Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Northern Clime
Bikes: Giant Seek 1 IGH; Specialized Roubaix On Order
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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.