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Old 06-12-11, 03:02 PM   #1
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How would the Alfine 11 perform under touring loads

Building a bike for my wife. We live in NYC so her regular ride is flat and when she commutes, she doesn't carry a heavy load. I'm wondering whether the Alfiine 11 will stand up to loaded touring. It seems like a great solution for NYC as it will reduce winter time maintenance and has plenty of range for the occasional hill or getting over a bridge. However, I don't want to strip it under a load and then have no manufacturer warranty to stand behind it.

Does it make a big difference between credit card and fully loaded touring?
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Old 06-12-11, 06:30 PM   #2
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Is it readily available now? I haven't seen it advertised on any of the sites I watch.
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Is it readily available now? I haven't seen it advertised on any of the sites I watch.
http://www.ebikestop.com/alfine_sgs7...ack-HU7891.php

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Speed+Hub.aspx

It looks as sturdy as the Alfine 8, for what that's worth... probably okay for loaded road touring, I'd be suspicious of it with loaded off-road stuff. Then again, with proper maintenance, I've heard good reports of the 8.
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In a few days I am leaving for a two week tour of northern Ontario using an Alfine 11. I will be fully loaded and doing a fair bit of climbing.
I'll report back on how it holds up. Hope it doesn't turn into a hitchhiking trip
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Touring with Alfine 8
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In a few days I am leaving for a two week tour of northern Ontario using an Alfine 11. I will be fully loaded and doing a fair bit of climbing.
I'll report back on how it holds up. Hope it doesn't turn into a hitchhiking trip
The lowest gear available on the Alfine 11 (together with the minimum recommended chainring size as stated by Shimano) was higher than I cared to push up a hill when fully loaded. I hope you're a stronger man than I am. Good luck on your tour!

To the OP: as I've written above, I think the lack of range in the lower gears is more of a problem than reliability with the 11. If you're not climbing mountains and you have the cash, it certainly is a good investment.
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Looked through the spec sheet (pdf) and the recommended ratio is 1.9 for the Front/Rear cogs. Slapping that into ye ol' Sheldon Brown's calculator with the exampled 34/18T cogs gives you 26.9 Gear Inches. This is on a high side for loaded touring gearing but still entirely doable in my opinion. Also, you can be a rebel and mess with the recommended ratios for an even lower value (as long as you don't have a chainguard).

Unless my maths are completely wrong, of course
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Old 06-13-11, 02:47 PM   #8
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http://thelazyrando.wordpress.com/20...-from-the-gdr/

Read the comments.

Vik has an Alfine 8 on his Pugsley, I think, and has no complaints about off road touring with it.
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http://thelazyrando.wordpress.com/20...-from-the-gdr/

Read the comments.

Vik has an Alfine 8 on his Pugsley, I think, and has no complaints about off road touring with it.
I was surprised. I think his hub is going on year 3! He's running the 8 speed hub at 23 inches!!

>>>>>>>>> "The rear cog is 21T and the front chainring is 32T with a wheel that measures 28.75″ in diameter. For a ~44″ gear. With the the Shimano Alfine IGH that then equals approximately a gear range of 23″ – 71″."
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I like my Rohloff ... wider range... 526% equal % steps. flip over cog.
Im using 2 ... a 53-16 in a 20" wheel , and a 38-16 in a 26" wheel ..
both lower and higher than above 17" to 90"
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