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Elgin, JC Higgins, J.C. Higgins, They're All Sears bikes, and all freaking awesome!!  I love that the Firestone bikes are all the same frames too... It's too bad there isn't more information out there about these bikes as they totally kick ass.  Yes, they're not quite as good quality as a Schwinn, but they're absolutely serviceable and personally I find they fit taller riders a bit better.  One really could ask why AREN'T these bikes ruling the world about now?!?

SRAM It Up A Notch

by Bryn — last modified Nov 25, 2008 09:32 AM
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Finally got to test ride a SRAM hub!

I've been eying the SRAM catalog for a while now, specifically their internal gear hubs.  I think by this point we all know that Shimano puts out a fantastic 3 speed, and Sturmey Archer make a totally "respectable" hub these days as long as stopping isn't important.  But the big wild card has been SRAM - their hubs just aren't that common on bikes over here!

Well, after a series of problems with the single speed hub on his Felt, Chuck bit the bullet and went for an upgrade.  Obsession Bikes up on the shore fitted him with a new SRAM T3 coaster brake hub!  The SRAM has a 186% range, compared to 178% on a Sturmey AW or Shimano 3-speed so it's a bit wider range too - that'll be good for hauling ass!

One thing to note, the brake on the SRAM is NUTS!  It felt like power brakes on a car to me - you really don't have to put any pressure on it to stop, which means you're not wasting a whole bunch of your back pedal force on the hub mechanism itself.

After he's rolled on it for a while I'll do a follow up, but initial impressions are good!

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