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    Rohloff Hubs

    Does anyone have any experience with the internally geared Rohloff hubs?

    These products intruige me, id like to know more about them.

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    its erm good from what I heard, but its not that light and somehow I heard reports of a few minor problems like break-in period

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelhot
    its erm good from what I heard, but its not that light and somehow I heard reports of a few minor problems like break-in period
    So no experience then?

    I have had some cursory experience. In the end it depends on how you ride it. My buddy had it on his downhill bike and loved it. The shifting experience is unique in that you don't have to pedal. i found this exceptional when finding the right gear to blow out of turns. It is heavy but this bike was designed for it to work centred in the bike. The rear wheel was essentially a singlespeed with the hub centred in the frame. It required very little maintenance and overall was very robust. Its biggest selling feature is no chain slapping around and no deraileur to get ripped off in a rock garden.

    Its biggest weakness was a "delayed" shift between 6 and 7...(its been a while so I might be incorrect about the gearing) but this delay was kind of annoying when trail riding.

    If he had not had a bike balanced for it, I might have disliked it quite a bit. But in the end I didn't notice the weight.

    If I had a spare 1300$cdn I would snatch one up in a heart beat.

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    They intrigue me too . . . but not $1000+ dollars-worth

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    I'm running a rohloff on my 29er right now. No problems with the hub, but the install/setup is a headache that hasn't gone away two months later - although the shop I chose to do the work probably would have screwed up any job. Find a good shop and don't take the bike back until it's right. If you're looking to add the rohloff to a bike without the appropriate dropouts you'll probably be running a chain tensioner which will hang down as much as a derailer. The break-in period is not such a hassle - my rohloff runs a little smoother every ride. Shifting from 7 to 8 requires you ease up on your cranks - not a problem to remember but, unless you do, the hub stays in it's higher gear until you back off pedaling then it finds the right gear. The weight isn't an issue for me as it seems to be for some. It seems, also, that other forum members object to the cost out of hand. The Nuvinci hub offers a similar product with a considerably narrower range for as little as 1/3 the price (but that hub is much heavier). Check out www.rohloff.de (if you haven't already) and download the owner's manuals at http://www.rohloff.de/en/download/de...ion/index.html. Good luck and post your experience if you decide to go with the rohloff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by losmark
    . . . other forum members object to the cost out of hand.
    What can I say - -I'm a cheap bugger. It's that niggling aversion to spending more for a hub than I did for my frame

    When I get to playing around with something with 135mm hub-spacing again I'm going to test out a Sturmey-Archer XRK-8.

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