Given the choice, I'd probably go for Shimano if only for the fact its
shifting mechanism is slightly better protected. The Sturmey's
indicator chain seemed to fail whenever the bike was dropped on the
This makes no sense bike fall to both sides in the early 40's a plastic cap still used to day for my customers protects the indicator chain. and once you go to the shimanno 4 speed and up. the cabling is under the frame this make it useless for off road mtb use.
the shimano 3pd hub will on it's own ruin it self just because of the shifter and it's internal design is of such low quality metal. If not in perfect adjustment it fails.
the Shimanno hub has been in production since 1960 or about. I have not seen one of that age come in that was working with out skipping or worn out internals parts.
I get SA 3spd in every other day made pre 1950's that need nothing but a good cleaning and lube. And that hub on a nice 4130 tubbing frame is about 21 lbs. not bad for a commuter.
If any one understand that shimmano own 85 percent of the market the only way to keep selling is to make sure you change designs so you have to buy new.
Or you make the life time of the product shorter. The Shimanno hub was used to go up against the 1960's department store bicycles. A area that SA had wrapped up for years.
But you all Know the department stores look at numbers not quality. Same as todays So called bike shops that tell you carbon fiber is better when it actually is cheaper to make.
The lightest fastest bike was made by 1950 and it was steel. to reproduce that bike today as Waterford cycle does cost about $9,000.00 US.
Trust me newer is not better. And if you think the manufacture thinks of you you have alot to learn it is all about numbers. Time per unit.
it takes 1/10 the time to make a carbon fiber frame then it does a steal frame bike.
I repair them Frames I glue them back together all the time. JUNK.
The cost of an indicator chain is $3 usa. now price the the replacement on the shimanno the rod the shifter mechanism by the way the replacement doesn't come with a double ended adjuster nut. why because they changed the design about every 5 years. Ok just buy a new hub why not shimmano is disposable.