Sturmey Archer X-RD8(W) Reviews?
Do you folks know of any reviews on the the Sturmey Archer X-RD8(W)?
I found this thread (sturmey archer xrk8 gearing question), but looking for a review on the "W"
I like the idea of drum brake for a klunker project for most likely medium duty XC trail riding.
Thanks in advance.
The older version never held up, it's lowest gear is 1:1, requires a low primary gear on a 26" or 29" bike. The (W) version is supposed to be stronger, it still has the low primary gear issue on 26"/29" wheels. Low primary gear is not a good idea on Sturmey-Archer hubs. Perhaps for a little more cash you could consider a Nexus with roller brake:
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