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Old 09-19-13, 05:13 PM
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Rohloff hub on Trek 520

I want to put a Rohloff hub on my Trek 520. Does anyone know of a LBS in the greater Vancouver area that can do this work?

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Old 09-28-13, 10:03 AM
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I think there is one shop in Maple Ridge that would order the parts for a conversion but likely you would be left to your own devices when it comes to installation and set up. I had inquired about that same type of conversion but had little success. Most shops have never heard of those hubs.
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Old 09-22-14, 10:03 PM
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Last year I researched doing the same thing to a 520. Dropped the idea. No one knows anything about the Rohloff hub. (Talking bike shops in my area) Seamed like a cool idea at the time. In Vancouver I do not know of anyone. Now, there is a shop in Tolfield, Alberta, Arvon Cycles. He makes custom bicycles, and can alter yours as well. I mailed him my frame. He cut the brand new 520 frame and added S&S couplers. Why am I telling you this? You realize that you will have to have the frame cut and a coupler of some sort put in, to allow you to install the belt. Once that is (pick whichever is appropriate) brazed, welded, soldered in, you will have to repaint at least that chain stay. I decided I didn't like the bronze color of my frame, so I sandblasted, primed and painted the bike. Complete with painted logo work. Do not tell your wife how much this stuff costs! hahahaha
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Old 09-23-14, 05:12 AM
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I don't read where the op specified belt drive....
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Old 09-23-14, 07:13 AM
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I tend to suffer from tunnel vision vision at times! You are correct-OP did not specify belt drive. I should have questioned first.
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I wasn't able to find any shop in the Vancouver area that would do this. The closest bike shop I could find was Cycle Monkey in Albany, California. They claim to be the sole North American Service Partner for Rohloff. They quoted me a price that would have more than doubled the price of my Trek 520. Somewhere in the $2000 range. They did not mention S&S couplers, so I assume they did not have to be added for a chain set up. I have since decided that my present set up is fine.
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Old 10-18-14, 09:45 PM
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Not surprised. My shop here in Winnipeg would have done it for me, but the cost was stupid as you see.
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Some prices are so no right, and some time is just better staying with what you have
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Originally Posted by Norsman View Post
I wasn't able to find any shop in the Vancouver area that would do this. The closest bike shop I could find was Cycle Monkey in Albany, California. They claim to be the sole North American Service Partner for Rohloff. They quoted me a price that would have more than doubled the price of my Trek 520. Somewhere in the $2000 range. They did not mention S&S couplers, so I assume they did not have to be added for a chain set up. I have since decided that my present set up is fine.
You don't need an LBS. Do it yourself. It isn't rocket science. You may have to learn how to build a wheel, but that too is not rocket science. It is even easier since you won't have to dish the wheel (make it horizontally lopsided to account for the gear cluster. An un-dished wheel is stronger than a dished one, especially laterally, and simpler and easier to build). Installing a Rohloff hub is just fitting together parts designed to be fitted together. It is like following a recipe. Just follow the instructions step by step. A Rohloff wheel is two-cross lacing, which is simpler and easier to do than the conventional three cross lacing.

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Y. A Rohloff wheel is two-cross lacing, which is simpler and easier to do than the conventional three cross lacing.
Why? Because the flange is too large to lay the spokes over in a 3 x pattern?
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