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Are internal gear hubs good on hills?

Having to stop pedaling on a hill to change gears doesn't sound very efficient

3 Answers

  • 10 months ago
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    You only have to stop pedalling for a fraction of a second to change gears. Takes a bit of timing, but with practice you can change gears without losing momentum

  • 8 months ago

    Yes. Easier shifting. Slight pause while cycling - vs- continuous pedaling

    you need to stop pedaling to shift.

    They are a pain to service.

    Alfine 8, speed needs complete disassemble.

    Alfine 11, is a no Brainer to service. Minimal tools needed. But you're doing it 2-3x more often.

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  • 10 months ago

    You can change gears while stopped. It doesn't mean you HAVE TO. Feel free to keep on pedaling while changing gears.

    How good or bad an internal geared hub does on a hill depends on the gear ratios & the rider's ability. You NEVER stated either the amount of teeth on the front crank or the amount of gears in the rear hub. Those old 3 speed hubs were pretty bad on hills.

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