If you’ve never heard of the NuVinci® hub, get used to the name — it’s the biggest innovation that has happened to gears since Tullio Campagnolo patented his Gran Sport derailleur. The hub incorporates a continuously variable planetary (CVP) transmission, which basically means that ‘changing’ gears is more like turning the volume knob on a radio. Chapelli Cycles have built up a handmade lugged CrMo frame around it, which has deservedly won an Australian International Design Award.
The NuVinci® hub allows a seamless transition between speeds — no clunking gears or cadence interruptions. Developed by Fallbrook Technologies Inc., it’s the first time the hub has been used on a bike in Australia. The judges at the Australian International Design Awards loved the ride quality and granted Chapelli Cycles a winning ribbon in the Sport & Leisure category. However, I’ll wager the clincher was the integrated LED lighting located in the handlebars.
The Chappelli NuVinci® is now available for purchase through the website.