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    Litespeed Sewanee. 60mm rear travel, with Surly tensioner.
    need to put in a stopper to limit the tensioner travel beyond what is needed to accommodate the chain growth due to rear travel. without the stopper, i get chain drop occasionally.
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    Nice! Can you take another link out of the chain? Or reverse the spring in the tensioner to push up instead of down? Also, what cables are you using for the speedhub?

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    Distance to chain stay is small, so using push up cannot accommodate much. Also, I think chain will be without tension more frequently as the weight of tensioner will swing it away under shock.
    I'm pretty sure chain is the shortest possible when it was installed. However chain length grew considerably after 1 yr. I didn't check, but I don't think it's that much.
    Anyway, I've retired this bike. I've just setup a Funk La Ruta softail which eliminates the need for tensioner. Will post some pics once I get it tuned in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnybags View Post
    Nice! Can you take another link out of the chain? Or reverse the spring in the tensioner to push up instead of down? Also, what cables are you using for the speedhub?
    Those are Nokon housing/cables.

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    Oh man, I've been dreaming about this for years...
    I'm getting ready to order an ogre (as soon as their available in 20") and hook up either a 7 speed drum nexus or 7 speed coaster brake spectro.
    I'll definitely post pics as soon as it's built.
    I've got an old cantilevered schwinn that i put a shimano 3cc on and that thing is a blast on shorter trails.

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    Let me try again.

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    Still waiting on one more part to make her rideable, but I thought I'd share since she's essentially together...

    On One Scandal 29er frame + RS Reba 100m fork + Alfine 11 IGH

    My build thread is in the One One Forum:

    Vik's Scandal 29er Build...
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    Pugs with a NuVinci

    The Nate on a Rolling Darryl at 14 psi has awesome traction.
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    The trek with a lefty runs a nuvinci, the KHS urban uno is a fixed gear 3-speed, the hooligan i run an alfine 8, the sharkfire is a 7 speed nexus. My preference is the nuvinci
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    here's my heavy duti
    bought the bike for $25 out of somebody's front yard, it had original fork, pedals and seat but those all broke after the first year
    i've got right around 2 bills in it including purchase cost

    the shimano 3cc coaster cartridge hub was a gift from a buddy after he saw the bike and i told him what i wanted to do with it. it's a bad little hub, never had a problem with it and this thing is my numero uno. daily commuter, and occasional mtn bike when i feel froggy. i had some old head at a show tell me i had no business riding a coaster brake at 200 lbs but i've got over 1000 miles on it, and have only repacked it once.

    bike -- $25
    hub -- free
    surly new front hub -- $20
    rims -- $20 at trexlertown
    spokes -- $40
    fork -- $15
    front brake -- $5
    velo orange saddle -- $25 at le cirque in leesburg va
    seatpost -- $10
    kenda k-rad sneakers -- $30
    pedals -- $10


    this thing is a blast off road and a tank heading down wisconsin ave here in dc plus nobody wants to touch it so i never worry about it being locked up at the bar!!!
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    Welldone - not a bad ride for the money you spent.
    Looks great to cruise around on.

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    I finished my 3rd DIY bike frame. Some custom Lefty clamps from MendonCycleSmith and an old clamp style Lefty give a 17.5mm *reverse* Pugsley style axle offset. It's like the Pug's rear end, just the other way. It gives enough clearance to stuff a fat tire on the front.

    I like the Alfine so far. The clutch feeling is a little weird, but not bad weird.



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    That bike is freaky but so cool. Love it!

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    I love your bamboo lefty™! That thing rocks!!! Please contact me first should you ever consider selling that thing!
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    Lapierre Zesty 514 (2010) Rohloff



    Zesty 514 w/ Rohloff speddhub. A few more grams but the bike looks very neat now. Removed the gear shifters, both front & rear derailleurs, one (more) chainring and lots of cables.



    Monkeybone adapter, clipped on the brake adaptor; the chainstay seems to have been designed right for the Rohloff. Cable box integration is just perfect.



    Chain tensioner, protected by the original carbon plate.

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    My Rohloff tourer with a different fork (Kinesis DC19 off my road bike) and magic geared to run without the chain tensioner:-


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    The bike shop decided to fit the goldie looking chain
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    Hiya Chocolatebike....lovely looking and well done on the magic gearing. I would just throw caution as the chain wears and stretches. Only other thing would be to ask why you have the long torque arm and not a Monkeybone and the OEM2 plate or the Speedbone?

    Hey, why not go the whole hog and get a frame builder to fit some sliding dropouts to the back end?!!

    LOVE those forks (am having a frame built out of Reynolds 853 to fit them!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonnybags View Post
    Only other thing would be to ask why you have the long torque arm and not a Monkeybone and the OEM2 plate or the Speedbone?

    LOVE those forks (am having a frame built out of Reynolds 853 to fit them!)
    I'm going to have to read up on the Monkeybone etc.
    Damn, just as I thought the bike was finished.......................

    Good luck with your new frame !


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    So I will soon be on my 3rd Alfine-11, I sure hope the third one is the good one

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    ****ing spammers. I wish I could stab every last one of them right in the face.

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    3rd as in the first one lost 2nd gear.
    The second one had trouble keeping it's oil in.
    Hopefully lucky number 3 will be perfect.

    I don't have the words to express how strongly I do NOT want to go back to derailers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fellsbiker View Post
    So I will soon be on my 3rd Alfine-11, I sure hope the third one is the good one

    Keep us informed
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    wow 3 alfine 11's, I am feeling better about getting my fat sand bike with the three speed so I can go with the alfine 8 or nuvinci

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    Oh no! Now would be a bad time to say that Mittelmeyer are bringing out a drop bar road levers which work with rohloff and hydraulic brakes huh?! X

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    I bought one Rohloff...........!

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    Drew, im horribly jealous of your bike! Id love to own that thing. Beautiful.

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    #3 was a dud from the factory, on to #4 . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by fellsbiker View Post
    #3 was a dud from the factory, on to #4 . . .
    Yikes man. Gettin' the shaft...
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    If I can have all of my bike problems in the off season, i'll never complain about how bad those problems are.
    I still think everyone should tear off their derailers and pick up an Alfine-11 or a Rholoff. Maybe in a few years, shimano will come out with an IGH that is more burly than the 11, more like the Rholoff. Maybe it will have an extra gear or two for an even wider range. And maybe they'll call it "XT". But until then, even a problematic Alfine is better than the never ending broken derailers!

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    Surly Pugsley w/ Alfine 11

    Here is my Surly Pugsley with an Alfine 11 (21t) setup. It's running a Middleburn RS7 UNO crankset (34t)
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    Karate Monkey with Alfine 11

    Just got a new ride! The new bike gods were apparently napping because I got to take it for a ride today as well (and it was 85 and sunny!)









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    Just curious, what happens when you shift one of these while climbing? Do they shift under load? Do you have to pedal easy like a derailleur bike during shifts, or power up then slow down to shift?

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    Depends on the hub.

    NuVinci N360 - you can shift under a decent amount of pedaling power, more than with a derailleur.
    Alfine 8 - you have to let up significantly when shifting to an easier gear, especially from gear 2 to gear 1... that gear change in particular is kind of annoying. Shifting to a harder gear doesn't require as much easing off.
    Rohloff - can't comment, haven't owned one.
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    With my Alfine-11's, you can't shift under power while climbing. If you try, you could significantly damage the hub. BUT, it's not really an issue. The shifts are SO fast, once you get your timing down, you can shift between pedal strokes. Even if you are full on mashing it, you only have to ease up for a tiny fraction of a second. As soon as you hit the shift lever, your shift is done and you can get back on it. So the timing takes some getting used to. But once you get the new timing down, you spend significantly more time putting your force to the ground.

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    Hmmm may be going to the shop to check this out... I love a straight chain line.

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    Yeah, it's an almost instant shift, not like a derailler at all. Just pause pedaling and click the button, your're in the next gear. Allegedly Shimano claimed that the Alfine 11 can handle changing gears while pedaling but I have absolutely no interest in seeing if this is true No point in taking a chance with it and there's really no need to do so in my limited experience to date.

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    The 11 can sometimes handle up shifts while pedaling but NOT downshifts. I highly recommend you don't try. You only have to have one bad skip where it slips while you're mashing hard up a hill, and you can destroy that gear.

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    Fat Sand Bike with 11 speed

    Well this my Fat Sand Bike with a 11 speed alpine with hid. rear disc conversion from a nexus 3 speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnl1105 View Post
    Well this my Fat Sand Bike with a 11 speed alpine with hid. rear disc conversion from a nexus 3 speed.
    So. If you threw that thing in the water, would it float?

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    funny you should ask was considering trying it........

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    If I had to guess, I'd say it will probably float. Maybe less likely since it's steel not aluminum. But that's an awful lot of volume in those tires.

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    actually it is aluminium

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    $10 on "Floats"

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    You don't have to guess. It floats.

    surly pugsley floatation test - YouTube

    Craig Calfee actually has a thing about traversing Africa on a fat bike, as water crossings often degrade with lack of upkeep, and it's easier to ford those crossings with a bike that floats. I'll see if I can find the video again.
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    You know, I've never actually thrown my bike into a lake. So for all I know, my bike might float too. It's aluminum with 2.5" hookworms. But I wouldn't subject my IGH and suspension to lakewater (on purpose).

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    My Marin finally got his new chain tensioner. Chain tensioner was provided by Speedskater (thank you!) Fitting it was not easy (i have now 4 different octalink supports and one destroyed crank :-) and tolerances are very tight, but it works and looks good.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jnl1105 View Post
    The trek with a lefty runs a nuvinci, the KHS urban uno is a fixed gear 3-speed, the hooligan i run an alfine 8, the sharkfire is a 7 speed nexus. My preference is the nuvinci
    jnl1105,

    Love the bikes, some really nice stuff you got there! I was interested in the fixed gear 3 speed myself, but I heard skidding was basically a no go, so I went with a freewheel hub. Nuvinci is sickkk..

    Anyways, my question is: how you like that swing fork? I was looking into getting it a while back but I heard that it actuates when you stop quickly, and that just sounds like an endo- inducing scenario if I ever heard of one.

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    well with it on a fixed gear I don't use much of the front brake and with a (if memory serves correct 180 rotor) I don't have to do much to do that worthless thing called slowing down lol

    I can still do stoppies but it is a little more tedious........ yes it does like on most front suspended bike it will "de-suspend" under heavy breaking but riding with that in mind it is not much of a problem....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnl1105 View Post
    well with it on a fixed gear I don't use much of the front brake and with a (if memory serves correct 180 rotor) I don't have to do much to do that worthless thing called slowing down lol

    I can still do stoppies but it is a little more tedious........ yes it does like on most front suspended bike it will "de-suspend" under heavy breaking but riding with that in mind it is not much of a problem....
    Thanks for taking the time to respond. Where did you get the fork from? Is it really a huge improvement over a rigid fork? Significantly better than a carbon fork? I'm looking looking to get my girlfriend a suspension fork for her bike, but it's a roadie and obviously not too much out there for those kind of bikes. This one popped up during my search.

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    i bought it direct from suntour for $125 if I remember and yes it is I was going to go carbon but really liked the small amount of suspension, as I ride on resiste 700c 45 tires smooth as butter

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