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Cycle Monkey

Internal Gearing Specialists, Bicycle Distribution & Service Center

Blog - Tag: Speedhub

We were very excited when Rohloff called at the start of the summer to tell us they were sending us a pre-production sample of their new fat bike-specific SPEEDHUB XL. We had learned they were considering producing this 170mm wide hub only a few months prior, and now prototypes had already been built and tested and they were on to a pre-production run.

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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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Mountain bike trail wheelset- Intended use: Mountain biking, trail riding.- Features: Lightweight aluminum rims are tubeless-ready, Rohloff SPEEDHUB XL provides reliable shifting in all conditions.- Recommended rider weight: < 250 pounds- Wheel size: 26"Wheel build details- Rims: WTB i23 KOM- Front hub: White Brothers center lock disc QR- Rear hub: Rohloff SPEEDHUB XL- Spokes: Sapim CX Ray- Nipples: Sapim Brass- Lacing: 3 cross front / 2 cross rearDestination: Marin, CA

Wide, comfortable off-road touring wheelset- Intended use: Off-road touring, commuting, trail riding- Features: Extra-wide rims for traction and comfort, Rohloff SPEEDHUB provides reliable shifting in all conditions, Schmidt hub offers bright battery-free lighting- Recommended rider weight: < 250 pounds- Wheel size: 29"Wheel build details- Rims: Velocity Dually- Front hub: Schmidt Son 28- Rear hub: Rohloff SPEEDHUB- Spokes: Sapim Race- Nipples: Sapim Brass- Lacing: 3 cross front / 2 cross rearDestination: Seattle, WA

We built this Surly ECR for a customer in Mount Pleasant, SC who is bikepacking through the backcountry of Colorado this summer and planning a future tour along the Rhine River in Germany. He has toured extensively through Europe in the past but was considering a new Rohloff SPEEDHUB-equipped touring rig to make his future adventures as enjoyable as possible. He had been comparing a number of 29er frames before the ECR was released last year, including Surly's Ogre model.

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Surly's Pugsley is the bike that brought fatbiking to the masses. Although not the original fatbike, it was the first fatbike that was widely available and offered at a price that many riders could afford. Since then, it has been updated with different frame colors and build kits each year while sticking to the same basic design centered around four inch wide tires.

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Sometimes the team here at Cycle Monkey dreams up a project that is not specifically for a customer but rather to satisfy our own curiosity. We chalk it up to product research, but these projects also have a bit of a selfish motivation: we like to build cool bikes! We put together this Surly Krampus to showcase in the Rohloff booth at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas last September.

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