Andy R wrote:
I stand corrected
....wouldn't recommend 'm though, the Alfine 8 is in Shimano's City and Comfort division
Really hope the 11 is better, would be great to have an available alternative for Rohloff, but to be honest I doubt the Shimano hubs have half the lifetime and Durability of a Speedhub
Is this based on actual experience or just hearsay though?
It's from hearsay.... and see!
I've been using my Rohloff hub for over 2years now, by using I mean riding offroad hard in Dutch muddy conditions but also in the Alps. My collegue is using a Rohloff also on his commuter wich he also uses for offroad trips in the weekend for over three years.......... this same collegue, being 20kilo lighter than me, managed to ruin his wifes Alfine 8 on a trip to the supermarket
...... so Allthough I never tried one myself, I probably stay with Rohloff just to be on the safe side
Durability is my main concern with all other IGH's I'm big and heavy and want my parts to be strong and long lasting.
Hope there will be a better hub than the Rohloff soon (Lighter, less noise, but still as durable) but for now nothing beats a Speedhub for me
ps, will follow the Alfine reviews with interest