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Sturmey-Archer Gear Co, famous for its bicycle hub gears, also sold motorcycle hubs, of Nottingham, England.

1908 The Three-Speed Gear Syndicate‎ became the Sturmey Archer Gear Co under Frank Bowden the primary owner of the Raleigh Cycle Co. The gears were manufactured for the company by the Raleigh Company [1]

Originally produced hubs for three-speed bicycles designed by Raleigh Cycle Co

By 1913 the Sturmey-Archer Company was producing 100,000 three-speed hub gears per year

1934 Public flotation of a new holding company: Raleigh Cycle Holdings Co Ltd of which there were 2 operating subsidiaries - Raleigh Cycle Co Ltd and Sturmey-Archer Gears Ltd; Raleigh had always manufactured the gears sold as Sturmey-Archer; both companies together had 4000 employees[2]

1939 a four speed model was developed.

This led to the development of temperamental 5 speed models

1994, 7 speed hubs were introduced.

The Sturmey-Archer name was also credited with the 49cc two-stroke engine fitted to early Raleigh mopeds, although this was actually a reworking of Vincenti Piatti's "Trojan Mini-Motor" and built by BSA's motorcycle operation.

2000 Sturmey-Archer was sold to Sun Race Sturmey-Archer Inc. and operations were moved to Taiwan.



Sturmey-Archer gears by the The Three-speed Gear Syndicate of Nottingham. Seen at the National Cycle Collection

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 15 February 1934
  2. The Times, 15 February 1934

[1] Wikipedia

  • [2] Sturmey Archer Heritage