Sturmey Archer XRF8 (W) Hub

1/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $192.36

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Product Description

  • 8 Speed internal gear hub without brake (freewheel)
  • Patented modular technology
  • Rotary gear selector
  • Quick and easy gear change with low change load

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ron

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2012

Strengths:    Shifts nicely and is a good set up for the Terratrike on which it is installed.

Weaknesses:    I've blown thru two of these hubs. The first after about 50 miles, all on paved bicycle paths. The second one lasted about 500 miles, again on paved bicycle paths. The second one locked up in 3rd gear and then forced me to limp in with 2nd, 5th, 6th, and 8th gears. All others were free wheeling.

Bottom Line:   
Two of thes have failed me in what is less than 1000 miles. I'm in the process of shopping for another brand that is hopefully a lot more sturdy.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jakub.ner a Cross Country Rider from London, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2011

Strengths:    - no derailleur for branches and twigs to break
- good gearing range for IGH
- easy to get low low gearing

Weaknesses:    - not suitable for off-road (trashed after 20km)
- sluggish, especially in real cold weather

Bottom Line:   
Saw various forum questions whether this hub is suitable for off road use: found out that it isn't.

I built this bike up for winter riding and took it around Fanshawe. The cable was adjusted properly throughout the ride: so that wasn't the problem. I lost a couple fears after a couple kilometers: nice grinding noises. Before I came out from the ride I was left with a single gear, everything else was free-spinning.

It's quite possible using at 28/25 combo was way too much torque, but because of the way the planetary gears are setup in this hub, I don't see any other way to get reasonable high gears.

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Favorite Trail:   Fanshawe Lake

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Harris Cyclery (onli

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Nexus, Sturmey Archer 3 speed/5 speed, SRAM 7 speed. (none for off-road except the XRF8(W).

Bike Setup:   26" Giant with vertical dropouts and a chain tensioner. 28 tooth chainring and 25 tooth rear sprocket (<<< this is possibly why it disintegrated so quickly)

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