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Old 09-13-07, 12:03 PM
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Frame or hub?

I've been lurking for about a week getting up to speed on the Commuting forum. I am very impressed with the collective knowledge of the group and am glad I found the site when I did. It's my first post, so take it easy on me...

I've got the go-ahead from my wife to get a new commuter. My current rig is a 10 yr old Kona Lava Dome. It has served me well, but is starting to show its age. Rather than upgrade all the components, I think I'm going to undertake a build. I ride year-round and have a 22 mile R/T commute mostly on the lakefront MUP. It's a very flat ride with wind a bigger challange than hills.

I've searched the Commuting forum and read the custom vs off-the-rack frame discussions and the SA/Shimano vs Rohloff hub discussions and my question is this: Since my project budget will allow only one "high-end" splurge, would I be better off going with the custom frame and SA/Shimano hub or an off-the-rack frame and the Rohloff hub?

Thanks in advance for your input.

Tony Santone
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