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Old 05-15-09, 12:55 PM   #1
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Crap! Sturmey Archer 8 spd problem

So I was putting on my SA XRF8 on, try to adjust the yellow arrow like it says here:

http://www.sturmey-archer.com/pdfs/XRF8.pdf

Problem is, when I finally get it to match on 4th gear, I can't downshiift to 3. It got stuck. I stupidly forced it and the cable detached from the shifter. I don't know what to do now. HelP!
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Old 05-15-09, 04:29 PM   #2
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I'd join this forum and ask, there's good SA knowledge there:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Geared_hub_bikes/
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Old 05-16-09, 02:14 PM   #3
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What does the end of the cable look like? Frayed wires?
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Not frayed.
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I have an rfd-8. As I recall, the cable popped out on mine too.

Having to send the bike back after you just got it out of the box is kind of a downer, so I just unscrewed the cover of the shifter and popped it back on. You can see a little recess which the cable end is supposed to fit into.

I do think I am kind of good at taking stuff apart and putting it back together but as I recall it wasn't too complicated.

I assume there's a cable end still on your cable-a piece of alloy cast onto the end of the cable, probabaly cylindrical in shape.
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Old 05-16-09, 07:03 PM   #6
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Garage, I just spent 2 hours doing that before I read your post. IT POPPED BACK OUT AGAIN! That shifter is a POS! I tugged at it to make sure it wouldn't pop out, but once I shifted it did. I think the plastics in it has worn....
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Well, mine held up so this one's beyond me.

Does the shift assembly with the alignment arrows turn freely? Does the cable move freely in its housing? Maybe you kinked the cable housing or it rusted up inside. Just a guess.

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I've heard some not so nice things about the Sturmey-Archers. You can get a Shimano Nexus 8 for around $140 - what's the advantage of the Sturmey-Archer over the Nexus? (If weight is a problem, you can get the "premium" Nexus 8 for $170 that weighs a good bit less than the Sturmey-Archer.)
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I've heard some not so nice things about the Sturmey-Archers. You can get a Shimano Nexus 8 for around $140 - what's the advantage of the Sturmey-Archer over the Nexus? (If weight is a problem, you can get the "premium" Nexus 8 for $170 that weighs a good bit less than the Sturmey-Archer.)
I would watch it on Nexus hubs that are that deeply discounted as they are likely to be older models. Shimano has gone through a number of model changes on the Nexus8 and Alfine hubs since they were introduced and reportedly the later models internal changes are worthwhile both from shifting smoothness and reliability standpoints.

The SA 8 speed is advantageous for small wheel bike applications such as folding bikes due to the internal gear ratios as compared to the Nexus hub. IMO the Nexus/Alfine are probably superior for normal road size wheel applications, 26" or 700C diameter wheels.
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Ok update.

I've fixed the shifter. THe reason why it broke in the first place was because the wire didn't want to pull anymore when I try to shift from 4 to 3. Is there a reason why this is?
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