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Rohloff Speedhub 500-14 CC Hub

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  • The SPEEDHUB for frames with Cantilever Brakes.
  • Quick releases allow quick wheel changes even in competition.
  • Retrofitting to a disc brake is simple.
  • Just change the CC Hubcap to a DB Hubcap and adjust cable routing.


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by knull9 a Racer from Scotland

    Date Reviewed: June 22, 2010

    Strengths:    Total maintenance free apart from oil change and new chainring every 2 years.
    So far never failed despite use in knee deep mud. Shifting is great as well.
    Price is reasonable considering the running cost and durability.


    Weaknesses:    Weight! If Rohloff would make this hub at this quality with 8 gears and half the weight, Shimano/SRAM would have some competition.


    Bottom Line:   
    I used it on a fully for a year, but I wouldn't recommend that because the hub is too heavy. I did awful things to the hub, such as ride it regularly in deep mud in the winter in Scotland without any problems (during that time I had to replace the chain and crankset bearings 4 times).

    Now I have it on a hardtail Mtb. I use it for commuting, training on the road and on easy trails - for this it absolutely fantastic, good shifting and never a problem. I oil the chain if it runs dry and that's it.

    I'd buy the mtb-version and use the disc brake adapter - much cleaner than the torque arm.

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    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $1400.00

    Purchased At:   Rohloff

    Similar Products Used:   There are none - other gear hubs are not nearly as good.


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by scholty a Cross Country Rider from Eastern PA, USA

    Date Reviewed: October 1, 2008

    Strengths:    Shift on the fly, in a rock garden, last minute before a climb, perfect chain line, perfect shift increments. Looks Bas-ASS! New black-ano w/monkeybone looks a lot more modern than older versions. No maintenance. With modern adapters, any stock singlespeed looks like it's made for the hub.

    Weaknesses:    Gripshift style shifter, weight, noisy in bottom 7, feels light slight drag in bottom 7. RIG with above setup and stock FOX fork weighed in at 29.2 lbs! Recently removed FOX and replaced with rigid fork. Including wheelbuild, hub, monkeybone, Avid rotor, adapter plate, and install for the new version you are probiably looking at $1,600-$1,900 for the upgrade.

    Bottom Line:   
    I only have about 250 miles on the hub and have noticed some resistance on the lower gears. This thing isn't even supposed to break in for 1500km - -and if it does I'm SOLD. Two words best describe the hub - 1) Simple (from the users point of view) 2) Marvel (how this thing works blows my mind). Also, the back of my bike is HEAVY. Usually, the weight is in the front so log-overs and leaving the ground takes a little getting used to. I'll never sell it but will probably still keep other bikes around for light-weight alternatives. Well worth every penny! If you want something different with no worries, this hub is for you.

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    Favorite Trail:   White Clay

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $1600.00

    Purchased At:   I work at a shop

    Similar Products Used:   nothing like it.

    Bike Setup:   08' Fisher Rig, Avid BB7's with Rohloff monkeybone, bontrager switchblade carbon ridgid fork, thomson laid back S/P, Bontrager carbon bar, race x-lite stem.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Andy G a Weekend Warrior from Wellington New Zealand

    Date Reviewed: August 1, 2005

    Strengths:    I wandered into the Science museum in London a while back and found a 1950's road bike. Stuck on the back was a deurallier, and a cluster. It was so similar to bikes you see today that it made me feel let down by the whole industry. But it's worse, the 9 speed deurallier you buy on a bike today comes with the weakest, most stretchy chain ever created, and the shifter has more tiny parts in it than a poppyseed loaf. And it's all supposed to work on the roughest trails ever seen in the history of the bicycle. Well it does, for several minutes at least. Has bike design gone completely backwards?

    Not entirely. The Rohloff Speedhub 500/14 seems to solve a whole barrel-load of these problems. It's absolutely brilliant to ride with. The best single change you could make to your bike, bar none (as long as you pedal it). The key benefits for me are:
    -Changing gears when not pedalling or even moving (emergency stop at intersection, rip back 8 gears, off you go, or the same a split second before hitting a steep uphill section)
    -Gear changes are instant and quieter (if you think deuralliers are also instant then you need to try a speedhub. It's especially good in start-stop riding - you can shift two gears each pedal stroke and always be in a good gear while accelerating a way, where you just wouldn't bother on a deurallier bike)
    -Rear end feels luxurious, comes off drops and curbs silently instead of the percussion section that preceded it when I had deuralliers
    -No more deuralliers committing suicide on rocks (has affected me three times in the past)
    -No more shifters clogging with mud (it's indexed inside the hub - no problems yet anyway)
    -The chain's a lot more happy being kept straight, and doesn't cause as much hassle in the mud (does need some good chain guides or tension somehow to not come off though)
    -You can upgrade to a 7 or 8 speed chain from your rubbish 9 speed - immediately feels more solid (I did try 9 speed for two weeks when I got the rohloff)
    -Thought it would make my bike heavier but mine weighs the same on the scales. (It did replace mostly Deore components and cheap hub/rim in my case but don't forget you're ditching a shifter, front deurallier, 2 front chainrings, rear cluster, rear deurallier, a bit of chain and a partridge in a pear tree. Then you can build a nice bonfire and burn it all to celebrate)
    -Felt immediately tighter than my previous hub as a rolling hub alone - I guess it might be to do with a few large high precision ball bearing races running in a shallow oil bath instead of two cheap ones running on grease.
    -Rear wheel is stronger in theory due to not being dished. Mine's now taken a good few hits and no trouble yet anyway.
    -Comes off the bike easier than a standard wheel. (Yeah so lock it up!!!)


    Weaknesses:    -Price. Try 2nd hand - mine took a bit of playing around to get it set up with a couple of missing bits but saved more than half the retail price. Don't forget that they get better with age, or so people say. And don't forget to include all the replacement bits you're not ever going to have to buy again - that is how the big players make their money after all.
    -A lot of people say weight. Well, I'm not convinced. If you are replacing a superlight component set then your bike will probably be a bit heavier but the weight is an insignificant problem in the scheme of things.... it's a lifestyle upgrade after all. You'll probably lose a few kilos yourself in extra riding.
    -On the CC version, the bits that hold the cables ends aren't too secure. I've re-engineered mine with some bigger cap screws instead of the stock grub screws.
    -The first time, cable installation is slightly more fiddly than a deurallier because you have to set twin cables on the correct setting on the shifter and the hub. I ended up cutting one cable slightly too short but it still shifted fine.


    Bottom Line:   
    -Start saving up now and then get one and welcome yourself to the 21st century.
    -Don't buy one if you're addicted to bike maintenance, wear Shimano t-shirts, or are a sponsored XC racer who gets everything replaced and serviced for them.

    By the way:
    -Mine felt significantly better after an oil rinse and change - Not sure how long it was sitting idle before I bought it but could have been a while. The oil isn't your standard motor oil - looks and smells a bit like lithium grease but is much more runny than that.
    -I had to replace the sprocket provided due to chain skip and decided on a 15 rather than 16 tooth so it's now 44 to 15 front to back. This gives a better range on 26" wheels I think, unless you spend most of your time on extreme uphills. The sprockets aren't cheap at £20 but they are steel I think unlike the rubbish Aluminium ones on your average cluster's larger rings.
    -Mine is still whirry in gears 3 through 7 but it's not unpleasant at all. You tend to spend most of your time in higher gears and in these lower ones it kind of feels like you're doing something.
    -If you've got access to a CNC mill then don't make your own OEM2 torque arm out of Aluminium, or it blows to bits on a steep uphill, the hub turns in the wheel, and then your cables get ripped up and your frame gets scratched. Speaking from experience. If you're going to make an OEM2 torque arm yourself do it out of a single bit of Stainless Steel. You could also buy a Rohloff originall!!! Luckily the Speedhub survived all this without any permanent damage despite my best efforts. Clearly a well engineered piece of kit.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $516.00

    Purchased At:   eBay UK (came from a German owner)

    Similar Products Used:   3 speed sturmey archer on my childhood BMX

    Bike Setup:   GT I-Drive 5 (frame now deceseased due to crack at seatpost and awaiting warranty replacement), a pair of Judys, stock gear apart from removed components. Speedhub built with DT spokes, Mavic XC 717 joe-bloggs rim.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jim a Weekend Warrior from Vienna, Austria

    Date Reviewed: May 18, 2005

    Strengths:    Easy, hassle-free shifting, even under challenging circumstances (mud, snow). Low maintenance reuired. With approriate frames no chain tensioner required. Chain line is always straight.

    Weaknesses:    Weight, price. During the first 500km the Speedhub will settle in. In the beginning low gears (especially 5 and 7) are quite noisy, but this gets better during time.

    Bottom Line:   
    I won't go back to derailleur systems. I shift at least 2-3 times more frequently since it is so easy. For bikers (1) spending lots of their time in mud and snow or (2)for touring oriented people who require worry-less and low maintenance shifting this is the perfect system. Race oriented people who need to squeek out the last bit of performance are probably better off with lighter a derailleur system.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   Bergwerk Mercury Rohloff, Magura HS33, Skareb Comp

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Alberto a Cross Country Rider from Turin, Italy

    Date Reviewed: July 12, 2004

    Strengths:    will work in extreme conditions (mud and snow), can go through the complete gear range in a twist, you can forget twisted/bent chains and misaligned derailleurs, will last 100.000 km (a lifetime on MTB?)

    Weaknesses:    heavy (prepare to save weight on some other component), shifting under heavy pedal-load is better with traditional systems

    Bottom Line:   
    The transmission of a modern MTB is still at stone-age, compared to its brakes or suspension, so I thought I needed something better than a 3x9 cog-and-ring system. The Rohloff hub is great: with a 38x16 you cover the complete range from 22x34 to 44x13 (enough for what I do) and you stop worrying about bad chain-cross or bending the chain during a race. If you keep riding also in the bad season, you'll enjoy being able to change gear while your friends are stuck with unusable transmissions or frozen cassettes: sweet!. The Rohloff is just superior if you happen to find a steep climb you didn't expect just after a fast downhill: going from the big ring to the small one and passing all the cogs is a pain in the neck, with the R. the opposite gear of the range is just a twist away!
    The drawbacks: weight (you add 500g or more compared to an XT, but I think it's ok if you get a bomb-proof transmission with that) and some shifting problems around the 7-8 gear under heavy load (sometimes it just doesn't shift.. although I've been told it gets smoother after 1000 miles, let's wait and see). I recommend this product to everybody riding technical trails, fed-up by the limitations of current transmissions and looking for a different system that really works. XC riders racing on short distances or on flatter courses are probably better off with more traditional Shiamano or Sram components.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   Nicolai Helius CC full-sus frame w/ Bergman Elia's fork, Stratos XC Pro shock, Crank Bros pedals, RooX seatpost, FSA Afterburner cranks, XMAX, SRAM 9.0 v-brakes, Dedaelementi stem-bar: 27lbs

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jerry a Cross Country Rider from Austria

    Date Reviewed: June 29, 2004

    Strengths:    Durability, low to no maintenance, no shifting problems, no chain suck, almost don´t notice it anymore

    Weaknesses:    weight (save some on other parts), no extremely low gears possible, torque arm is dead ugly.

    Bottom Line:   
    Worth the price, runs even better after 1000miles, will never go back .. this is it

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    Favorite Trail:   straight through the woods

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $900.00

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   Trek OCLV97, avid ultimate, chris king, tune, DT swiss, mavic, eggbeaters, thudbuster, LP turbinate,nokon..

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Dave a Cross Country Rider from Richmond, VA, USA

    Date Reviewed: January 4, 2004

    Strengths:    Simple. Tough. Easy setup. Superfast shifts under any condition. Very low maintenance. Gear range is identical to a 22-44 chainring/12-30 cassette, with uniform jumps.

    Weaknesses:    Heavy. Mild internal friction in most gears. Expensive.

    Bottom Line:   
    FUN!!!!
    Great in the mud - easy cleanup, unlike derailleurs.
    Every shift is perfect and almost instantaneous - a real plus in technical situations when there is a need to drop a lot of grears fast to ease ahead. This hub can shift from top to bottom or any other way in a fraction of a second, whether coasting or pedalling. Amazing. The weight is only a minor annoyance. The internal resistance is real - reported to be up to about 3% in certain gears. So, I don't race with it, unless it's really muddy and I don't want a big cleanup afterward. I hardly ride my very nice derailleur bike any more - having too much fun with the Rohloff.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Purchased At:   ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Sturmey archer 3 speed 30 years ago. There is not comparison!

    Bike Setup:   Steel frame with knobbies.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jerry a Cross Country Rider from Austria

    Date Reviewed: June 26, 2003

    Strengths:    No shifting or chain worries, good support

    Weaknesses:    Weight (add 1.5# min.), pathetic garden hose clamps for torque, gear ratio for uphill effectively max 20/28 (supposed to get better over time, however max 20/30)

    Bottom Line:   
    1.) try to figure out if you could get rid of 1.5# befroe you get the hub, so you don´t add too much weight, since
    2.) uphill efficiency in the first 5 gears is BELOW a normal drivetrain and you wind up with something in the range of 20/28- 30max. Once you start carrying 1.5# more on a bike where the weight shifts to the back on a hill that you before climed in a hush, you will notice the difference.
    2a) start weight lifting to compensate for the gear ratio loss.
    3.) Be prepared to forget about shifting - it´s not a problem anymore.
    4.) forget mud, branches, high grass, water related problems, they cease to exist.

    BOTTOM LINE: you have to adjust to it like you have to with a nice Harley, but I would do it again.

    In a year I will post a follow up, 4 stars so far, since I lost some of the hills

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    Favorite Trail:   straight trough the woods

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $900.00

    Purchased At:   local bikeshop

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   Trek OCLV97, C King headset Mavic 618CD rims, XTR brakes, Race face LP turbine cranks, Nokon, crane creek thudbuster, Eggbeaters 02 cromoly, SID world cup 03, tune skewers, Schwalbe black mud shark tires

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Vern (up the Irons!!) Dog a Cross Country Rider from Canada

    Date Reviewed: August 31, 2002

    Strengths:    bomb proof, sweet fast shifting, no chain suck,slip or derailers to get fouled up,dishless rear wheel, shifting while not pedaling and great customer service

    Weaknesses:    noticeable weight difference (oh well, doesn't bother me), noisy in the lower gears, but gets quieter with time, not that much of an issue though)Price, but think of how many chains, cogs, deraillers you have gone through in the last couple of years..you could buy 2 xtr gruppo's for the same price as the rohloff,buy why? just a guess on the above, but the hub will certainly outlast any derailler technology

    Bottom Line:   
    I wouldn't even consider going back to some 27 + speed set up, I've raced this bike with the speedhub at mtb races/24 hour events with no worries, well worth the money, and fairly easy to set up and maintain. Lots of people will think your bike is set up as a singlespeed, that is up to you to let them know otherwise!!..yes, I still and will ride my true singlespeed, but this set up is the way to go,Excellent and well made hub and accesories that come with the hub, And, be prepared to talk to others,(answer questions) as I found out at the races/rides this past season, If you decide to get the Speedhub, enjoy the ride, as I sure am...VernDog

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    Favorite Trail:   any xc singletrack

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $900.00

    Similar Products Used:   single speed set up with spot and philwood hubs, but kept tearing apart freewheels, now i just use the rohloff hub for all my xc racing/riding, sometimes get out the singlespeed for funruns

    Bike Setup:   KHS cro-moly hardtail, Bomber atom 80 fork, Rohloff speedhub, Raceface cranks, mavic rims, michelin tires,raceface riser h-bar, and xtr v brakes-levers

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Cor Tonkens a Weekend Warrior from Veendam Netherland

    Date Reviewed: July 4, 2002

    Strengths:    durability, easy gearchanges

    Weaknesses:    weight and costs

    Bottom Line:   
    have used the speedhub about 800 km now. have had no problems with the speedhub itself sofar.
    rode it in december last year in the snow with a temperature of about -1 °C. I had no problems anyhow, in contradistinction with some others I passed. After two hours in the snow I could still use the full gear range. Even with the XT rear derailleurs it happend that about half of its range in bad weather conditions couldn't be used anymore after a while.
    The noise the hub makes in 7th gear in the beginning is irritating loud. It starts to fade now, just like mentioned in the user manual.
    Gearchange is simple after getting used to taking the pressure of the chain when operated.
    However one needs to use a chainguide on the front chainring if applied on a full suspension bike, it is a b'ch when te chain drops of in rugged terrain for the umpteeth time.
    It's a no worry solution, little maintenance, just clean the chain (which has a lot longer lifespan) regulary.
    It's an expensive solution which I should have applied earlier.
    It looks odd.
    It's no solution for weight freaks and people who like to do repair and maintenance works.

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    Favorite Trail:   anywhere but near here

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $990.00

    Purchased At:   Stappenbelt

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano STX, LX and XT ???

    Bike Setup:   Cannondale SuperV500, marzochi Z1 Freeride, Fox ALPS4, Fir 400

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Bevan Pratt a Cross Country Rider from Palmerston Nth

    Date Reviewed: June 7, 2002

    Strengths:    reliability, strength, almost perfect shifting, ALWAYS

    Weaknesses:    SLIGHT weight increase

    Bottom Line:   
    I reckon it weighs about 300-350g over XT, but then this frame has been designed for it, so no torque arm or tensioner is needed. It would be nice if the shifting was a bit lighter, but its a small price to pay. I've now ridden about 4000kms on it, mostly over winter, and it has just got better - I reckon I would've already worn a conventional drivetrain out! It definitely loosens up in the lower gears over time, and as about 2/3 of the miles if done have been on-road, I probably haven't used them enough to have loosened them up fully yet. An the service I eceived from Rohloff Germany when I damaged the hub (my fault - sprocket was corroded on due to salty roads) was exceptional. This is truly an engineers piece of kit. The only problem I have, is I don't have anything to maintain on my bike any more - I fix my friends bikes instead!

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    Favorite Trail:   Deliverance

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   OEM on bike

    Similar Products Used:   whatever...


    Bike Setup:   Lahar Softail, Z1 Drop-off 20mm axle, Hayes Hydro brakes, Middleburn cranks

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Richard Daggenhurst a Cross Country Rider from Los Angeles

    Date Reviewed: April 29, 2002

    Strengths:    perfect chain line, no derailer worries, great build quality, zero dish makes for stronger wheels, ability to change gears whilst riding uphill at slow speeds.

    Weaknesses:    see previous posting dated 11/29/01, this is an update to that posting

    Bottom Line:   
    This is an update to my posting dated 11/29/01. I'd concluded there that rohloff stated that the hub loosens up after about 800 miles and the power losses that i had complained about in gears 1 to 5 would diminish significantly as the hub bedded in.

    i can't comment on that, as i returned the hub to rohloff in early january of this year. what i can comment on is just how well i was treated by rohloff usa and rohloff germany. they listened to my complaints, urged me to be patient and when i said that i wasn't willing to give it a try, they took the hub back no questions asked, just really good customer service from a company that stands 100% behind its products and cares about its customers being happy. thanks for that!

    i can say that i've been contacted by a number of people who've all told me that rohloff is right in claiming that the hub does loosen up after 1000 or so miles. the review immediately below mine notices some power loss, though not comical, going up hill, i'd be curious to see how much this lessens as the hub beds in. he's certainly spot on, on the benefits of changing gears whilst seated and grinding, i weigh 205 and get too tired to stand on long 2 to 3 mile offroad climbs such as the ones you find around colorado springs, colorado, and seated, slow speed gear changes are really helpful, particularly if you lose momentum and are stuck in the wrong gear, that's a real killer.

    on balance, i probably made a mistake in not keeping the hub and bedding it in, all the other benefits, such as no derailer worries, perfect chainline, zero dish etc etc are there from the get go and they make a compeeling argument for someone who wants a really reliable set up. for the way that rohloff stood by their product and their great customer service, as well as the many reports that i've received on the hubs' characteristics after bedding in, i'm revising my opinion, the hub gets five chillies. just be sure though, when you get the hub, to be patient with it while it beds in!

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    Favorite Trail:   Flume Trail, Lake Tahoe

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Purchased At:   LBS

    Similar Products Used:   shimano nexus 7

    Bike Setup:   mtb hardtail

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Michael McCauley a Cross Country Rider from Sydney, Australia

    Date Reviewed: January 21, 2002

    Strengths:    Smoothest gearchanges you will every experience. No chain suck. Ask Polaris challenge riders from Sunny Corner about chain suck. No maintenance-none. Once a year oil change if you call that maintenance. No stuffing around with deraileurs that won't quite adjust. straight chain,less wear on everything. Get a ride on one it will change your life..

    Weaknesses:    7-8 and 8-7 gear change. But this complaint is only compared to the other gears in the hub. It is still better than derailuer systems. You just back off the power for 1/10 of a revolution and it is as smooth as silk. Not one complete revolution like a derailuer.

    Bottom Line:   
    My bike weighs in at 500 grams heavier than the latest model of my bike. I would carry around heavier turds than that!!!
    I weigh in at 117 kilograms or close to 18-19 stone (6' 4")so I'm looking for unbreakable components. This is it!!!

    I rode in the 2000 Polaris Challenge at Sunny Corner (some sick dude thought of that name) and it was a Mud bath. I had no gears (I was using a derailuer system back then) chain sucked every four turns of the chain. Eventually the mud got so thick I couldn't turn the wheels.
    I wish I had of had my Rolhoff then.

    I am climbing hills now that I found impossible before, I haven't noticed "comical" power losses in low gears, although i have noticed some loss. It doesn't worry me at all. When I'm 30 kms from the nearest phone and it starts raining I'm going to be singing all the way back while I ride my bike, not carrying it becasue the bloody deraileur is gummed up with grud.

    I also love changing gears while going uphill or on some single track when you hit a blind corner and your in a gear which is way to high, no problem just grab a hand full of grip shift and turn, presto instant gear change and power out of the corner. When your a large lump like me it helps as I find it hard to grind out of uphill corners in high gears like 60kg pissants.

    By the way if you ever get the chance to go to Kassel in Germany where these wonderful units are built, call in and visit Her Rolhoff and friends as they are great people and love showing off their factory. Take a six pack of Pils with you.

    I love this thing...

    Get one NOW! you will wonder why you didn't sooner!!!!!!!

    Picture of My bike in "Photo Gallery if you're interested.
    "Porsche/Rolhoff "S".

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    Favorite Trail:   Mt York

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $925.00

    Purchased At:   Rolhoff Australia

    Similar Products Used:   Sachs 24 speed with twist grip. Shimano 27 speed.
    nothing really compares.


    Bike Setup:   Porsche "S" Hardtail,Aluminium frame,Votec GS4 Shocks,Magura HS33 Brakes, Rolhoff 500cc14 Hub and Chain!!!

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Peter Berg a Cross Country Rider from Kassel, Germany

    Date Reviewed: December 11, 2001

    Strengths:    Durable, Fool proof usage, Ultra low maintenance, No chainsuck ever, One shifter for all gears, can be shifted while not pedaling, can be shifted under load (not 7-8 or 8-7), fast gear changes, makes symmetric sturdy wheel, perfect equal gear spacing

    Weaknesses:    Up to one pound heavier than 27speed, not cheap at first but you save Chains, Chainrings, Sprockets etc. because of minimal wear

    Bottom Line:   
    Once you get used to it theres NO return!

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    Favorite Trail:   Lago di Garda, Italy

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Purchased At:   Rohloff directly

    Similar Products Used:   Shimano '88 18speed to '98 XTR, but then: similar? Not even close...

    Bike Setup:   Steed hardtail, Judy SL, XTR brakes
    Tried several Chainring-Cog combinations and can now run without Chain-tensioner on my hardtail for about 2000 miles before wear lenghtens it too much

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Richard Daggenhurst a Weekend Warrior from Los Angeles

    Date Reviewed: November 29, 2001

    Strengths:    great if you want to avoid chain suck and being stuck with a broken derailer far from home

    Weaknesses:    comical power losses in gears 1 through 5 whilst climbing hills, both on and off-road

    Bottom Line:   
    this hub is great for downhillers and anybody who is worried about chain suck and derailer damage on long rides. However, if there's a lot of climbing involved on that long ride, forget about buying this hub, 'cos the peace of mind that you get from not worrying about chainsuck and broken derailers is NOT worth the power consumed by the hub in gears 1 thru' 5 while climbing. The subjective impression is that the hub is filled with mollasses and objective testing over familiar road and off-road courses shows that times to complete lengthen by between 10 and 12%. Rohloff says that their claims of 95-98% efficiency in all gears (similar, therefore, to a derailer system) are independently proven by a lab in Holland. I would suggest that you ask to review these tests, or better still, see the results of tests done by a lab here in the US, before you make your decision. The bottom line is that a downhiller doesn't need to worry about power losses in gears 1 to 5 while climbing, but a XC rider or expedition tourer needs to give very serious thought as to whether the benefits of no-derailer etc are outweighed by the significant detriment of the hub's power consumption whilst climbing. Lastly, to be fair to Rohloff, their distributor told me that it takes at least 500 to 1000 miles for the hub to reach peak efficiency. Again, you decide whether you want to spend 800 dollars in the hope that in two or three months, the hub will work fine.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Similar Products Used:   shimano nexus 7 sp

    Bike Setup:   mtb with track end d/outs

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