Fatbikes are extending when and where riders are taking their bikes. A lot of these new terrains and environments are harsh. Snowy, sandy, marshy, muddy, muck. All of these equate to bad news for traditional derailleur systems and will very likely lead to a catastrophic component failure. This is where internally geared hubs, like the Rohloff XL Disc Speedhub 500/14, shine. Go ahead, take your fat bike where it begs to go.
The Rohloff XL Disc Speedhub 500/14 is designed to fit fatbike frames with a 170mm rear spacing and accept a 10mm axle. 14 gears with a 13.6% incremental difference are housed inside the hub where they remain protected and free of environmental debris. There is a single 16T cog exposed which gives the added benefit of allowing for a straight chainline and for the wheel to be built symmetrically. Equal spoke tension makes for a stronger, more reliable wheel.
Additionally, gear indexing in handled at the hub instead of at the shifter. This means there are no shifter bits to wear out or the need to make any cable adjustments after initial install. The Rohloff XL Disc Speedhub 500/14 is €˜Gates Carbon Drive' belt drive compatible. With this upgrade, drive line components become dang near indestructible, tremendously reliable, and practically maintenance free. Viva la Fat bike!!!
14 real gears
16 Tooth Cog
Even gear increments of 13.6%
526% overall transmission ratio
Incredibly strong rear wheel due to even spoke tension
100% adjustment free
Extremely low maintenance
Compatible with the 'Gates Carbon Drive' belt drive system.
Suitable for 170mm frame spacing (10mm diameter axles)
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