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Cycle Monkey

Internal Gearing Specialists, Bicycle Distribution & Service Center

Blog - Tag: mountain bike

In 2016, Rohloff introduced a new version of their renowned SPEEDHUB 500/14 14-speed internal gear hub that works with through axle frames. Dubbed the SPEEDHUB A12, Rohloff offers versions to fit frames with 12x142, 12x148, 12x177, and 12x197mm spacing. The SPEEDHUB A12 is nearly identical to the standard Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14, with the exception of how the hub connects to the frame.

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Having a frame that perfectly fits your riding style and body type can make the difference between a bike that motivates you to get out and ride often and one that sits in the corner gathering dust. Changing a half a degree on a tube angle or a quarter inch of a tube length can completely alter how a bike rides and feels. (This might be too bold of a statement. Run this by Carmen and Tyler and see what they think.  I am more inclined to say something like "relatively small changes in ........ can make a noticeable difference in how a bike rides and feels".

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We worked with Ventana Mountain Bikes USA to create a new plus-sized trail hardtail called Wolfram. Available with 27.5"+ or 29"+ wheels, the geometry follows current trends of longer top tubes for use with shorter stems, slack head angle for better stability on technical terrain, and short chain stays for a more playful feel and to make picking your way through obstacles easier. The oversized plus tires provide amazing traction and give the back end a little squish. We like to call it an all mountain hardtail.

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Neil built this Kona Honzo up with a Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hub and Gates Carbon Drive belt to test whether a short chainstay 29'er felt markedly different than one with longer stays. There is a lot of discussion among mountain bike riders and journalists about the merits of shorter chainstays, with "shorter is better" seeming to be a common theme and bikes having shorter stays almost always getting more favorable reviews than bikes with longer stays.

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We built this Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14-equipped mountain bike to showcase Vassago’s Jabberwocky frame - an affordable, versatile, steel 29er hardtail. Vassago is a small bike brand based in Phoenix Arizona, who produces quality steel and titanium frames. The Jabberwocky is an ideal choice for riders who are looking for a value-oriented hardtail that climbs efficiently, handles predictably, and is durable.

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Vassago’s Optimus Ti is a great example of a high-end titanium hardtail that is optimized for the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14. It features cross country inspired geometry that also works well for more technical trail rides. Its titanium construction provides a comfortable ride quality that reduces vibrations yet remains stiff when you push it hard.

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Riding the Divide is one of the most awe-inspiring and grueling cycling challenges in the world. The 2,700 mile, 200,000 foot elevation gain ride goes from Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, traversing the whole length of the United States along the Continental Divide. The Divide is also the route of the annual Tour Divide, a famous unsupported endurance race.

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We built this bike for a customer in Vail, CO who was looking for an all-around mountain bike that catered to some very specific setup needs. He enjoys long rides exploring the backcountry roads of Colorado's High Country and wanted a bike that would take his adventures further into the seemingly endless trails of the Rocky Mountains. His build needed to be reliable, low maintenance, and capable enough for all-day rides combining dirt and pavement.For this build, comfort was a top priority for our customer given distress caused by arthritis in his hands.

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This bike was built for a local customer who came to us looking for a unique frame that was comfortable and versatile enough for the different types of trails near his home in Oakland, CA. He had his eye on a Jeff Jones Titanium Space frame, which has long been recognized as one of the most distinctive titanium mountain frames.

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