Just wondering what people think of alfines etc nowadays? I run a carbon 456 with one and a genesis day one alfine.
I ride the 456 like it was intended, jumps, drops, xc with added gnar (etc) ride all year and I am no light weight, I regularly hop it over stuff and muck up the landing. Just done my second ever service on this hub, which was second hand btw, (do one once a year) and there is still clean white grease in this thing. It works flawlessly and the cost of service is minimal, maybe some grease and some automatic transmission fluid for an oil bath. I have changed the cog (£3) and bought a new fitting kit (£15) over the years, but nothing compared to my old 9 speed set up (regular chains, chain rings, mechs, cassettes).
All this begs the question, what do people think of hub gears nowadays?
Besides the weight and lack of gears, what is the general consensus? To me they are brilliant, solve far more problems than they create, are a step forward (rather than thinking that progress involves adding a 1 to 9) and are very sustainable.
I will never use a bike with external gears again.
I know when I first got one there was a lot of negative talk, even now I never see another rider with them, but I don't get it!
Please allow me to see the light?