SRAM G8 hub does not shift into the 3 lightest gears

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by floriansantana

Hi there,

I just bought a second hand commuter bike with Sram G8 hub gearing. The seller told me something is wrong with the shifting but he wouldn’t bother trying to fix it. So I just thought I’ll give it a shot. Problem is, that it does not shift into the three highest (lightest) gears (gear 1-3). From 4-8 it shift perfectly well, when I go beyond 4 to 3 the gear gets really low (more resistance than in gear 8) and this does not change for gear 1 and 2. In other words, gear 1-3 are the lowest gears by feel with no difference, when I shift into gear number 4 it seems to be just right and from 4-8 it seems to work well (even though gear 8 seems pretty high, a lot higher then 1-3).

Any idea what the problem could be? I figured that the shifting seems vice versa than on a normal groupset (I’m normally on road bikes) which means you shift into the lower gear with cable pull.

Thanks in advance for you help!

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