Yes you heard me correctly, if my evil schemes come to fruition the gearing systems of my Giant Trance will be completely internal by the 12th September (yes there is a reason for that date). All I need is a Surly Singleator, a lovely Shimano Alfine 8 speed rear hub which is generally found on city bikes but has been certified for XC riding and has even been used on DH bikes to be built into a Mavic 321 rim with a few other little bits like spokes and a Center Lock disc adaptor. It’s about 200g lighter than a Rohloff and 200g heavier than a full Shimano XT setup so not at all bad for a hub that costs 5 times less than the Rohloff. It works out more or less equal to running a 11-34 cassette depending on how you set it up and is supposed to be extremely reliable. This is all depending on if I can get a hold of one of these which are selling out faster than Shimano can produce them but I’ll keep the blog updated with the progress.