Continuing our series of videos of how to service your Rohloff SPEEDHUB, our latest video explains the sprocket removal process. In this video, Neil walks you through how to remove and replace a worn sprocket or install a belt drive sprocket.We will soon release more how-to videos covering the topics of shifter/cable installation and shifter troubleshooting.We hope you find the videos helpful. Please contact us if you have any other questions or if you are interested in our SPEEDHUB overhaul services.
This black and silver Surly Troll was built for a customer of ours in San Francisco who was looking for the ideal all-around bike for the many different kinds of riding he planned to do. He wanted to be able to ride comfortably both on road and off, ride around town to run errands, and go on some longer tours. As with many of our customers, versatility and durability were priorities for this build, which is why the bike was built around the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 drivetrain.
Neil has been searching for the holy grail of long travel full suspension mountain bikes for quite a while. He has had a number of frames over the years that have worked fairly well, but they all had one or more key issues that he hoped to resolve. Most mainstream suspension frames are essentially the same design with different branding and slightly different aesthetics.
The customer who purchased this bike was interested in a versatile bike that he could commute on and also use to get into mountain biking. He wanted a bike that would be comfortable for trips around town but capable enough to hit some of the many great mountain bike trails in Marin County, where he lives. After a few conversations about his dream bike, we put together this build based around the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 and Surly's Ogre frame.Surly frames are all designed with a lot of versatility in mind and make great all-around bikes.
Bike Friday built this frame for us to showcase at tradeshows as well as to offer to customers visiting our office wanting to test the Rohloff SPEEDHUB and Gates Carbon Drive drivetrain. Bike Friday hand builds each of their folding bikes to their customers’ specifications in their Eugene, Oregon workshop.
We're excited to introduce a series of videos showing you how to set up and service your Rohloff SPEEDHUB. The first video covers the oil change process and can be viewed above.We will post more videos on the Monkey Lab blog in the next few weeks covering:- Sprocket replacement- Cable install- Shifter troubleshootingWe hope you find the videos helpful. Please contact us if you have any other questions or if you are interested in our SPEEDHUB overhaul services.
Last fall we built up this full suspension Ventana Zeus for Xan, a friend of Cycle Monkey who helped us out part time over the summer and is now in college in Colorado. Chief Monkey Neil coached Xan on the El Cerrito High School Mountain Bike team and watched him progress from a novice cross country rider to an experienced, technical rider favoring all mountain-style terrain.
Carbon 29er trail wheelset- Intended use: Mountain bike, trail riding- Features: Carbon rims offer superb strength to weight ratio, Industry Nine hubs offers near-instant engagement- Recommended rider weight: <215 pounds- Wheel size: 29"Wheel build details- Rims: Imported carbon 29"- Front hub: Industry Nine torch (32h), 15mm thru axle- Rear hub: Industry Nine Torch (32h) with XD1 driver, 142x12mm thru axle- Spokes: Sapim CX Ray white- Nipples: Sapim Alloy- Lacing: 3 cross front / 3 cross rearDestination: Berkeley, CA
In preparation for the 2008 North American Handbuild Bicycle show in Portland, OR, Neil worked with Moots on this custom 29'er soft-tail as a test bed for the then-recently-launched Gates Carbon Drive belt system. The previous fall, Gates released the belt system, which promised improved durability with comparable efficiency to the tried and proven metal chain.
Fatbikes are known for their wide tires’ ability to provide grip and traction in just about all trail conditions. We've built many of these bikes with Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 gear hubs and several with a Gates Carbon Drive belt system as well, but how would a fatbike be improved if you added a suspension fork to the equation? That was the question we intended to answer with this Surly Pugsley build.