Sturmey Archer AW Hub - IntroThe STurmey archer AW hub has been around for decades, it is a 177% gear range 3 speed hub with a stainless steel shell.
It is available with a variety of different spoke holes and axle lengths.
|Don't do it, you could buy new for 10% extra!|
Sturmey Archer AW Hub - Second Hand Purchase
Visiting ebay you will see loads on second hand AW hubs for sale, they were Sturmey archer most popular hub and so they turn up everywhere.
The problem is if you buy second hand the you rarely find that hub comes complete with all of the nessassary bits to make it work, if not you will need:
1 - Left Hand Nut
2- Locking Washer x 2
3 - Guide Nut
4 - Indicator
5 - Cable Anchor
6 - Cable
7 - Cable Outer
8 - Sprocket
9- Fulcrum Clip (Provides a terminus for cable outer on chain stay)
10 - Shifter
Wow! Quiet a list, the above will cost you around £35 from a bike shop such as Freemans. So if you add on the £15 you spent on your ebay purchase you are up to £50. Freemans will do an all in brad new hub with fitting kit for £55.
So it is not really worth buying second hand.
Sturmey Archer AW Hub - Performance
With most derailure systems prodicing at least 250% gear range (1 x 7) or a whopping 700% for a typical (3 x 9) you will be taking a step in to history with this hub, BUT consider the lack of servicing, the hub's record speaks for itself with functional AW hubs still going strong after 30 years!
Most modern Sturmey archer hubs are grease lubricated, which is a step backwards. High hubs such as rolhoff speed hubs are oil lubricated, as is the case with older sturmey archer AW hubs, one reason perhaps to buy second hand . . . . .
Sturmey Archer AW Hub - Shifter Choice
plastic or . . . .
fantastic . . . .
Modern 3 speed shifetrs will work with all but the oldest of hubs.
Threads are common between old and new hubs and are specific to sturmey archer.