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    Shimano Alfine Chain Tensioner ( Iwant one!)...

    Hi folks,
    I really want one of the new Shimano chain tensioners. As most of you probably know, they are available only in Europe - they are not being imported into the US and apparently not the UK either. The only place I have been able to source one is eBay Germany and the seller wanted $44 US to ship to the states - forget that.
    Anybody have ideas/suggestions for a Euro e-tailer or source?
    Any info would be most appreciated!
    Thanks,
    Undead

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    Quote Originally Posted by undead
    Hi folks,
    I really want one of the new Shimano chain tensioners. As most of you probably know, they are available only in Europe - they are not being imported into the US and apparently not the UK either. The only place I have been able to source one is eBay Germany and the seller wanted $44 US to ship to the states - forget that.
    Anybody have ideas/suggestions for a Euro e-tailer or source?
    Any info would be most appreciated!
    Thanks,
    Undead
    Well if you can't get a hold of an Alfine get a Rennen. Sorry. Might not have been what you were looking for when you saw that somebody had responded to your post, but Rennen's are the truth, fo sho
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    was quoting the picture necessary?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeCordell
    was quoting the picture necessary?

    There was no picture.
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    Ya' may as well run a short cage road derailleur if you are going to run that thing.
    I'd grab a Paul's Melvin before I tried to fly that do-hicky overseas...
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    yeah, I think I'll likley go with a RD instead of trying to get that thing across the pond. At 16 Euros it seemed like a super deal - but shipping is a dealbreaker.
    Regarding the Melvin, I'm all for supporting the small guy - especially well built items built in the states - but there are a few things I really don't care for about the Melvin:
    1) I can't afford it.
    2) I'm not crazy about the CNC look on any component.
    3) Don't like how the tension arm attaches between the pulleys - this limits rear cog size.
    I'll probably pick up a shiny & silver vintage Suntour or Shimano road RD for 10 bucks or so on eBay and call it a day.

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    If you want me to try to get an Alfine to you, shoot me an PM.

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    had one, loved it

    Got one here in New Zealand. Heaps of spring,, excellent tension, you adj. the chain line by spacing the whole unit from the hanger with supplied washers. Basically it's a road der. without the moving top parts. Cost me about $50 NZ.
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    Got one today. 17. Finish is rather poor I must say. Something like $27 NZ at current rates. Still missing a crank, but I'll get one in the next few days. Later on I'll leave some feedback.

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