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Yuba Mundo Lux Goes CVP with Nuvinci

YubamundoluxeAs the latest bike to go CVP, Yuba’s Mundo Lux joins a growing list of bikes donning the continuously variable hub. For a bike like the Mundo which is designed to carry heavy cargo, the hub makes a lot of sense offering the ability to perfectly dial in the gear ratio that best suits the ride. Even better, if you have to come to a stop unexpectedly, getting a heavy load started in the wrong gear could be an issue – fortunately the NuVinci hub can shift while at a stand still.

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9:ZERO:7 Puts a Belt on a Fattie, Along with NuVinci N360 Hub

9:ZERO:7 Puts a Belt on a Fattie, Along with NuVinci N360 Hub

Having some fun with the name, 9:ZERO:7’s new fatbike is named the Tusken. As in the Tusken Raiders, or Sand People from that famous movie where Luke is looking for that droid in the desert. How does that have anything to do with their new fatbike? Well, thanks to the Tusken being the first fatbike offered withFallbrook’s continuously variable NuVinci N360 interal hub and a Gates Carbon Drive CenterTrack belt drive, the Tusken is perfect for adventures through the sand in deserts or beaches everywhere. Without external gears to worry about, sand in the drive train is a non-issue though, it’s equally as good in snow and other loose conditions – after all, it’s still a fatbike.

Joining the Origin-8 Crawler in the fatbikes-with-NuVinci N360 hubs category, the Tusken takes it a step further with the addition of the belt drive thanks to 9:ZERO:7’s 135mm spaced sliding rear dropout frame. The wheel is built into an offset design similar to that found on a Surly Pugsley for the necessary fatbike clearance. The Tusken gets built with cutout Rolling Darryl rims, Truvativ carbon handlebars, and a Race Face Turbine Crankset, BB7 mechanical brakes, Surly Knard Tires, and 9:ZERO:7’s aluminum fork.

Tuskens will retail for $2,950 in S(15), M(17), and L(19) frames in either anodized black or painted grey.

Found: Chappelli Cycles Bicycle With NuVinci Internal Hub, Fixies Too

Chappelli Cycles NuVinci Bicycle Internal Australia Rear

Bikes and bike components shot on a black background look prestigious. The newest build by Chappelli Cycles is no different. Scheming the bike black and chrome, they’ve incorporated a NuVinci infinitely variable rear hub for gearing, leather grips with red bar-end lights, and a chromo lugged steel frame with custom Chappelli cranks. The wheelset is chrome deep V to made to match silver lugs and componentry.

Updated: Also worthy of mention, the NuVinci build recently won the design award over at Good Design Australia, in the category of Sport and Leisure.

Chappelli is cranking out a limited amount of these, to those that reserve, and they’re shipping in October. Pricing is $1795. Click ‘more’ for glam shots…


NuVinci N360 Harmony Electronically Thinks, Shifts For You

Nuvinci N360 Harmony electronic autoshift internal hub bicycle drivetrain

NuVinci’s new N360 Harmony is an electronically controlled, auto shifting internally geared hub that gives you two modes of control.

Unlike Shimano’s Alfine Di2, the NuVinci system “shifts” for you to keep your cadence at a preset RPM. And, because their hubs are a type of planetary gear, there’s no actual stepped gears, so it feels seamless. It’s called Cadence Control and it’s rather unique.

Set your cadence and as you pedal harder or softer, it changes the gear ratio to keep your cadence the same. The cadence range is from about 60 and 85 rpm, but it depends on front and rear gear sizes, and OEM brands can specify tooth counts and program the desired cadence spread.

I rode it around and it feels as uncanny as the concept sounds. Pedal a bit harder and it shifts imperceptibly and all of a sudden you’re going faster without really pedaling any harder or faster. It’s strange, but it works.


NuVinci Adds Quick Release Axle Option for Internal Gear Rear Hub

NuVinci N360 QR2 quick release axle for internal gear bicycle hubs allows trailers and other add ons

NuVinci has just added a quick release axle option/upgrade for their internally geared rear bicycle hubs. On the surface, it may not seem like huge news, but here’s why we’re excited: First, it eases flat changes simply because it doesn’t require a wrench to remove the rear tire. One less worry and tool for commuters.

Second, it opens up options for aftermarket trailers. With many commuter bikes now coming disc-brake equipped, trailers and child carriers that clamp or strap to the chainstay or seatstay simply won’t work (the clamp usually interferes with the rotor and/or caliper, and if you mount it too far forward your heel hits it). And unless you’re committed to pulling an axle mounted trailer or other appendage full time, most of us simply aren’t willing to bolt/unbolt the rear hub every time we want to attach something; we just grab a different bike. But, we have a lot of bikes to choose from. Most cyclists have one commuter and rely on it for everything. A quick release means they can now quickly pop in something like the RideKick or other axle mounted trailer.

2012 Novara Gotham – Combines Gates Belt Drive with NuVinci Gear Hub

2012 Novara Gotham Bike Front View

The Novara Gotham is said to be the first urban bicycle to pair the NuVinci’s N360 Hub with a Gates Centertrack belt drive. We have coverage and explanation of both of these, the N360 hub here and the Gates Centertrack belt drive here. The significance of this pairing is that the Gotham will (hopefully) require much less maintenance than a similar bike with traditional gearing. Features like this are great for riders that don’t want to fiddle with the bike often. Just hop on it and go. Along with less maintenance, the bike is cleaner. With no oily chain, there are no greasy pant legs.

Also incorporated are mechanical disc brakes, a dynamo headlight, a rear battery tail light that is motion sensitive/photo-receptive, and polished alloy fenders. Chain tension is adjusted with an eccentric bottom bracket. Overall weight is approximately 39lb according to the REI website. Pricing is $1299. They are carried by REI at choice locations and available for purchase online.

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Jamis Shipping Commuter 4 with Nuvinci Continuously Variable Drivetrain

2012 Jamis Commuter 4 bicycle with Nuvinci N360 CVP continuously variable internal shifting rear hub

If your New Year’s resolutions involve riding to work more often, we say get on your bike and ride. If you’re one of those particular people that likes to have the right tool for the job, you’re in luck. More and more brands are releasing purpose driven (ridden?) bicycles for the commuter crowd that make it easier, quicker and cleaner than ever to pedal to your cubicle.

The Jamis Commuter 4, shown here, comes with pretty much everything you need except lights. The alloy frame gets full coverage fenders and chainguard, micro bells, cushy saddle, full pannier racks with stretchy cords and 700c wheels. What pushes this model to the top of the line is the internally shifting, infinitely variable Nuvinci N360 CVP rear hub. We’ve played around with this on several occasions (and I think Nick is lining up a bike with it for long term review), and it’s pretty sweet for city bike use. Shifting is instant and smooth since it uses a planetary gear system rather than actual, uh, gears.

Retail is $950, and it’s also available in a step-thru women’s model, shown after the break…


NuVinci’s New N360 Internally Geared Hub – Lighter, Smoother, Quicker


NuVinci’s new N360 takes their original planetary gear hubs and drops three to four pounds depending on the model, coming in at about 5.4 pounds. That’s still a little heavier than Shimano’s Nexus hubs, but close, and the real difference is in the ride quality.

The planetary gear design allows for an infinite range of gears between their highest and lowest setting, there are no predefined gear ratios. This means the shifting action is smooth as butter (we’ve ridden them around on various occasions) and can be set exactly to the effort level desired. The other benefit is it can be shifted while standing still, like at a traffic light.

Internally, they’ve redesigned the amount of cable pull required to shift through the range, reducing it from 1.5 turns of the shifter to 0.75.

The weight savings comes from a better look at the power actually generated by riders and motorized e-bikes. The original designs were “way over built and were even being used on two stroke scooters,” says Kim Merrill, NuVinci’s PR manager. The new model is designed specifically for bicycles.

It’s available now for $399 for disc, rim or roller brake models. It should also be popping up on commuter bikes from Novara, Breezer and Jamis. Also, because it’s so much lighter, even Dahon is spec’ing it on their folding bikes that are designed to be carried up stairs.

Limited Edition Nuvinci Equipped Buddy Bike Family

In an attempt to make cruising with the family even easier, Buddy Bike is now offering a special edition Buddy Bike Family complete with a Nuvinci N360 CVP rear hub. If you’re not familiar with the Buddy Bike, it is an interesting alternative to a tandem where the shorter stoker actually sits in the front of the bike. This set up is particularly handy for those who wish to ride with kids or small adults with special needs.

Now, for the first time the Buddy Bike is offered with a Nuvinci hub to make riding even easier. The captain can simply rotate the twist shifter to any one of infinite positions in it’s 360% gear range. In addition to making shifting easier, the lack of a derailleur should decreased needed maintenance, make transporting the Buddy Bike easier, and keep the chain from falling off the gears. Basically, making a family outing as easy as possible, which is a good thing.

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