You gonna eat that?
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fort Worth, Texas Church of Hopeful Uncertainty
Bikes: 1966 Raleigh DL-1 Tourist, 1973 Schwinn Varsity, 1983 Raleigh Marathon, 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS
There is a SA S2 without the coaster brake. I've got one on my bike. My verdict is, while I won't outright condemn it, I wouldn't get another. The shifting is finicky. If I'm pedaling in one gear or the other I'm fine, but if I backpedal inadvertently even just a little bit, it may or may not shift. Alternately, sometimes I want to shift and have to backpedal three or four times to get it to shift.
If I wanted two speeds without cables, I would look at one of these- the SRAM Automatix
hub. It shifts based on wheel speed with centrifugal force. It upshifts when the wheel spins fast enough, and downshifts when you slow down. The nice thing is whenever you stop, you are guaranteed to be in the low gear.
I had an old bike that had a Sachs auto-shift two-speed, which is the precursor to this one (SRAM bought out Sachs hubs), and I loved the shift action on it. I now wish I would have kept that bike.
I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.
Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."
Last edited by Doohickie; 07-10-12 at 01:07 PM.