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So far, so good...
Originally Posted by imabeliever1
Anyone bought one of the "new" far east built Sturmey Archer front drum brakes??? How good do they work? If the dyno model, how well did it work? Pain in the but to remove because of cable attachment ?
Any info appreciated .
I have one of the flash combined drum brake and dynohub running on a RANS Rocket. So far it has been quite good. It felt a bit spongy at first, compared to the V-brakes, but stopped well and I have got used to the feel now. I used to run my V-brakes adjusted so that they were almost on. It is good in the wet. I have only had the hub for a couple of hundred kilometers so I don't know how long the brake shoes will last before they need replacing.
Having not ridden anther dynohub, I don't know how it compares for drag with other brands. The hub meets the German lighting standards so lights up the road nicely from about 5-6kph. The drag with the lights on is slightly noticable - It makes it slightly harder for to maintain a speed around 30kph over a 30km ride. I do have to adjust my headlight slightly as I am overriding the beam above about 27kph. It is nice having a reliable on demand lighting source.
I haven't yet had to take the wheel off (touch wood) but I don't think it will be to much of an issue. The brake cable just clips into place and the electrical cable has a connector like a Shimano dynohub. The only issue is the fact that it is not a quick release axle but nutted. I think that it would take longer to undo the nuts than it would to disconnect the cables.
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