So for my first post I thought I’d write about the Cult Match Freecoaster. It’s one of the new freecoasters on the market, its meant to have solved many problems that have plagued freecoasters in the past, and I have one on my bike, so it seems like a good choice.
So first lets go over the specs. The male version features a 14mm heat treated chromoly hollow axle, with the same spring ball bearings for resistance that most of the KHE styled coasters on the market currently use. The driver is a single piece of machined chromoly, containing a needle roller bearing, and sealed radial ball bearing, very similar to the set-up in the Match cassette hub. For the drive side bearing they’ve done away with the traditional ACB bearing most freecoasters use, and replaced it with a custom made tapered roller bearing to absorb all the side pressure put on it by the clutch. To help the clutch drag they put in a needle thrust bearing behind the clutch, and put all this inside a CNC’d 6061 T6 aluminium shell. It comes in your choice of LHD/RHD, and is also available with 10mm heat treated female bolts that thread into the 14mm axle. It’s worth noting a specific non-driveside hub guard is also available. I would also imagine that the new Primo plastic Freemix guards are compatible as I think (99% sure) that AK runs them.
I’ve been running this hub since it came out in late October, it was my first freecoaster, and I instantly fell in love with it. I run it with the stock slack, which is about a 1/4 crank (and AK’s personal preference), and after a few sessions with it, was completely used to it. It’s always ran super smooth, and I’ve never had any problems with it sticking the the engagement ring, the pedals feeling rough, or any other problem commonly had with freecoasters. It’s worth mentioning at this point, I do regular maintenance on mine; take it apart, clean it all out, and re grease it all. I got the male axle, as I wouldn’t feel safe on 10mm bolts, but that’s just me. I don’t ride particularly hard, but even so, it hasn’t had a single issue. I would highly recommend this hub to anyone looking into getting a freecoaster. It’s £180 here in the UK, but even if you are forced to pay that, I would still recommend this hub, as it seems like it’ll be the last freecoaster you’ll need for a long time. While you’re here, why not check out one of AK’s latest web video for Primo, and watch him put the Match freecoaster to good use! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vO0Jyxb7us