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    Don't want to spend so much $$$

    SInce my serious consideration of going IGH the $ spent has me a little set off. I was wondering if anybody here has a setup or someone they know who does not like or want it. I would rather go that way before dropping serious coin on this type of system.

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    Well, look, you're going to have to find used stuff the normal way. Haunt craigslist and ebay until something pops up. Even then, things will sell not to far from their MSRP if the seller thinks their stuff is in good condition.

    I feel ya though. High precision stuff is spendy.
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    What sort of system are you looking for? And what are you starting with - do you have a complete bike that you want to convert to an IGH or are you starting fresh?
    If you want a Rohloff and would like to save money, well, good luck... but there are some ready made bikes that come with the SHimano 7 and 8 speed systems for not too much... then you can take the parts you want and try to sell the rest to offset the cost. Here is an example...

    Schwinn Sporterra Comfort and Hybrid bikes
    GT Mountain Bikes, 29er mountain bikes, Multi-speed

    These bikes are all close to the price I paid for my Alfine 8 speed - just the hub + shifter!
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    If you want a three speed hub, and you are crafty you can pick one up pretty cheap on a bike at the thrift store. Just don't wast time with the old Shimano 333's. They are junk.

    I was going to buy the new Nuvinci hub for my cargo bike, when I found a bike with the old Nuvinci for $200 brand new. That was by far the cheapest way to check out the CVP system, and with a different rear wheel the donor bike was still worth $100 on CL. I would scour the web and see if you can't find a hub of your liking on a closout bike. You might be surprised what shows up.

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    I have a complete bike I am working with but was looking to see if someone had a wheel built and the kit ready to go, I would rather buy it that way to start out to see if if I would like the IGH type system before making such a huge investment in the near future. As far as system I am interested in the Alfine 8 system since my bike now has center lock rotors.

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    How much do you want to spend? (besides 'as little as possible')
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    Quote Originally Posted by applehead110 View Post
    I have a complete bike I am working with but was looking to see if someone had a wheel built and the kit ready to go, I would rather buy it that way to start out to see if if I would like the IGH type system before making such a huge investment in the near future. As far as system I am interested in the Alfine 8 system since my bike now has center lock rotors.
    Be wary about buying a used IGH. Unless you get a long test ride in you may find the reason it is being sold is because it's not working quite right and if sold as is you will be out of luck trying to get your $$ back. A perfect Alfine and a broken Alfine look exactly the same when from the outside.

    Also there is little point trying an IGH unless it's the one you want to use. If you got a cheap Nuvinci and didn't like it that doesn't mean anything with respect to how you would like an Alfine 8.

    My advice is if you can find a LBS with an Alfine 8 bike take it for a spin and see what you think. If you like it buy a new Alfine and save yourself a lot of headaches.
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    I would like to spend around 200 for the whole thing wheel, hub, shifter, and kit I know it sounds foolish and it's about half of the whole set up but would rather try to save some money if I could.

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    If you build the wheel yourself, you can make the alfine 8 work for under $300 before shipping/tax.

    $262 Hub/small parts/shifter Shimano Alfine SG-S501 Hub Kit - 32H, Silver
    $16 spokes Sapim Double Butted Spoke (Black) at Danscomp

    That's everything you need except tools and linseed oil for $278 + tax/shipping. Reuse your rim, rim tape and spokes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corporal Punishment View Post
    If you build the wheel yourself, you can make the alfine 8 work for under $300 before shipping/tax.

    $262 Hub/small parts/shifter Shimano Alfine SG-S501 Hub Kit - 32H, Silver
    $16 spokes Sapim Double Butted Spoke (Black) at Danscomp

    That's everything you need except tools and linseed oil for $278 + tax/shipping. Reuse your rim, rim tape and spokes.
    Is the is a is typo confusing or ??!!???
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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyNobody View Post
    Is the is a is typo confusing or ??!!???
    Did you look at the site he linked to? By my reckoning 32 spokes x $0.50 is $16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TobyNobody View Post
    Is the is a is typo confusing or ??!!???
    Yep, a typo. I guess it wouldn't make sense to buy new spokes and then reuse your old ones that wouldn't even fit.

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