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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 12:53 am 
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I have a Merida trail bike (140mm front and rear travel) and looking at upgrading the wheelset.
On thing that I was thinking, if possible, is looking at an internal geared rear hub (Alfine, Rohloff).
I seen a proflex on this site that was SS and the owner said it worked fine. Although Just wondering about the useage of a internal geared hub with a single ring on the front?
Has anyone done this?


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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 1:39 am 
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You would still need some kind of chain tensioner like this:-

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as the suspension system has chain growth in it's movement.


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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 7:57 am 
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Get a Rohloff tensioner. They are head and shoulders above the rest. A simple sprung lever is fine for taking up a couple of mm of slack on a hardtail, but on a susser you need something more.


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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 9:17 am 
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So with the movement of the suspension it won't effect the hub/gearing etc?


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I just want to run through all issues before even looking at spending that much money on 1 hub :o


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FST4RD wrote:
So with the movement of the suspension it won't effect the hub/gearing etc?

No.


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Is it a good idea? :lol:
or should i just stick with all the moving parts/gears and go for a standard wheelset?
What are peoples thoughts?


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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 10:22 am 
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FST4RD wrote:
Is it a good idea? :lol:
or should i just stick with all the moving parts/gears and go for a standard wheelset?
What are peoples thoughts?


I think it depends on the frame.

A 3'' - 4'' travel frame it should be fine.

A 9'' travel bike not so.

From a chain growth perspective


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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 10:48 am 
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letmetalktomark wrote:
FST4RD wrote:
Is it a good idea? :lol:
or should i just stick with all the moving parts/gears and go for a standard wheelset?
What are peoples thoughts?


I think it depends on the frame.

A 3'' - 4'' travel frame it should be fine.

A 9'' travel bike not so.

From a chain growth perspective


I was thinking of building an 8" downhill rig as a SS. Mainly as I don't want to buy another shifter or rear mech!! It should be OK as it's not 9" :wink: :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 10:50 pm 
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lol

Mines 140mm rear travel (5 and a bit inches?).
Was looking at the Alfine since they are so much cheaper then the Rohloff. Is it worth spending all that extra to get the Rohloff?


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