I converted my Quickbeam to 8-speed using the 8-speed version of the
Nexus (Red label). It worked very nicely, shifting was smooth and
for some pictures and a brief write-up.
I have since converted the QB back to a single-speed, and sold the
Nexus hub/wheel. I liked it well enough, but I like the QB better as
a single-speed, and I have another hub-geared bike. These make great
hubs for a city/commuter bike.
This is what the gearing looked like with the two chain wheels of the QB:
Gear# Int.Ratio 40 32
8 1.615 83 78
7 1.419 73 68
6 1.223 63 59
5 1.000 51 48
4 0.851 44 41
3 0.748 38 36
2 0.644 33 31
1 0.527 27 25
There are a number of folks on the iBob list who have built and/or use bikes
using the Nexus hubs. 8 speed is regarded as a big step up from the 7
speeds, in terms of quality. I'd check out the bikelist.org iBob archives,
and hit Sheldon's site for more specific info.
hope that helps,
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Here's a site dedicated to them: http://hubstripping.wordpress.com/
They like the ratios of the Nexus Seven better than those of the
Eight, but the Eight is a better build if I could summarize from my
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Glad it was helpful! Really good resource. I've been thinking on and
off of building up a Nexus hub for my wife's Glorius. Wish they had
horizontal or at least semi-vertical drop-outs so I could avoid a
Singleator sort of a kludge.