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Old 09-20-10, 10:51 PM
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vintage reverse brake levers? vintage front hub drum brakes?

I'm building up an all-vintage single-speed and am looking for an appropriate front hub drum brake and reverse (AKA inverted or bar-end) brake lever for it. So far, my searches for these on eBay have been fruitless.

I know that Sturmey-Archer made a dynamo front hub with a drum brake back in the day, and they now make a (hideous) front drum brake called the X-FD, but I want neither. (Shimano makes a dynamo/drum front hub too, but it's new and ugly.) No dynamo, thanks.

I've heard that Sachs made a front drum brake hub, but damned if I can find one! Can anyone point me in the direction of a nice European or American front drum brake hub or suggest makers other than Sachs?

I'll also need one reverse (or inverted, if you prefer) brake lever. I'd prefer one that allows internal cable routing, but might settle for external routing. But I haven't had any luck finding out who made such things before the '70s. Any advice?

Thanks in advance!
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Are you going to have a coaster brake in the rear?
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Old 09-20-10, 11:28 PM
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Are you going to have a coaster brake in the rear?
Yup. I'm planning on using a Bendix "kickback" 2-speed coaster brake hub in the back.
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Old 09-21-10, 04:27 AM
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atom made a drum hub also,. schwinn crate bikes had them
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for vintage inverse brake levers, search for CLB and MAFAC... they both made inverse levers back in the day. for new ones, check out dia compe and tektro-- both are sold by VO. the tektros are a bit nicer, with a full aluminum mechanism (the dia compes are plastic with an aluminum lever). i have the tektros on my french porteur, and i sanded off the painted "tektro" insignia. they look pretty vintage to me, and cost less than the vintage ones typically fetch on the 'bay:



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Never seen a picture or heard of a old Sturmey dyno/drum. When you find one be sure to post a picture. Older Sturmey steel 70mm front hubs are on the 'bay and can be purchased new (very similar look to the older frt drums).
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Originally Posted by Mr IGH View Post
Never seen a picture or heard of a old Sturmey dyno/drum. When you find one be sure to post a picture. Older Sturmey steel 70mm front hubs are on the 'bay and can be purchased new (very similar look to the older frt drums).
The so-called Sturmey Dyno-drum is the relatively new X-FDD; it's not actually called a dynohub at all. I don't think they're hideous, but that's another matter. Here's an ebay sale with a photo. There seems to be a larger (=stronger brake?) version of these now, an XL-FDD.


Here's an old Sturmey Archer front brake hub on ebay... a bit overpriced, but check out the photos while they're fresh:
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Originally Posted by rch427 View Post
Yup. I'm planning on using a Bendix "kickback" 2-speed coaster brake hub in the back.
Very nice! I love kickback hubs.
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....I know that Sturmey-Archer made a dynamo front hub with a drum brake back in the day....
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The so-called Sturmey Dyno-drum is the relatively new X-FDD; it's not actually called a dynohub at all....
We know about the newer dyno/drum hubs from SA, some of us are riding them. OP mentioned an older version of the of combo, that is something I've never seen. I do agree the new combo looks good, beauty is in the eye of the beholder:
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Southpawboston -- that's a handsome set-up! If I can't find a vintage lever, I'll definitely get one of the Tektros.

Thanks for the advice!
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Arai was another company that made drum hubs I have 2 of them for fronts and they are going on a few projects with springer forks as soon as I figure out what front wheel size I want to run.
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