I'm in the process of buying an S3X hub. It's to go in my Europa which is an 80s roadie - hence a steel frame with 130mm spacing.
I want a silver hub, coz I like silver hubs and the front wheel has a silver hub.
Maybe you can imagine my chagrin when my supplier (an honest chappie who knows his job), emails me to say the silver is only available with 120 OLD. I can get the 130 in black though.
I'm not going to change my supplier and before people get rude about him, I should point out that Sturmey Archer have had all sorts of options such as 32 hole drilling that come and mysteriously disappear. I reckon the buggers at SA take a long lunch on a Friday afternoon, stagger back to the office just before knockoff time and THEN decide what they're going to make next week.
Anyways, I've got a choice, the hub with 130 OLD which matches the spacing of my frame but which comes in the black which I don't want OR, the hub in silver which I do want but with 120 OLD.
Does anyone know the difference between these hubs? Is it any more complicated than a longer axle and some spacers?
Could I use the 120 hub in my 130 frame simply by adding some spacers? Does adding a 5mm spacer reduce the amount of thread available for the axle nut too much? And what about the shifter chain?
Is it smart or stupid to use the 120 hub without spacers? ie, just pull the rear dropouts in. I currently spring the dropouts apart to take a modern 136 hub. That's a 6mm stretch but is the 10mm squeeze a bit too much.
I could, of course, get the frame cold set to 120mm but that's a little too permanent at this stage of the conversion ... I think.
Then there's lunacy such as buying the longer axle and installing it.
Is anyone familiar enough with these hubs to offer some guidance, or familiar with making steel frames do weird stuff?