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Old 07-30-07, 12:51 PM
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Unit 29 - Shimano Alfine hub?

Will this work? What I'm thinking of doing, in my quest to build an ultimate multi-purpose bike, is using a Kona Unit 29 and swapping out the rear hub for a Shimano Alfine hub. This gives me just about all of the options I want, including: disc brakes, internally geared hub, 29er's, decent price.

My question is, will it work? I don't know anyone who even sells the Alfine yet, so trying to get advice/specs is pretty tough. The items I need to sort out are:
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Oops, hit the wrong button... (continuing from above)...

The items i need to sort out are:
- will the rear hub spacing work for me
- will the Alfine hub with the disc option mate with the disc brake set-up from the Kona Unit 29 (Avid BB7's)
- where can I get the Shimano Alfine hub

Any thoughts?

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I don't think Alfine is sold in the US yet...it appears on mostly European shimano oriented site. Including, I believe, on Shimano's own Europe site.
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As long as the frame has the proper rear spacing. Nexus 7's and 8's require 135mm,not sure about the new Alfine. I put a 7 on my 1x1 with no probs.
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Try this link. Hopefully it will help a tiny bit.

I still don't know where you'll get one.

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Cool, the Alfine has a 135 mm OLD, now I just need to go measure a Kona Unit 29 frame.

Will the Disc spacing/attachments be compatible do you think?

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The mounting for the Avid BB7 has quite a bit of flexibility in position, and is VERY easy to set up. You won't have a problem there. The caliper adjusts on two stacks of radiused washers to true up with the rotor.

The only thing I don't like about the Alfine is that they still haven't made a drop bar brifter type setup. That, in my opinion, would be HUGE.

I know that Harris Cyclery sells the "hub-bub", but it just isn't the same to a cyclist who has gone to the dark side and embraced the irritatingly ergonomically perfect brifter.
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