Today Shimano Europe announced a new 11 speed IGH with a 409% overall range.
- 8 steps of 13% and 2 of 17%
- Oil Bath Lubrication
- Disc brake compatible standard
- Weight about 1600 Grams
Internals are all new and use helical gears if I understand the Babelfish translation of the German web site correctly. Also the new rapidfire shifter will allow changes of more than one gear at a time apparently.
I like the oil bath lubrication like has been used by the Rohloff hub for years. The 409% range and relatively even steps between gears are also attractive and should be superior to the Shimano 8 speed design.