Fallbrook Technologies NuVinci label has grown its portfolio of stepless transmission hubs by introducing a unit designed for the sportive market.
With its ratio range of 380%, and a maximum continuous input torque of 100Nm in certain conditions, the transmission was developed to offer best-in-class performance for sportive and speed pedelec bicycle types, used under full load acceleration. Plus, the 10*135, 12*142, and 12*148 dropout options enable compatibility with B+ tires for better traction. The N380x comes with all common thru axle adapter types, allowing increased frame stiffness and easy maintenance.
To further ensure great material strength and reliable lasting performance, the component selection includes a forged housing and a freewheel with individual spring pawls. To make it even easier for riders to fully focus on the road conditions, the N380x is available with the Harmony™ automatic shifting system. Finally, several internal components in the N380x are upgraded from the N380 transmission. These upgrades increase durability and robustness more than any previously produced NuVinci Optimized transmission.
Noting a surge in the number of sportive bikes coming to market in recent years, Fallbrook’s engineers designed the hub for a more casual usage. Scott will be the first OEM to launch a model with N380x at Eurobike 2017.
“There are quite a few new types of bike models emerging, both in the eBike and traditional bicycle market. Consumers are looking for sportive products to fit into their usual day-to-day commute and new hybrids between city and mountain bikes are meeting those needs. These hybrid models place different demands on their components, therefore we crafted the N380x – specifically designed to meets the needs of the emerging and more sportive models and more importantly, the riders’ needs,” says Anne Guethoff, Director of Marketing at NuVinci Cycling.
Besides the trend towards more sportive models, the next wave of eBikes is also looking at inner-city transport solutions. Commercial businesses and consumers alike are seeking ways that enable them to easily transport heavier loads over short distances. As a result, the cargo bike segment is growing fast and requires a durable transmission, which allows shifting under higher loads, even at standstill. With the durability and flexibility of the N380x, it perfectly answers those needs, says the firm.