New Piaggio Product Incorporates Fallbrook’s Harmony H|Sync™ Intelligent Auto-Shifting System (Fallbrook Press Release)
The complexity and difficulty of shifting has long plagued the cyclist and limited the growth of the bicycle industry for decades. In the late 1990s, an avid cyclist and eventual founder of Fallbrook Technologies Inc. set out to build the world’s fastest bike. He identified the derailleur system and its complex gearing as the biggest opportunity to improve and simplify shifting and pedaling. Then he wondered if the seamless-shifting of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) used in new, energy efficient cars could be made to work on a bicycle. If it were possible, he felt “it could make shifting as simple and smooth as adjusting the volume on a radio.” Fact is… it could!
Today, commercially available cycling components incorporating Fallbrook’s NuVinci technology have radically changed both shifting and the overall ride experience.
N360™ Continuously Variable Bicycle Transmission System
With an “infinite” number of ratios within its 360% range, the N360 provides smooth, seamless shifting that helps the rider always use the best available ratio. For more information, click here or on the image above.
Harmony™ and Harmony H|Sync™ Intelligent Auto-shifting Systems
Harmony and Harmony H|Sync incorporate the N360 transmission and deliver simple and smooth automatic operation for an incomparable ride quality, optimize motor and battery performance and extend vehicle range. For more information, click here or on the image above.
The NuVinci Optimized Experience
Cycling with a bicycle or eBike incorporating NuVinci Technology is an incomparable experience. To gain insights from actual users or to learn how NuVinci Technology works, click here or on the image above.
The first NuVinci technology product was the NuVinci N170. The ground-breaking technology took the name NuVinci as a tip of the hat to Leonardo Da Vinci, who sketched in 1490 what many believe to be the first CVT transmission. The NuVinci N170 was the first continuously variable drivetrain commercially available for bicycles and was heralded by industry experts the world over as the biggest advancement in bicycle drivetrain technology since the derailleur itself some fifty years earlier. It won the prestigious Dutch FietsVaK Tradeshow Innovation Award in 2007 and many awards since then. Fallbrook continued to advance its award-winning bicycle drivetrain technology – further perfecting performance and enhancing the rider experience with the NuVinci N171.
Click here to see a list of NuVinci Technology-related awards.
Fallbrook introduced an all-new NuVinci N360 drivetrain that is significantly lighter, smaller, smoother and easier to shift than its successful predecessors.
The introduction of NuVinci Harmony, the first intelligent bicycle drivetrain, redefined and enhanced the rider experience. Primarily for use with eBikes, it offers the cyclist for the first time a choice of seamless automatic or manual shifting. Shifting has never been easier or has the rider had more control and comfort throughout the ride. This game-changing shifting system marked the beginning of another new era in cycling.
The rapidly growing popularity of eBikes led to the development and the introduction of Harmony H|Sync™ as the next iteration of the already highly successful Harmony auto-shifting, continuously variable Harmony system for eBikes. H|Sync, which is based on the CAN bus communication standard, allows eBike manufacturers to offer a continuous automatic shifting experience similar to Harmony's, without the need for a separate shifting device on the handlebar.
NuVinci® In The News
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