All about hubs
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|Last update: 09.09.2016||
There are already lots of good sites dealing with (historical) bikes, but we will list up some very interesting sources especially about geared hubs. A treasure trove for hub freaks and those aspiring so to be. We arranged the following links according to subjects and listed them alphabetically within these subjects.
Generally about geared hubs
A good Wikipedia article about geared hubs providing lots of background information about contemporary and historical geared hubs.
A very nice site with various comments, explosion drawings, pictures of contemporary and historical geared hubs - and much more.
Here you will find a good review about the most important hub manufacturers with pictures and brief descriptions.
Sheldon Brown was one of the most important bike mechanics and the first one to present his nearly inexhaustible knowledge about bicycle technology via the net. You will find almost everything your “hub-heart” may desire.
Mainly about Fichtel & Sachs
My German site www.scheunenfun.de
I provide a wealth of pictures and spare part lists of geared hubs as well as freewheel hubs.
My English site www.torpedo-coasterbrake.com
Pictures and spare part lists of geared hubs and freewheel hubs.
A private site of Andree Schote about some Fichtel & Sachs 2 speed and 3 speed hubs with pictures and further useful information.
Sheldon Brown´s site especially about Fichtel & Sachs and Sram.
Mainly about Sturmey-Archer
Tony Hadland is the author of „The Sturmey-Archer story“ and a qualified expert of Sturmey-Archer geared hubs. You will find repair instructions of old Sturmey-Archer gears among other things.
Sheldon Brown´s site especially about Sturmey-Archer. Visiting will be absolutely worthwhile.
A great page with probably the most comprehensive collection of documents of Sturmey-Archer geared hubs in the net. One of Doc7speed´s favorite sites. Shows all Sturmey-Archer hubs from 1902 to 2000.
Established hub manufacturers
Since 2007 a geared hub with continuously variable transmissions is available on the market ! It was very heavy initially (more than 4kg), but the latest development weighs about 2.5kg only. The manufacturer provides useful information and some videos.
A real stroke of genius, a 14 speed geared hub ! It is only half the weight of the Sachs Elan, it has more gears and it is successful since 1999. There exists a Wiki article as well . It´s interior is a feast for the eyes and it could even be found as an exhibition piece on industrial exhibitions.
Besides bike components Shimano also produces fishing and snowboard components , as well as forged parts. Its Nexus hubs are pretty innovative, we already wrote something about them in the menu Technical infos.
This legendary manufacturer of geared hubs unfortunately was forced to file for bankruptcy in the year 2000, after almost 100 years of company history and it was taken over by SunRace. The name will be continued and a great deal of hubs in different versions are being offered. There exist e.g. Fixed gear hubs and 3 speed hubs with rotary gear selector.
Unfortunately the legendary manufacturer of Torpedo hubs does´nt exist any longer- as well, but some successful hubs, e.g. the Super 7 are still being offered with new name and modified design by Sram.