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Whos got a few bucks laying around to test this?

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by wysiwyg, Sep 21, 2005.

  1. wysiwyg

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    Dude, if that's anything like the old Sturmy-Archer planetary-gear driven hubs, it probably would work really well for quite a long time, then need a massive rebuild. My manager at the shop I used to work at knows how to rebuild those things, and if anyone ever came into the shop asking about getting one rebuilt, he told me to tell them he had no idea how to do it. Something about getting a bucket, opening the hub up, watching the complicated mess of grease and tiny pieces fall into the bucket, then spend a week putting it all back together. Yikes.

    I wouldn't be surpised if this hub is bombproof, but I couldn't find anything on the site that said it would be sufficient for MTB use. Just wait till a good gear box bike comes out on the market. If you're a frame builder you're stoked, cuz with the disc brake mounts on one side of the hub you can drill six holes into a cog and bolt it to the hub. Bam, there you have another option to using a Nexus or Rolff hub on your next fantastic gearbox prototype.
     
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    It's only about 3.3lbs. The last time I had just my rohloff hub in my hands I thought it was 10lbs.

    I wonder how much they are. Having 8spd would be much easier.

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    I just checked out their cranks and they're all square tapered which leads me to assume that these gear hubs are for tooling around town, that's it.
     
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    those hubs were designed before any of us were born

    a friend of mine has a pre WW2 bike with one of those, and a grip shifter.
     
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    I've worked on those hubs on bikes from 50 years ago or more. The only real weak part was the little pawl springs that would occasionally get too "limp", but other than that it's nearly impossible to break em. They've outlived most people in these forums.
     
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    Ooooh! XRD8 comes with a 70mm drum brake!

    Max blingage.
     
  7. Frankenschwinn

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    I have an old Sturmey Archer on an English 3 speed... Seems pretty solid. :D
     
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    Sturmey Archer hubs are the amazing, they'been around forever and they last like all the others have said. There are actually books out there, just on how to work on them. Complicated little things, it would be interesting to see if that one has as much resistance as the older ones.
     
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    Hmmmm, Sturmey-Archer went defunct back in 2000 no????

    Different company same name???

    If they are built anything like the original 3 speeds, fuggit, I'd give one a try. Those things were bombproof.
     
  10. Frankenschwinn

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    They were bought by Sun race according to this article:

    http://sheldonbrown.com/sturmey-archer.html
     
  11. wikitypooshlag

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    i'm not saying the old ones weren't good, but if Sun has anything to do with the quality control on the new ones, i'd avoid em like the plauge.