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Old 01-26-09, 03:17 PM   #1
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Shimano Nexus8/Alfine Bar End Shifter

Per the following Amazon listing Shimano has come out with a bar end shifter for the Nexus8 and Alfine gear hubs. The Amazon shown price, from Performancedownhill, is only a bit over 1/2 the price of the recently discussed Jtek bar end shifter.

http://tinyurl.com/bf62h5

I hope the link continues to work as after my purchase the Amazon listing shows only one left in stock.

I am aware that the photo is incorrect and the description poor, at least as regards usage, but I took a chance on ordering it. It is not yet listed on either the Shimano America or Shimano Europe web sites. If not as represented I will be raising hell with both the vendor and Amazon.

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I hope its a shimano product. be sure and let us know the outcome.
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Per the following Amazon listing Shimano has come out with a bar end shifter for the Nexus8 and Alfine gear hubs. The Amazon shown price, from Performancedownhill, is only a bit over 1/2 the price of the recently discussed Jtek bar end shifter.

http://tinyurl.com/bf62h5
Here is the correct link

http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-Alfine...3030698&sr=8-1

It looks like the picture is wrong. The SL-S500 shifter is the existing Rapidfire model.

[Edit] I think the shifters shown in the photo are plain SL-BS77 Dura-Ace 9 speed bar end shifters.

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What is new, AFAIK, is that Shimano now seems to have released Alfine Rapidfire two speed front shifters, thereby "legitimizing" the use of a double chainring crankset with an Alfine rear hub.

http://cycle.shimano-eu.com/catalog/...=1233031598248
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Any idea what Shimano mean when they refer to a crankset as a "Double Chainguard" crankset?

http://cycle.shimano-eu.com/catalog/...=1233031222445

I thought this might be an "official" Alfine double chainring crankset, but I can only see one ring.

The description says:

- 9-speed compatible chainrings

- Chainring sizes 39T, 45T
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Any idea what Shimano mean when they refer to a crankset as a "Double Chainguard" crankset?
It's got a pie plate on either side of the chainwheel.

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