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Hub Gear?

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Fev 24, 2009, 6:15 am

I'm starting to be in the market for a new (fastish) commuter bike, that'll get some general use as well. I've heard good things about going ot the Rohloff hub gear (schimano's version doesn't get the same plaudits). Anybody own a hub gear?

What's it like?

I know it's expensive - but work is now part of the Cyclescheme so I can pay through gross salary deduction.

Fev 24, 2009, 6:24 am

I don't but I have ridden a bike with the Nexus 8 (the Shimano hub gear) and it was pretty good, certainly good enough for me.

Nothing gets the same plaudits as the Rohloff so don't let that put you off - the difference in price is substantial.

Fev 24, 2009, 8:52 am

If you live in Manchester and money's no object, you should at least test-ride a Windcheetah (made in Sale, IIRC) :-)

As for the Rohloff, I think it really depends on how demanding you are. With the current state of the pound, you would have to be very demanding. You might find you can get an electric assist kit for the same money.

Fev 24, 2009, 9:16 am

I do like the look of the Flevobike GreenMachine. Of course at 3,000 quid just a bit too expensive for me.

Fev 24, 2009, 9:32 am

#3. Somehow I don't think a 'bent is the best bike for commuting into Manchester.

OtherHalf has an electric assist, and it has it's place but really it's not for me. Besides they cut out after about 12mph, which makes it rather pointless.

The 'bent prices aren't actually that much more than a Rohloff so maybe I should give it some thought. Hiow are they maintenance wise? One of the major rohloff benefits is not needing to mess with it every week.

Fev 24, 2009, 10:45 am

>4 andyl:
I find the Green Machine a very ugly design (I still have a Flevotrike, which is even uglier!), but I like the concept of the sealed transmission.

>5 reading_fox:
Recumbents need as much or as little maintenance as any other bike with the same mechanical bits - with some designs you might find that you go through a few more back tyres than on an upright (small wheels, more weight on the back), but that's about it really. For commuting a recumbent is great for covering distance, but less good (even positively scary) if you have to do a lot of weaving through traffic. Two-wheelers are not brilliant on steep hills either, but a trike with a low bottom gear will get you up, and is huge fun downhill...

One problem with recumbents (but less so now they are becoming more common) is that you are having the thing made to order anyway, so you end up specifying a lot of expensive components (Rohloffs front and back!) while you're about it.

Set 29, 2009, 9:39 am

Well after much debate I bought one

Attached to this

It's taken me nearly 200 miles to get used to not having the STI gear shifters. It's only slightly heavier, than my road bike, but doesn't accelerate anywhere near as quickly. However it is a lot more comfortable to ride, and does still hold a decent turn of pace. I'm looking forward to not having to clean it so often!

Set 29, 2009, 9:56 am

looks good! I will keep an eye open for it :)

Mar 13, 2016, 1:27 am

Twenty-five years ago I rode a Sturmey-Archer 5-speed hub for a few seasons. Expensive and heavy, and finally stolen. Rohloff have a much better rep.

Mar 15, 2016, 8:11 am

Interesting to see this thread pop up again after more than six years - in the mean time I've moved to a bike with a Shimano Nexus hub for commuting, and retrofitted another one to my ancient Flevotrike. Both seem to be perfectly adequate for the kind of use they get, and neither has given any problems so far.

>9 brashley46: Do you think the Rohloff would have been stolen sooner than the S-A?

Mar 15, 2016, 9:53 am

>10 thorold: so was I.

I'm still riding my green machine though - even if the photos don't link to it. I've replaced the chain and sprocket a couple of times, been through three rims and numerous tyres, but the hub gear's only needed a bit of oil and a cable change, averaging 4000mile a year since then.