As far as that thread is concerned, I recant the nonsense I said about using the hub in a horizontal dropouts. I would only consider using it in something like the Thorn. There are lots of other custom builders doing good work with it also.
I would not consider using it on 700C since you are stuck with a 700 C 32 spoke rear wheel. There are reasons why that might well be more than adequate, but when the 26 is clearly superior, why do it. I think the 26 is theoretically superior on a regular deraileur touring bike but with Rohloff it's a slam dunk. I'm actually toying with the idea of the 69er, since if it looks stupid nobody will probably notice under all the luggage anyway.
The OEM hub is a lot less expensive than the Kludgy alternatives and it is a lot cleaner. I just bought one, and am now going through the alternatives for mounting it on a custom frame. I don't really see any brilliant alternatives, it's enough to make one want to go back to a deraileur. I'm waiting till I get it, then maybe I can figure out the best alternative for mounting it. On a touring bike you want something easy should you flat, and something that is compatible with paniers, and something that doesn't use excentric BB carriers, and something that doesn't cost 100 bucks retail for what would otherwise be a 4 dollar part.
Urbane does sell the odd Rohloff, and lots of cheaper gear hubs so it would be interesting to know what they would say.
Picture is Thorn with OEM drops and eccentric BB.
Last edited by NoReg; 05-31-07 at 10:28 AM.