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Old 03-23-08, 11:45 AM
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From what I've heard, if you're going for a Nexus make sure to get the Red Band. You could go for a Rohloff, if you have a lot of disposable income.

In general though, with IH's, pros: Low maintenance; less susceptible to dirt and mud; no worries about rear derailleur clearance; straight chain.

Cons: Not repairable in the field; less efficient than derailleurs; heavy.

As to frame, fwiw I'm using a Cross-Check, so far so good but haven't toured on it yet. The higher BB feels a little odd at first and you have to go a size smaller than you normally would, but it's quite comfortable and stable. Very good for rough pavement, gravel, dirt and so forth.
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