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Old 04-12-21, 12:01 AM
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Old 04-12-21, 07:51 PM
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Nice. What bike is that?
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Old 04-13-21, 12:50 AM
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Originally Posted by SkinGriz View Post
Do IGH bikes work OK?
Well... they can.

There's a large number of IGH hubs on the market, and they vary greatly in price, from a couple of hundred to a few thousand dollars.

They have advantages and disadvantages. Some say they put too much weight on the rear axle. Some think they may not handle high torque situations that one would find mountain biking. Some like them because there's no derailleur to break, or chain slap, that they're less likely to be affected by mud, etc. There's a lot of opinions on who's hub is best for this or that application.

I have read some positive things about this hub (Shimano Alfine 8 speed), and in particular, people's reports about their real world experience using it mountain biking. I'm not some Double Black Diamond rider, I don't do big hits, or anything like that. I ride fire roads, flowy singletrack, and love doing long downhill trails; this hub has no problems handling all of that.

That being said, ALL internal gear hubs are persnickety: they need to be set up correctly. Just so. Any number of little things can throw them off. I know some bike mechanics are less familiar with them, so be prepared to just learn how to do things yourself. That requires special tools, taking the time to learn how to do whatever it is you need to do. Removing/replacing the rear wheel takes a few extra steps. Can be a hassle (but certainly not impossible) to change a flat in the field.

But, when they're set up correctly, they're sweet as pie. I really like hub. It seems rugged, gives me a nice range, it feels faster than I was expecting. I'm very happy with it.

What do you have in mind for a klunker? You should totally build one. Everyone should build a klunker.
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Old 04-13-21, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Timbeau View Post
Well... they can.

There's a large number of IGH hubs on the market, and they vary greatly in price, from a couple of hundred to a few thousand dollars.

They have advantages and disadvantages. Some say they put too much weight on the rear axle. Some think they may not handle high torque situations that one would find mountain biking. Some like them because there's no derailleur to break, or chain slap, that they're less likely to be affected by mud, etc. There's a lot of opinions on who's hub is best for this or that application.

I have read some positive things about this hub (Shimano Alfine 8 speed), and in particular, people's reports about their real world experience using it mountain biking. I'm not some Double Black Diamond rider, I don't do big hits, or anything like that. I ride fire roads, flowy singletrack, and love doing long downhill trails; this hub has no problems handling all of that.

That being said, ALL internal gear hubs are persnickety: they need to be set up correctly. Just so. Any number of little things can throw them off. I know some bike mechanics are less familiar with them, so be prepared to just learn how to do things yourself. That requires special tools, taking the time to learn how to do whatever it is you need to do. Removing/replacing the rear wheel takes a few extra steps. Can be a hassle (but certainly not impossible) to change a flat in the field.

But, when they're set up correctly, they're sweet as pie. I really like hub. It seems rugged, gives me a nice range, it feels faster than I was expecting. I'm very happy with it.

What do you have in mind for a klunker? You should totally build one. Everyone should build a klunker.
Thank you. My bike riding is probably more similar to yours than double black diamonds or bike parks. Between family, work, other things, Iím not going to spend the time to become some super serious downhiller.

I donít know what I would build. I guess one that fits me close enough (18Ē MTB bike), has close enough to MTB or BMX geometry, and isnít too expensive of a frame and fork set. Prefer 1 1/8 thread less.

Within reason the klunker style looks fun. And because I know Iím not doing backflips in Utah or whatever, I guess can get away with not strictly following 2 triangles frames as not super concerned with frame strength.

What does a Panther measure out crank to stem? Rear axle width? Was it originally set up horizontal dropout or more like 3x7? Thanks.
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Old 04-13-21, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Timbeau View Post
Well... they can.

There's a large number of IGH hubs on the market, and they vary greatly in price, from a couple of hundred to a few thousand dollars.

They have advantages and disadvantages. Some say they put too much weight on the rear axle. Some think they may not handle high torque situations that one would find mountain biking. Some like them because there's no derailleur to break, or chain slap, that they're less likely to be affected by mud, etc. There's a lot of opinions on who's hub is best for this or that application.

I have read some positive things about this hub (Shimano Alfine 8 speed), and in particular, people's reports about their real world experience using it mountain biking. I'm not some Double Black Diamond rider, I don't do big hits, or anything like that. I ride fire roads, flowy singletrack, and love doing long downhill trails; this hub has no problems handling all of that.

That being said, ALL internal gear hubs are persnickety: they need to be set up correctly. Just so. Any number of little things can throw them off. I know some bike mechanics are less familiar with them, so be prepared to just learn how to do things yourself. That requires special tools, taking the time to learn how to do whatever it is you need to do. Removing/replacing the rear wheel takes a few extra steps. Can be a hassle (but certainly not impossible) to change a flat in the field.

But, when they're set up correctly, they're sweet as pie. I really like hub. It seems rugged, gives me a nice range, it feels faster than I was expecting. I'm very happy with it.

What do you have in mind for a klunker? You should totally build one. Everyone should build a klunker.
And NO coaster brakes. I like being able to stand or move my pedal position wherever, whenever I want.
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Old 04-13-21, 11:29 AM
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I saw it now. 135mm and horizontal dropouts. Sweet combo.
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Old 04-15-21, 11:04 AM
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Back in Black !
swapped the green wheelset out for the original black wheelset after changing the rear cog to a 24 tooth for neighborhood cruising .
Put the original Electra saddle back on too . Trying to decide which is more comfortable, leather or padded.
Pulled the rear rack off my Hardrock . I think it looks better .

EDIT: Added the latest picture of my black Electra Cruiser One , which is no longer a One , I swapped the wheels again for a black custom set of aluminum rims with a two speed kick back KT hub . I swapped the cog to a chrome 22 tooth . I went with a bit smaller set of tires , Kenda 26x1.9Ē cruiser slicks . Brought the overall height down a little where I can touch the ground while seated with my short legs . Put the Brooks B-67 back on too . Just looks cooler



Decided to change up my Electra again today . Thought Iíd go more classic look instead of all black .
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Old 04-15-21, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by bOsscO View Post
Converted this Mongoose IBOC into a cruiser last year. I've since added a basket to the front rack and a Crane brass bell; need to update my photos.

Now with front basket and bell
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