Just noticed that Bike Friday has a new Season Tikit, using the SRAM i-Motion 9-speed hub:
...and here's a blog entry about it from BF Walter, with pics:
One big plus for me is the gear range of the i-Motion - 101-30 gear inches [incorrect - see below], compared to the Nexus at 88-29 and the stock Tikit at 79-31. Wellington is hilly, and I'm doing some light touring, so I'd like both lower and higher gears than the stock model.
Couple of things I'm wondering about, if anyone has experience with these bikes (or these hubs):
- Does the i-Motion Tikit replace the Nexus-based one, or is it just another choice? I'll ask BF.
- How does the i-Motion compare to the Nexus in everyday use?
- Is it worth the extra $300 over the Nexus? ($1,925 vs. $1,615) Didn't notice any other differences in spec.
Any help appreciated.