Gazelle C8 and HMB meaning

AlanDB

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#1
Does anyone know what the abbreviations mean in the Gazelle model names? I see abbreviations like C8, HM, HMB, S8, T10 on various ads for Gazelle bikes with no explanation of what these abbreviations mean. In some cases there are different combinations of these abbreviations on the same model series. Do these indicate some variation in the feature sets?
 

Nova Haibike

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#2
Looking at their brochure indicates that C8 is an 8-speed Nexus internally geared hub, and T10 is a 10-speed Deore derailleur system. S8 is an 8-speed Alfine IGH. I'm not sure about the HM or HMB designations, but I think it may be about the motor power/model.
 

AlanDB

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#3
Thanks ... figured it was something like that, I kind of guessed the 8 and 10 were speeds, but the C, T and S prefix made no sense to me. And I ran across this ad for a Gazelle CityZen C8 HMB S8 (propelbikes.com/product/gazelle-cityzen-c8-hmb-s8/). So it still seems confusing. Maybe the abbreviations make sense in the Dutch language.
 

Dewey

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#4
According to page 11 of this 2017 European line Gazelle brochure "the three letter abbreviation after the model name. The first letter "H" stands for hybrid, which means that this bike offers electrical assistance. The middle letter shows the position of the motor either in the middle (Mid) or in the front-wheel (Front). The last letter indicates the brand of the electrical system: Bosch, Shimano Steps, Impulse or Panasonic." Hence HMB=Mid-drive Bosch, HMS=Mid-drive Shimano