Mountain Biking - which rohloff mountain bike?
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10-07-07, 01:56 PM
I am looking for a Rohloff mountain bike but havenīt found a lot of models so far (I have done a search of the mountain bike forum but didnīt get much)-
I would like the following features:
front disc brake
26 inch wheels
proper Rohloff compatible frame
enough tyre clearance to accomodate a 2.3 Freddies revenz studded winter tyre
not too heavy (weight under about 14 kg)
not cost as much as a Nicolai
Please reply and let me know any bike suggestions
Stating that you want a "Rohloff specific" frame really limits your choices. I personally would get the speedbone and attach the OEM plate to the IS disc tabs. It works fine and Rohloff actually condones it as long as the Mfgr. agree's that their IS tabs are good enough.
That said...I'd get a Banshee Scirocco...build it up from scratch or order one built and retro the drivetrain. A Rohloff specific bike will leave you with more pitfalls than benefits. Really, the only benefit is the hub "lug" that slides into the frame. The Speedbone adaptor negates that essentially giving you endless choices.
Rohloff EX 5.1d's
Hope Pro II frt hub
Avid Juicy 7's
Fox 32 Vanilla RLC fork
Your choice cockpit. (Mine would be an Easton / Thomson affair / WTB saddle)
I'd probably just snag an LX HT II crankset and set it up for singlespeed with the Rohloff hub.
I also wouldn't limit myself to the Freddies.
I'd get some Panaracer Speedblasters and stud them myself. I studded my own Bontrager Jones last year and they turned out sooo awesome. The advantage is that the studs are as long as you want them to be, so I made them a bit longer than the norm to cut through the slush and snow so they'd bite into the hard surface. (frozen ground / ice)
Another good idea "may" be a Gravity Dropper or Speedball post so that when you do get to a sketchy / slick section, you can drop your seat down and give yourself room to sit on the saddle and use your feet as "outriggers" per se on the ice.
Honestly...I'd go buy a Redline Monocog and throw a Rohloff on it and stud your own 29'er tires.
It'd be alot cheaper and still perform pretty well in adverse conditions.
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