Direct drive hub vs Geared drive hub motor noise difference


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Although it might be hard to accomplish, has anyone posted a video comparing the noise difference between a direct drive vs geared drive hub motor?


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Snow Bird - Summer S.E. Michigan, Winter Gulf Coast North Central Fl.
I ride a geared hub driven bike (MAC12t), and much (most?) of the time ride with my wife, who rides a direct drive (1500w by Leaf). Side by side, they are both quiet, making just a slight hum when accelerating hard. There is NO gear noise.

In my experience, a noisy gear driven hub is past due for service, which is not required very often - if ever.


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Stromer dead silent can’t hear at all...BH w/Dapu can tell when it is engaged at all speeds can hear over wind speed even at 28