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    Alfine reliable enough?

    i am considering doing the blue ridge parkway this spring, averaging 50-100 miles a day. converting
    my SS commuter to an alfine hub is the current plan.
    i think i've figured out that i can get a low enough gear to ride the hills with 20-30 lbs of junk...but
    does anyone have experience saying the alfine will be durable enough for this abuse? i weigh
    210# if that helps.

    thanks

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    I've never heard of any reliability problems with the Alfine hubs, but I've never used one. Have you heard that they're coming out with an 11-speed Alfine hub? The reviews make it sound much nicer than the 8-speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khearn View Post
    I've never heard of any reliability problems with the Alfine hubs, but I've never used one. Have you heard that they're coming out with an 11-speed Alfine hub? The reviews make it sound much nicer than the 8-speed.

    Keith

    i did hear that. i want one badly, sight unseen. i don't suppose we know a price yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikecopXXX View Post
    i did hear that. i want one badly, sight unseen. i don't suppose we know a price yet?
    I seem to recall a review saying something like "twice the price of the current 8-speed".

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    350 to 400 pounds sterling is the only price i have seen, so about $550-$625. Cheaper than a Rohloff....
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    Another Touring thread on the long distance Forum.

    Where is Machka when she's needed?
    (I only write the above because you are usually the one that "calls out" the Tourist threads first, Machka. )

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    Based on my experience of thousands of kilos in all kinds of weather I would say the Alfine is super reliable. But - it would be wise to ride the hub for about 1200 miles and then get the oil bath treatment prior to relying on the item for a long tour.

    Shimano recommends an oil bath treatment after the first 1,000 or so miles - after that the thing is a-ok. My hub stopped shifting at precisely the recommended interval for the oil bath - after the bath no issues.

    And, I also covet the new 11 speed.

    BTW - I recommend a chain tensioner - the chain will need tightening fairly often without the tensioner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiffrun View Post
    Another Touring thread on the long distance Forum.

    Where is Machka when she's needed?
    (I only write the above because you are usually the one that "calls out" the Tourist threads first, Machka. )
    oh sorry
    it could be this tour turns me into a long distance rider. altho i do like my sleep.

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    you only need 90 minutes of sleep, get with the program. Actually, when I did 600k last year I think I slept almost 20 of the following 24 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedWhiteandRed View Post
    Based on my experience of thousands of kilos in all kinds of weather I would say the Alfine is super reliable. But - it would be wise to ride the hub for about 1200 miles and then get the oil bath treatment prior to relying on the item for a long tour.

    Shimano recommends an oil bath treatment after the first 1,000 or so miles - after that the thing is a-ok. My hub stopped shifting at precisely the recommended interval for the oil bath - after the bath no issues.

    And, I also covet the new 11 speed.

    BTW - I recommend a chain tensioner - the chain will need tightening fairly often without the tensioner.
    hey RW&R, can you go into detail on the oil bath? i was reading the IGH forum on MTBR and one poster says it's grease, not oil, in the alfine. oil is apparently planned for the new 11 spd. but any details of the oil bath appreciated.

    thanks

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