I am shopping for a retro-looking and more modern IGH bike. Currently I have five older (pre 1980) English and American bikes equipped with either the SA or Shamano 3-speed IGH. I like them and the 3 speed IGH is enough for where I ride. These are all oil lubed so there is minimal maintenance.
There is no local bike shop and the closest is over one hour away.
I am between these two internet bikes now (see below). The only difference I can see is that the Bistro 3 has an aluminum frame (fork is still steel), sprung saddle, and wider tires.
Motobecane Bistro 3V
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Windsor Oxford 3 speed
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I would love to hear your experiences and recommendations. There are some info about the Oxford but almost none user experiences for the Bistro 3. The price difference is 100 ($350 vs $450). Just from the online pictures, it looks like the Oxford has a more horizontal top tube and I prefer that. However, this could just be the photos. I could not find the detailed geometries of them.
I have not used these modern Shimano 3 speed hubs. I assume they are "sealed" and grease lubed so might require regular maintenance (clean and re-grease, etc).
I am also open to the Nexus 8 speed IGH, although I do not necessarily need it. It might add more complexity to the bike and another $100. The steel Kensington 8 is sold out for my size so only the Bistro 8 is still available ($550).