Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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How wide a gear range do you require? My (limited) experience with epicyclic hubs is that a 25 percent gear ratio step is far too wide for my tastes. The only one I really liked was my 12-speed hybrid drive train, a Sturmey-Archer 3-speed with a 14-16-18-20 Cyclo cogset conversion kit. A half-step pair of chainrings, say, 42-40, would have made it a perfect 24-speed.
Also, note that the mechanical efficiency, repairability, and long-term reliability of even the best epicyclics cannot match those of a good derailleur-based system.
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Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069