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  1. #1
    Cthulhu fhtagn
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    Jul 2010

    alfine tensioner vs pauls melvin

    wondering if the melvin is really worth the extra money (3x!??) over the shimano alfine tensioner. they appear to work the same way and allow the use of multiple rings up front. id like to set up a 3x1 set up where i could manually move the chain from one ring to another up front. i know the melvin works great for this purpose but im curious if the alfine will work as well?

    fwiw i tried a search but didnt really get any answers

  2. #2
    Axles of Evil
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    Oct 2006
    IIRC, the Melvin seemed to handle iffy chainlines a little better. The Alfine looks sleek and cool, while the Melvin more "mechanical".
    Two tools for the same job. I say, go with what you can get parts for and get a better deal on.

  3. #3
    Ovaries on the Outside
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    Dec 2007
    I've seen both in person as I've had two roommates who have used them (The Alfine with an Alfine hub, the Melvin with a 3x1).

    The Alfine is cheaper and looks ok.

    The Melvin more expensive, but is beautiful.

    I think both are harder to set up than a derailer, not that any are particularly difficult. I'm just that much of a cheapskate.

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