Sturmey-Archer X-RD3, Royalty in the shop

In the workshop right now we have a wheel from an ex-Royal Mail postie cycle in for repair. These come fitted with the standard Sturmey-Archer X-RD3 hub. I’ve worked on quite a few of these over the years and understandably they’ve all lived a hard life and this one is no exception. The report the came with it is gears two and three were slipping with gear one noisy but still working. Once cleaned up and inspected, the fault is diagnosed to a clutch spring cap and damaged pawls. Another one lives to see another day.

The Sturmey-Archer X-RD3, introduced in 1999 as a more modern version of the classic three speed, incorporating a 70mm drum brake. This example will more likely be a Taiwanese version as Sturmey-Archer UK packed up its operations at the end of the millennium, and in my opinion of better quality control. They seem to be super reliable, not quite up to the sturdiness of the AW but close. The brake shoes never seem to wear, I’ve certainly never had to change them.

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