I hope to have Keith and Arvon build me a folding touring bike with 20" wheels and trimmings for use in sustained touring.
I was leaning to the new Shimano 11 speed IGH, but now issues have cropped up with that hub , and I am now looking at the 14-speed Rohloff. For 20" wheels Rohloff recommends a 13-tooth sprocket. If push-comes-to pull I can always go back to a Shimano 9 speed rear, 3 ring front, and ... forget the IGH idea
What front chainring should I use with the 13 sprocket and Rohloff? What dropout should I use for the Rohloff as it is up in the air/on the table now as far as choices are right now. Other suggestions are solicited/ asked for.
Remember this folder is being built from scratch and is to be airline friendly and for sustained touring, but is for a 100 kg fellow that stands at 195 cm. I already have an Arvon-built expedition grade bike bike (on the S&S website), and this folder should be more airline friendly and with the Rohloff should be able to use a BOB ibex and or Panniers.
Am I dreaming or should I drink more Chateau Neuf de.. and re-think this whole idea and use a BMW R750
Serious input needed as I am really scratching my head. Keith and Arvon are willing to listen and to build. I really trust Arvon's ideas