Thinking of running an Alfine 11 on a vertical drop out frame. I could run a dedicated tensioner in place of a rear mech but, TBH, that seems a bit counter-intuitive to one of the benefits of such set ups i.e. no rear mechs to mash.
So, I was idly wondering if anyone had run this sort of set up but using a tensioner like a Blackspire Stinger on the chainset? Alternatively, anyone know if/why it might be a bad idea (will I crash and die ).
I suppose the other hope is striking a magic ratio / chain length with half links. Failing all that it's a dedicated tensioner off the rear but it's my least favourite.
Random speculations, informed opinions or practical experiences welcome