Transmission types and number of gears
2016-2-4: I want to do a review on a long tour this Summer of one or more of the following: Shimano Alfine 11 gear (range 4.09x, with standard or electronic shifting (Di2)), Rohloff 14 gear (range 5.25x) (I only had limited experience with it so far), Pinion 18 gear (range ca. 6.00x) with belt drive.
Thoughts on these systems:
- Alfine 11 (mechanical shifting): Plus point is that there is a trigger shifter, I hate rotational shifters!
- Alfine 11 Di2: Very expensive, every simple thing that is needed costs a lot: The display/charger (which shows Shimano's moronic enigneering again in being very close to the handlebar and wasting space there that you might be able to use otherwise for a bike computer, bell, etc.), the gear switcher with 2 buttons is just outrageously expensive, the drive motor to switch gears, are all additional to the hub. Total price of the system is about double that of the hub itself. The display looks nice but will it work in daylight? And how long will the battery last?
- Rohloff: The fooking rotational shifter! It seems there is finally some pushbutton version from some manufacturer, but outrageously expensive, of course. Otherwise it's good but I will only test this if I can buy a suitable relatively cheap 2nd hand bike with such a hub, I won't build a new bike with a Rohloff hub.
I'm thinking a Cannondale Touring Rohloff, or Cannondale Street 1 Ultra (Rohloff). If anyone has one for sale in NL, Germany, Belgium, for a not too high price, send me an email...
- Pinion: Will be very expensive, needs a complete new bike. This is in my view the future however, not geared hubs. I wanted to see this loooong ago. I mentioned to Jack Brandsen (NuVinci) in 2008 that this is something that NuVinci should do... I also asked Pinion about their prototypes long ago, when it wasn't released yet, as I was thinking of building a frame for it, but other things got in the way. So it would be cool to finally test one. However, I don't like rotating shifters!!!!
I will update this page when I've decided what to test.
Last modified: Mon Apr 1 23:50:19 CEST 2013