25 September 2013

Drop-bar, Rohloff-Outfitted Civia Hyland

The Civia Hyland is perfect for daily commuting or long road rides

A local friend of Cycle Monkey came to us a few years ago asking if we had any ideas for a sturdy daily commuter that he could also take on some long road rides. He’s an avid road rider and has a garage full of high-end racing bikes. For his commuter, he wanted a similar fit and feel that he was used to on his road bikes, with the benefit of not having to worry about maintenance on century rides or day-in, day-out commuting.

After we discussed his criteria, we opted to start the build with Civia’s Hyland frame. Civia designed the Hyland to provide reliable daily transportation strong enough to haul groceries and other gear in any road conditions, but nimble enough to navigate quickly through city streets. Disc brake mounts and fenders add to the versatility of the frame. Our customer liked the Hyland’s light, sturdy aluminum frame, but coming from a road background he wanted make sure his ride was both speedy and dependable. We told him we had something for him in mind.

The Civia's Rohloff-specific dropouts make for a clean, simplified drivetrain

17 September 2013

Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 Conversion on Santa Cruz Blur LT

Rohloff SPEEDHUB equipped Santa Cruz Blur LT

We recently retrofitted this Santa Cruz Blur LT with a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 14-speed internal gear hub for a customer in Walnut Creek, CA.

Rohloff SPEEDHUB with Rohloff chain tensioner

Our customer rides with a group of buddies who use SPEEDHUBs but never felt the need to consider using one until he destroyed his derailleur system. Knowing that the drivetrain would need to be completely replaced, he borrowed a Rohloff-equipped bike from one of his riding partners to try out the gear hub. 

He tried it, liked it, and gave us a call. After talking about his riding style and past maintenance and replacement issues with a derailleur set-up, he opted for the high reliability and low maintenance offered by going with Rohloff. To learn more about the advantages this hub offers, check out our website.

We built a new wheel with a Rohloff SPEEDHUB laced to a Stans NoTubes Flow rim and installed the system on his bike. 

OEM2 axle plate on the SPEEDHUB held in place by a Monkey Bone brake adapter
Fox fork and shock offer 140mm of travel
Ergon GP1 grips with second-generation Rohloff grip shifter
Build details:
  • Frame: Santa Cruz Blur LT  
  • Fork: Fox Float RC2 Headset: Integrated 
  • Stem: RaceFace Atlas AM 
  • Handlebar: RaceFace Atlas AM 
  • Shifter: Rohloff 
  • Grips: Ergon GP1 
  • Seatpost: Thomson Elite 
  • Saddle: Ergon 
  • Front Hub: DT Swiss 350 
  • Rear hub: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 
  • Spokes: Sapim Race 
  • Nipples: Sapim Brass 
  • Rims: Stans Flow rear, DT Swiss EX 5.1D 
  • Tires: Kenda Nevegal 
  • Cranks: Shimano LX 
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano 
  • Chainring: RaceFace Single 
  • Rear Sprocket: Rohloff 
  • Chain: SRAM PC 971 
  • Brakes & Levers: Avid Juicy 
  • Rotors: Rohloff/Avid

10 September 2013

Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14-Equipped Surly Pugsley Fat Bike

Surly Pugsley in its home environment

In keeping with our recent trend of Rohloff SPEEDHUB-equipped Surlys, here's a decked out Pugsley for a customer in Seattle, WA. After riding a Rohloff SPEEDHUB on his Civilian Luddite, our customer wanted to build out a second bike around the SPEEDHUB for all-terrain riding.

It's not uncommon for us to have customers order a second Rohloff hub or complete bike from us once they experience the benefits of this drivetrain system. For our Seattle customer riding in all weather conditions, the SPEEDHUB proved its worth through reliable shifting and low maintenance requirements.

04 September 2013

Rohloff-Equipped Rivendell SimpleOne

This Rivendell is a classic and practical bike ready for just about anything.

A local customer recently brought in his Rivendell SimpleOne single speed bike for us to install a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 drivetrain onto. He lives on a large hill and was looking to extend the functionality of this bike after his derailleur-equipped bike began having problems. He wanted to give this bike a wide range of gears while keeping it low maintenance and clean looking. 

Full coverage metal fenders, a basket, and a seat bag make this bike ready for everyday riding.

Gilles Berthoud shifter matches the classic look of the cockpit on this bike without being too bulky. We're sure the temporary black finishing tape will be replaced with twine and shellac in no time.

This customer requested a Gilles Berthoud drop bar Rohloff shifter, which is a high quality option made it France.  It offers an alternative for those who want to ride with drop bars and prefer not to mount the stock Rohloff shifter to the end of the handlebar.

We routed the shift cables around the headtube to ensure plenty of clearance for the basket.

The SimpleOne has a 120mm-spaced rear triangle, while the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 is 135mm wide. We cold-set the frame and realigned the dropouts to get everything to fit together perfectly.

Newly re-spaced rear triangle on this Rivendell mates perfectly with the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14.

Rohloff offers several configurations of the SPEEDHUB 500/14 to fit different frame configurations.  Due to the horizontal dropouts and lack of any Rohloff-specifc features on this frame, we used a bolt-on (TS), non-disc configuration with the torque arm anti-rotation method to hold everything securely in position.

We laced the Rohloff hub into a Velocity Dyad rim with SAPIM Race double butted spokes using a two-cross lacing pattern as recommended by Rohloff. This results in a symmetrical wheel build even stronger than the original wheel due to the larger hub flange and shorter spokes.

This Rivendell SimpleOne retains it's clean single-speed aesthetic despite having an extra 13 gears.

No chain tensioner is required on this bike due to the horizontal fork ends, which helps the bike retain it's original clean, single-speed aesthetics.

Bolt on axle, Rohloff torque arm, and internal shift mechanism cables.

The Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 complements this Rivendell frame perfectly; a durable steel frame intended to last a lifetime combined with a reliable drivetrain that will last forever. Here is another Rivendell/Rohloff conversion we completed last year. Feel free to get in touch with us to discuss options for retrofitting a SPEEDHUB 500/14 to your existing bike or complete new bike options.

Build Details:

  • Frameset: Rivendell SimpleOne
  • Headset: Tange 1" threaded
  • Handlebar: Nitto Model 185
  • Stem: Nitto Technomic
  • Crankset: Sugino XD
  • Rear Wheel: Rohloff SPEEDHUB/Velocity Dyad rim
  • Front Wheel: Formula high flange hub/Mavic Open Sport rim
  • Shifter: Gilles Berthoud
  • Tires: Rivendell Jack Brown
  • Brakes: Shimano Altus CT91 cantilever
  • Brake Levers: Shimano Tiagra BL-R400
  • Seatpost: Kalloy
  • Saddle: Brown vinyl with rivets
  • Extras: Honjo Fenders, Nitto mini front rack, Wald basket, Swift Industries saddle bag