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Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal gear hub – Spinal Tap?

Posted by Matt | February 3, 2010 | 2 comments so far

Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal gear hub
Shimano have announced they will be producing an updated Alfine geared hub for 2011, which means availability around September 2010 I understand. Perfect for the winter season then!

I first saw this on Twitter today from Brant at Shedfire and immediately thought of Tony. Not for any sentimental reason you understand, it’s just Tony is currently running a very reliable 8-speed version of the Alfine hub on his winter Inbred, or ‘the Bike Anchor‘ as he likes to call it!

The new 2011 Alfine comes appropriately enough with 11 internal gears in a hub which is actually lighter than the 8-speed at 1600g. That sounds a lot but a Rohloff is heavier and if you take into account the weight of conventional drivetrain it enables you to ditch, maybe it’s not so bad as you’d think.

So weight is down, and gear spacing has been closed, while the gear range has opened up to 409%; it’s also now lubricated with oil rather than grease which should make things even smoother shifting. According the information on Bike Europe, there’s also a new Alfine Rapidfire Plus shifter which ‘operate[s] in the same way as Shimano’s high-end MTB shifters’. All in all it could prove quite the niche to jump into.

Tony’s experience with the 8-speed has been pretty good, you’d think he was running a singlespeed with just the single cog at the back until he changes down and motors away from you (riding a proper singlespeed) on the climbs. Although that’s usually what Tony does on whatever bike he’s riding! He’s found a quick clean on occassion and a chain lube has been enough to keep the bike running fine all winter.

I wonder what one of these with a Hammerschmidt up front would be like?? Probably quite mad but very reliable…

More info at the Sydney Cyclist and Bike Europe. Oh and nod to Tony for the Spinal Tap reference!

Filed under 2010, News in February 2010


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Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

There are 2 comments on ‘Shimano Alfine 11-speed internal gear hub – Spinal Tap?’

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  1. tony says:

    Turn it up to 11 to push it over the cliff

    There definitely seems to be some improvements with the new hub. More gears – can’t be bad, better lubrication (getting back to a previous thread), gears that work the same way as every other shimano shifter not just rapid-rise. The weight seems almost identical though.

    You didn’t mention the cost. In 2007/8 when I bought my 8sp Alfine the list for the hub was £120. Looking at this pricing seems like it’s going to be £250-£300 before you get it built onto a wheel. It’s certainly not the bargin that it was.

  2. Andy C says:

    I really must persuade Dave to let me ride his ScandAL, as I fancy one of those frames with an Alfine hub as my winter steed next year. Do they do a slot drop out ScandAL?

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