I built a CrossCheck commuter up with a Sram 7 speed hub. After being disillusioned by the mechanical friction loss (and subsequntly, poor climbing ability) of the 1st and 2nd gears, I changed the drive train over to a 42/16 single speed.
Well; I've been considering relacing that internal hub rear wheel with a 3 speed - in leu of the 7 speed. For one thing, it's nearly a pound lighter. However, I don't really want to buy one just to see if the performance would be any better.
So I am wondering if anyone has ever ridden Sram's 3 speed hub?
If so, does the low gear suffer from the same grinding mechanical friction that the low gears of the 5 and 7 speed internally geared hubs do?
If you haven't ridden the Sram; have you ridden other 3 speed hubs and, if so, what are your impressions? (and I'm talking about your personal experience - I've already read Sheldon)
Thanks in advance for any imput. DanO