Sturmey Archer S3X Jan 13, 2010

The Sturmey Archer name is legendary in the cycling world. Ever since 1902, the brand has been making 3-speed internal hubs. Their hubs have been slowly refined over the past 100 years, but one thing remains the same; the original intent of an internally-geared hub. Now with the production of the S3X hub, fixed riders can also experience the internal gearing that made Sturmey Archer so famous.

Hopefully, this isn’t the first time you’re hearing about these hubs, but if it is, here’s a recent build sent in by a reader.

Edit: Anthony from Velocult also forwarded me photos he took at the Bisbee Bicycle Brothel of the original 3-speed fixed hub!

Photo by Ritchie Rozzelle

Not a bad build. He decided to put his shifter on the seatstay to maintain the relatively clean lines. Dig the racks and the build overall. I woulda put a barcon shifter instead, but it’s still a nice build. Check out some more photos of the build on his Flickr.

Thanks for the email Ritchie!

Thanks Anthony! Check out the original Velocult posting here.

Velo Cult Visits Bisbee Bicycle Brothel

  • a friend of mine is building up the internal 3 speed dynamo hub and front dynamo hub for his winter bike ( albeit late ) and is thinking of making festive lights part of the cycling commute ( chili lights in the summer and winter holiday lights ) they are amazing !!

  • I believe the hub TF4 hub pictured here is a 2-speed fixed hub of about 1902 vintage not a 3-speed. I’ve been riding on an almost identical TF5 hub since the 1970s and for a fact that is a 2-speed.

    The hub uses planetary drive and a sliding sun gear which allows power transmission to the shell either directly or via the planetary. Because there’s no over running clutch(freewheel)the hub has to have an area where neither is connected, otherwise it could lock up if simultaneous engagement occurs. I have mine set up with a 3 speed trigger and the 2nd position conveniently as neutral, not normal which is the middle (direct drive) gear of a 3-speed.

  • Andy Radness

    legondary is not legiondary.