Anyone know what's happening with the availability of the Shimano Nexus 8 speed hubs, particularly in the US? Last I read, it was expected for this fall, but I'm curious to know if anyone else has managed to get one or has heard differently.
I am somewhat confused by the words "sport" and "premium" when used to describe the different varients of this hub. It was my impression that the "sport" versions started with the model name "Inter-8R" as opposed to "Inter-8", but then of these "sport" hubs, I've seen some listed as "premium"
Are STI road levers usable on all versions of this hub? Are roller brakes usable on all versions of this hub? The impression I got from reading their european site was that the "roller" brake was not an option on their "premium" hub, but perhaps I'm just very confused.
If anyone knows the precise meaning of the words "sport" and "premium" in the context of the Nexus 8, I'd be quite interested in knowing too. I've heard about differences in weight, mechanical efficiency and durability, but I'm still unsure of which one to order.
For my commuter frankenstein, my hope is to switch my rear wheel to a Nexus 8 hub with a "roller" brake. The setup will ideally be controlled by an 8-speed right STI brifter.
I guess we'll know more about all of this when people return from interbike.