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Has anyone used Rohloff Speed Hubs(3 posts)

Has anyone used Rohloff Speed HubsMe Dot Org
May 3, 2002 9:34 PM

I know this is mostly a mountain bike option, but I've been intrigued by the low-maintenance, straight chainline, easy-shifting promise of these hubs. I gather they are heavier, and some people report inefficiency in the first 5 gears, although many say it is just the break-in period (about 2,000 miles.

Has anyone used one of this on a city or cyclocross bike? Opinions? Rants? Raves?
re: not personallycyclopathic
May 5, 2002 6:28 AM
but I was toying with idea and I almost bought it for my FS mtb. I was turned on by idea of single chainring up front (the monopivot suspension behaves differently in diff chainring), less maintenance and "uniform" shifting.

This what stopped me:
- weight distribution (most of weight concentrated at rear axle)
- expensive
- heavier
- parts availability

I would not get it for CX too because weight distribution, and for city bike it looks like overkill. You can get Shimano Nexus or SRAM hub for a fraction and either have sufficient range for city riding. Maybe for touring, but yet again, what are you gonna do if it breaks down?

IMHO it is very nice but impractical toy.

Now, if they had the same thing packaged at BB (I'd take it would require oversized BB shell), I would think twice..
May 5, 2002 6:31 AM
I may be a good thing for tandems or recumbants, I doubt it will be up to handle the torque on tandem