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Old 12-13-18, 06:56 PM
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New Alfine 11 Hub. Sticky?

Are Alfine 11 hubs simply sticky when new, or is there a locking pin or other device that must be removed for them to spin freely?
I am building up two Alfine 11 hubs I ordered from my local shop, but they don't usually deal with them and have no information.
I went to another local shop mechanic (and felt like a ******, and tipped him), but he didn't know either.

Building up these two hubs for a Globe Live 2 (which has a chain and a Jtek bar-end shifter, and a Globe Live 3 (pictured below with belt drive and an OEM Alfine 11 cable shifter.)



Many thanks in advance for any light you can shine on my dark, dark ignorance.
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Old 12-13-18, 08:28 PM
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What do you mean by 'sticky'?

Modern IGHs are fairly draggy compared to, say, SA 3-speeds, and it may be what you are describing. It may also be worth your time to check the assembly of your driver--

1) plastic seal cap, which needs a tool to install (you probably didn't touch this...)
2) Sprocket guard (metal disc)
3) Sprocket
4) Circlip
5) Circlip cover (wide side facing the hub)
6) Cassette Joint (lined up on dots)
7) Cassette joint fixing ring (lined up on the cassette joint's corresponding dots)

That said, after the wheel is built, the hub must be adjusted from the LH side. Thankfully, the axle has flats on it, so clamp it in a vise, and adjust the LH cone until there is just a faint knocking, then turn it in until it disappears. Lock the adjustment in place with the locknut, and go ride.

Unfortunately, issues like these (that may not be issues) are difficult to diagnose over the internet.

BTW, depending on the type of belt/tension required, the Alfine may not be approved for it, as it puts a load of, well, load, on the hub/driver bearings. If a snubber is an option on your bike, it may make your problem go away.
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It was an admirable display of self-restraint and kindness on both your parts not to give me the answer I sought, because that answer turned out to be: I am a moron.

Of course the hub only spins one way! Whenever I rolled the bike backward, the pedals would rotate backward as well!

Got one wheel (for the Globe Live 2) all built up beautifully. I got a 50cm-wide road bar, which fits around the dog bed on the front with a Jtek bar-end shifter for the Alfine hub. No more cables pokin' into the back of the puppy's head.

Thank you especially, Wschruba. I thought lacing up and building the wheels would be the tough part, but the 11 speed hub also needed different cassette joints AND different hub spacers. I'm not concerned about the belt tension being a problem for the Alfine hub; the belt was fine on the Alfine 8-speed for tens of thousands of miles since 2007, many of them ridden up steep hills at a brisk pace with my carbonbike friends, and pulling entire packs behind me on PCH (love it when they look at the bike and ask if it's E-assist.) It's been a great hub, but I was spinning out on the flats, so I'm looking forward to this 11 speed and the oil-bath hub. Will post pics of both finished bikes in this thread when they're done.

This blue Globe Live 3 will remain the same, just jumping up from 8 speed to 11. Thanks again for not telling me the unkind truth. Will post pics of both finished bikes in this thread when they're done.

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Old 12-19-18, 08:28 AM
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I've got nothing to say about the Alfine hub, but I do like your frame! I have a Globe Daily 1, which has a similar (perhaps even identical) frame built as a single speed. For a frame that probably cost about $30 to make in a Taiwanese factory, it is pretty great.

It's a shame that Specialized discontinued this brand. At one point, I had a garage with about fifty of these bikes. (I ran a rental program.) They were great utilitarian bikes.
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The frame is probably my least favorite part of the bike, but what really makes it is that magnificent fork/porteur rack combination. It's the best dog-taxi I've ever seen.



Admittedly, the baseball-card holder on the head tube is also pretty cool.
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