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    Reality check

    I am toying with the idea of a new build a carbon (or a light Alu.) lightweight. I like 26 inch wheels and the idea single speed frame with an IGH. Not looking to spend rohloff $. The Idea is a is a 3-5 speed weight weenieish bike that is simple to maintain. How difficult is it to work with a single speed style frame and a rear disk? Are there rocker style dropouts in light weight frames? This would be my first build and have not had an IGH since 92. I am 200-210 pounds with gear and I ride hard. While a simple easy to maintain bike appeals to me. Will an IGH stand up to a heavier rider and some pedal mashing? I don't think straight single speed will work for me, I do not get to ride as often as I would like and things get steep around here. I have also thought a little about Hammer Schmidt but done little research so far. I understand the are heavy and fit limited bottom brackets, the cost is also a bit much. If I go that route the dropout style becomes less important so long as I can use a rear disk. Is this a doable idea or am I up in the night? If you have done a build this style for the same reasons please share info about the bike.

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    Just run an Alfine 8. Cheap and have a good record off road. Most 3 and 5 speed hubs are lower quality and weigh the same anyhow. As for frames niner have a nice but very pricey light weight carbon frame with rocker dropouts like you see on the salsa frames . On-One is another carbon frame brand, Their whippet frames are for 26" and really cheap these days. I'm not sure they have swap outs like their 29er frame though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shwinboy View Post
    Just run an Alfine 8.
    +1 - Alfine 8 is a reasonable low cost option.

    Skip the Hammerschmidt. Expensive. heavy and lots of drag in the high range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    +1 - Alfine 8 is a reasonable low cost option.

    Skip the Hammerschmidt. Expensive. heavy and lots of drag in the high range.
    Agreed on both counts.

    The FSA Metropolis Patterson is a more reasonably priced option and has slightly better high gear efficiency than the Hammerschmidt, but then you are limited to a 68mm BB frame, and the crank arms aren't rated for off road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    Agreed on both counts.

    The FSA Metropolis Patterson is a more reasonably priced option and has slightly better high gear efficiency than the Hammerschmidt, but then you are limited to a 68mm BB frame, and the crank arms aren't rated for off road.
    Not to mention the Hammerschmidt requires ISCG tabs.

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    Heard lots of bad about the Hammerschmidt now. The FSA not being rated for mtn is a turn off with the manufacturer stating the crank arms are not rated for mountain scares me, a few things on my bike I never want to brake the crank arms are on that list. Thank you all for the ideas and input.

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