Resolutely not spending. Ish.

I’m sat here in front of my PC, drinking a gert big glass of Robinsons Summer Fruits Squash. Its really cold, and tastes like those cheap freeze-it-yourself ice pops, the red ones. I approve.

I’ve got Chain Reaction Cycles open in one tab and Merlin Cycles in another, weighing up my options. I want to put gears on the Stiffee, or perhaps get some disc wheels for it.

You see, I like it as a singlespeed, but its a complete beeeyatch to get it up the hills. I seem to remember that Dave H had trouble getting gears to work on the front of it though — the mad chainline led to chainsuck galore at the first sign of mud (the chainstay is testament to that). I can probably afford to nine-speed it though.

Once I’m up the hills though, the completely useless brakes do little or nowt to give me any confidence in the thing. Fairly non-technical descents are fine, but as soon as it gets tricky I get scared silly (no change there then). So getting a set of disc-brake compabible wheels with nice wide rims would be a nice upgrade. I’ve already got a pair of Hope E4 brakes – they need a seal kit and service but that’s not exactly an expensive process.

The thing is though, a decent set of hubs is quite expensive. I can get a set of wheels based on Shimano Deore disc hubs for under £100 – but I’ve had a set of those before and they weren’t the most reliable hub. Spec some nice Hope XC hubs and suddenly the price goes up to about £170. Expensive, but they’re nice bits of kit.

Oh what to do, what to do… oh now look – I’ve gone and procrastinated the whole evening away. Winner!

18 Responses to “Resolutely not spending. Ish.”

1. comment_author_url)) { ?> rjw rjw

Gears work fine on the Stiffee once you tame them.

Might have some cheap Deore disc-hubbed wheels available.

2. comment_author_url)) { ?> Leon Leon

I know what you mean, although I spend half my time at work trying not to spend money on wiggle et al…

I managed to get away with only buying some inner tubes yesterday… at the weekend it was a pair of leggings… will it ever stop?

3. comment_author_url)) { ?> matt matt

Hope hubs are ace and will last for a long long long time. My oldest are just as good as new and that;s after 9 years and only 5 new bearings (30quid’s worth)

4. comment_author_url)) { ?> grant grant

NEver had gear problems on my Stiffee.

5. comment_author_url)) { ?> Olly Olly

Hmmm… Rich, those wheels. What rims and what condition? And more importantly, how much?

I’m fairly sure Dave H had tried everything to get gears to work – even went as far as a Middleburn Duo. Maybe he just didn’t get a long enough BB? Or maybe mine’s just a freak-o-frame :-)

Hang on a minute, I’ve still got a working Deore Disc front wheel (with a subtly dented F519 rim). Maybe I could get a Hope rear now and save up for the front one? Hmm…

6. comment_author_url)) { ?> rjw rjw

Flangeless hubs, x139 rims, came off a Rocky Mountain jobber. Not really used that much. £cheap.

Personally I’d get the Hope ones :)

Stiffee gears work well bar the occasionally chainsuck problems. Currently it’s got an 8spd block and a standard Deore chainset with 22/34/bashring.

7. comment_author_url)) { ?> matt matt

fix the chainsuck with a sharktooth :)

(or just 8/9 speed it)
(all the coolest dudes run 8/9 speed on their geared bikes)

8. comment_author_url)) { ?> Olly Olly

Mmm, I was thinking ninespeed would be cool – its how I used to run it.

/me goes back to dreaming of a BlackSpire NS1 to put on the front… ARGH NO!!! TOO EXPENSIVE!!! ;-)

9. comment_author_url)) { ?> rjw rjw

E13 DRS :)

10. comment_author_url)) { ?> Olly Olly


11. comment_author_url)) { ?> rjw rjw

Apparently Dewlies will throw the chain if you back-pedal, and DRSs won’t.

Not that I’ve actually used either of them.

12. comment_author_url)) { ?> Olly Olly

£105 though :-/

13. comment_author_url)) { ?> Simon Barnes Simon Barnes

I would suggest that you get some XM321disc hubs and lace them to hope hubs. Lovely combination :^)

14. comment_author_url)) { ?> Olly Olly

WTF is an XM321 Disc hub!? ;-)

15. comment_author_url)) { ?> Simon Barnes Simon Barnes

LOL! Rim then :)

16. comment_author_url)) { ?> Olly Olly

That’d be lovely. That’d be one hundred and seventy two pounds and ninety nine pence though.


17. comment_author_url)) { ?> Simon Barnes Simon Barnes

That was my dlilema, don’t regret doing it though :^)

18. comment_author_url)) { ?> matt matt

I HAVE 321 / hope :o)