Joe, from what I have READ, as this was before I was into MB, I think the 5 hole sprokets came with all the kits in the beginning. I'm still a noob as I have only 1 engine install under my belt. I am undecided on my next, I have been looking at the Crystalite electrics for my Motobecane mountain bike, but the one I WANT is rear wheel and just over $1000. and thats with lead acid batteries, lithium is a $1000. ADDER!!!!!!!
the 5 hole sprocket sucks. yes i used one and it will brake spokes more often then you ever thought possible. i think because it is not sandwiching the spokes as well as a nine hole. after i broke about 10 different spokes in maybe 14 rides i went to the 9 hole and never broke a spoke again. i would get a 9 hole for sure
Hey Joe, the 5-hole sprocket with the 1.4 inch (nominal) center hole is what we had when I convinced Grube to do something about those PITA sprockets. WHY? says he, they fit just fine, EVERYBODY over here uses them.
I supplied the measeurments of every Coaster I had in my collection (all the way back to Bendix!) and from my insistance and measurements (and one other guy I've heard) the 9-hole sprocket had it's tooling paid for, and came to life.
What does the 5-hole fit? Well it obviously fits the 40 spoke, rod brake China-bikes, that are copies of the old Raleighs.
If you don't have one of those perhaps you'd like to see mine?
28x1.5 tires, narrow rims, rod brakes, built-in lock, Black color only, leather saddle, full "chain case" gold leaf lettering, just your basic China Bike!
The sprocket on my Jaguar was a 5 hole that Norman had. He lined it up with a nine hole sprocket and rotated it around till he had meat in all nine holes and made it into a nine hole sprocket. Of course Norman is a genious. He can make anything out of nothing but air and beer...............