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Old 10-12-15, 10:45 AM
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Availability of new Sturmey Archer rotary shift hubs?

Looking at replacing my XRD5 with an RXRD3, but it seems that vendors are not listing them. These were announced at least 6 months ago, so they should be shipping. Anyone know a vendor who has them or, if not, when they might be available? This is a planned B-Day gift for me, but if they don't ship within the next 2 months, I'll have to substitute with a Rohloff.
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Originally Posted by Moe Zhoost View Post
Looking at replacing my XRD5 with an RXRD3, but it seems that vendors are not listing them. These were announced at least 6 months ago, so they should be shipping. Anyone know a vendor who has them or, if not, when they might be available? This is a planned B-Day gift for me, but if they don't ship within the next 2 months, I'll have to substitute with a Rohloff.
My supplier is telling me the new series will be available in early 2016. However, the hub you referenced has been available for some time, although it appears to be out of stock.
A Rohloff is quite a leap from your original plan.
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Thanks Dan,

I've been thinking about downsizing from my 5 speed because I really don't use more than the middle three. I like the concept of everything being inside of the dropouts so this new design seems to be a good reason to swap. Yeah, the Rolhoff thing is in jest, as if I could really convince my wife that it's "sort of the same thing, and it's too bad the other hub is not available". Realistically I don't know what I would do with all those gears.
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Originally Posted by Moe Zhoost View Post
Thanks Dan,

I've been thinking about downsizing from my 5 speed because I really don't use more than the middle three. I like the concept of everything being inside of the dropouts so this new design seems to be a good reason to swap. Yeah, the Rolhoff thing is in jest, as if I could really convince my wife that it's "sort of the same thing, and it's too bad the other hub is not available". Realistically I don't know what I would do with all those gears.
Well, as I said, the rotary shift 3 speed has been available for some time. I have one here, not the drum brake version however. I've had it for a couple of years already.
One thing I will note about this hub is that the rotary shift mechanism takes up so much space, that the wheel is dished almost as much as a freehub/cassette style wheel, so the symmetrical advantage , usually a feature of an IGH wheel is lost.
Looking at the specs for the new 5 speed rotary shift hubs, it looks like they will be more symmetrical.
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