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Choosing a grip is a matter of personal preference. If you're worried about the fact that the Nexus shifters require a smaller grip on one side than the other (due to the shifter taking up room), you can get grips that are made to mate with an internal hub shifter like the Nexus. Alternately, since these can be difficult to locate, you can cut down the ...


The Jtek bar end shifter claims to work with both Nexus and Alfine 8 speed hubs, so I don't see why other shifters wouldn't. A comment on this review of the Alfine hub backs that up: "Apparently the Shimano Nexus Inter-8 twist shifter can be used with the Alfine hub if you want to avoid endless button-pushing."


I have a Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub and have similar ticking sounds. I suspect it's the various parts of the planetary gear meshing and rolling against each other. It's a pretty complex little mechanism.

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