A little background. I have several IGH bikes. An Alfine 8 speed that has been on several bikes and now resides on my fat bike. It has tons of miles on it and actually could use a tear down and oil soak. I have another Alfine 8 speed that is a lot newer and lives on my commuter. My newest IGH is the Alfine 11 and it it on my 29er full rigid bikepacking rig. It probably only has about 500 miles on it. Recently I had big problems with it dropping the chain. Couldn't figure it out because it was properly tensioned with sliding dropouts. I am running 30t front 18t rear and it wasn't liking the single speed chain I had out on it. I switched it out for a 9 speed chain and have solved that issue.
That brings me to my real problem. The thing has major drag/resistance. If you put the bike in the stand and pedal the bike the wheel turns fine. If you let go of the cranks, they keep turning much like a fixed gear. If you hold the cranks still, the rear wheel will slow very rapid to a stop. If you pedal backward, the wheel turns with it but you can hold it still and freewheel back without it moving. The last issue in conjunction with this is when riding the bike and pedaling forward it is engaged fine in any gear. If the bike is rolling and you stop pedaling, it nearly takes a 1/4 turn of the cranks for the hub to engage.
Sorry this is so long winded but I'm hoping to explain this with enough detail to get some good advice. My hands are in the air over this and it's very discouraging.
Anyone with this issues?
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