Monday, August 1, 2011


As in Internally Geared Hub. Been interested in trying this for quite some time, the concept always made complete sense to me but options were limited. Shimano's Alfine 8 has been getting rave reviews by off-road cyclists and is a fairly affordable option with some smart shopping. I picked up a rear wheel with Alfine hub and Velocity rim by Handspun (QBP's handbuilt wheel brand) from Bikeman for about $40 bucks less than the cost of the hub alone and the rest of the Shimano parts from Amazon for short bucks. The only part I couldn't get a deal on was the Jtek barend shifter. Goodies should begin trickling in this week, I'll post pics and first impressions once everything's come together.


fatbob29r said...


Love it or hate it... I find most folks gravitate to one end or the other. On the plus side they are relatively low maintenance, on the negative they weigh a ton.

A guy I ride with has an 18 spd Rohloff and swears it's the bees knees... so much so he's unloaded all his king hubs and xtr/xo derailleurs to outfit his primary and back up bike with internal gears....

I'm on the fence.... curious to see how you like the Alfine

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