Brian from across the lake in Holland, MI shot us this story about his Rohloff equipped 9:Zero:7.
I love single track MTB, but good trails are about an hour drive. My back yard has 2+ square miles of dune trails that deposit on to an undeveloped stretch of prime Lake Michigan shore. I have run these trails for years and when I bought my first fat-bike, a Mukluk 2, a whole new world of fun opened up. I have been riding fat-bikes for 2 years now. Most of the riding is on sand dunes and beach, but in the winter you mix in snow and ice. One thing that I have learned -sand, water, and especially snow make for havoc on drivetrain. Although I like to tinker on bikes, I do not like cleaning them and hate failures while out riding. Thus, I have explored internally geared hubs (IGH). Initially, I built up a 9:Zero:7 and paired it with Nuvinci N360 and Gates carbon belt drive. That was nice, but I did not have the low end needed to get up some of the steeper dunes. So, I built up a 14-speed Rohloff SpeedHub with 135mm adapter for my Mukluk 2 and I found a good match. It is a rock solid hub that gets all the gear I need low and top. Great ride, but I still had a chain. So, I bought another Rohloff and paired it to 9:Zero:7 sliding rear drop out with the Gates belt drive. The Rohloff is $$$, but it will likely out last me. I never miss a gear and you can shift with out pedaling. So, when you stop on a hill, just a twist and you are in that low gear you need immediately. I don’t think twice about going out on wet sanding trails or even dipping the bike in the lake. I spend my time riding not cleaning or adjusting.
Brian, Holland, MI USA
- 9:Zero:7 with sliding rear dropout
- Gates Carbon Drive CenterTrack Belt
- Rohloff Speedhub
- Carver Carbon O’Beast fork
- Salsa Pro Moto 2 Handle Bars
- Avid Elixir 7 hydraulic brakes
- Surly Clown Shoe 100mm Rims
- Salsa Mukluk 2 32h front hub
- DT Swiss comp spokes
- Husker Du 4″ 120tpi tires (sometimes run BFL as well)
- Race Face Turbine seat post
- Salsa Pro Moto stem
- Cane Creek 40-series headset
- E Thirteen crankset
- Pure V WTB seat
- Trusty old TIME ATAC pedals, (Welgo platforms in the winter)
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