engage backwards, so sometimes it'd suddenly do that and I would almost die on fakies.. SMH Not ready for FC just yet.. I hate slack as much as possible. It's all about that Profile and Premium Stinger instant engagement for 5 mph fakies! \m/,

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2/22/2014 11:08 PM

Gump wrote:

Chai less and coaster riding a two very different but related beasts. I'd prefer coaster over chain less any day.

I want to get a coaster but with work I prob ride once a fortnight of I'm lucky so it will take ages to get comfy on one

FEDEXdoobie wrote:

just curious have you ever ridden a freecoaster? because it literally feels the same as riding chainless to me. not a "different beast" or whatever

Yeah... I ride coaster and have had to ride chainless for a few days, it feels exactly the same

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2/22/2014 11:48 PM

I have ridden chain less and on coaster. I use a heap of pedal pressure in my riding which you can do on a coaster but not chainless

Unless your Liam fay Hampton you should run a chain

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I'm a punk bmxer, I can't do it well so I do it loud.

2/23/2014 1:47 AM

chain less is tricky because when i fakie, I make contra- pressure on the pedal so without chain I almost fell...

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2/23/2014 1:52 AM

I fuckin hit my knee when i forget that i am riding chainless while trying to get more speed lol.

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