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Old 05-21-14, 09:09 PM
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Sturmey Archer SC2 hub - reliable now?

I remember when the SC2 hub came out a few years ago there were a lot of complaints and problems, and Sturmey Archer had to send a lot of replacement parts out to people who bought them.

I haven't heard much about these hubs since, generally people don't review products after they've been out for a few years. Is it safe to assume the hubs being made now work reliably? Has anybody recently bought one of these hubs?

I'm trying to decide between this hub and the SRAM automatix.
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Old 05-29-14, 05:06 AM
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Old 05-29-14, 09:31 AM
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Here is an in-depth review of the SC2: Sturmey Archer S2C duomatic hub review ? Dave McCraw

It's a couple of years old and has the problem you mentioned of needing replacement parts but you might find it helpful anyway. In summary even after the repair it breaks after a few hundred miles. He also criticises the poor sealing and the odd 116mm width.

He recommends the SRAM automatix instead, although he still finds it needs cracking open and modifying: SRAM Automatix two speed hub review ? Dave McCraw

Hope that helps.
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Old 08-17-14, 05:36 AM
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SRAM automatix

I built up what I intended to be a winter commuter about a month ago.
The area I live in is half hilly, half flat.
I tried riding in various ratios on my regular bike and came to the conclusion that a 2 speed hub would be OK.
In low gear, I just about stall going up the steepest hill while standing on the pedals and pulling down on the handle bars. (59.5")
High gear results in a high cadence on the flat but tolerable. (81.5")

I've used an SRAM automatix, with the shift point adjusted to change with cadence about 100. Be careful of the tiny circlip flying away when taking out the spring.

I've ridden it about 340km now, no problems. Always in the right gear at the lights.
I chose the SRAM as from the research I did, the S2C still appears to be unreliable. The change mechanism is more complicated than the SRAM. A lock up would be bad. The SRAM can't fail in that manner.
I like riding the bike so much that I'll probably end up using it all year round. I think standing up for hills has actually been easier on my knees than spinning in low gears on my multispeed bike (which I've fitted with a granny gear).
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Originally Posted by thehoneybadger View Post
Here is an in-depth review of the SC2: Sturmey Archer S2C duomatic hub review ? Dave McCraw

It's a couple of years old and has the problem you mentioned of needing replacement parts but you might find it helpful anyway. In summary even after the repair it breaks after a few hundred miles. He also criticises the poor sealing and the odd 116mm width.

He recommends the SRAM automatix instead, although he still finds it needs cracking open and modifying: SRAM Automatix two speed hub review ? Dave McCraw
In the comments section he says that the SRAM Automatix hub failed on him as well and that he should edit his review.
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My S2C is still working just fine. The coaster brake made some disturbing noises for the first while, but the brake has always worked well in spite of the noise, which I don't notice any more, so I guess it has gone away.
I've paired my hub with a Schlumpf speed drive to make 4 gears with no shifters or cables. I like it a lot.
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