Very nice hub indeed! But there was one thing that made me almost throw it in the garbage: Shifting when hitting a little bump in the road. Because of the "centrifugal driven weights" in the hub.SRAM Automatix. Two speed auto. Shifts up at a certain road speed so it required a bit of experimentation with sprockets to find the sweet spot. No longer made unfortunately, I managed to find one in stock at a German online store. It stops well, doesn't fade. But it weighs a ton.
The Bendix manual 2 speed hub, not the kick back models that came later, is almost the worst coaster brake I ever used. I have rebuilt 3 of them. They are hard to adjust, have poor brakes and the distance the pedal has to go back to engage the brakes is huge, even huger in low gear. The armless coaster brakes I have are almost useless, dangerous. I have several Morrow coaster brakes, including one that has 1/2 inch pitch cogs. The brake shoes in the Morrow are huge. Last summer I did a 30 mile mountain bike race on a klunker using a Morrow. My legs got a little fatigued because you have to push fairly hard to make it work well at high speeds. I think they are good heat sinks but I wasn’t that fond of it, it was adequate, didn’t hate it. I have two Sachs coasters on bikes. Mine don’t stop as well as the Bendix. The Sachs is supposed to coast well but I didn’t do any comparisons. The Bendix is good, I like them but the range of cogs is more limited than with modern coaster, unless you modify a modern cog to fit the Bendix. My one Bendix kick back works very well and is fun but mine doesn’t coast well, in fact it has a lot of drag. I like the Shimano Nexus. It takes little reverse pressure to get it to stop, has pretty good modulation, the reverse distance to get it to engage is small and you can buy new parts or a whole new hub and rob the guts to put in your wheel if it burns out. After 3 years of single track riding and several races it was shot, but still works, but not good enough for the trail. While not a classic, I vote for the Nexus because of availability of parts and the reasonable performance.Agreed on the Bendix 2 speeds for braking. My yellow band has the best brakes I've got. The brakes are operated off the low gear, giving more leverage.
Will this coaster brake fit a cooler from Mone Bikes? Is it an 1.5in hubshell?Hope I do not revive a topic that is too old, but I like to share my experiences so far:
STURMEY ARCHER S1C hub:
I have been riding this one for about 900km's (560 miles) now and really am fond of the hub:
How am I using this hub?
For singlespeed klunking/mountainbiking. 24inch wheels with 3.0 tires. Mostly singletrack over hard tree stumps and sometimes cycling over tarmac. A quick descent now and then. I am riding in mud and fine sand aswell.