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.
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26+ MTB Wheel Set Intended use: Sand, snow & trail riding Features: Double-wall rims for increased stiffness and tubeless ready Recommended rider weight: <200 lbs. Wheel Size: 26"Wheel build details Rims: Velocity Dually Rim Hubs: Profile Racing Elite Spokes: Sapim Race Nipples: Sapim Brass Extras: Surly Dirt Wizard 26" Tires (not shown)Destination: Burnham, PA
Trail / Cross Country / All Mountain Intended use: MTB Features: Rims-Width gives more traction / lateral stiffness without so much weight IGH: Durable and dependable hassle-free gear hub. Recommended rider weight: <275 Wheel Size: 29"Wheel build details Rims: Velocity Blunt Front hub: Chris King ISO LD 15Q Rear hub: Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/15 Spokes: Sapim Force Nipples: Sapim Brass Lacing: front 3-Cross // rear 2-
Tubeless Carbon MTB Wheelset Intended use: All Mountain Features: Rims: Light / fast Hubs: Durable Recommended rider weight: <200 Wheel Size: 27.5"Wheel build details Rims: Imported carbon Front hub: Chris King ISO Rear hub: Chris King ISO Spokes: Race, black Nipples: Brass, black Lacing: front 3-Cross // rear 3-Cross Extras: Tubeless tapeDestination: Denver, Colorado
Tubeless Carbon MTB Wheels Intended use: All Mountain Features: Light and durable Recommended rider weight: <200 Wheel Size: 27.5"Wheel build details Rims: Imported carbon Front hub: Chris King ISO, Turquoise Rear hub: Chris King ISO, Turquoise Spokes: Race, black Nipples: Brass, black Lacing: front 3-Cross // rear 3-Cross Extras: Tubeless TapeDestination: Denver, Colorado
Vassago’s Optimus Ti is a great example of a high-end titanium hardtail that is optimized for the Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14. It features cross country inspired geometry that also works well for more technical trail rides. Its titanium construction provides a comfortable ride quality that reduces vibrations yet remains stiff when you push it hard.
Vassago’s Fisticuff is billed as a “monster cross” bike that can handle everything from rough gravel roads to singletrack to daily commuting. Some people may look at it as a cyclocross bike with wider tires and others may look at it as a drop bar mountain bike. Whatever you call it, the Fisticuff is an "all arounder" that feels just as at home on mountain bike trails as it does on long road rides.