Sturmey Archer
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Country:EnglandPrimary Focus:Hubs / Shifters
Years of Operation:1902 - Current
General Information
 Best known for the internal geared (planetary gearing) hub, Sturmey Archer is another one of the most recognized brands in cycling.  The company has been bought and sold several times since it's origins, and at some time was owned by the same parent company as both Brooks and Raleigh.  The company is still in business (well, the name is still in use anyways), and there are still internal geared hubs produced today with the Sturmey Archer name.
The Sturmey-Archer Story

Bicycle internal hub gears like the Sturmey Archer "AW" are based upon the epicyclic gear principle.

In the late 19th century, Frank Bowden, of Raleigh fame, had purchased a bicycle company initially located in Raleigh Street, Nottingham, England and his engineers worked with ideas from Henry Sturmey and James Archer resulting in the first Sturmey-Archer 3-speed bicycle gear hub patent in 1902. This is all described in much more detail in “The Sturmey-Archer Story”, a book by Tony Hadland, from 1987.


The early 20th century history of Sturmey Archer is described on Sheldon Brown's web site. Sturmey-Archer hub gears and dynamo hubs were the mainstay of the British three-speed Roadster type bicycles of the 1950s to 1970s.


In 2001, 99 years after invention of the first Sturmey-Archer gear and 98 after formal establishment of Sturmey-Archer as The Three-Speed Gear Syndicate, the company passed out of British ownership. It entered a new era as a Taiwanese-owned enterprise, with a European base in The Netherlands.

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Recent Added / Updated Components
Component NameCategoryAdded / Updated
Sturmey Archer GH6 DynohubHubs06/10/2018
Sturmey Archer HSJ-508, 4-speed (Brass)Shifters08/16/2017
Sturmey Archer HSJ-508, 4-speedShifters08/16/2017
Sturmey Archer 3-speed quadrantShifters08/16/2017
Sturmey Archer 2-speed quadrant (top-tude)Shifters08/16/2017
Vintage Tools - Recent Added / Updated
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Sturmey Archer Cone SpannerSpanner12/05/2007
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Additional Resources
Catalog NameSourceFile SizeDate Added
1959 Strumey Archer Catalog Part 1VeloBase16,123kB7/11/2011
1959 Sturmey Archer - Price List & Service DocsVeloBase10,307kB7/21/2011
Sturmey Archer Hubs - 1980'sVeloBase24,043kB8/9/2011
Resource LinkCategoryDetails 
Sturmey Archer HeritageBrand Specific WebsitesAmazing list of documents and history of S.A. hubs.
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