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    Best internally geared hub for klunker build?

    I'm building a "hybrid" klunker around a 1938 schwinn cantilever frame.

    The keep the looks as clean as possible, I want to use an internally geared hub with and internal brake (drum, roller or coaster).

    What's the best hub in terms of reliability and braking performance?

    I'm looking for a minimum 7 speeds.

    Thanks!
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    Nexus.
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    Have you checked the hub spacing in the frame? That might limit your choices.

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    If you actually plan to use it off road avoid roller brakes. I have a Nexus 8 with a roller brake on my 36 Mercury and I like the hub, hate the brake. The brake works really well for just regular riding but once it gets hot it fades really bad. Plus it gets filthy very easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmangts View Post
    If you actually plan to use it off road avoid roller brakes. I have a Nexus 8 with a roller brake on my 36 Mercury and I like the hub, hate the brake. The brake works really well for just regular riding but once it gets hot it fades really bad. Plus it gets filthy very easily.
    I don't want disc or canti's on this bike. So I'm left with either a roller/drum or coaster brake.

    Does anybody make a good internally geared hub with a good internal brake?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surestick Malone View Post
    Have you checked the hub spacing in the frame? That might limit your choices.
    This is not an issue.
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    The coaster on the Nexus works quite well, for a coaster brake.
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    I ordered a pair of 90mm Sturmey brake hubs, 5 speed for the rear for my next build.

    Nobody I know has any experience with this hub, but it will get me the look I think we're both after. I considered the 8-speed, but to seriously ride it would require like a 24T Chainring and there was nothing I liked out there for a crank. I asked a local co. about custom machining one to fit a TA/Stronglite bolt circle but the price was a little scary for a "hobby" build. Over $300 for hubs BEFORE hoops and spokes was bad enough.

    Nothing else I could easily find has the "look"

    For a truly reliable bike I'd probably compromise with the Cassette/drum hub. Some forum reviewers complain about the bearings, but I'm not sure the geared hub holds up to hard use. I'd expect Id have trouble dropping and jumping with that hollow axle. I have another klunker with a more modern 2x9 setup thats for real off-road riding. This new one will be a parade and festival display bike, mostly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldfatbaldguy View Post
    I ordered a pair of 90mm Sturmey brake hubs, 5 speed for the rear for my next build.

    Nobody I know has any experience with this hub, but it will get me the look I think we're both after. I considered the 8-speed, but to seriously ride it would require like a 24T Chainring and there was nothing I liked out there for a crank. I asked a local co. about custom machining one to fit a TA/Stronglite bolt circle but the price was a little scary for a "hobby" build. Over $300 for hubs BEFORE hoops and spokes was bad enough.

    Nothing else I could easily find has the "look"

    For a truly reliable bike I'd probably compromise with the Cassette/drum hub. Some forum reviewers complain about the bearings, but I'm not sure the geared hub holds up to hard use. I'd expect Id have trouble dropping and jumping with that hollow axle. I have another klunker with a more modern 2x9 setup thats for real off-road riding. This new one will be a parade and festival display bike, mostly.
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    Late 1930's Cleveland Welding...Probably actually sold as farm CO-OP or hardware chain bike. No headbadge, no holes, not much paint. Loved the big loopy look of the chainstays and seatstays. This one has the curved middle bar. Perfect klunker build...not enough left for a restorer or even repro artist.

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    Best internally geared hub for klunker build?

    Like this?

    Best internally geared hub for klunker build?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1403582750.100520.jpg
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    Very much like that, I-heart. Thanks and nice bike!

    My downtube is straighter and has the higher bottom bracket. While nobody seems to have a reliable serial number list, I've been told possibly built 39-41... but may have languished in a warehouse for a while.

    I see yours still has the solid seatmast. Mine wasnt salvageable. havent decided what to do yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldfatbaldguy View Post
    Very much like that, I-heart. Thanks and nice bike!

    My downtube is straighter and has the higher bottom bracket. While nobody seems to have a reliable serial number list, I've been told possibly built 39-41... but may have languished in a warehouse for a while.

    I see yours still has the solid seatmast. Mine wasnt salvageable. havent decided what to do yet.
    Solid seat post?

    Mine's available if you want it. I tore this bike down to build another...
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