Some more photos. It's been a very wet spring so far. Let's hope for some drier and warmer weather soon.
If this isn't the coolest project I've seen yet using a Rohloff hub!
You can find out more information about the project below
It's done! The conversion is complete (minus the cranks). The offset of the rear hub still makes me do a double take but it works.
For the wheel, we used a 203mm Monkey bone rather than the Speedbone that Surly's article recommended that I'm sure others will reference when they do their search. With the OEM2\Monkey bone combination, we were able to set it up so that we can move the hub back and forth to be able to serve a few purposes.
- Chain tensioning
- Wheel removal
- Chain stretch
We were also able to remove the rear wheel without having to loosen the rear caliper which to me is a big plus compared to using the Speedbone. Also we used a TS hub rather than a CC hub since it's a horizontal dropout and the locknut provides a nice secure method to tighten down the wheel. Another thing we've used in the past that works very well for horizontal dropouts is Surly's Tugnut. It provides a great way to tension the wheel precisely and securely. We may install one on the right dropout.
However Surly's article is extremely important in that they are approving the use of the disc tab as a fixing point for the hub. It's important to get the frame vendor approval before the use of the OEM2/Monkey bone solution. It's a much cleaner setup than the standard torque arm fixed to the chain stay as you can see below in the pictures.
Still a few things to clean up, cable routing etc. Install Race Face Turbine Fatbike Cinch cranks to get the proper chainline, install rim tape, tire and we're all good to go. Pics of final build to come, stay tuned! As usual, if you have any questions regarding setup and configuration when it comes Rohloff, feel free to email us!
Surly has to be one of the most innovative companies in the cycling industry. Fatbikes, big wheels, large tires, on and on.
They have a dedicated Rohloff mounting slot on some of their frames because they understand their customers and know what they use their bikes for. Their customers ride; a lot. And they ride everywhere and anywhere all over the planet. Their frames run full length cabling, multiple water bottle mounts, threaded holes for racks, fenders and trailer mounting nuts. Pretty much ready for anything.
For an upcoming project, we're converting a Moonlander to use a Rohloff hub. This earlier frame doesn't have a Rohloff dedicated mounting slot but we think we can still do it with either the Speedbone or the Monkey bone. It's something we'll try out and see which is the best option. In any case, we think it'll be really cool and looking forward to putting it all together.
Now if this isn't cool, I don't know what is!
Check out the rear Rohloff hub and the size of those tires!
Steve send us pictures of his completed bike with the Gates/Rohloff and Gebla Rohbox shifter. Looking good! Best part about custom builds is the whole process from beginning to end and finally the pictures. Because each project is so unique to the owner, each one is never the same and the time and effort really makes all the difference in the end.