Alfine hub gears off road?

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stevelee101
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Alfine hub gears off road?

Postby stevelee101 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 09:01 am

Just wondering if anyone's got experience with using Alfine hub gears off-road? I'm looking at a Genesis 29er with the system fitted.
Is it reliable? Good shifting? What's the gear spread like (on the 8 and 11 speed set ups)? I realise there'll be bigger jumps between the gears than, say, a 3 x 9, but are top and bottom gears similar to a two or three chain ring / cassette set up?
All advice appreciated, ta! :D

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Re: Alfine hub gears off road?

Postby BigJimmyB » Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:09 am

I don't have on an off-road set up (but would like to).

I have an 8-speed on a Giant Seek. Used in mainly dry weather for around-town riding, so you might want to bear this in mind (although I think one on an MTB will be fine or they wouldn;t do it).

Shifting is great, you can change at a standstill should you want/need to and mine's been very reliable.

Hope that's of some use.

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Re: Alfine hub gears off road?

Postby The Rookie » Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:02 am

The 8's are a bit limited off road as the gear spread isn't as big as 3x9 (which in reality gives you 13 gears as the rest are overlapping duplicates), a friend comes out on our local flat rides with his but doesn't take it to trail centres due to the gearing.

11's give a similar gear spread to many 2x9's and is better off road.

Weight penalty is circa 400g compared to a cassette.

stevelee101
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Re: Alfine hub gears off road?

Postby stevelee101 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 13:20 pm

The Beginner wrote:The 8's are a bit limited off road as the gear spread isn't as big as 3x9 (which in reality gives you 13 gears as the rest are overlapping duplicates), a friend comes out on our local flat rides with his but doesn't take it to trail centres due to the gearing.

11's give a similar gear spread to many 2x9's and is better off road.

Weight penalty is circa 400g compared to a cassette.


Cheers for that. Any reliability problems? What maintenance is there to do, just a transmission fluid change every blue moon?

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Re: Alfine hub gears off road?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Fri Dec 21, 2012 20:33 pm

I know a few people who use them on their winter bikes because of the reliability and the fully enclosed mechanism is good in UK conditions. I rode a Charge Duster 8 with the 8 speed Alfine, it's very good, similar to riding a normal 1x9 set up (but with only 9 gears). You can feel the extra weight.
You soon build the leg strength to get up any hill with the 8 speed Alfine.


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