Internal gear hub drivetrains, with their rugged design and low maintenance compared to derailleur systems, are a reliable option for an e-bike setup. Kindernay’s two offerings, the XIV 14-speed and VII 7-speed gear hubs, additionally offer smooth hydraulic shifting and a removable hub shell that allows easily swapping wheel bodies. Neil installed the Kindernay XIV hub on his Orbea Rise e-MTB to see how it performs.
Rohloff's SPEEDHUB 500/14 provides a multitude of advantages over traditional derailleur-based drivetrains, making it an excellent choice for riders looking to get more reliability and performance out of their bike. Here are just a few of the reasons Rohloff gets our vote as the gold standard of bicycle shifting systems:
Why is the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 so expensive? Is it really better than other internal gear hubs out there like Shimano’s Alfine 8 or 11 or the Nuvinci/Enviolo N360 or N380? Is there another gear hub on the market worth using?
There are many factors to consider when shopping for a new bicycle. Type, frame size, wheel size, component spec, and even color are all important considerations. But many riders fail to consider which drivetrain system is best-suited to their needs before purchasing a new ride.
As the North American service center for Rohloff’s SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hub, we periodically field questions from customers concerned about noises coming from their SPEEDHUB. These noises are described in a variety of forms—squeaks, creaks, clicking, ticking, popping, clunking, thunking—and customers are often convinced the hub is the source of their noise woes.
Tout Terrain offers a wide variety of touring, commuting, bike packing, and ebikes to fit just about any need. Unlike most companies, which offer a single model with a fixed build kit or maybe 2-3 models/build kits at different price points with colors and component spec tied to the given model, Tout Terrain offers a flexible bike configuration program that falls somewhere between the standard stock models approach and full custom bike builds.
Gebla’s Rohbox allows for the use of SRAM or Campagnolo brake/shift levers (brifters) with the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 internal gear hub. While other alternatives integrate the twist shifter with drop handlebars, the Rohbox earns our recommendation for offering the comfortable ergonomics of modern brifters and fingertip shifting from a comfortable, stable hand position.
Tout Terrain offers a wide range of high quality frames for touring, commuting, and adventuring by bike. With so many options, it can be challenging to determine which frame is best for your riding style and intended usage. “Tout Terrain” means all-terrain in French, and the name correlates with a design philosophy that their bicycles can be used in a variety of situations and cover a variety of uses. In some cases, multiple model names apply to the same frame, and indicate different wheel sizes or other features. Here’s a quick guide to help you make sense of the offerings.