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Originally Posted by Spasticteapot
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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