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    Sturmey SX3 Hub

    Heads up!! No timeline, etc. but it looks like a reality, finally! I can't wait to build up a nice 'retro' upright type...

    http://www.bikeradar.com/news/articl...a-return-18328
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    its great that they are finally bringing this back. now maybe i can afford one.

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    Group Buy!!!

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    omg.. so excited. I want this asap. Perfect for my new build.

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    Perfect for LIFE.

    I'm in on groupbuy. I bet they won't groupbuy.

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    It's still a prototype. They have been working on this for well over a year now.

    I wonder what the cost will be...

    I am totally in on a group buy!!!

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    same.

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    Is the backlash tight enough for track standing? The whole world wonders.

    Quote Originally Posted by captsven View Post
    I wonder what the cost will be...
    "You can pick up a regular Sturmey SRF3 three speed hub in the USA for $52 retail, and that includes a cog and the shifter. An S3X couldn't be that much more," he said naively.

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    I just saw the update on Metafilter, of all places. It seems like the jumps are awfully broad. I'd like to see something tighter, as they did in the original.
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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    I just saw the update on Metafilter, of all places. It seems like the jumps are awfully broad. I'd like to see something tighter, as they did in the original.
    heard a sentiment or two that the original was geared too closely together. I mean why not have a granny gear, an around town gear and a flat out flying gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiju-velo View Post
    heard a sentiment or two that the original was geared too closely together. I mean why not have a granny gear, an around town gear and a flat out flying gear.
    Fair enough. I was thinking of using it as a retro time trialer.
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    God, if you're still listening, I would like million dollars.

    Man, I want one. A gear to ride to the trails, a gear for the trails, and a granny gear. Who could ask for more?

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    No care ever.

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    Oh, the around-town bicycle I will build around this hub will be a good one. Honjo fenders, some dynamo lighting.... I'm stoked.
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    i just can't see this thing going that far... we have fixies, we have internally geared coastable hubs...but these market segments seem too disjointed to make this a viable product; IOW, the people that go for bikes with internal gearing are usually very different from those that go for fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kergin View Post
    i just can't see this thing going that far... we have fixies, we have internally geared coastable hubs...but these market segments seem too disjointed to make this a viable product; IOW, the people that go for bikes with internal gearing are usually very different from those that go for fixed.
    Don't be so certain. Lots of new fixed riders want fixed because it is cool
    and zen and all that so they will eschew the retro-grouchish 3-speed hub
    but every time an old ASC hub shows up on e-bay it
    changes hands. For a lot of money.

    Bikcult NYC describes an ASC they found thusly: Jim found a sacred object on a special track frame: a working Sturmey-Archer ASC three-speed fixed-gear hub. This 40-spoke gem was refit with a 40-spoke Sun CR18 rim, and a 28-spoke Mavic Open Pro for wingnut Airlite front hub. Continental Duraskin tires, Nitto moustache bars, special Brooks leather saddle, Campagnolo pista cranks

    I think there are enough old and new convert retro grouches, and just plain old people who liked
    fixed but want more than one gear that it will sell. It's a different schtick than the stripped down
    bike for the velodrome or the street beater fixed machine.

    I'd order one in a NY minute.

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    I love my Sa three speeds and I love my fixed gears... I will also love my new SX3.

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    I think my heart skipped a beat. Seriously. I haven't had anything like that happen since I met my (unfortunately now ex) girlfriend.

    ....this is not a good sign.
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    Now this I will buy. Extremely useful.
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    sooo... it is a fixed 3 speed? i read about this earlier today, but dont quite understand

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    three speeds because it has three gearings.
    fixed because for each gear there is no freewheel.
    you can change between gears but you cannot
    coast in any gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaiju-velo View Post
    three speeds because it has three gearings.
    fixed because for each gear there is no freewheel.
    you can change between gears but you cannot
    coast in any gear.
    oh, that is really cool. id be down for a group buy.

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    probably won't be hugely expensive but not a bad idea.
    once you get to having a wheel built saving money
    wherever you can makes sense.

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    Then it's settled, bfssfg "group s3x" buy. I'm down like a clown!

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