I recently came across the auction of an old Gazelle city bike. It is equipped with rear internal gear hub with drum brake which looks like Sturmey Archer 3 gear hub. But this hub has two shifting cables (one on each side, going to the internal hub) and very strange shifters, which I guess are not original.

The auction description states that this is 3 gear hub.

I've seen Sachs Pentasport 5 hear hub with similar shifting design, so I suppose it might be something similar.

Please, help my curiosity and identify the model of the hub.

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EDIT on the handlebar I've noticed some kind of gear shifting instruction, which suggest there is indeed 5 gears. enter image description here


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    Interesting. Is that front hub a generator or a drum brake? I note that the cranks are "modern" (not cottered), so if the crank's original then the bike is likely newer than 1975 or so. It's not clear what you consider to be "strange" about the shifters. Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 22:57
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    Those stem shifters suggest an 80s design, and may not be original. Normally the left one is for the front mech and the right one is for the rear mech, and pulling the lever moves to a larger cog. Can you follow the wires and see where they go, if anywhere? Is the front crank a single chainring under that chaincase, or does it have two or three?
    – Criggie
    Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 23:20
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    @Criggie - My 1973 Raleigh 5-speed had a stem shiifter. By 1980 many designs had shifted to downtube shifters. Commented Oct 11, 2016 at 1:07
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    @Criggie - Looking at the pictures, you can see cables (of the sort used for geared hubs) entering the hub on both ends of the axle. You can also, on the left side, see the rod and lever of a drum brake. So there are three controls entering the hub. Commented Oct 11, 2016 at 12:21
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    @Criggie On this pics I see that front mech is regular single chainring. Both cables from the shifters goes to the rear hub + one cable from braking lever to the drum brake in rear hub.
    – krzyski
    Commented Oct 11, 2016 at 12:22

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Appearance is alloy shell and 70mm drum which would be a Sturmey-Archer AT 5 , which was made mid 80's thru late 90's with dual lever shifters . A version was also made with just 3 gears .

  • Posted it in comment earlier but yes, this is probably an answer:) It should be noted that shifters are without big doubt original.
    – krzyski
    Commented Oct 12, 2016 at 6:55

The sturmey archer 5 speed has gear chain skewers in both sides of the hub. though there was a dedicated 2 cable single leaver to go with this a pair of shifters like these designed to operate derailleur gears can be made to work.

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