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Breezer’s NuVinci-Equipped Uptown Infinity Commuter Bicycle Now Available

breezer uptown infinity commuter bicycle with nuvinci 360 infinitely variable internal planetary geared hub

Breezer’s Uptown Infinity, their top of the line commuter bike, is now shipping. Designed to offer every convenience and utility one may need for getting to and from work or errands, the big premium on the Infinity version is the use of Nuvinci’s 360 internal planetary geared hub that offers an infinite range of gearing between the hardest and easiest settings. Simply twist the dial (which is pretty effortless) and the effort changes instantaneously and without fuss. If you’ve never ridden one, it’s pretty smooth, and since it’s all enclosed in the hub, should be virtually maintenance free.

Highlights include full fenders, rear rack, full chaincase guard and integrated Busch & Muller dynamo powered head and tail lights, which are considered to be the best and brightest of the category. Most of the cockpit is Breezer branded alloy bits, including a suspension seatpost. Cranks and front dynamo hub are Shimano.

Lastly, it includes an AXA solid ring lock built into the seatstays to make quick coffee shop pit stops easier. Engaging the lock immobilizes the rear wheel. Price is $1,269, and it’s available in a low-step frame version also, shown after the break…


Nuvinci Unveils New N360 Internal Planetary Gear Hub – Lighter, Better Gear Range

Nuvinci / Fallbrook Technologies’ new N360 hub drops size and weight while increasing its gear range over their original model. In the process, they seem to be picking up quite a bit of regular and e-bike OEM placements both here and afar.

Gepida, Mosquito, Raleigh, Victoria, Ellsworth, Breezer and Organic have all spec’d the new N360 on their bikes for 2011. The system will also be available as an aftermarket kit for those wanting to convert their current cruiser or commuter.

The system uses a CVP (continuously variable planetary) transmission that replaces gears with spheres. This gives it an infinite number of ratios between the lowest and highest setting. There is a 360º range of gearing available, which is slightly less than the 409º on Shimano’s new 11-speed Alfine, which relies on individual gears.

The new N360 reduces the amount of shifter rotation required to change the ratio, and it shifts easier under load. For e-bikes, being able to shift when stopped will help reduce power usage by getting into an easier gear for takeoff without having to be moving to change.

Nuvinci Releases New Continuously Variable Internal Gear Bicycle Hub

PRESS RELEASE: Fallbrook Technologies Inc. (Fallbrook), a technology company dedicated to improving the performance and flexibility of transmissions for engine- and human-powered devices, today announced and displayed its new NuVinci 360 CVP bicycle drivetrain (N360) at the Taipei Cycle show in Taipei, Taiwan.

The N360 represents a major update and enhancement of the NuVinci bicycle drivetrain. As with previous NuVinci hubs, the N360 uses spheres instead of gears to transfer torque, but the number of spheres has been reduced from eight to six.

The N360 is 30% lighter, weighing just 2,450 grams (5.4 lbs), and has a 17% smaller overall diameter than previous NuVinci models. Shift effort is significantly reduced, even under high pedal forces. Nominal ratio range is 360%.

The N360 also provides an enhanced shifting interface. There is a more direct feel for the rider, with 50% less shift grip rotation required between the lowest and highest ratios. Because shift effort under pedal torque is also less, riders can shift easily at any time, in practically any condition. The sleek, newly-designed shifter and shifter display now includes the icon of a rider on its unique “inchworm” indicator. Additionally, the new hub interface is inside rather than outside the frame dropout, reducing the likelihood of damage in the event of a fall.


EB15: Stevens Goes Big Boosting All 2016 Full-Suspension bikes, Gets a Fatter Mobster, and more on and off-road


Stevens was showing a bunch of new things from city bikes to an e-bike with automatic NuVinci shifting, but what first caught out attention was the fattening up of their mountain bikes (while still churning out a new 9kg carbon hardtail), and some updates to the cross bikes (including the race-winning Super Prestige Disc that we tested last cyclocross season). Not to be left out were bikes for the asphalt, and we picked up on two extremes: a gearbox driven urban monster with 2.4″ slicks over to the Ventoux road machine in either disc or rim brake variants. Get all the details with us after the break…

PC15: Bosch Syncs Electronically Actuated Automatic Transmissions with eShift Systems, Coming soon


Bosch initially entered the American market with their Performance Line, a high capacity battery with high torque drive unit capable of a 20mph top assisted speed. As new product becomes proven in Europe, we will find more of their line trickling across the pond to fill in the gaps of their line-up. The Active Line, a lower torque, higher range, lower price point system designed around the urban e-bike rider will start appearing on e-bikes this Winter. The new Performance CX line, a more compact, smaller Q-Factor, high torque drive system which is already being seen on new e-mountain bikes in Europe will start appearing on domestic e-bikes as soon as this Fall. These systems have been covered on BikeRumor in the past.

Also coming for next year will be a suite of electronic shifting systems, integrated with both the e-bike drive systems and Intuvia on-board computer, Bosch calls “eShift.” SRAM, Shimano, and NuVinci have each partnered with the German e-bike dynamo (see what I did there?) to sync shifting to motors seamlessly. At Press Camp we got a sneak peek of what is to come, both on and off the bike. More to come after the jump. READ MORE ->

Road to NAHBS 2015: Stijl Cycles and LocoMachine

STIJL NAHBS 2015 breakaway 3

Since LocoMachine and Stijl Cycles will be bunking together at NAHBS this year, it made sense to group them together here.  Hinmaton Hisler talks about emerging trends in the small builder industry, going deep with titanium, and branching out after the jump. READ MORE ->

EB14: Roundup – Coffee Bikes, Cargo Bikes & The World’s Smallest Tandem!


Mmmm, coffee. Anytime we find the two combined, we stop. Fortunately this fine young lady was pressing some amazing espresso and capuccinos. Once properly rejuvenated, the bike came into clearer focus. The frame was built by Nicolai and incorporated a Bosch motor at the crankset, angled to maximize ground clearance. From there, it used a nifty mix of Nuvinci Harmony internal gear box, chains and belt drives to put the pedal power to the rear wheels.

Pour your own cup and dive in for other great bikes…


Visiobike Could Be Best e-Bike Ever – Brings Features We Want on Regular Bikes, Too


The Visiobike is a new crowd funding option that brings together top shelf components on a carbon fiber frame and perhaps the best cycling app we’ve seen.

Aesthetically speaking, we prefer a slightly more traditional looking frame like the Specialized Turbo, but beyond that, the Visiobike brings everything together in one of the best packages around. It starts with a custom, EU-made carbon fiber frame fitted around a MPF motor and massive Panasonic batteries. Power assists your pedaling efforts and is driven to a NuVinci infinitely variable transmission hub, which you can slow with the Magura hydraulic disc brakes. All well and good, but it’s the electronics that put it over the top…


NAHBS 2014: Calfee Builds a True Workhorse, Plus more Custom Gates Equipped E-Bikes

Craig Calfee Workhorse e bike saw blad disc rotors (2)

Quick, what can you make from some wood, axe and hammer handles, some pipe, saw blades, and a handfull of bike parts? Answer – Craig Calfee’s humorous take on the “workhorse” bike. Easily one of the most creative uses of non-bike-parts-as-bike-parts of the show, the Workhorse is definitely hand built, and definitely unique…