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post #11 of 12 Old 10-14-2019, 11:41 AM
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If I understand the operation of a Rekluse clutch correctly, one should still use the manual clutch lever during down-shifting.

Because the centrifugally engaged Rekluse can NOT release itself at normal riding speeds to release during down-shifting. If this is correct information on my part, I think many people have a miss-conception about the Rekluse clutches.

The only real benefit to using a Rekluse centrifugally engaged clutch assembly is it prevents stall-outs at idle & during extremely slow technical situations.

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post #12 of 12 Old 10-14-2019, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Tom Schmitz View Post
Wasn't meaning to put you on the spot.

I figured that you'd be the best one to have firsthand experience with the Rekluse. It seems to have held up for many tens of thousands of miles of fairly rigorous off-road use.
Yes, mine has held up for many tens of thousands of miles of dirt roads like the Trans-America Trail and the Trans-Canada Adventure Trail, but those are not much of a challenge for any decent clutch.

I think the clutch would be more beneficial for off road racing on steep twisty single track trails. For my use I would not get another Rekluse clutch simply because I learned I don't really need one for my type riding and this one may never wear out. So, bottom line, it is well built, durable and good for its purpose. It is also handy if you have difficulty operating a foot peddle for the rear brake.
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