FAQ

  • N360™ Drivetrain

Question:
Is there any required maintenance?
Answer:

The N360 hub is provided with permanent lubrication and the CVP internals are maintenance-free for the life of the product. The N360 internal freewheel mechanism is serviceable. The N360 components are sealed and well protected from the external environment. Periodic light cleaning of the bicycle and hub is recommended during the winter season to prevent surface damage from road salt.

Question:
How much does the NuVinci® N360™ drivetrain cost?
Answer:

Fallbrook is dedicated to developing affordable, advanced technology. For the most current pricing, please contact us or your local N360 dealer

Question:
Where can I obtain a bicycle with a NuVinci® N360™ drivetrain?
Answer:

See the “Where to Buy” or “Gallery” page for a complete listing of brands offering bicycles and e-Bikes with NuVinci drivetrains.

Question:
Can a NuVinci® N360 drivetrain be installed on an existing bicycle?
Answer:

Yes. Consumers may order / purchase a NuVinci CVP drivetrain and controller, either as a kit or pre-laced in a wheel, from local N360 bicycle retailers

N360 drivetrains are available with either 32 or 36 spoke holes but only for a 135mm dropout. Installation of the N360 in a vertical dropout requires a chain tensioner.

 

 

Question:
Can the N360™ be used with tandem bicycles?
Answer:

While some people have installed N360s on tandem applications, unless otherwise approved by Fallbrook, the use of a N360 hub on a  tandem application voids warranty coverage

Question:
Can the N360™ be used with belt drive systems?
Answer:

Yes, the N360 is compatible with belt drive systems from both Gates Carbon Drive, http://www.carbondrivesystems.com/ , and CDrive, http://www.cycledrive.com/. There are a number of N360 belt-equipped models available some of which are shown in the bicycle photo gallery.

Question:
Can the N360™ be used with a motor?
Answer:

The N360 can be used on ebikes with electric front hub motors and mid mount motors of 250 watts or less. Powering the hub with more than 250 watts voids warranty coverage.  Using the N360 with any type or size of combustion engine also voids warranty coverage.

Question:
What is the ratio range and efficiency of the NuVinci® N360™ Drivetrain?
Answer:

From bench and road testing by potential consumers and industry experts, the NuVinci N360 drivetrain compares favorably with internally geared hubs on the market today and has the same or better ratio range. The nominal ratio range of the N360 Model is 360%. In a double front sprocket installation, the range is significantly larger. A gear inch and ratio range comparison chart is available in Product Documentation -- N360

Question:
How much does the NuVinci® N360™ Hub weigh?
Answer:

The N360 model weighs approximately 2450 grams. While the weight of the NuVinci rear hub may be greater than that of a rear derailleur drivetrain, multiple chain rings, a cassette and dual shifters are not required.

  • NuVinci® Harmony™

Question:
What are the major components of an auto-shifting Harmony intelligent drivetrain?
Answer:

All Harmony systems come with the N360 continuously variable drivetrain in the rear wheel. A weather-sealed Hub Interface attached to the N360 monitors cadence, bicycle speed and auto-adjusts ratio. A choice of either a Base Controller (three pre-programmed cadence settings) or an Advanced Controller (offering both automatic and manual shifting) provide a simple, intuitive user interface.

Question:
Is the Harmony™ system only available for eBikes?
Answer:

Although the Harmony system will work on conventional pedal bikes, it is only available for eBikes at this time.

Question:
How does the Harmony™ intelligent drivetrain work?
Answer:

Harmony system draws its power from the eBike’s 12-48V battery. The cyclist selects the desired cadence setting for the ride on a simple, intuitive controller located on the handlebar and then rides.

Question:
What are the primary benefits to the cyclist?
Answer:

The Harmony system offers the cyclist a smooth, quiet, auto-shifting experience like no other drivetrain. Simply select a desired cadence, ride and forget about shifting. With the Harmony system continuously auto-shifting and optimizing the ride, riders can also experience improved range and greater performance out of the e-Bike.

Question:
What is the cost of a Harmony™ system?
Answer:

Fallbrook is dedicated to providing affordable, advanced technology. The Harmony system is attractively priced to e-Bike manufacturers. The e-Bike manufacturers will set the price of their vehicles equipped with the Harmony system.

Question:
Is the NuVinci® Harmony™ system available in an aftermarket kit?
Answer:

Not at this time.

Question:
Where can I purchase an eBike with the Harmony™ system?
Answer:

There are a number of world-class eBike brands who offer models with the Harmony intelligent drivetrain system. Please check the gallery page for the latest participating brands.

  • NuVinci® Experience

Question:
How does NuVinci® hub impact my riding experience?
Answer:

The short answer: It is unlike anything you have experienced before. You’ll find yourself shifting without thought, whenever you feel like it - while you’re pedaling, when you’re coasting (freewheeling), when you’re pedaling backwards, even when you’re stopped. There’s no hesitation, no noise, no waiting for the mechanism to “hunt” for the gear you’ve selected, nothing to synchronize, nothing to guess at, a simple twist of your wrist and you’re at a new ratio. Say goodbye to racking your shins and dropped chains due to derailleur mis-shifting. You’ll easily find your sweet-spot, adjust your cadence for max power, or up-shift at will to work your legs a bit more. With the NuVinci hub, you’re easily in charge of your riding experience.

Question:
What are people saying about NuVinci® drivetrains?
Answer:

Reaction to the NuVinci CVP drivetrain has been nothing short of phenomenal. Bicycle industry executives and consumers alike are quoted as saying: • “Smooth”, “very smooth” “very smooth, unbelievable”, “silky” • “It’s so easy to shift and maintain a perfect cadence.” • “Takes the worry out of shifting” • “I haven’t missed riding a bike until now" • “It is the best transmission on a bicycle” • “I have seen nothing like it” • “[this] technology is a great fit….” • “I want it now!”