Why has the Nexus 8 speed hub gear not caught on?


May 2, 2019
Hi Guys,

As I look around for a good all-round hybrid eBike I came across the Raleigh Motus Grand Tour with a Nexus 8 speed hub gear. Looking further I haven't seen any other eBikes with Hub Gears, instead they tend to be 9 speed Shimano Deore gears or similar.

Why did the Nexus 8 speed hub gear not catch on?


Esteemed Pedelecer
Jun 12, 2011
You can't pause pedalling when you're going up a steep hill, which is when the load is highest, and you can spout your theories as much as you like about how you can select bottom gear before you start the hill, but we all know that that just isn't practical, and even if it were, it's just not convenient. Woosh, if you believe in your idea, make a bike with crank motor and hub gears and sell them in their thousands, but I guess you don't and won't make one because you know it would be a crappy bike and nobody would buy it. Maybe you're only trying to sell this false narrative to put your competitors out of business.

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