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    3 speed hub question

    would it be possible to use a shimano hub like this on a road bike frame? i'm not sure how spacing and all would work out, so that's why i'm here

    if it could work, what else would i need? i saw this and i think they would work together.

    let me know if this can work. any advice is appreciated!

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    I have a 3 speed Nexus hub on my Townie3. If an IGH will work for your application, I suggest using an 8 speed hub. The gears are pretty far apart on a 3 speed.

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    the 8 speed nexus hubs look nice, but i'm looking to spend little money on a cheap bike (since i already have a decent working road bike).

    it appears that the nexus systems can fit 130mm width. i'm assuming that the shimano 3speed will fit as well?

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    Maybe I'm confused.

    Shimano makes the Nexus hubs. Do they make another one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterRun
    Maybe I'm confused.

    Shimano makes the Nexus hubs. Do they make another one?
    Shimano 3 speed hubs were known as Shimano 3 speed hubs, prior to the Brand name Nexus label being added for marketing purposes. I had an early 70's Sears Free Sprit that came with a Shimano 3 speed hub. I felt the S-A hub was better.

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    shimano makes or has made internal geared hubs in 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 speeds.

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    In response to OP, that shifter should work with that hub. Check the width of the hub vs the frame set you want to use. If it is the same, yes. If it is different...maybe. If it is different and a steel frame it can be made to work, if it is different and an aluminum frame probably not. I have several of the older Shimano 3sps laying around the place. The early ones (70's) weren't as good as the S-A but by the 80's they had gotten better. I prefer the S-A but that is personal perference. And now S-A is made overseas and the last one I saw was a POS.

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    Along with the hub, cable and shifter, you'll need the clip and plastic bushing that holds the cable housing stationary to the frame, and the adjuster barrel parts that will screw onto the bellcrank at the end of the Shimano hub. I'll bet Harris Cyclery carries these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc
    And now S-A is made overseas and the last one I saw was a POS.
    The S-A was always made overseas from North America. Now it is just a different overseas location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
    The S-A was always made overseas from North America. Now it is just a different overseas location.
    Sorry it ain't necessarly so, mate. The quality of S-A hubs from England was light years better than
    the S-A hubs now coming out of Tiawan. When the Nottingham Raleigh bicycle plant closed ,and S-A
    folded shortly afterwards due to that closer, the world lost the best damn utility bicycles ever made
    for the masses.
    My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

    Originally Posted by krazygluon
    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tightwad
    Sorry it ain't necessarly so, mate. The quality of S-A hubs from England was light years better than
    the S-A hubs now coming out of Tiawan. When the Nottingham Raleigh bicycle plant closed ,and S-A
    folded shortly afterwards due to that closer, the world lost the best damn utility bicycles ever made
    for the masses.
    ++1! That is what I meant! I have a whole box of NOS S-A AW 3sp hubs, and a several used ones. Also some dyno hubs. I have no intent of letting them go anytime soon. I also have a couple of the Taiwan built ones they are no where near the quality of the Nottingham ones. What is amazing to me is the basic technology in those S-A hubs is around 100 years old and there still is not a better system to be had

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc
    ++1! That is what I meant! I have a whole box of NOS S-A AW 3sp hubs, and a several used ones. Also some dyno hubs. I have no intent of letting them go anytime soon. I also have a couple of the Taiwan built ones they are no where near the quality of the Nottingham ones. What is amazing to me is the basic technology in those S-A hubs is around 100 years old and there still is not a better system to be had

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    Hang on to them, wahoonc. I purchased one of the last new ones made in England in 2000 that my old LBS could locate in 2003 for my then new Boardwalk S1 to convert it into a three speed. And I am so glad I did. The hub really adds to the bike's perfomance in many ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tightwad
    Sorry it ain't necessarly so, mate. The quality of S-A hubs from England was light years better than
    the S-A hubs now coming out of Tiawan. When the Nottingham Raleigh bicycle plant closed ,and S-A
    folded shortly afterwards due to that closer, the world lost the best damn utility bicycles ever made
    for the masses.
    Does that mean, mate, that the Nottingham plant was not overseas from North America? I must need a new Atlas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike
    Does that mean, mate, that the Nottingham plant was not overseas from North America? I must need a new Atlas.
    I guess I never think of Nottingham as being "overseas" based on the assumption that Raleigh, Sturmey-Archer, and Brooks are all from the mother country to me overseas is the Pacific Rim and possibly Mainland China, Down Under is Austraila and NZ...not sure about Africa and South America and then again I consider anything much north of Virgina a foreign country too

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    I've got one of the aluminum shell SRF-3 Taiwanese hubs, I've ridden it for two years and had it apart, the quality seems comparable to the older English AW hubs, with the possible exception of a weaker clutch spring. My problem has been finding parts for the SRF-3. I broke the indicator chain (small bike, big feet) and I can't find parts in the LBS nor does anyone from Raleigh or whoever owns the company now respond to emails.

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