11-speed Shimano Alfine SG-S700

Readers may remember that I ran a Shimano Alfine 8spd hub through last winter. It was a very good Internal Gear Hub (IGH) but I wanted something lighter and with a bigger gear range. Well, Shimano have announced they will be producing a new SG-S700 version of the Alfine for 2011. News first seen on this German site and there's now an excellent article on road.cc. Better rethink my long term equipment procurement plan.

- Gear range goes up from 307% to 409%, the Rohloff is 526% for comparison
- 11 speeds
- 2 x 17% and 8 x 13% gear jumps
- Oil bath lubrication
- Rapidfire Plus shifter with Instant Release and 2-Way Release like Shimano's high-end mountain bike shifters
- Weight will be around 1600g
- Hub and shifter available in silver only to start with
- Available from September 2010
- Price will be around 300 Euros

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