Been soaking up the great posts on the folding forum for the past month. Great info!! I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with the NEW 8 speed hub from Sturmey Archer. The new hub has "Type W" printed on it. The older hub has had a reputation for self destruction over time. The new hub has a wider ratio of 325% vs 305% for the older one. Specs can be found here.
Click IHS80 at the bottom of the PDF.
Because of the construction of the hub, significantly smaller chainrings can be used. This would benefit clearance issues.