Alfine on a tourer?
I’m thinking no to the 8spd, maybe yes to the 11.
The 8spd alfine is a bit like having a single chainring in term of range of gears. Loaded touring in lumpy places has you using proper low gears (partly because of the weight, partly because getting out of the saddle is not great on a loaded bike). That would mean you would have a top gear that would be a bit on the low side. The 11spd has a bit more range.Posted 4 years agoMSPSubscriber
What do you see as the possible problem?
I recently purchased an alfine equipped bike to use as my commuter/winter bike/tourer. Downside is that it is probably not quite as reliable as a rohloff, but price and availability of shops able to deal with it in most of Europe make it a better option for my intended purposes. If I intended to cycle across south America anytime soon, then the few percentage points gain in reliability would sway me the other way.
I have a 32 fitted at the moment, will probably change to a 30 for when I actually go touring.Posted 4 years agoSaccadesMember
there was a fella on here did italy on a pomptamine?
i did the wicklow 200 on a 44:18 and i’m not much lighter than you (bit healthier maybes), planning to to ireland top to bottom next year and will change the rear to 22 i think.
oh on a 8 spd too, indestructable so far when commutingPosted 4 years agoalfabusSubscriber
I did a spot of touring on my day one alfine (8).
It was fine for flatish stuff, but when it got lumpy, I would have quite liked a lower gear for winching up stuff.
I wasn’t all that heavily loaded either – so full panniers, or an alpine pass, and I’d have been struggling.
40:20 chainset BTW.
DavePosted 4 years agoAlbMember
Isn’t there a suggest range for gear ratio (so as not to overload the hub with torque)? That’s the only thing I’d be wary of setting up an Alfine for fully equipped touring.Posted 4 years ago
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