It is Xmas Eve. There it is! Our upgrade has been released:
(Only for Homie Models) Sunrace MX80 11s 11-50T, Shimano Deore XT Derailleur, Shimano Deore XT Shifter, Shimano Chain
$199 !!! Only available through the customer panel, NOT as perk on IGG
It is a simple and affordable upgrade, but it makes a difference. It is the upgrade that suits most of us Nireeka backers that want a better gear ratio.
This is the original configuration:
And this is what you get with the upgrade:
There is some inconstancy with numbers on the first Gear Upgrade thread as numbers are now updated taking into consideration the new confirmed tire size of 2,125".
Max has confirmed all bikes will get the 38t front chainring. This means the upgrade will give you only better low gears, but not any advantage on the high gears. For better high gears and higher speed, you need to custom upgrade the front chainring. At the moment however, we know that the design of the rear frame will not allow any bigger chainring. The only chance is to go for a planetary chainring or similar solutions proposed in the former gear upgrade threads. Unfortunately, the N-Team has not supplied details on the bottom bracket and therefore at this point we cannot evaluate if any of such upgrades are possible
No matter if you are into offroad climbing or just commuting, this upgrade does increase big time the usability of your Nireeka. It allows you to better assist the motor when going uphills and this is very important as the hub motors are not very efficient at low speed and heat up. If you do not properly assist the motor with leg power on a climb of a couple of kilometres you may burn the motor.
Go for it! You won't regret. This is a very good investment.