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Old 07-15-17, 05:52 PM   #51
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Originally Posted by Scummer View Post
I've commuted on chain driven bikes with rear and front derailleur before and switched a year ago to a Rohloff with Gates Carbon drive. The difference in maintenance is huge.
In my dreams I have a commuter bike with a belt drive. If I couldn't have a Rohloff, an Alfine 11 or even a Nexus 8 would make me happy. I *did* have a belt drive on my first folding bike, but it was a Strida2; the belt was the best part of the bike.

Originally Posted by TwinOaks View Post
...I should also have asked about roller brakes. ... But I'm now having to replace my rear rim due to brake wear.
I had this problem on my "winter" bike, a Dahon Mu XL. I was able to add a roller brake to the Nexus 8 hub very easily. No more rim wear. On my "spring-summer-fall" bike, a Tern Verge S11i, which has an Alfine 11 hub, I have replaced the rear rim twice due to brake wear (I use the front brake heavily; still it's the rear that wears). The Alfine 11 cannot accept a roller brake AFAIK, and the bike's frame does not have brake caliper mounts for a disc brake. Sad.

Originally Posted by Banzai View Post
The other day I test rode a bike with an Alfine 11. It was dead silent. Seemed to work very smoothly. Quite a contrast to my noisy Alfine 8.
In 12,000 miles of experience with Nexus 8 hubs (2 of 'em) and 5,000 miles on the Nexus 11 I can report that both hubs are equally quiet. I really like the 11, especially because it just requires an oil change every 600 miles or so; I have to open the Nexus hubs and dip the internals in gear oil once a year (still pretty easy).

Originally Posted by irwin7638 View Post
I had a disappointing experience with the Shimano Nexus 8. After a few years of use the retaining clip (which holds the gear cassette in place) broke. According to the parts list it should have cost .75 USD. They told my LBS they didn't make it anymore and I would have to buy a new unit.
This *is* disappointing. I would contact Aaron's Bicycle Repair to see if they can source the part... I assume you are talking about the clip that hold the "cassette joint" to the hub.

Originally Posted by hobbitman View Post
I experienced nothing but frustration in the 6 months I had a nexus 8...I know some people love these hubs, but I don't really see an advantage.
When they work as designed, they are nice for commuting because they are a bit cleaner, have a simple (potentially ideal) chainline, can be compatible with belt drive and have less maintenance. I like them for small-wheeled bikes (like folders) because the chain doesn't hang down so close to the road where all the debris is. I suspect chains may last somewhat longer when they stay cleaner.
I can see, because they are not as easy to understand and work on (relatively inscrutable compared to derailleurs), that when they don't work properly they can be frustrating.
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