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Old 03-10-13, 03:55 PM
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Sturmey Archer 5-speed shifter: taught or slack cable?

Hi, I have a 2 month old bike with the post 2009 version of this hub and, after installing a new cog and chain, I can't remember which shifter position is 1st gear and which is 5th gear in order to calibrate it.

Unfortunately, Sturmey Archer doesn't provide this information nor do they provide an exploded diagram nor can I depend on bits of info from the internet because the pre-2009 versions of this hub had a radically different shifting mechanism. I do seem to recall that it was somehow opposite from my other bikes, but that might just be that I installed the shifter upside down compared to my other bike with barend shifter....so yeah I'm pretty confused and would much appreciate your guidance, thanks.



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First gear is when the cable is tightest, but you do the adjustment in either third or second, I can't remember off the top of my head. There's a little yellow or red line on the spindle that comes out of the end of the axle, and you line that up with the lip of the axle to line up the gears. Last time I looked on the Sturmey-Archer website, it had the instructions for the 5-speed on there, though, have they taken them down...?
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Originally Posted by Airburst View Post
First gear is when the cable is tightest, but you do the adjustment in either third or second, I can't remember off the top of my head. There's a little yellow or red line on the spindle that comes out of the end of the axle, and you line that up with the lip of the axle to line up the gears. Last time I looked on the Sturmey-Archer website, it had the instructions for the 5-speed on there, though, have they taken them down...?
I have the instructions that came with my hub and the adjustment is in second gear and I know how to adjust it...but since the shifter isn't marked I don't know which gear is second on the shifter .

Are you sure first is the tightest for this particular hub? I recall it being different from other Sturmey-Archer hubs (which I also think are inconsistent...for example between the 8-speed and the 3-speed).

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I have a new XL-RD5w, with a yellow indicator.
The line is set in 2nd gear. 1st gear has the max pull, so 5th is slackest.
There are lots of diagrams available on the official SA site. Open the window for your hub and click the technical PDF link.

Make sure you don't mistakenly pull past 1st gear because the sleeve part is breakable.

My hub has been working fabulously since I oiled it.
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Originally Posted by chucky View Post
I have the instructions that came with my hub and the adjustment is in second gear and I know how to adjust it...but since the shifter isn't marked I don't know which gear is second on the shifter . Are you sure first is the tightest for this particular hub?
Positive, I have an X-RD5 I bought last year, and first's tightest on that. The mechanism is mostly identical to the X-RF5.
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Thanks guys.
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Originally Posted by chucky View Post
Unfortunately, Sturmey Archer doesn't provide this information nor do they provide an exploded diagram nor can I depend on bits of info from the internet because the pre-2009 versions of this hub had a radically different shifting mechanism.
Shift calibration and exploded diagram, Sturmey 5(W), from Sturmey's web page.
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Originally Posted by tcs View Post
Ah, good find. I wonder why they don't link to that version of the manual from the S-RF5(W) technical page? Instead they link to this version which replaces the second page with the exploded diagram with a repeat of the first page instructions in german:
https://www.sturmey-archer.com/userfi...904R3_deen.pdf
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Just to say thanks, I found this was a very helpful thread when setting up my new S-RF5(W) hub today.
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