My trusty Shimano Alfine Dynamo (DH-S500 model) hub bit the dust at some point over the last day of cycling through Slovenia. I’m not exactly sure when it died since we haven’t been riding in the dark, other than the occasional tunnel. Although I had been using it to charge my iPhone via my newly purchased Biologic Reecharge Power Pack. I have to say that I’m a bit disappointed in the the overall longevity of this particular hub. It served me well, but only for about 5000km. Not exactly a stellar lifespan.
Over the previous days I noticed that my Biologic Reecharge wasn’t charging as fast as it should and then when we went through a tunnel in Rijeka, Coatia my lights wouldn’t come on at all. At first I thought it was the Reecharge fizzling out, but when the lights failed too then I quickly realized it must be the hub. Bummer.
At least we aren’t biking at night much, or at all hopefully, on this trip so we should be OK until we return home. Upon close inspection there appears to be some play in the hub, as if the bearing cones are loose, although the cones are in fact tight. Still the geek in me wants to crack it open to see if I can fix it. Then again, perhaps I’ll wait.