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    My name is Alex Lilcphoto's Avatar
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    3-speed fixed hub shifting options?

    I am starting to put together a future build in my head. I have a few things in mind, but one thing I am interested in is the 3 speed fixed hubs.

    I test rode a Swobo with one, and I have to say it is quite nice to be able to shift with no effort and at a stop...but I greatly dislike the grip twist shifters...

    Is there any other shifting option for these hubs? bar end shifters for a bullhorn perhaps?


    Edit: I just answered my own question... Bikesdirect Kilo S3X has a bar end shifter:

    So disregard my question and then I will ask:

    how does the 3 speed fixed gear feel?

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    This old thread suggests there are issues with this hub, so I'd avoid it.

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...?highlight=s3x

    Anyways, the whole appeal of an FG to me is its simplicity, and this just adds unnecessary complexity. If you really have to change gears when riding a FG, then you either live someplace too hilly to be suitable for a FG or you are a wimp.
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    My name is Alex Lilcphoto's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    This old thread suggests there are issues with this hub, so I'd avoid it.

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...?highlight=s3x

    Anyways, the whole appeal of an FG to me is its simplicity, and this just adds unnecessary complexity. If you really have to change gears when riding a FG, then you either live someplace too hilly to be suitable for a FG or you are a wimp.
    Hey, thanks for that link, I'm gonna read through that one thoroughly, but when it comes to wanting a 3 speed, I agree...simplicity or hilly are the only reasons... But I am looking at building up a bike that would be good for a friend to ride around when they hang out, something that is easy to ride, has the 3 speed for variability, and perhaps get a trailer for it...but who knows. These are all thoughts in my head.

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    I thought about getting one of those Kilo's with the internal geared hub. But I decided against it because I want to have the option of riding either fixed or freewheel.

    Also, I really dig the simplicity of SS/fixed gear. I love that I have to just HTFU and get over hills instead of spinning up in the granny gear. It's a great anaerobic workout.

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    I've got the S3X on my one-way Tikit... there's not really "issues" so much as you have to get used to the fact that there's a bit of play in the drivetrain... just takes a little getting used too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmitch View Post
    I've got the S3X on my one-way Tikit... there's not really "issues" so much as you have to get used to the fact that there's a bit of play in the drivetrain... just takes a little getting used too...
    Thing is I don't want to have "a bit of play" that "takes a little getting used to" any more than I want an overly loose chain. Those whole beauty of a FG drivetrain is that it is very direct and instantly responds to changes in direction of pedalling with feedback to your legs when traction conditions change. A sloppy FG drivetrain is a crappy FG drivetrain.
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