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9/10/2013 10:39 AM

So, i was wondering what you guys thought about this argument. Have you tried a freecoaster? Did you prefer it or the trusty cassete? And for anyone that is a freecoaster user, which would you suggest?

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9/10/2013 10:51 AM

Cassette tapes are extinct now we switched to cds and then from that we switched to digital downloads

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9/10/2013 10:53 AM

I have a Cassette but I'm going to get a Coaster soon. I've rode them before and I like them. But:

Don't expect it to be easier to fakie because it's not like that.
They have a lot of slack
If you adjust them to minimum slack then it will be more prone to engage while going backwards.

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9/10/2013 10:54 AM

I had the federal coaster for a while and it was ok. The slack is what i hate. I got it for free and tried it out. But its one of those things that vary.If you ride alot of street its good, but if you dont ride street alot its like a waste of a part. Personally cassattes are better. Less maintenance, more reliable and usually lighter. But if your gunna buy a freecoaster id go with either khe, or federal.Basically the same thing but still.

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9/10/2013 10:55 AM

Roqfan wrote:

Cassette tapes are extinct now we switched to cds and then from that we switched to digital downloads

nice lol

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9/10/2013 10:56 AM

If anything try that new ezra coaster/cassette out.

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9/10/2013 11:32 AM

cassettes, I've ridden a free coaster and its just not for me

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9/10/2013 11:54 AM

I love my coaster. When I first got it i was kinda unsure because the huge amount of slack felt a little weird, after a week though i was used to it. Actually went back to cassette last week for the first time in months and i hated it, only reason i keep my cassette wheel is for backup, coasters are just so much more fun to me that not having the instant engagement isn't a huge deal.

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9/10/2013 11:56 AM

ive been riding a freecoaster for yearsss now and i love it. i learned to 180 on a cassette and quickly switched to a freecoaster, so i have little experience with cassettes, which is kind of odd. but i absolutely love freecoaster and i dont think ill ever switch back to a cassette

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9/10/2013 12:18 PM

Heard the ezra sucks major male genitalia. Atleast in coaster mode.

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9/10/2013 12:24 PM

^ heard the same thing. figured id throw it out there.

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9/10/2013 1:28 PM

BMX_Forever wrote:

I have a Cassette but I'm going to get a Coaster soon. I've rode them before and I like them. But:

Don't expect it to be easier to fakie because it's not like that.
They have a lot of slack
If you adjust them to minimum slack then it will be more prone to engage while going backwards.

+1 to all that.

I recently switched from cassette to FC. I don't think I will switch back because I love being able to ride fakie without pedaling now but the slack was really weird to get used to at first. Also I run max slack to avoid accidentally engaging the coaster when rolling fakie. This sucks for trails riding since a quicker engagement is definitely preferred when hitting the dirt jumps. The way I got around this was I bought an alienation coaster that has the externally adjustable slack. This way I can run max slack when riding street/park and then easily tighten it up to minimal slack for trails without taking the whole thing apart. For this reason I recommend that you get a freecoaster with the externally adjustable slack.

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9/10/2013 1:29 PM

HardBMX_Tim wrote:

Heard the ezra sucks major male genitalia. Atleast in coaster mode.

Any reasons why?
Btw LoLeD

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9/10/2013 1:39 PM

HardBMX_Tim wrote:

Heard the ezra sucks major male genitalia. Atleast in coaster mode.

Crevop wrote:

Any reasons why?
Btw LoLeD

its very clunky. the way the engagement system works like a cassette kinda since they both work on a pawl system. its a pawl that engages and lets you pedal. the problem, i think, with the ezra is that since there is slack in freecoaster, so instead of a cassette where the pawls are so close together they engage almost instantly. when you pedal with the slack, if you pedal too hard the pawls bash against the hub since there is more built up pressure. i dont know if that makes sense? either way, ive been riding the coaster since it came out. it was really smooth at first, but now itll skip sometimes and make a gnarly clanking noise. ive heard its possibly the materials used to make the slack disks/spacers but i dont really know.

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9/10/2013 1:51 PM

Why do people keep making this same thread over and over?

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9/10/2013 4:37 PM

Id go for the cassette. bloody love them and want a g-sport rear hub now (Have the OG Mix) rode a free coaster quite a bit and can not get over sitting down while faking down the street really fast past people. but i don't have one because everyone has them now. ill wait a few years before i get one for myself. when i want to just fakie everywhere all day i'll just take my chain off and have just as much fun

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9/10/2013 5:44 PM

xlilkillaluc15x wrote:

its very clunky. the way the engagement system works like a cassette kinda since they both work on a pawl system. its a pawl that engages and lets you pedal. the problem, i think, with the ezra is that since there is slack in freecoaster, so instead of a cassette where the pawls are so close together they engage almost instantly. when you pedal with the slack, if you pedal too hard the pawls bash against the hub since there is more built up pressure. i dont know if that makes sense? either way, ive been riding the coaster since it came out. it was really smooth at first, but now itll skip sometimes and make a gnarly clanking noise. ive heard its possibly the materials used to make the slack disks/spacers but i dont really know.

I heard just the opposite.

I know with my KHE coaster, it clunks and clangs all the time, and has skipped a bit a few times, and that is with brand new internals.

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9/10/2013 5:57 PM

I like a coaster but I can do all the same shit with a cassette plus I can even slow down how fast I'm going backwards too. Pedal pressure never hurt.

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9/10/2013 6:17 PM

xlilkillaluc15x wrote:

its very clunky. the way the engagement system works like a cassette kinda since they both work on a pawl system. its a pawl that engages and lets you pedal. the problem, i think, with the ezra is that since there is slack in freecoaster, so instead of a cassette where the pawls are so close together they engage almost instantly. when you pedal with the slack, if you pedal too hard the pawls bash against the hub since there is more built up pressure. i dont know if that makes sense? either way, ive been riding the coaster since it came out. it was really smooth at first, but now itll skip sometimes and make a gnarly clanking noise. ive heard its possibly the materials used to make the slack disks/spacers but i dont really know.

yeah they used derlin which is just a plastic for the clutch plate... and it ended up being terrible. but the original protos didnt use the derlin which is why you hear the reviews from the pros that say its good(cough bj tomzick cough)

my question about free coasters is i bitch crank all the time.. every single trick even hopping i crank forward a little... because of this i cant even ride chainless.. would i still be able to use a freecoaster?

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9/10/2013 6:26 PM

Don't bitch crank. It's an easy habit to fix.

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9/10/2013 7:51 PM

ehh.. im not that worried about a fc... and i just broke another bad habit. and i can fakie for a long time either way... soo ill stick with the classic cassette... until i find somebody with a fc

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9/10/2013 8:36 PM

I've only ridden a coaster once, briefly. That was a long time ago. I been comfortable on a cassette all these years, I don't feel like switching.

I was talking with someone about bmx shit recently. He mentioned how "free coasters are the future of bmx" and how all these pros are jumping on that shit. I was like.. well bro there's still gonna be plenty of riders doing their thing, keepin it real. So...
So what if everybody jumps on coaster. Makin sound like a cassette rider is now a loser or some shit for not jumping on the band wagon. fuck all the wagons. i dew wut I wan bitch. Nom sayin dawg?

Fur real tho. for me, pedaling backwards is a big part of riding. There's plenty of technique and skill involved in just that little aspect, as any other aspect of BMX. I don't see myself riding a coaster ever. I'm not old, but I like shit old school. Pedaling back gives BMX that 'classic' feel. O don't care about the 'fewchur' and what not. I pedal back till I diz-eye.

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