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    Alfine Engagement

    I'm thinking of running an Alfine on my 29er. Right now I'm running SS 32x19. I have the stock Bontrager wheels now and will get some new ones built around the Alfine.

    I do a lot of technical riding, and I do a lot of "ratcheting" to keep from hitting my pedals on rocks and such. It also comes in handy when I can't quite keep cranking on a steep climb!

    I'm a bit worried about how quick the Alfine engagement is. If it's going to cause me problems with ratcheting I'd better skip it. I'm also considering a two-speed setup using a Hammerschmidt.

    Thanks for any input

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    The engagement is pretty instantaneous, however the hub makes a lot of clicking noises if you pedal backwards. Some gears do it more than others. I don't think it likes back pedaling and I'm conscious of this when dropping a pedal on the outside when cornering. I normally back pedal when doing this, I've stopped (I think) because of the sounds. I just built it up, it's way too soon to have it blow up!

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    Should be comparable to shimano's standard 4-pawl system. This means 16 points of engagement per wheel revolution. Compared to Chris King hubs, for example, which have 72 pawls for a much larger # of engagement points per revolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dru
    The engagement is pretty instantaneous, however the hub makes a lot of clicking noises if you pedal backwards. Some gears do it more than others. I don't think it likes back pedaling and I'm conscious of this when dropping a pedal on the outside when cornering. I normally back pedal when doing this, I've stopped (I think) because of the sounds. I just built it up, it's way too soon to have it blow up!

    Drew
    I haven't really thought about engagement. Just went out and checked it out. Engagement seems pretty quick. Not sure how quick though...How's that for a completely useless answer?

    BTW, I'm a habitual back pedaller and I have not noticed any negative affects yet...
    baker

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