If you need to know how to change the oil in a Rohloff Speedhub, you might be pleased to know it really isn't that hard. If I can do it, anybody can do it!
Rohloff Oil Change
When I bought my new expedition bicycle, I knew that sooner or later the question of how to change the oil in a Rohloff speedhub would arise. I expected this to be a somewhat complicated process, but as it turned out, it was in fact relatively simple.
As a result, I decided to add it to my collection of bicycle touring tips. Below, is a step by step guide, and I have also included the excellent Rohloff YouTube video which I have to say is extremely impressive.
First of all, it is important to understand that a Rohloff speedhub is a sealed unit, where the gears or cogs are housed inside a metal casing. Changing gears is done by using a twist grip, and as they are non overlapping and sequential gears, fourteen unique gear settings are available to the cyclist.
With the vulnerable parts concealed, Rohloff hubs make a good choice for touring cyclists and even some mountain bikers. However, just because it is a sealed unit, does not mean that no servicing is required.
It is recommended that cyclists change the oil in a Rohloff hub at least once a year, or every five thousand kilometres, whichever comes first.
Rohloff Oil Change Kit
As with any maintenance job, before beginning, it is important to have all the required parts and tools to hand. In this instance it is the Rohloff Oil Change Kit 8410, and a 3mm Allen Key.
The oil change kit (which costs about £17.00), comprises of a syringe, filler tube, cleaning oil, speedhub oil, and an oil drain screw as shown below.
How to Change the Oil in a Rohloff Speedhub
How to change the oil in a Rohloff speedhub is a three stage process, which involves rinsing, extracting and refilling. The process takes about twenty minutes, and that includes a 15 minute break in the middle. It really is that simple!