the alfine has gone to be replaced with a smattering of XTR, SLX, XT and middleburn chainrings.
Fast riding again, I was kidding myself that this is was as light as a normal setup and the phrase "it only feels heavy because all the weight is in one place" was used on many an occasion. The gear spread for climbing was "ideal" and as i wasnt spinning out on long descents i didnt think it was holding me back. The truth is that this is a load of old b*(*cks.
One blast down the gypsey glen peebles ridge descent flat out in the big ring confirmed this to be cobblers. Cleared a climb up that i never cleared using the alfine and spinning along on fireroad at least a couple of gears smaller than before.
No questions about its mud loving tendancies or lack of maintenance requirements (i didnt do any). If they ever make the patented bottom bracket mounted alfine titanium dialled bikes alpine frame (a lot of wine at trail addiction last year!) then maybe but as it stands its just too much weight in one place.
the geared hub is languishing in a garage awaiting sale and the love/hate previously used will be built up as a SS. but i might keep it...just in case
welcome your opinions.