The Rohloff Speedhub 500/14 – I’m really pleased to have this amazing piece of engineering in the Strada shop. The Rohloff Speedhub may not to be everyone’s taste but the clever design allows a cyclist to opt for a wide set of 14 evenly spaced gears and minimal maintenance on a variety of bicycles – commuter, MTB, CX and long distance touring. Riders using the Rohloff comment on the ability to jump 5 gears in one go which is handier than you think plus the ability to change gears when stationary. The chain is kept running in straight line which helps increase it’s lifespan. It’s a conversation starter and other riders may think they are being overtaken by a single speeder if they don’t look close enough! The rear wheel is un-dished (the rim usually is dished towards the cassette side of the wheel) so it is stronger. It is quieter than a regular derailleur system with no noise during shifts. An oil change is recommend / required every 2500 miles. You can use cheaper 7-8 speed chains. Longer sprocket and chainring life. Adjust it when it’s fitted and then it requires no adjustment – it just works. Tip – select the front chainring for optimal gearing up and down the gears.
We can supply and build the Rohloff with all our favourite rims, please get in touch on 01903 750040 or use the contact form for a quote. Here’s a video illustrating how a Rohloff hub is manufactured and some of the key features of it’s design.