Rohloff Bikes

Due to many factors such as the Pandemic, Brexit, fuel costs and haulage issues, it has been necessary to increase the price of any future builds. Ours are still much cheaper than many though, so keep on reading below…

Bikes are great things but…

…are you tired of crunching the chain and sprockets on your bicycle when changing to a different gear?

…are you sick of  having to mess around lifting your bike up and pedalling by hand when you find yourself in the wrong gear before you start off?

…are you finding yourself clicking twice on the left lever and 4 times on the right then hoping it is the gear you want?

There is a solution to all of this.


We at P14B create bicycles fitted with the Rohloff hub gear system.

The Rohloff Speedhub 500/14 is a German made Internal Gear Hub (IGH) with 14 ratios.  Read all about them on the ‘Rohloff’ link a bit further below. They are quite excellent, you really ought to try one…

There are a few shops in the U.K. which offer Rohloff equipped bikes. Looking at those bikes, we see that they are very nice and are of quite high specification. Indeed, many of them are good enough to be capable of ’round the world’ tours. This is very much reflected in the price which can be a tad out of reach for some.

However, there’s not actually that many people who want to cycle around the world. Most just would like to have a week away camping or staying in B&Bs so don’t want to be ‘over biked’ for the journeys to be made.

This is where we come in.

We have, over the years, spoken to numerous cyclists who mentioned that they would love to own one of these bikes but cannot really justify the price.

We decided to sit down and work out a way of creating a Rohloff bike at a more affordable cost. This is the idea we came up with;

We buy in a new bike with a frame and fork of good quality and a ‘middle of the road’ specification. We then strip it of the bits we don’t need and fit it with the necessary components to make it work with the Rohloff. Nothing too fancy, just good, solid, workable parts.

We take time to make sure that all parts have total compatibility with each other.

Once the bike is built up, it is taken for a big test ride to make sure that it works exactly as it should.

All parts fitted are readily available when they eventually wear out.

We tend to use hybrid frames as they are quite adaptable and work very well as commuter bikes, light/medium tourers or ‘cycle around the countryside for fun’ bikes, but we do use other types of frame as well.

The bikes assembled by us are very capable machines despite being many hundreds of pounds less expensive than those offered by others.


The benefits of a  Rohloff Speedhub

It has 14 gear ratios which are sequential and equally spaced

The ability to change gear whilst either under load or standing still

Twist the shifter in one direction to climb a hill, the other to go faster

Straight alignment means less wear to the chain and sprockets

Reliable and easy to live with

Go to www.rohloff.de for all the information you will need about it…………..


Our bikes are priced from a very reasonable £1,899.

Some examples of what we have built…

Dawes Discovery 201 18″ NOW SOLD.
Dawes Discovery 201 22″ — NOW SOLD

Dawes Discovery 201 drop handlebar 18″ – This one is now sold.
We do have another 18″ completed which is very similar to the picture, only slight detail changes. Priced at £1,899.
Ridgeback Motion 23″ fitted with drop handlebar. My personal bike, NOT for sale but a similar, current model would cost ITRO £2,199.
My Ridgeback Motion 23″ on the Water Rail Way Lincoln/Boston 2018 (later converted to drop handlebar as pictured above).

What we’re currently working on…

28th September 2021 – We’re just about to embark on the build of another Ridgeback for a customer in Scotland. We’ll put up pictures as it happens…

We also have a partially built up Dawes Discovery 201 with a 20″ frame. We’re going to fit it with butterfly bars initially but it could be fitted with flat, drop or butterfly handlebars, customer’s choice, when someone is wise enough to reserve it…

Please note that we do not sell mail order. We only sell our bikes after a face to face consultation. This is important as we feel it is the only way that we may be absolutely sure that what we have created is correct for the customer. This prevents the disappointment of a bike not being the correct fit or unsuitable for the purpose it is wanted for.


Click here to ask us questions… https://planetary14bikes.co.uk/contact-us/

IMPORTANT NOTICE As of June 2021, we have made the decision that we can no longer offer custom builds. We have done this because of receiving an excessive number of enquiries which had unrealistic expectation of what may be created for a given budget. Rohloff bikes are not cheap. However, ours are less expensive than many, which is due to the way that we produce them. We will continue to offer ready converted bikes for sale which may have mudguards/rear carriers fitted/removed upon request and, in some cases, may have a choice of handlebar systems. We might also be able to offer size options of the same model, but that depends on the availability of the donor bike from our suppliers.