2nd June 2017

12 Reasons to Consider Shimano Nexus 8 Hub Gears on Your Next Bike

Nexus 8 hub gears

Last updated on 10 December 2019, 14:30


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This post explains the benefits of Nexus 8 hub gears. If you’re looking for our range of bikes with Shimano Nexus hub gears – shop Shimano Nexus bikes here.

Unlike a ‘traditional’ bicycle where you can see the gears on the outside of the back wheel, the Shimano Nexus 8 Hub has all of the gears safely tucked away inside a sort of ‘drum’. Hub gears have amassed quite an enthusiastic following over the years, including our Ged, who’s been riding hub gear-equipped bikes for more than 10 years.

Read our blog to learn about Nexus 7, Nexus 8 and Alfine 8.

Ged’s 12 reasons to consider Nexus 8 hub gears on your next bike:

  1. The Nexus 8-speed transmission offers an excellent range of gears (equivalent to an 11-34 cassette) – wide enough for most riders on most roads in Britain.
  2. You change gear with a simple twist of the Shimano Revo gear shifter, pictured.
  3. You can change one gear at a time or shift from top to bottom (or vice versa) in one twist.nexus 8 hub gear changer for a bicycle
  4. Unlike a derailleur, you can shift gear when the bike is stationary – this is really useful if you have to stop at the lights halfway up a hill – no more setting off in too high a gear.
  5. Unlike old-school hub gears, you can shift Nexus gears while pedalling.
  6. Enclosing the gear mechanism inside the rear hub makes for a more weather-resistant transmission.
  7. The lack of derailleurs removes one of the more vulnerable parts of a bike (the rear mech and/or its hanger often take the hit if the bike is knocked over).
  8. The fact that the chain does not spend its life being derailled from cog to cog improves its life expectancy too.
  9. From personal experience, I’ve found that a Shimano Nexus 8 transmission outlasts an equivalent multi-cog derailleur system by a factor of at least two.
  10. The Nexus hub is a fine piece of Japanese engineering, developed by Shimano over the past 20 years.
  11. The Nexus hub alone retails at £150.
  12. With its single chainring and single rear cog a Shimano Nexus setup offers much of the simplicity and the minimalist aesthetic of a single-speed bike.


Nexus 8 Hub Gear Bikes

Kalkhoff Agattu 3.S Excite Electric Bike

Kalkhoff Agattu 3.S Excite 2020 (621Wh) Step Through Electric Bike with Nexus 8

The Shimano Nexus 8 speed hub gears contribute to this easy riding and comfortable bike.  Shop now >

Pashley Princess Sovereign 8 Speed Classic Bike

Pashley Princess Sovereign 8 Speed Classic Ladies Bike | Nexus 8 hub gears

A timeless, classic leisure bike hand-made in the UK. Shop Now >


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What about Nexus 7?

Shimano Nexus 7 hub gears offer all the totally enclosed benefits of Nexus 8 with one caveat. With 244% difference between lowest and highest gear (equivalent to an 11-27 cassette) Nexus 7 doesn’t offer quite the range of the Nexus 8’s with its 307% range (equivalent to an 11-34 cassette).

Tern Vektron P7i Folding Electric Bike

Tern Vektron P7I 2019 Folding Electric Bike | Nexus 7 hub gears

This folding electric bike is super practical while the Shimano Nexus 7 speed gears offer low-maintenance performance and reliability. Shop now >

Kalkhoff Agattu 3.B Move Electric Bike

Kalkhoff Agattu 3.B Move 2020 (400Wh) Step Through Electric Bike | Nexus 7 hub gears

The step-through frame is easy to get on and off from and the Shimano Nexus 7 speed hub gearing provides enough gears for everyday city riding and gives low maintenance cycling! Shop now >

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Gates Belt Drive


The Gates Belt Drive – no oil, no muck, no fuss.

Some Nexus bikes have a belt drive. Here, a carbon fibre-reinforced rubber belt replaces the traditional steel chain. A Gates Belt Drive lasts around twice as long as a steel chain, it’s much lighter, it won’t stretch and it will never rust so you will never need to lube it. The absence of oil means the belt doesn’t attract dirt the way that even the best maintained steel chain can.

Kalkhoff Image 5.S Belt 2020 Electric Bike

Kalkhoff Image 5.S Belt 2020 (540Wh) Electric Bike

New Shimano NEXUS Inter-5 internal hub gears with Gates Carbondrive CDX drivetrain along with integrated 540Wh battery. Shop now >

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14 comments on “12 Reasons to Consider Shimano Nexus 8 Hub Gears on Your Next Bike

  1. Jim Mudie on

    I am very interested in trying your hub geared commuter bike Fairfax FC4, I am in Holbury near Southampton though, would that be a problem to deliver so far ???

    • Web Master on

      Hi Jim, really sorry for the delay on this. That Fairfax is now sold out; we are offering the SC2 IG 2017, however: https://www.edinburghbicycle.com/marin-fairfax-sc2-ig-17

      We would be able to sort out delivering to you and you can return if you don’t like it, however there would be a cost involved with postage. Please contact our Online Team on 0345 257 0808 if you’d like us to look into it 🙂

  2. Phil Handy on

    Hi All, i have two internal gear hubs, one Nexus 8 used, and one new Alfine Electro change type bought in error, they are both stripped down and may have some components missing, and are of no use to me now, so im looking for anyone who can take them off my hands as i would not like to throw them out.
    Im willing to post anywhere at my cost.

  3. Edwin on

    While the basic Nexus is quite good, you may wish to look at their next grade up, the red stripe. The better quality bearings reduce drag quite a lot.

    A down side is the shifter only fits 22.2 size bars. I converted to a trekking (aka butterfly) bar on my commute frame to accommodate the shifter. Very happy with the result.

  4. Ian on

    Shame you didn’t have any hub geared, belt driven bikes in stock when I was looking for a new commuter bike a few weeks back.

    Ended up getting a Cube Hyde Race from another retailer (though I wish they’d been able to get hold of the 11 speed Editor).


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