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

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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…

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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 […]

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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 / 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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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Priority Cycles makes commuting easy(er) with belt-driven, internally geared Continuum

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An aluminum frame and fenders are a good start for an all-weather, low maintenance commuter bike. Add in the Nuvinci internally geared hub and a Gates Belt Drive, and you’ve got the perfect platform for easy trips to work, school or the store.

The Priority Cycles Continuum gives you all that with a brushed finish that’s impervious to scratches, so it’s even easy to lock up. The Nuvinci hubs provides a similar range to most modern drivetrains, but with infinite adjustment between the low and high range, so you can pretty much dial the gear ratio to suit your preferred cadence no matter the terrain. Perhaps the best part is the price – it’s just $899. Add another $135 and you’ll get an bonus set of studded winter tires and 1000-lumen light package.



An aluminum frame and fenders are a good start for an all-weather, low maintenance commuter bike. Add in the Nuvinci internally geared hub and a Gates Belt Drive, and you’ve got the perfect platform for easy trips to work, school or the store. The Priority Cycles Continuum gives you all that with a brushed finish […]

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E-Bike Recharge! Karmic and Vintage Electric provide style for the street

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The e-bikes are coming, and with their market growth comes the usual development from the industry. Karmic has revealed two new models that will assist you in making that ride to wherever with step through (maybe) or standard frames. If moto style is more your thing, Vintage Electric continues to charge up cruisers with a battery that looks like a v-twin…

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The e-bikes are coming, and with their market growth comes the usual development from the industry. Karmic has revealed two new models that will assist you in making that ride to wherever with step through (maybe) or standard frames. If moto style is more your thing, Vintage Electric continues to charge up cruisers with a […]

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E-bike Madness: A sea of batteries and motors from Friedrichshafen to Las Vegas

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With each annual edition of the tradeshow season, there seems to always be at least one discernible trend. Manufacturers and the industry seems to latch onto a concept in lock step and then all of a sudden it’s the show of 29″, 650b, fat bikes, and now plus bikes. E-bikes are a little different. For years, they’ve been there. Silently charging in the background just waiting to take over the world. Ok, that might be a bit dramatic, but we have been seeing e-bikes at trade shows for years, but this year stood out.

Eurobike has always been a haven for e-bike technology, but for 2016, Interbike had almost an entire wing of the show floor devoted to anything and everything with an electronic motor. So what does that mean for the future? From what we saw at the show, it seems that most manufacturers feel that they can no longer ignore the category. Considering brands like BMC were showing off elaborate prototypes of future e-models, there are a lot more companies building e-bikes than just a few years ago. The depth of the e-bikes at the two shows also serves to highlight just how vast the difference between separate motor technologies can be. Some bikes provide just enough boost to feel like you’re having a great day on the bike, while others shown were literally electronic street motorcycles.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. While there certainly were some WTF machines, the majority of the bikes seem to be headed in the reasonably powered, pedalec direction (meaning you have to pedal). After all, a throttle is the only thing that separates an e-moped from an e-bike (pedalec)…

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With each annual edition of the tradeshow season, there seems to always be at least one discernible trend. Manufacturers and the industry seems to latch onto a concept in lock step and then all of a sudden it’s the show of 29″, 650b, fat bikes, and now plus bikes. E-bikes are a little different. For […]

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EB16: KMC blacks out the chain, adds more DLC colors, more

Earlier this year, KMC updated their X-shaped chain plates with additional chamfering all around the edges to make them shift evem smoother. That improved shaping is available on their top of the line DLC (Diamond Like Coating) chains in a growing rainbow of colors.

If you prefer the murdered out, all-black look, the new X11EL Blacktech chain might be for you…

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Earlier this year, KMC updated their X-shaped chain plates with additional chamfering all around the edges to make them shift evem smoother. That improved shaping is available on their top of the line DLC (Diamond Like Coating) chains in a growing rainbow of colors. If you prefer the murdered out, all-black look, the new X11EL […]

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Gates CDN belt drive: more options coming to an affordable bike near you

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In what seems like it has been a long time coming, Gates has developed a new lower cost belt drive system that is specifically geared towards the urban bikes that people use to commute around the city. While we’ve heard the no maintenance, no noise, no mess benefits of belt drives for several years now, the high machining costs of the Gates systems have effectively priced them out of the range of all but the fanciest city bikes. But that is set to change now with a new moderately priced setup with an alloy, hybrid material ring and rear sprockets, and even updated solutions for the more premium Pinions, Rohloffs, and cargo bikes…

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In what seems like it has been a long time coming, Gates has developed a new lower cost belt drive system that is specifically geared towards the urban bikes that people use to commute around the city. While we’ve heard the no maintenance, no noise, no mess benefits of belt drives for several years now, the […]

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Smarter bikes everyday, Vanhawks Valour leads the way & watches your back

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There looks to be no slowing down of the trend to more and more connected bikes on the roads, and the VanHawks Valour is the most recent to hit the streets. We had a quick look at the bike a year and a half ago when it was just a Kickstarter in its designers eyes, but just before the holidays the first shipment of bikes was making  its way out to US customers, so now it’s time for a closer look. Touted as the first smart bike, the Valour is packed full of all kinds of sensors and pairs with your smartphone to help navigate through the city streets, log all sorts of ride data, and keep both its rider and itself safe. Roll past the break for a closer look at all of its tech…

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There looks to be no slowing down of the trend to more and more connected bikes on the roads, and the VanHawks Valour is the most recent to hit the streets. We had a quick look at the bike a year and a half ago when it was just a Kickstarter in its designers eyes, but […]

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