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  1. #11
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    Jun 2016
    Washington DC
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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyRider View Post
    Speaking of belt drives, last year I got my kid a 20" belt-drive bike from Priority that uses a Shimano 3-speed hub. The quality is good, and I think the internal hub has been helpful as he learns about gears and shifting. I think that frame splits at the dropout. Priority also sells an adult commuter bike that uses a Gates belt and a 7-speed Shimano hub for under $800. It reminds me of the Jamis Coda.
    Yep - the Priority frames have the frame split at the dropout (just above the axle); that's how the kids bikes are (we had the Start 20 and now have a Start 24) as well as the Current (eBike). For an online brand, they've offered good support (reimbursing me for warranty issues worked on by The Daily Rider).

    Back to the original post - I've seen a few people with similar setups (Soma Wolverine, belt drive, IGH) and they all were as positive about them as dkel was below. FWIW - I had a Breezer Beltway with the Alfine 8 - very nice setup for daily usage - before "upgrading" to my Pinion gearbox bike 4 years ago.

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    Pentagon City in Arlington VA
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    Quote Originally Posted by secstate View Post
    Do you plan to build this yourself?
    No. Phuoc at Bike Club is building the wheels around the Shimano IGH and the Schmidt dynohub (he doesn't know it yet, but he will). Bikenetic is sourcing most everything else and will assemble it for me.
    I already have saddle and pedals.

    It's actually the seat stay that splits for the belt:
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  4. #13
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    Arlington, VA
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    Can't wait to see this!

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    Jan 2023
    ashburn virginia
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    I haven't personally owned or ridden a Soma Wolverine, but from what I've heard, they are well-regarded for their durability and versatility. They can handle everything from everyday commuting to multi-day trips with panniers. I think it sounds like a great choice for your needs. However, you could also consider other options. I would recommend to read reviews there. As for the White Industries hub, I've heard great things about them and their durability. I'm not sure about the specific hub that would be best for the Wolverine's disc brakes, but I would recommend reaching out to White Industries or a local bike shop for their recommendation.


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