Rohloff LHTs

We recently built a pair of custom Long Haul Truckers around Rohloffs. Rolhoffs are great for touring and commuting bikes because they offer a wide range of gears in even increments, they can shift gears while the pedals are not being turned, and because all the shifting takes place in the rear hub there are no gear combinations and so no combinations to avoid. They are unbelievably robust and reliable too, needing an infrequent oil change and not much else by way of maintenance.

Our first customer wanted a black bike with silver parts and the only bike left in her size was green, so we got it powder coated. This meant that we could make a few changes to the frame, getting the bike ready for a Rohloff without having to worry about the paint.

Rolhoff

 

First of all we removed the downtube shifter bosses since she would not be needing them.

 

Modified cable stops

 

Next we modified some old school MTB cable stops to allow the outer cable to pass through them and added them to the top tube to neaten up the cable run.

 

Rolhoff

 

While we were there we added a kickstand plate for good measure.

Rolhoff

The other Rolhoff LHT was the right colour to begin with, so it didn’t get the frame mods, but it did get a Gilles Berthoud shifter, designed to work with drop bars.

 

Steve\'s Rolhoff LHT

 

For some of us the biggest downside to Rohloff hubs was that they forced you to either use some variant on a flat bar, or else required the addition of a handlebar stub to mount the shifter on. This Berthoud shifter is an incredibly elegant solution to the problem. It comes in parts and slides into the middle of the bars. Far neater than any of the other solutions on the market.

 

Steve\'s Rolhoff LHT

 

While on the topic of Rolhoffs, we have also started stocking a Rohloff equipped bike – the Tout Terrain. To read about this, look here.

 

Tout Terrain - Silk Road

 

We have also started stocking replacement cogs and seals for Rolhoffs as well as the oil change kits.

 

Rolhoff