- Rohloff owners
I’ve had a Rohloff hub for sometime and I like it, yep its not perfect but its close.
My biggest bugbear is the gear shift cables, but I might be unlucky – what do you use?
I’ve ditched the original Rohloff cables after reading up from users on the ‘net.
Tried XTR inner cables with SP41 gear outer – now this works well – but the outer cable becomes brittle over a relatively short period of time and falls to bits exposing the inner wire.
Also tried Shimano outer brake cable with the XTR inner gear cables – but found that the cables become quite sluggish after a while also.
What do others use – anyone tried Nokon cables?Posted 9 years ago
Ta for the advice.
The SP41 outer casing breaks up around the bottom bracket area – the Nicolai Helius has the cable routing down the downtube and underneath the bottom bracket and along the chain stay to the rear wheel / gearbox.
I think its the constant flexing of the cable outer in the b/b area that creates the splitting.
Better shifting with the SP41 gear outer – but becomes brittle and breaks up.Posted 9 years ago
The brake outer is more flexible and withstands the flexing better – but has poorer shifting performance.superfinlayMember
Lots of useful info on the Thorn website – http://www.thorncycles.co.uk/forums/index.php?action=search2Posted 9 years ago
yep, tried that – the SP41 outer just gets harder over time – I’m sure its the repeated flexing.
Cable outer lasts not much more than 2 , maybe 3 months – not a terrible task to replace, but a bit more intensive on the Rohloff than replacing conventional gear cable. Plus the inner gear cable is somewhat goosed (due to the grub screw mangling the end of the cable).Posted 9 years agowoodsmanMember
SJS recommend BRAKE outer cables! I’ve always used gear inner with brake outer. I find XTR inners and std Shimano brake outer works best. In 3 1/2 years I think I replaced the cables three times maybe four. The muck gets in via the barrel locator for the cable outer on the shifter. I get around a year out of a set of cables, used twice a week off road.
I still find it a faff to do a cable change – not the nicest of jobs.Posted 9 years agoavdave2Member
My cables are the originals fitted by Thorn and are now 2 1/2 years old and still work perfectly. The bike is an all year round commuter which has mostly been off road for the last 6 months. I’ve done no maintenance or lubrication. My Rohloff is the internal changer version which may explain why I’ve had no problems but as others have said look at the SJS site and the Thorn forums, it’s probably the best source of information.Posted 9 years ago
avdave2, yeah had a look on the Thorn forum – recommends fitting brake outer with XTR cable inners.
Bike is used exclusively off road – mainly at Afan / Glyncorrwg / Brechfa – the grit seems to get in everywhere and cause havoc with most components. This was the main reason for going with the Rohloff hub in the first place, couldn’t keep up with the relentless wear and tear of (primarily) the drive-chain components.
Will be fitting the brake outer with XTR gear inners, plus the addition of three Middleburn cable oilers on each cable. One at the radius near the handlebars, one on the downtube length and the last one just after the radius under the b/b pivot area.
Hopefully this will provide a solution to the (relatively) frequent cable maintenance issues. Very pleased with the Rohloff overall, just need to get this sorted.Posted 9 years ago
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