Nankai has been the dominant force in freecoasters. It provided the most customizable, reliable, and sustainable Freecoaster on the market for quite a while. However, at least in the street
sector, KHE has unseated them…
The Basic Nankai Freecoaster is simple and has stayed pretty much the same over the years. It uses a smoother spring resistance than the Odyssey provided. However, it does have unsealed
bearings and a 3/8” axle. This can be changed to 14 mm with adapters, but it has not proven to be very strong. Also, this hub is quite susceptible to damage resulting from a bent axle.
OK, now for the specs:
- 3/8” axle (convertible to 14 mm)
- Spring resistance
- Unsealed bearings
- Screw type clutch
- 9, 11, or 12t Driver
- 36h or 48h
- Black or silver (or profile colors w/ an aluminum shell)
- 22 oz. (9t, 36h, 3/8” axle)
- Profile Aluminum hub shell drops about 4 oz (113 g)
- Titanium and Aluminum 3/8” axles can make it lighter.
1. Lock nut
2. Arm nut
3. Arm washer
4. Left cover
5. Ball Retainer (large)
6. Brake cone
7. Clutch spring
8. Arm brake washer
9. Clutch screw cone
11. Ball retainer (large)
12. Ball retainer (small)
14. Lock nut
Here is the area where the spring creates resistance.. Works fairly consistently.
And Here is the Unsealed bearing on the driver:
Here are some of the special edition colors available:
Here is the pretty Profile hub shells:
Nankai has released a new 14 mm version of their legendary Freecoaster (mostly this is because of the surge of street oriented Freecoaster riders). It is a bit slimmer than the original. And has completely redesigned internals.
- Rigid hallow 14 mm axle
- 9 or 11t
- Black or Chrome
- Steel shell
- 36 or 48 hole
- Right side drive
- 624 g (approximately 22 ounces) or 570g (20 oz) for the 9t
- $150 on www.flatlandfuel.com $160.39 without shipping from Japan
- Has not been made to fit the Profile Shell!!!