Yes Rohloff the indestructible internal hub gear manufacturer is making a version to fit fat bikes …… this is a must have for the best remote builds ….
Rohloff offers a version of our now legendary SPEEDHUB 500/14 gear hub especially suited to the extreme conditions in which Fatbikes are used. The Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 XL is constructed for frames using a 170mm spacing and dropouts which accept 10mm threaded or quick-release axles (not thru-axle compatible).
Fatbikes are primarily designed to enable one to keep pedalling through even the harshest conditions – conditions in which a cyclist on a traditional bicycle would be forced to dismount and push. The fat tires offer a much larger footprint thus keeping the bicycle afloat on soft terrain. The additional traction this provides ensures a Fatbike rider will enjoy may miles of riding long after the standard bicycle has reached its limits. Fatbikes are especially suitable for transversing snow, bogs/marshland and sand.
The SPEEDHUB 500/14 XL is the ideal transmission for Fatbikes. The conditions in which such bicycles are ridden require a transmission that can be kept as clean as possible. Only a clean, un-clogged transmission can ensure problem-free functionality and nothing increases the enjoyment you can have out on the trails more than having access to the right gear at all times! Of course the SPEEDHUB 500/14 XL has the additional advantage of being compatible with the ‘Gates Carbon Drive’ belt drive system, reducing the level of transmission maintenance even further.
- 14 real gears
- Even gear increments of 13.6%
- 526% overall transmission ratio
- Straight chain-/belt-line
- Incredibly strong rear wheel due to even spoke tension
- Encapsulated construction
- 100% adjustment free
- Extremely low maintenance
- Compatible with the ‚Gates Carbon Drive’ belt drive system.
Technical Data SPEEDHUB 500/14 XL:
- Suitable for 170mm frame spacing (10mm diameter axles)
- Quick-release (CC) or bolt-on (TS) axles available
- Chainline = 71.5mm (15,16 and 17 tooth sprockets), beltline = 72.25mm
- Flangedistance (middle-middle) = 93mm
- Disc version (DB)
- Anodized black
These dimensions enable the use of up to 5“ tires (mounted on rims up to 100mm wide) in frames with a 170mm spacing – without the risk of chain/tire interference! We recommend the use of rims with a minimum 12.5mm nipple offset in order to avoid the spoke ‚kinking’ when entering the nipple. Such kinks will weaken the spoke and can cause premature spoke failure.