>>>>The overall range is said to be 340%, wider by a notch than the Shimano or Sunrace Sturmey alternatives (both just over 300%) and the ratios are apparently very evenly spaced (comparable with Rohloff, they say). The current prototype weighs around 2300g. There will be a one-piece aluminium shifter and brake unit also incorporating a bell.
Thankfully the new hub gear does away with the protruding clickbox of other SRAM hubs.
Suggested gear combinations (presumably for full-size wheels) are 33 to 38 tooth chanrings and 18 to 22 tooth sprockets. <<<<<<
Velovision reported Sram will produce a 9 speed internal hub! I can assure you, this hub will find its way in folders from Dahon. I'm going to ask Josh Hon if he intends to build any bikes with the 9 speed in 2007/2008.
I think this is good news overall as the Rohloff remains the standard by which all hubs are judged. I suspect, we'll see a 12 speed hub from Shimano or Sram within 10 years and hopefully this will lower the price of the Rohloff. This is not really necessary if they can just make the nine speed hub that can withstand a 24 chainring and at 34 tooth sprocket, it will be fine for touring.
Anyway.. This is good news.