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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 04-14-11, 01:55 PM   #1
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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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Old 04-14-11, 01:59 PM   #2
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Kilo S3X has bar end shifters.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...kilott_s3x.htm
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oof Why do they present that bike with the saddle slammed all the way forward?
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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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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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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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