How do you like the sturmey 8 speed? Does it shift ok under load? How is the braking? I have the Nexus 8 and find that it shifts very well under load and I like that you don't have to pedal to shift but I do wish the braking was a little stronger in the back. The sturmey drum I have up front is very strong though.
Thanks for posting with such detail! I have found both of your threads to be very helpful. I will try to detail my next build as best I can.
I haven't made it to the trail yet with the DX - hopefully this weekend.
But, from what I've read the SA isn't the strongest hub in the universe, so my plan is to avoid shifting under load. It'll be for light duty riding with the kids for the most part.
To be honest I chose the SA for the retro-ness of the drum brake and because I got a pretty good deal on it.
I think it's the same 70mm drum as the X-FD front drum, so I'd expect it to have the same stopping power.
No problem on the detail. With as long as it takes me to accumulate all the parts for a klunker, I have plenty of time for pictures and typing
Looking forward to your Elgin build.
I wanna see a picture of blue "C" and red "DX" together. Curious about a ride report and what their differences between the two are. Which one will you grab to go for the neighborhood cruise...Wish I had that problem......
I'll see what I can do for ya
The blue C has been getting mostly errand duty around town so far. There's something very pleasingly simple about a single speed coaster brake bike.
This red DX will likely be the one I grab for the trails -- the handling seems less twitchy. Must be the trail on the Tange fork since the two bikes are essentially the same otherwise.
Off-road ride reports to follow in the next weeks.
Any near term plans for your C?