Are Sturmey-Archer hubs reliable?

Are Sturmey-Archer hubs reliable?

The classic Sturmey-Archer AW hub is the most reliable gear-shifting mechanism ever made, and rarely needs anything more than a bit of medium-weight oil every so often. 95 percent of shifting problems on 3-speeds are related to the control cable or the shifter.

How do I fix my Sturmey-Archer 3 speed?

Simple and quick

  1. Step 1: Select high gear. Select high gear.
  2. Step 2: Take up all the slack in the indicator chain. Back off the locknut.
  3. Step 3: Loosen the chain slightly. Back off the adjuster so the chain is slightly loose, so you can move it from side to side a wee bit without feeling any tension.
  4. Step 4: Check.
  5. Notes.

Where are Sturmey-Archer hubs made?

The company was founded in 1902 by Henry Sturmey and James Archer under the guidance of Frank Bowden, the primary owner of Raleigh. In 2000, the assets and trademarks of Sturmey-Archer were sold to Sun Race of Taiwan which was renamed Sun Race Sturmey-Archer Inc. and production moved to Taiwan.

How do you lubricate a Sturmey-Archer 3 speed hub?

Lubrication. The ideal rule for lubrication should be ‘a little but often’. Two or three drops of oil every week will maintain the hub in first class running order.

Who invented the internal gear hub?

In 1896, William Reilly of Salford, England patented a 2-speed hub which went into production in 1898 as ‘The Hub’. It was a great success, remaining in production for a decade. It rapidly established the practicality of compact epicyclic hub gears.

How long do Rohloff hubs last?

32/17, 30,16 etc) – these ratios equate to a lower gear than almost any conventional drivetrain! Rohloff hubs should get you through a minimum of 100,000km riding before failure; many people have been known to cover far more. The only maintenance that you need to complete is an oil change every 5000km.

Why is my Sturmey Archer hub not working?

Cable Adjustment By far the most common source of problems for Sturmey Archer hubs is the shift cable adjustment. There’s nothing in the hub itself that ‘clicks’ in to place at any particular gear, that job is left to the actual shifter itself. This means that the adjustment of the shift cable is CRITICAL for proper operation of the hub.

What is a Sturmey-Archer three-speed hub?

he common Sturmey-Archer three-speed hubs provide a direct drive middle gear, a high gear that is 4/3 of the middle gear, and a low gear that is 3/4 of the middle gear.

Are there any safety issues with a Sturmey-Archer coaster brake hub?

Older Sturmey-Archer coaster-brake hubs have safety issues: The brake of the TCW and S3C was actuated through the gear train, so it was weakest in high gear, when the bicyclist was going fastest! The TCW could lose the brake entirely if the cable was misadjusted, due to the neutral-gear position between second and third,.

Where can I find more information about the Sturmey-Archer?

The Sturmey-Archer Heritage Web site has a wealth of historical and technical information. Tony Hadland’s Web site includes an exploded drawing and parts list for nearly every Sturmey-Archer model up through 2001, as well as rebuilding information for many older hubs. Documentation on the older hubs is actually better than on current ones.