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    Opinions between old SA 3 speeds and new IGH?

    Hello All,

    I am building up my first designated commuter. I really would like to do it right, but I do not want to spend where I really do not need to spend.

    So with that, I would like some experienced comments on old Sturmey Archer 3 speeds IGHs (like off 70ís Raleigh Sports) and the newer fangled Sram and Shimano versions. Because I have an old 3 speed that I would lace to a new rim if there isnít a dramatic difference.
    Is there a difference in shifting, reliability, weight, durability?
    One thing that I do not like about my old SA is I feel like there is some slop in engagement when start pedaling; has this been resolved with newer hubs?
    Also, any suggestions on good, light, and affordable rims?

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    Newer ones Alloy shell and the redesign NIG, means the false neutral
    from an out of adjustment cable was taken care of.. no in-between gear

    though my Mk2 Brompton had a UK Aw3 well worn in,
    the BSR in the new Mk4 needs miles.

    there are spoke washers to fill the difference
    between thin steel hub flanges, and the thicker aluminum ones,
    since spoke hook ends are made for aluminum hubs.. nowadays
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    depending on the SA hub, newer ones will have much better braking (if you go for the coaster brake variety) and can give you a lot more gears. If you have ridden your SA hub and like it, I'd go ahead and keep it as it will probably outlive your children.

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    I just found an 8 speed Nexus Red Line wheelset laced to DT Swiss xr 4.1 rims with an Afline shifter on CL. I'm going that route. Thanks for the advice.

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    Just know, you can get every single part for an AW3, still..

    Shimano and SRAM, it is sub assemblies, whole internals
    rather than small parts, loose..
    and those are much more difficult to round up.

    but, have a good ride ..

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