Old 11-10-16, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
I hear people say Coaster brake hub has too much drag.
Is this something that you can measure with instrument or something?
It depends on the bike.

My experience came from three bikes with coaster and roller brakes.

1. Dahon 16 inch folder - Sram Coaster brake -- Lots of drag. Spin the wheel and it will come to a stop in 20 seconds or less.

2. Bianchi Milano = Nexus 7 Roller Brake --- Lots of drag. I eventually sold the bike because a 20 year old hybrid rolled better.

3. Torker - Sturmey Archer 5 speed -- Almost no drag at all. Amazing.

The lesson here is simple. Before buying a coaster brake bike, turn it upside down and spin the rear wheel. If it has drag, think again before buying. I would rather have a hub gear bike without a coaster any day of the week. In fact, none of my other 3 speed bikes without a coaster suffer from drag.
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