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Rohloff SPEEDHUB and Shimano ALFINE 2011

October 11, 2010

Heres some news from Rohloff AG in regards to an article published with comparison about these two hubs and it seems like Rohloff have come clarifications to make.

Below a translated article from Rohloff AG.

Correction of the active cycling for SPEEDHUB weight!

Rohloff SPEEDHUB on the scale

The journal is active bicycling 9-10/2010 issue in the report on page 69 the weight of the Shimano Alfine gear hub 11-speed with which the SPEEDHUB 500/14 has been compared. In the report, the editor writes that the Shimano Alfine hub gear 11 as 250 grams lighter than the SPEEDHUB 500/14.The difference is caused by a different weighing ways. If the SPEEDHUB 500/14 as the Shimano Alfine weighed 11-speed hub (see image right) 500/14 SPEEDHUB weighs just 1545 grams


The SPEEDHUB 500/14 is 100 grams lighter than the Shimano Alfine hub gear 11. In addition, the hub was in the article even the weight of the Alfine 11 turns wrong with specified 1590g. Correctly to manufacturer would be here with 1650g.

Link to weight comparison SPEEDHUB versus Alfine 11 Gear (SG-S700)
Correction ‘active cycling, “9-10/2010: Shimano 11-speed Alfine hub gears

Link to rectify Active Cycling

Rohloff AG writes: With great attention we have been pursuing for some time, the development of the Alfine Shimano 11-speed gear hub. Of course, some of these hubs have long been with us in the test. Striking in comparison with the official weight of Shimano is specified with 1650g. This was the manufacturer’s instructions (aR 9-10/2010 page 69) accepted uncritically. This is not about the entire system weight, but only to the individual weight of the hub. Not included were the necessary components (drive pinion gear mech, axle nuts, nose wheels, wrapped shifter & Bowden /) necessary to drive a complete bicycle.

If a SPEEDHUB 500/14 to the “Japanese” way then weighed 1545g result. The “Northern Hesse” way of weighing includes all necessary components for installation on the rear wheel.

This shows the scale as follows:

*Alfine 11-speed fully ca.2041g
*Rohloff 500/14 TS version ca.1921g

The weights are given with about values, as in the series due to component tolerance variations are possible.

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