Hub gear is different. Some steep uphil trails can be a pain, as you have to stop pedaling slightly to change down a gear when it gets steeper, which can catch you out.
On the flip side, when you do stop in the wrong gear, just flick to the right gear and get going again.
I love it, wish there was a bigger selection of more off road specific with hubs as i wouldnt buy the suv for the trails, its a road bike.
As an urban bike its perfect, but dont need the.nice clean hub then!
Still love my bike, but i would buy something different next time for where i ride it.
Hi Mr Geoff. The bike is really nice. On the pictures it looks like (for an urban bike) it rides reasonably on some of the country trails. I'm in a dilemma as I would want to use the SUV 90 per cent as urban road bike and 10 per cent on trails just like the ones in your pictures. You mentioned that you would get something different next time (this worried me as a prospective buyer of this model) for where you ride, do you tend to go more of roading? Also do you find that on medium hills on tarmac that the hubs are annoying or are they ok?
If your really going to use the bike for 90% tarmac, then the bike is perfect, it does the easy trails, and old railway lines with ease.
I have got fully used to the hub on hills, on or off road. Just need to think about what point to change down, if going gets a bit steep. On a road, or soft trail, this is never an issue. On a steep trail, with rocks, roots etc, you may go over a root, at the exact point you have to stop pedalling to change to the low gear, this may stop the bike. No issue, you get used to changing down earlier, if you see a tricky bit coming up.
The reason why "I" would buy something different, is when I bought it, I though I would be 90% road and soft trail, tow path, railway line.
It turns out, that there are a LOT of hard trails, steep hill trail sections, that I can now do now I have the assistance. I would never have discovered them, or gone anywhere near them without an electric bike. I needed the electric to discover them, and now I have, I know that full SUS is the right thing for the terrain I now ride!
Hope that makes sense, chicken and egg really.
I just ride the cube within its capabilities, on all terrain, yes, the back wheel spins in the mud, and I have to go slow down hills, but nothing stops me, so im still very happy with the bike.