Does anybody have experience trying to increase this chainline (on the currently available alfine /nexus hubs) - perhaps to something along the lines of the Rohloff hub, which is 54mm? (Basically, shift the hub to the drive side?)
I've read that in order to get a nexus to fit a 135mm frame spacing, you had to install the no-turn washers on the wrong (inner) side of the dropouts. I'm wondering if you could do this just on the non-drive side of the alfine, which looks like it would shift it 6.8 mm to the right, or 53.2 mm overall. (or does it equate to 1/2 that amount??)
Then, perhaps you could use a thicker lock nut on the same side, and move it another couple of mm?
Obviously, you'd have to re-dish the wheel, but it looks like it would be more symetrical, so that's not a bad thing.
You MIGHT need to spread the frame and re-parallel the drop-outs too. (Depending on what diagrams you find, the alfine over-locknut dimension seems to be either 132 or 135 - this one shows 135, but sheldon's shows 132) But that's fairly easy to do in a shop with the right tools.
OR is it simply possible to machine a longer axle and/or shift the axle off-center in the hub, and simply add spacers beneath the non-drive side lock nut? There seems to be more than enough exposed thread, even in its stock form.
I'm hoping to put one of these on a snow bike with 3 1/2" or larger tires, so the bigger the chainline, the better. (less offset at the rear end)