- Leaking Alfine 11…anyone else??
I have a 12month old Alfine 11 that has just started leaking. After a 2hr drive with the bike upside down but upright resting on bars and back wheel it decided to lose about 20ml of oil everywhere. Anyone else’s sprung a leak and whats Madison’s customer service like??Posted 7 years ago
My Alfine 11 started leaking with fewer than 500 miles. It’s on a Sycip custom commuter bike. All street miles, with nothing more than a little curb hopping. Had purchased it new from the first batch that Harris Cyclery received in late 2010 or early 2011. Harris contacted Shimano regarding the leak, and Shimano replaced it under warranty. The original was sent back, so I didn’t receive a diagnosis of the failure. Of course I paid for the wheel rebuild when the replacement hub arrived. No leaks yet with the replacement hub. Periodically I get gear slippage. Quite possibly an issue with the cable.Posted 7 years agoEvesieMember
Try setting the adjustment one click at a time either side of the yellow lines as you gently ride around going up & down the gears. Mine seems happy with ~1mm offset in the slacker direction, this gives me a reliable 2nd & 10th gear which lining the marks up did not. There’s another guy over on MTBR forum that used this method. Give it a whirl, although you should not really have to do this with your expensive bit of Japanese engineering…Posted 7 years agoepicycloSubscriber
The cable is the first thing I look at if I come across a hub gear that’s not working.
On a newish bike, check for a kink especially in the bit that gets exposed at the wheel end. It will probably be just about to disappear into the outer at the dodgy gear position. Then check the section that is within the shifter. Somehow these get kinked either on installation or when the cable is loose at some time.
Cheap repair – new inner.
Obvious things – any damage to the outer, change immediately, and is the cable well lubricated and sliding freely?
After that suspect the hub.Posted 7 years ago
Update. Hub been replaced three times ( internals,ooer)Posted 7 years ago
Last time back leaking oil everywhere.They sent me a new hub completely and shifter and cassette joint which I am now selling all as new ( coz they are)and sending the old hub back to them. Service from madison was appauling, they really do not know what they are doing. Will continue to ride the 8 speed while I save up to buy a RohloffstevewhyteMember
Have to admit my 8 has been faultless, the stories about the 11 do put me off a bit, i use the 8 on my road bike but have considered the 11 to gain a few higher gears and better spacing.
Why dont they just have a big gap between 1st and 2nd then equal spacing between the rest, keeping 1st like a granny gear.
Anyway might start saving for this,Posted 7 years ago
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