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Old 01-06-15, 01:36 AM
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Competitors to the BMC Alpenchallenge IGH?

I really like the BMC Alpenchallenge with the Alfine 11 IGH. I'm looking for a versatile bike which works for fitness rides as well as commuting, etc. I like the style and I like the feel of the bike.. coming from a road bike it feels less sluggish than other hybrids I've tried.

The one big drawback is the price tag.. $3,000. They really seem to gouge on the IGH upgrades.. +$800 for the Alfine8 and another $700 to go to Alfine11. For that extra $1,500, they could have added a Rohloff hub instead (and I would gladly pay the $3K for that combo).


Anyway, I'm just wondering if there are any other Belt+IGH bikes that compare to the Alpenchallenge?
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Old 01-06-15, 05:15 AM
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Other Bikes Use the Alfine 11 , and you can also buy a Used Bike and get the wheel replacement built with that hub in it .
BMC is Swiss , thats an expensive place to make things , then Export.

R'off hubs sell used , then you may get one for like $900 or so. I got a used bike for $2K

R'off hub needed new Seals, so I sent the Hub to Berkeley & got them replaced.

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Spot Acme is the only one that comes to mind. Raleigh used to have a Cadent with the Alfine 11,but it was chain drive. Could prolly still find a leftover.

The Alfine 11 hub is like $500 on it's own,so you can expect any bike with one to be north of a grand. Add belt drive and it's going to be higher still. Although BMC's due tend to be priced higher due to the name,like C'dale and Trek.
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One competitor I found was the Alpenchallenge AC02. It was ~$1,500 with an 8 speed Alfine hub. At first glance it looked quite similar to the AC01. So, I made the drive to a bike shop that had one in stock, and I have to say I was disappointed. After trying the AC01, the AC02 just felt cheap.

I ended up going with a Spot Acme with 11 speed Alfine hub. Spot seems like the best engineered bikes for IGH+Belt Drive. While it's not as light as the AC01, I couldn't justify the almost 60% higher price of the AC01 vs the price I got for the Acme . The Acme works quite well as an all-around fitness, commute, city bike.
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Originally Posted by tjharris View Post
One competitor I found was the Alpenchallenge AC02. It was ~$1,500 with an 8 speed Alfine hub. At first glance it looked quite similar to the AC01. So, I made the drive to a bike shop that had one in stock, and I have to say I was disappointed. After trying the AC01, the AC02 just felt cheap.

I ended up going with a Spot Acme with 11 speed Alfine hub. Spot seems like the best engineered bikes for IGH+Belt Drive. While it's not as light as the AC01, I couldn't justify the almost 60% higher price of the AC01 vs the price I got for the Acme . The Acme works quite well as an all-around fitness, commute, city bike.
where did you get a Apot Acme for good less than the AC01? they are like $2000+ w
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Originally Posted by tjharris View Post
I really like the BMC Alpenchallenge with the Alfine 11 IGH. I'm looking for a versatile bike which works for fitness rides as well as commuting, etc. I like the style and I like the feel of the bike.. coming from a road bike it feels less sluggish than other hybrids I've tried.

The one big drawback is the price tag.. $3,000. They really seem to gouge on the IGH upgrades.. +$800 for the Alfine8 and another $700 to go to Alfine11. For that extra $1,500, they could have added a Rohloff hub instead (and I would gladly pay the $3K for that combo).


Anyway, I'm just wondering if there are any other Belt+IGH bikes that compare to the Alpenchallenge?
Spot Brand, as others above mentioned.

The Raleigh Misceo 4.0 is belt drive and 2014 models and before are Alfine 11, the 2015 is Alfine 8.

MEC Chance is I believe Alfine 11

Co-Motion Cascadia Alfine is Alfine 11 and I believe they will do belt drive as well.

A nice site for an overview for this topic, mainly because they believe the ideal city bike should be IGH, belt drive and disc brakes, is Joe Bike of Portland, Google them and they have a nice breakdown.
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