Thursday, January 6, 2011

Fahrrad T900 Rohloff night ride !!

I have just returned from a 10 mile night ride on the T900 Rohloff. I wanted to familiarise myself with the gearbox and it's range and I also was very keen to see how powerful the lights are. The Son nabendynamo teamed with the B&M Lumotec IQ Cyo Senso Plus led with 60 lux and the rear B&M Flat Led certainly did not disappoint.The front light is so powerful with 60 lux that the only worry is the anachronistic cars flashing you as if you are on full beam !As soon as you spin the front wheel the capacitors have charged the leds and you immediately have light when stationary.

The bike itself is a joy to ride.It is beautifully silent and quick.I love the handlebar position which encourages you into a slight lean forward but this is helped by the lovely handlebar grips with their palm supports.

It is great to ride with a Rohloff in a 700c rim.You normally only see the gearbox in 26" wheel out and out travel bikes--- and indeed Fahrrad make one of the best in the T400--- .However there are people who like to tour in areas where you do not essentially need a 26" rim ---for example in most parts of the U.K and most areas of Europe--- and in these cases the 700c wheel is more appropriate.

In any case the bike is great.I met a Dutch cycle dealer in Germany recently and all he sells is bicycles equipped with Rohloff gears from a very small shop.He sold over 50 Fahrrads with Rohloff's last year alone.I can see why.

It is time to take on the Thorns !!! My next blog coming up !