Sturmey Archer S3X review

Sturmey Archer S3X 2010
Cycling Weekly Verdict

So, what we would like to see is the price come down, the ratios closer together and direct drive drop down to second, or the fixionados may not play. 12t-18t sprockets available Over-locknut dimensions: 130mm or 120mm

Reasons to buy
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    Gears for your, er, fixed bike

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    Easy to set up

Reasons to avoid
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    Big jumps between ratios

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    Feels like a slack chain

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Sturmey caused a, um, stir when it last year launched its three-speed fixed hub after years of anticipation, during which time the fixed scene has gone supernova. Will it appeal to the multitudes of fans of the cog, or is three speeds two too many?

The S3X fits easily with a few zip-ties to secure a run of cable up to a bar-end-mounted shifter. Or if your fixed bike is a road conversion, the cable stops will already be there. So far there's only the bar-end shifter, but apparently down tube and flat-bar shifters are in the pipeline.

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