Converting a 21-speed MTB to internal hub gearing - what is involved?
My early 90's Schwinn MTB has a pretty low end Shimano 200GX 3x7 drivetrain that skips all the time, shifts poorly, and is mostly useless for me on the mean, flat streets of Chicago. From the first few times I rode it I knew I wanted to gut the drivetrain, and was planning on going with a single or double in front with a modern Deore or LX derailleur in back. That was before this past weekend, when I had the pleasure of going to Rapid Transit Cycles and test-riding a Dahon Curve D3. I didn't like D3 so much... but I really, really liked the shifting action of the Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hub.
So, tentative change of plans. In the spring, financial situation permitting, I'd like to go with a single in front and an 8-speed Sturmey-Archer in the back. Simple, graceful, and more than enough for this city.
Is this conversion possible?
If so... I have a decent bike multi-tool
, some hex keys, a POS crescent wrench, and a general lack of fear about fiddling with my bike. What else would I need, besides the actual S-A hub?