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by rfryer
10 Apr 2013, 9:28am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 830
Views: 173450

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

It's like snakes and ladders; you spend forever cranking through those down changes, then after a moment of inattention you find yourself all the way back in 11th!
by rfryer
9 Apr 2013, 8:13am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 11 Gearing and Shifters.
Replies: 16
Views: 3902

Re: Alfine 11 Gearing and Shifters.

That makes sense, pedalling backwards does feel/sound very different inside the hub. I think that what I do is a brief pause, followed by maybe half a revolution of FPWL as I try to re-engage the gears gently. The feel is surprisingly like a manual gear change on a car; press the clutch (stop pedall...
by rfryer
8 Apr 2013, 9:51pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 830
Views: 173450

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

Thanks for all the comments! Working through them... - The hub didn't lose any oil in the first 200 miles - but it was supplied missing 9ml. I decided to check when the bike first arrived; it's a bit late once you've got to the first service and discover you've been running dry. - I'm not too worrie...
by rfryer
8 Apr 2013, 12:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability
Replies: 830
Views: 173450

Re: Shimano Alfine 11 - Longer term reliability

I'd like to thank everyone who's contributed to this thread. It was very useful in helping me decide whether to go for an Alfine 11, and having chosen (with some trepidation) to do so, in deciding how to treat it. To cut a long story short, I got a Genesis Day One Alfine 11 in March, which is fitted...
by rfryer
6 Apr 2013, 8:37am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Alfine 11 Gearing and Shifters.
Replies: 16
Views: 3902

Re: Alfine 11 Gearing and Shifters.

I'm using Versa shifters with an Alfine 11, and enjoying the ride! Unlike the Alfine 8 setup, the STI is the right way round (big lever drops to a lower gear). However, I've not had it long, and after reading lots of scare stories on the 'net I'm being very kind to it! That means a lot of things, in...