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Inner Hub gear Nexus 3 vs Nexus 8

Old 12-04-16, 08:19 PM
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Inner Hub gear Nexus 3 vs Nexus 8

I am thinking to buy a new bicycle for use in city.

I come down to several options which has inner hub gear.

Can you advise me which is better for me Nexus 3 or Nexus 8 speed.

I need to pay additional $200 for nexus 8 speed (other specs are more or less same). Does it make sense to invest additional 200 $ for it ?

By the way bike will be a pedelec so i can get extra boost from the motor when needed.
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we don't know where you live, so we can't guess whether you have hills are not.
My daughter has a Nexus 8 - her first full size bike, purchased to get her anticipating shifting in our hills. I turned it into touring gears by changing the front chainring down by 2 teeth and increasing the rear drive cog up by two teeth.
It's geared to climb a 14% grade now.

If you live in relatively flat, whether you plan to use your motor a lot, you can get by with the 3.
If you need to climb steep hills, you want the 8. Compared to the 3, the 8 has 2 lower gears and only 1 taller (faster) gear, so it wouldn't gain you anything using the motor, but would gain you climbing ability on hills.
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double post, read the other one..
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As said above, are you riding in an area that's pancake flat or up and down hills in San Francisco? What make & model of pedalec? There's a big difference in a hub vs crank motor.

If it's really flat I strongly prefer a single speed city bike. A few small hills then a 3 speed, a lot of big hills then an 8, 9, or 11 speed (though I'm currently riding an N360 that I totally love).
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