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by Meshuga
16 Apr 2013, 4:18pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 741
Views: 153230

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

BTW - after my last rounds of posting and pics, many pages ago, I put another 600miles on my alfine 11. It started making funny noises and then second gear went. I was fed up of the finnickyness and fine tuning of the 11 speed. Shimano replaced the hub, which I sold on. I went back to an eight. Bomb...
by Meshuga
16 Apr 2013, 4:15pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 741
Views: 153230

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

@rfryer: looks like the genesis cable end bolt is from an alfine 8. the 8 shifts to a higher gear as the cable tightens, and the cable wraps clockwise around the cassette joint. The 11 shifts to a lower gear as the cable tightens and wraps anticlockwise around the cassette joint. Hence the bolts are...
by Meshuga
12 Nov 2012, 11:44pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Stoopid Question - Nexus Inner cable....
Replies: 2
Views: 3130

Re: Stoopid Question - Nexus Inner cable....

Yes, get shimano gear cable and outer, same stuff that you would use for derailleurs. Get metal barrels either end preferably and all will be well.
by Meshuga
23 Oct 2012, 4:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Is my Nexus hub dead?
Replies: 22
Views: 3339

Re: Is my Nexus hub dead?

The 8R25 hubs didn't have very good seals. That hub has had water in and I think it will take some work to get it going again as Brucey says. The 8R36 hubs have better seals and are the same internals and seals as the alfine 8 speed. The hub shell is pitted so I would go with a new hub and get it bu...
by Meshuga
19 Oct 2012, 4:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano nexus or Alfine
Replies: 4
Views: 1838

Re: Shimano nexus or Alfine

I have a Nexus red band (8R36) and alfine 8 and 11 speed hubs. The nexus and alfine 8 are identical, with the exception of the hub shell. If you are wanting or considering disc brakes ever, then go for the Alfine 8. If it matters not then the Nexus 8 will be fine. I wouldn't go for the Alfine 11 unt...
by Meshuga
16 Oct 2012, 1:45pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Alfine 8 hub
Replies: 7
Views: 5084

Re: Alfine 8 hub

Yes, it is. I have used them interchangeably.
by Meshuga
28 Sep 2012, 5:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ultra low gear with Alfine 11 spd hub?
Replies: 32
Views: 10243

Re: Ultra low gear with Alfine 11 spd hub?

Furthermore, please don't go spending nearly £60 on a service kit from Shimano (that's without any oil!). There's a chap on eBay selling a homemade version. I bought one and it works perfectly, did an oil change recently with no problems. The oil port is an improvement on the 8 speed hubs. Link to e...
by Meshuga
9 Sep 2012, 11:56pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring rig: Derailleur or Alfine hub gearing?
Replies: 20
Views: 3487

Re: Touring rig: Derailleur or Alfine hub gearing?

Can you fit two sprockets on an Alfine,like you can with a SA,rather than have a double chainring? If you could it would be a bespoke job. The sprockets are dished and you can run them either way round according to chainline requirements. Theoretically there is room but you'd have to get a fancy do...
by Meshuga
9 Sep 2012, 11:20pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Reccomend me a Camera for taking on bike rides
Replies: 46
Views: 7818

Re: Reccomend me a Camera for taking on bike rides

A decent cameraphone could be an option? Nokia N8, smartphone and 12mp camera all in one pocket. You have to like Nokias, though they're leaps and bounds ahead of 1-2years ago. 808 pureview beats just about any point and shoot on the market but it's a tad dearer than an N8.
by Meshuga
9 Sep 2012, 11:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Touring rig: Derailleur or Alfine hub gearing?
Replies: 20
Views: 3487

Re: Touring rig: Derailleur or Alfine hub gearing?

If you are sticking it on a double ring at the front I would go with the 8 speed alfine, rather than the 11. Again refer to my and others musings in the alfine 11 long term reliability thread. The 8 speed is much less fussy to adjust in my experience of both, and using a double at the front you will...
by Meshuga
5 Sep 2012, 12:27pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Samsung Galaxy S3
Replies: 19
Views: 10338

Re: Samsung Galaxy S3

I have used the Proporta Beachbuoy whilst off-roading. works well but a little fiddly to get on the bike. Can also be worn around the upper arm more easily. Totally waterproof and have used it for my Nokia N8 for underwater shots. Only thing I can foresee is the S3 is huge. Anyway, review here http:...
by Meshuga
4 Sep 2012, 3:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Ultra low gear with Alfine 11 spd hub?
Replies: 32
Views: 10243

Re: Ultra low gear with Alfine 11 spd hub?

I am running an Alfine 11 speed on a 29er MTB with 32t on the chainring and 22t on the sprocket. No problems after nearly 1000miles on very demanding uphill terrain. Shimano recommends a ratio of 1.9 (chainring to sprocket) but does not specifically forbid going lower. I am running 1.45. Re removing...
by Meshuga
31 Aug 2012, 5:50pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 741
Views: 153230

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

@ jfarnhill, how did things go with a replacement hub? Any progress?
by Meshuga
27 Aug 2012, 11:18pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Brooks saddle + mainrtenance
Replies: 52
Views: 8935

Re: Brooks saddle + mainrtenance

I have had no problems with the leather on the B17s. I have always used the proofhide. My issue is surrounding the seat rails, snapping within two years of ownership. I have two bikes with B17 specials on, both have suffered seat rail snapping. That is however another issue.
by Meshuga
22 Aug 2012, 3:48pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What's the next step up from a 24" wheel bike?
Replies: 33
Views: 3613

Re: What's the next step up from a 24" wheel bike?

It may not apply to you but if you have lots of bits lying around, or an unused 26" bike with a large frame, On-One are doing a frame sale at the minute. I just built my 10y old son a 26" bike using a 14" Inbred frame that I picked up for £120 new. That and a few hours in the shed sco...