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Has anyone tried to retro-fit an Alfine hub to their singlespeed bike? What prat falls have you found?

I'm seriously looking at the poss of fitting one to my S/S commuter.. Having looked on CRC and generally Googled there only appears to be the 8spd hub available atm, and with the fitting kit, shifter, disc, etc, it looks to be costing upwards of £200 ( plus wheel re-build ). Is this likely to drop when the 11spd is released?  26

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dave atkinson [6330 posts] 7 years ago
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the 11spd is proving rather popular, so there probably won't be any after-market units available this year. When they do drop i doubt it'll affect the price of 8spd that much anyway.

I haven't tried retrofitting one but you have hz dropouts presumably on your s/s so it should slot in okay

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DaveP [412 posts] 7 years ago
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What about cable routing/stops..? Anything special?

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dave atkinson [6330 posts] 7 years ago
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unless i'm mistaken, the Alfine hub has its own cable stop so you can just run a single cable front to back and ziptie it on

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DaveP [412 posts] 7 years ago
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Perfect!  16

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greennoodle [7 posts] 7 years ago
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Can confirm you don't need s cable stop. I've put one on a Genesis Day One with just zip ties and had no problems.

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DaveP [412 posts] 7 years ago
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Great! Found a place in Germany that do the Shimano WH-S501-V-8D rear 26" wheel incl hub, fitting kit, sprocket, shifter and cable etc as a complete kit ( would just need a 160 centre-lock disc... ). Most UK dealers don't have the fitting kit or a range of sprockets, etc etc

Looks like a done deal.  1

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vorsprung [282 posts] 7 years ago
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DaveP wrote:

Great! Found a place in Germany that do the Shimano WH-S501-V-8D rear 26" wheel incl hub, fitting kit, sprocket, shifter and cable etc as a complete kit ( would just need a 160 centre-lock disc... ). Most UK dealers don't have the fitting kit or a range of sprockets, etc etc

Looks like a done deal.  1

You need the correct non turn washers to fit it
Most fixed gear bikes have horizontal rear facing track ends which take the yellow/brown

The kit I got from rose.de had blue/yellow washers for vertical dropouts. I think they assume you already have a chain tensioner in this case.

I couldn't find anywhere UK that did the fitting kit but since then planet-x/on one are marketing an alfine version of the pompino

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DaveP [412 posts] 7 years ago
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Blue/Yellow washers for vertical dropouts are what I need... my Globe 1 has sliding dropouts  1

Sounding better and better!