Flip Flop hub

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by Rob_E_Rob, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. Rob_E_Rob

    Rob_E_Rob Member

    Has anyone used a flip-flop hub in their build? Seems like a great idea to me, but I was wondering what the pros and cons were. Any pictures?


  2. Rob_E_Rob

    Rob_E_Rob Member

    Sorry, maybe I should clarify. A flip flop hub with a fixed sprocket for the motor drive on one side and your typical cassette/freewheel on the other side. All of this as a replacement/solution for the stock rag joint.
  3. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Hey Rob,

    The flip flop hubs I've seen are threaded on both sides but are for the single speed crowd, so they can have two ratios without changing sprockets. The threads are right hand on both sides and you need a left hand thread on the left side. Staton makes such a hub but left hand freewheels are still an issue. ACS makes one but only in a 16 tooth and I don't recall if you can get a left hand flanged freewheel or not. Seems I may have seen one but I know not where.
  4. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

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  5. chainmaker

    chainmaker Member

    I thought about flip flop hubs but your looking at about 150 for just the sprocket and hub. I think a freewheel /discbrake set up would be the way to go. Get a top-hat adapter and you could use a disc brake as well as the sprocket on the left. But if you are going for a freewheel on one side that means gears..just get a shift kit.??
  6. Rob_E_Rob

    Rob_E_Rob Member

    Yeah, you know the more I look into this, the more I am starting to realize that while I was trying to simplify things, I may just be re-inventing the wheel. No pun intended. I think a shift kit may be cheaper and simpler in the long run. I'm still open to suggestions though.

  7. bromoto

    bromoto New Member

    hey guys, I'm planning on purchasing a fixed bicycle from a friend. however I want to be able to coast and not constantly pedaling. Does a flip-flop hub allow you to coast and not constantly pedal? If this doesnt work, can someone help with a solution i love the look of the bike.......
  8. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    I personally use a Staton Inc hub. They are designed for motorized bicycles. 4 sealed bearings, extra heavy duty axle.
  9. bromoto

    bromoto New Member

    Staton Inc, does have some nice hubs. However, My question is whats the difference between a 12 tooth vs 15 tooth vs a 22 tooth hub?
  10. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    I'm assuming you're asking about different size sprockets or freewheels that can be attached to the hub. Staton now has a left side shift kit that comes off their gearbox.

    The different sprocket or freewheel sizes allow you to adjust for the type of terrain you'll be riding on. Low ratios for hills; high ratios for speed.
  11. bromoto

    bromoto New Member

    So If I was going for speed then a 22 tooth would be better?
  12. LR Jerry

    LR Jerry Well-Known Member

    It's a ratio thing. Drive to wheel. Example: drive (800 rpm) srockets 11:22 = wheel 400 rpm.