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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
So, how does one identify a durable IGH?
Research? I would highly recommend the Sturmey Archer AW hubs. Post 1984 are best because they don't have the neutral, the pre 1970 ones are almost bullet proof. Good news is that there are parts still readily available for them. A lot of people don't like the gear steps, but that is a personal issue IMHO. As I pointed out early I have one SA hub that has rolled over 30,000 miles. Still have the bike and it is is pretty ugly but still rolling along. Maintenance has consisted of replacing worn out parts and adding a couple of squirts of oil to the hub whenever I thought about it. I tore the hub down a year or so ago and it was clean and showed very little internal wear. I have a couple of Shimano hubs, but none with that kind of mileage, but Shimano is nearly impossible to order replacement parts for.

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