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Old 06-19-10, 02:29 PM   #1
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Sturmey Archer X-FDD, any thoughts?

Anyone use the Sturmey Archer X-FDD hub? I'm looking at installing one on my breezer, and was curious if other folks have used this hub.

How were the brakes? How reliable was the dynamo?
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Old 06-19-10, 09:46 PM   #2
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I fit one to my Raleigh Superbe, and am quite happy with it. I haven't made much use of the dynamo, but it uses the same electronics as the Shimano hubs, so reliability should not be a concern.The brake is completely unaffected by weather and offers excellent modulation. The stopping power is better than the long-reach single-pivot sidepulls that came on my Superbe, but not as good as the more modern sidepulls on my road bike. I wouldn't trust it on a "go fast" bike, but it works well for a laid-back utility bike like your Breezer, and I plan on getting another one for my winter bike (where stopping power is limited more by traction than brakes, anyway).
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Have two and many miles on both. Great hub.
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If it wasn't for the 2 decades of flawless reliable service from My UK Sturmey Elite Drum Brake hubs
I'd think about getting a new hub with the Dynamo.
the listing of a Cassette version of the rear drum brake hub is tempting too ,
the solid 9mm rear axle on the freewheel version is still holding up..

I have my hubs laced to a pair of wide Snow Cat rims and the studded Nokian tires on them
just wait for a black Iced up roadway..

Have mine set up with old Campag road levers on Mustache bars

Ideally I'd set it up with Avid Speed dial levers. tending toward the V brake kind of cable pull.

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Old 06-24-10, 06:50 PM   #5
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If it wasn't for the 2 decades of flawless reliable service from My UK Sturmey Elite Drum Brake hubs
I'd think about getting a new hub with the Dynamo.
the listing of a Cassette version of the rear drum brake hub is tempting too ,
the solid 9mm rear axle on the freewheel version is still holding up..

I have my hubs laced to a pair of wide Snow Cat rims and the studded Nokian tires on them
just wait for a black Iced up roadway..

Have mine set up with old Campag road levers on Mustache bars

Ideally I'd set it up with Avid Speed dial levers. tending toward the V brake kind of cable pull.
Do you have a pic to post of this bike? It sounds interesting.
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stuff is on an old stumpjumper sport frame , no pictures ,
(computer dumped the ones I took, haven't re-shot the subject). .

as far as the clip goes [post#7]
there are a few different sizes made
to order, spares, after market.
I guess a radiator hose clamp would do in a situation
where you don't find one that fits perfectly

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Old 06-28-10, 09:06 AM   #7
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I have a couple. The only problem I've encountered was that it may be hard to attach the brake reactor arm to the fork, if the fork isn't exactly the right diameter for the included clip. It's not a difficult problem to solve, of course.
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It's a great hub for commuting. The brake is weather proof and provides almost the same stopping power as disc brakes in my experience. The only downside is that it is relatively heavy due to the mechanical nature of the hub.
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