Alfine 11 speed for touring

Alfine 11 speed for touring

Postby Biking POD » Fri Jul 11, 2014 7:37 pm

Would an 11 speed Alfine hub work for a full on tourer or not have the required range?

I'm wanting to get a Vivente but there's no chance of buying the Rohloff model.
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Re: Alfine 11 speed for touring

Postby Wingnut » Fri Jul 11, 2014 8:33 pm

Here's a fairly nice Alfine equipped bike...

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Re: Alfine 11 speed for touring

Postby RonK » Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:18 pm

"Full on"? No.
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Re: Alfine 11 speed for touring

Postby Biking POD » Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:36 pm

RonK wrote:"Full on"? No.



Thanks.

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Re: Alfine 11 speed for touring

Postby il padrone » Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:59 pm

A friend of mine has one and uses it on tours. He struggles a lot more than he used to with his MTB gearing. We keep on tellig him to go for something else :|

My recommendation - save your pennies and go Rohloff.
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Alfine 11 speed for touring

Postby Wingnut » Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:30 am

I've read a couple of okay reviews...the main issue was the axle nuts tend to fall off easily during rides...
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Re: Alfine 11 speed for touring

Postby harmonix1234 » Sat Jul 12, 2014 6:02 am

Just add a hammerschmidt up front and you'll still have a single chain line but all the climbing gears you could need.
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Re: Alfine 11 speed for touring

Postby il padrone » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:22 am

My mate with the Alfine 11.... the shifts are as rough as hell! Banging and crashing. The Rohloff is smooth as silk in comparison, it's better than most derailleur shifts.

BTW, my mate has bought three Alfines - one for each of three bikes. But for the same money he could have had one Rohloff and enjoyed one bike so much more.
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Re: Alfine 11 speed for touring

Postby baabaa » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:42 am

Talk to them. Noel knows more about touring than anyone here and as he specs and builds the bikes he would be able to give you real answers on the pros and cons of each hub. (I think he maybe o/s touring at the moment)
For me the fear of having a Rohloff equipped bike stolen is too high so I would just go the Alfine.
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Re: Alfine 11 speed for touring

Postby il padrone » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:50 am

baabaa wrote:Talk to them. Noel knows more about touring than anyone here and as he specs and builds the bikes

Have to say, if he's so knowledgeable (and I think he is, have met him) why does he not spec the Rohloff with a dedicated frame with EBB? Just cost-pruning I guess.

baabaa wrote:For me the fear of having a Rohloff equipped bike stolen is too high so I would just go the Alfine.

Hardly an issue. Rohloffs don't have the bling-appeal, compared to a nice carbon wunderbike, or a Colnago. I use Pitlocks for the QRs anyhow, and use sensible securty strategies.
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Re: Alfine 11 speed for touring

Postby baabaa » Sat Jul 12, 2014 11:42 am

My guess is the Rohloff market is just too small to change just a few of the bb shells to fit an ebb. A Bushnell EBB then adds in another 180-200 $ or so. Not sure of the current cost of other types of ebb but doesn’t makes sense if you are selling 49 out of 50 bikes with derailleur gears.

I don’t think the average bike thief care or even know what the bike is. See this for what was used as a bike to the shops
see http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic ... truss-fork
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Re: Alfine 11 speed for touring

Postby Mike Ayling » Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:27 am

il padrone wrote:A friend of mine has one and uses it on tours. He struggles a lot more than he used to with his MTB gearing. We keep on tellig him to go for something else :|

My recommendation - save your pennies and go Rohloff.



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