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Shimano Alfine 8 speed hub + Old school bar end shifters: Possible?

Old 09-22-08, 07:33 PM
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Shimano Alfine 8 speed hub + Old school bar end shifters: Possible?

Sorry in advance if this has been asked a bunch or covered recently. I'm new to the forum and while I did try quite a few searches, I think it just takes time to figure out what the search engine wants in terms of producing the results one is looking for and knowing more bike vocabulary than I already know at the moment.


Anyway, I am working on a project '70's centurion road bike and I want to run the Shimano Alfine 8 speed internal gear hub, but I don't want to have to ghetto rig either the grip shifter or trigger shifter (both options for this hub) onto my Nitto moustache bars. I have seen some kind of "problem solver" piece which attaches to the neck for the grip shifter, but it looks terrible to me. Ultimately, what I want is to run just one of the bar end shifters I have on the bike now with the Shimano hub and cable.


*edit: Maybe use the new Shimano 8 speed bar end shifter instead of my old Suntours?


Can this be done?

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Old 09-22-08, 08:29 PM
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As of now, no, you can't do that. But, Jtek Engineering was planning on making a shiftmate prototype so that it can be done.
Originally Posted by Jtek Engineering
I am machining a new Shiftmate type adaptor for SRAM shifters/barends to adaptor to Nexss hubs right now. Should be out in around 2-3 weeks.

After that project I'm going to start on the bar ends for Nexus. It may get put off a little to run some more inventory but there is a concept for them that will be tested soon and it's the next project on the list.

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Jay Guthrie
Jtek Engineering
I received that email back in February. I don't see anything on their site, you might want to email them and find out the progress and report back.
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I just came across this through a google search (tried a few google searches earlier, but I guess I wasn't using the right words):

http://bikehugger.com/2008/04/alfine..._omg_i_wan.htm


Looks like they used a Problem Solvers In-Line Travel Agent to make it work, but there were a couple comments of skepticism about how that setup might shorten the life span of the hub. Any thoughts on this setup?
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