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I'm building a bike, got an Alfine hub for cheap, but the shifter feels like garbage. There're lots of new 11 speed shifters out this year, like the SRAM X1, do they work with the Alfine?

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No. SRAM shifters (and regular Shimano shifters) don't have the right cable pull to deal with an Alfine hub.

You need the Alfine shifters or ones marked to be compatible with Alfine (Jtek barends and Versa brifters are two of the 3rd party options for road bikes, for example).

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  • Just my experience, but Versa brifters are worth avoiding – Rider_X Mar 11 '15 at 5:17
  • Are you sure? I know campagnolo 11speed shifters have been used with Afline hubs. At the time they were the only manufacturer that made 11speed shifters. The SRAM shifters and Alfine hub both have a 1:1 pull ratio, are you just guessing they won't work or do you know of any failed attempts? – ShemSeger Mar 12 '15 at 15:26

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