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Stratus XP with 14 Internal Gears!

Rohloff equipped RANS Stratus XP

The RANS Stratus XP has been a popular bike in the shop for years. With its' supple long wheelbase, low pedal height and dual 26" wheels the XP makes a great every day ride as well as cross country touring bike. As a well designed bike out of the box, it's definitely a fine candidate for customizing. We've done a number of super upgrades over the years, but this recent project was particularly sweet!

Year after year, Steve gets many, many miles on his bikes. He does a lot of both commuting and touring. After a couple of great years on the Stratus XP he realized that this bike fit his needs very well and is worth investing in some sweet upgrades to make it even better.

For starters, he had us add an impressive Rohloff rear hub with it's 14 internal gears to simplify the drivetrain and eliminate gear overlap. A 48-tooth chainring with a 16-tooth rear cog give it a whopping 21 to 114 gear-inch range. The front chainguard is his original 52-tooth chainring with the teeth machined off. Cool. The chaintubes are made from PTFE tubing. He also upgraded his brakes to Avid BB-7. We were all impressed by the project and took some photos to share with you:

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