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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 09-04-08, 01:01 AM   #1
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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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Old 09-04-08, 09:49 AM   #2
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its great that they are finally bringing this back. now maybe i can afford one.
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Old 09-04-08, 10:47 AM   #3
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Group Buy!!!
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Old 09-04-08, 11:47 AM   #4
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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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Old 09-04-08, 06:48 PM   #7
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same.
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Is the backlash tight enough for track standing? The whole world wonders.

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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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Old 09-05-08, 05:01 PM   #10
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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.
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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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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Old 09-06-08, 11:58 AM   #12
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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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Old 09-06-08, 01:06 PM   #13
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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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Old 09-06-08, 02:19 PM   #16
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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.
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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Old 09-07-08, 12:22 PM   #19
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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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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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