3-Speed Sturmey Archer S-RF3 Internal Gear rear hub. Light alloy body, reliable and abusable. Riders shift when NOT pedalling.
The internally geared hub offers a wider gear range than the single speed, while remaining simple to use and virtually maintenance free.
Kids shift the three-speed drivetrain with a handlebar mounted trigger shifter.
Gear range: 32 x 19T middle gear ratio with 25% gear reduction in lowest gear and 33% increase in top gear.
We spent a lot of time figuring out how to put gears on an Owl. In keeping with the rest of our line, we wanted the geared Owl to be smooth and maintenance free, with a wide range. As kids develop their riding skills they want to go further, ride bigger hills and pedal faster. For that intrepid rider who's ready to shift, we developed the 3-Speed Owl.
Most 20” wheel kids bikes switch gears with a derailleur, so why did we opt for the internal gear?
A derailleur on a 20" wheel bike sits precariously close to the ground. If your child drops her bike, leans it against a wall, rides it through too tight of a space, puts it drive-side down in the trunk or backpedals after a shift, the derailleur will likely bend or break.
We don't blame the rider for that. Kids are kids. They're tough on stuff.
What will damage our internally geared drive train? Nothing we can think of. It will offer a smooth transition through a wide gear range on every ride. Our hubs are sealed, so they're also impervious to water and mud.
Shift a gear to climb a hill. Shift a gear to pedal down the other side. Shift a gear to power away on the flats. All from a simple, self-contained internally geared hub.
The simple-to-use trigger shifter allows a single light action button press to shift the 3 gears, even when the bike’s not being pedaled. Internally geared hubs shift anywhere. Stationary at a stop sign? Shift gears. Half way up a hill? Click away.
|Standover Height (top tube)||490mm/19.3"|
|Top Tube Length (horizontal)||455mm/17.9"|
|Top Tube Length (actual)||435mm/17.1"|
|Seat Tube Length||240mm/9.4"|
|Seat Post Diameter||25.4mm|
|Seat Tube Angle||71 degrees|
|Head Tube Length||100mm|
|Head Angle||70 degrees|
|Bottom Bracket Height||227mm/9"|
|Bottom Bracket Width||68mm|
|Chain Stay Length||355mm/14"|
|Rear Drop-Out Width||112mm|
|Fork Drop-Out Width||100mm|
|Rider Inseam||19" to 23"|
|Alloy Riser Handlebar Width||520mm/21"|
|Leather Saddle Length||21.5mm/8.5"|
|Alloy Stem Length||50mm|
|Alloy Stem Diameter||1"|
|Brakes||Tektro front & rear V-brakes|
|Front Chainring||32 tooth|