I have decided to order a Tikit from Bike Friday, but I can't decide what gearing I should choose. I was hoping some input from members here to make the decision easier.
First, I am not too keen on the Capreo system, since the cassettes are hard to find and expensive compared to standard cassettes.
Second, I am not too keen on internal-gear hubs either.
Heavier, more resistance, expensive, and how do you repair it if it breaks?
I have a Rohloff on my Mtb, which is great and practically bombproof, but the Rohloff is really in a class of its own. I can't afford one on the Tikit though.
The first option i was considering was equipping the Tikit with a 60t chainring and a standard 11-34 cassette (apparantly that can be done). With 40-349 tires (Scorchers) that would give me a range of 29.8 - 92.1 gear inches. Pretty good, but perhaps a bit short on the high end? (That's the heavy gears right? I always get those mixed up.)
The second option I was considering was an Sram Dual-Drive and maybe a 56t chainring. From what i can read, the DD is a pretty simple and proven design.
That would give me 20.4 - 117 gear inches. Perfect, but heavier and more expensive.
Plus the hassle of maintenance on both a derailleur and gear hub system. Probably more drag than the other option? And that clickbox looks pretty vulnerable.
So I really can't decide.
Anyone have any experience with either option?
I will be using the Tikit for short commuting, and training when I'm on vacation.
No hauling of heavy luggage and that sort of thing.
Well at least not for the time being.