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Apparently already available on wiggle! Alfine 11 on Wiggle
$552 for the hub, $81 for the shifter... I can't see the sprocket on there anywhere yet, but that sort of pricing is in line with the projected prices from a few months back. Wiggle are selling the 8-speed hub for $265 and $46 for the shifter.
With this sort of pricing, it really does look like a viable alternative to the Rohloff for touring, although selection of gears might need some thought into chain-wheel/sprocket ratios to give a useful range of gears.
I've been using the 8sp Nexus for a few weeks on the new commuter & 8sp is surprisingly good.
I've gotta swap the cranks out (170-39t - 175-49t) as the first few gears are next to useless, but no real need for more gears
Well, it seems that the Alfine range is targeted at the MTB market. And 5mm isn't much when it comes to steel frames. Just spring it apart. Carbon Fibre and aluminium on the other hand...
Steel is real.
"Steel rusts!" - Then why are they almost always used as "rain bikes"?
If you're worried about ~1.7% total weight difference (frame and fork).
Maybe have another look at Busted Carbon if you think steel is real heavy. It's updated regularly. No shortage of new material.
This is great news.
The 11 Speed hub on Wiggle is a disc brake version.
IIRC there are going to be a number of different variants of this hub, disc/no disc/chain drive/belt drive. Perhaps the OLD will change between different variants of the hub.
I had an Avanti Blade 8 with the 8 speed hub. The OLD on that bike was only 126mm. Other variants were 135mm.
This is the first sighting of this hub in the wild. Perhaps there is more to come....
...at least, I hope so.
Just got word through interweb rumours that these are the gear ratios for the Alfine-11 hub, taken from a French blog site:
Gears 10 and 11 are rather high at 189% and 215% of direct drive. This would necessitate a rather small chainring on your MTB and a rather large sprocket in order to get useful gears for MTB riding, something in the order of 40/23 or 40/24. A combination of 46/20 or 44/20 would be useful on 20"-wheeled bicycles (good hub for a Raleigh Twenty tourer?) or 48/18 for a 16"-wheeled bicycle.
What's the chance we'll be seeing bikes with these over here? I mean the Alfines aren't generally available in the models (eg, Giant still use Nexus, Appollo still use Nexus). I can't see any main manufacturers here that supply a model with the Alfine.
My only concern with internal hub is when we get puncture.
Is it hard to fix puncture with Nexus/Alfine hub? (I would imagine it's harder than quick release wheel)
Can anybody share their experience in fixing puncture on internal hub? Nate maybe?
There are a few, such as the Merida S-Presso i8-D, but they aren't common. RRP from around $1,800.
You need to unhook the gear selector, which is a little fiddly, and a spanner. I've done it on a Nexus and getting the gear cable back on was annoying (but I imagine that would get easier with practice).
My commuter has a Nexus hub and it's not that hard, you just need to remember to carry a spanner with you. You can do it without undoing the cable, all you need to do is loosen the nuts so you can slide the wheel out of the dropouts just enough to get the tube through, which isn't much. You can easily do that without mucking around with the cable, which can be quite a hassle.
http://www.gelliecustombikeframes.com.a ... -Frame.htm
Got my commuter set up and going now
Pretty happy though still getting some slipping in the hub on changes as I'm still getting the shifter working smoothly
The versa shifters rely in hub for tension so cable routing must be very smooth. I'm have to reroute over the bottom bracket at the moment to get a more direct feed to the alfine hub which takes the cable above the chain stays
Nice!! Keen to hear how you go with the slipping and carbon belt.
BTW, changing gears, do you back pedal like on the old SA 3 speeds, no pedalling, or pedal with reduced / no load?
Slipping is only the hub not th belt
Belt is fine
Just need to reduce load a little to get it to change and sometimes that is not necessary either, will have a better appreciation once I get the shifters working better.
I've got abbotsford cycles rerouting the cable at the moment will let you know how it goes
That is just a great bike Grant. I was all set to order an alfine 11 for a roadbike build, but after seeing your setup , im rethinking a road/29er cross breed
Just had a question though; do you swap between the flat and drop bar set up regularly, and is that fairly pain free.
again - just a beautiful build. will be interested to hear an update on how the cable adjustments go.
cables aren't breaking but I've got cable joiners / splitters
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9 ... bcZ8in5-Fw
Shifters working well now. The cable routing now runs across the top of the bottom bracket which is more directly aligned with the entry to the hub. The Alfine 11 cable guide sits above the chain stay whereas the 8 came in under. Anyway better now. I'll post a picture next.
The Focus Planet 11 is available in Australia now - it has an alfine 11. The teeth on it are 19 rear, 42 front.
The cube hooper pro should also be available, but that idiot distributors here for cube are new and have no idea what they are doing.
On_One in the uk also have some that are pretty customisable. Their frames however are steel. Which is so... 80's...
And regarding the above posted Merida S-Presso i8-D - that is an alfine 8. They don't seem to have an 11
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