Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fixed gear, 3 speed . . . 3 speeds Fixed.

I don't usually post other people's business, but I thought it was worth mentioning that Stumey Archer is developing a Fixed Gear 3 speed hub. This could be one of the greatest things to come along in a long time. I'm sure there are a lot of fixie purists out there that will say this defeats the simplicity of what fixed gear riding is all about . . . and they will be right, but this just opens up another pen in my stable for a new bike . . . not like I need it, but want it none the less

"The first batch of prototype Fixed Gear 3 speeds is finished. The new hub will be called the S3X. The hub will be made using a much stronger aluminum hubshell. Overall gear range will be 160%.

1st Gear -37.5%
2nd Gear - -25%
3rd Gear - Direct Drive

Gear step gear 1 to gear 2: 20%
Gear step gear two to gear 3: 33%

Shifters are still up in the air but we have had many requests for a bar end style shifter. Also we are still planning on the possibility of doing some anodized colors with laser etching instead of screen printed graphics. Please comment on what you would like to see in the way of shifters or color choices."

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