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Currently have a freewheel Shimano CS-HG50-9 (11-32T) but would like to replace it with a six speed and decent 6 speed trigger shifter, any suggestions gratefuly received, J. :)
ps I prefer the silence of a freewheel if that helps?
 

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9 speed shifters work fine, you just do as idinomac said, easily found at any hardware store. I'm doing 7 speeds on a Hadley SS rear hub and it works beautifully. Nice stiff rear end.
 

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OK, I'm going to assume different to the others and ask how come you want to go to an old 6spd setup? You're not going to find anything decent shifter wise, nor casette wise. Very curious why?
 

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OK, I'm going to assume different to the others and ask how come you want to go to an old 6spd setup? You're not going to find anything decent shifter wise, nor casette wise. Very curious why?
You can take apart 9 speed cassettes with spacers to keep 9 speed spacing and use a nine speed drivetrain with a single speed hub. It's basically 9 speed with three gears missing.
 

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Well since you are planning to use a freewheel and not a cassette you likely won't have 9spd spacing between cogs, thus rendering a 9spd shifter useless.

If you really really want to do this I'd get a set of thumbies, either the converters and use TT friction shifters or find a nice set on ebay. You will lose indexing but you will be able to use any freewheel cassette you want, and if you get a nice set (I love my Shimano M700s) you may like them more than a set of nice triggers.

Since you will be using a freewheel you likely won't need to change your derailleurs limit screws just grab yourself a nice vintage 6spd freewheel and a some thumbies and I'd say you'd be rocking.

But wait a minute... you must be mistaken as to what a freewheel is your Shimano CS-HG50-9 is a cassette not a freewheel... To run 6 speeds you would need to find yourself a 6 speed cassette, or remove 3 cogs from your 9 speed (this can be done by driving the pins in the main cog pack out) and use cassette spacers to fill the rest of your hub (if you keep your current hubs since you won't be able to use a threaded freewheel on your current hubset unless it is a threaded hub, in which case follow my directions above). In this situation you would need some longer limit screws for your derailleur and you would be able to use your current shifters. But if you go with a 6 spd cassette that fills the whole hub body you will need a 6 speed shifter or a friction/thumb shifter.

Hope you get it all worked out and post some pics when you finish!
 

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Really, I'm intrigued, could you maybe find me some posts/threads about it and post the links ;)
theextremist04 said:
You can take apart 9 speed cassettes with spacers to keep 9 speed spacing and use a nine speed drivetrain with a single speed hub. It's basically 9 speed with three gears missing.
 

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LyNx said:
OK, I'm going to assume different to the others and ask how come you want to go to an old 6spd setup? You're not going to find anything decent shifter wise, nor casette wise. Very curious why?
I was purely hoping to eliminate the clatter from the highest and lowest gears and hoped a 6 speed may eliminate this....having a rethink, thanks for all the replies though. :madman:
 

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Did you mean clatter or is that a typo and you mean CLUTTER, as in gears you don't really use? If it's because you find you don't use the bigger and smaller cogs much, then going to an SS hubbed wheel and running 6 or 7 cogs of your choosing is the perfect solution, but it won't be cheap and you won't be able to use a freewheel.

6 cogs on an SS hub

a1rports said:
I was purely hoping to eliminate the clatter from the highest and lowest gears and hoped a 6 speed may eliminate this....having a rethink, thanks for all the replies though. :madman:
 
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