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    complete 29er bike, full suspension, rohloff

    7 NOV 07

    Sounds like you need to be pretty slick with tools to build a bike using a rohloff hub. Is anyone commercially building complete 29er full suspension bikes with a rohloff hub? I remember from my youth, when a ten speed bike was all the rage, that my Schwinn Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub was much the quicker shifter in any kind of variable terrain. The rapid shift with a much greater gear range is very appealing. More interested in a sturdy fun bike than a racer. Let's not completely break the bank either, please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwolicki
    .....Is anyone commercially building complete 29er full suspension bikes with a rohloff hub?......
    Try Van Dessel

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwolicki
    7 NOV 07

    Sounds like you need to be pretty slick with tools to build a bike using a rohloff hub. Is anyone commercially building complete 29er full suspension bikes with a rohloff hub? I remember from my youth, when a ten speed bike was all the rage, that my Schwinn Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub was much the quicker shifter in any kind of variable terrain. The rapid shift with a much greater gear range is very appealing. More interested in a sturdy fun bike than a racer. Let's not completely break the bank either, please.

    Building a bike that uses a Rohloff hub is just like building a bike that uses a derailleur system.

    The fiddly bit is setting up the cables, apart from that, it's very easy to do.

    You can retro-fit a whole lot of bikes with a Rohloff Speedhub and doing it all yourself just isn't that hard. It's not rocket science...


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    I greatly admire your confidence, and while being fairly dexterous (I am a surgeon), I am at a place in my life where between spending time diddling with the adjustments, and trying to keep the grease from under my fingernails (just looks bad) , I would prefer to have professional help. No way I would pretend to lace and true a wheel, any more than you would do a tonsillectomy. That is one of the great attractions of the Rohloff hub; it purportedly does not require lots of adjustment once installed correctly. I am understandably nervous that my LBS might have minimal to no experience with this, and there I am again without a support resource. Dreaming and planning, in mixed proportions. thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman
    It's not rocket science...


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    Not rocket science, just regular old geometry though!

    OP asked about a 29" FS with a Rohloff. To do it clean, without a tensioner, one needs a FS design that has zero chain growth i.e. - pivots around the BB - like the old Lenz design, or Deans:

    http://www.deanbikes.com/mountain/Ace%2029r/ace29.htm

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    bump

    Well...? After all the great feedback - what's your decision?

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    Bug Brett at Niner Bikes. He should be able to hook you up.
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