An established German manufacturer since 1903 is now making an internally geared hub with a wide range, fewer gear (nine) that can handle up to 250 Newton Meters of torque. It will be available first on OEM bike with Nicolai currently offering bikes with the new hub. It will eventually be available after market. The hub is grease packed rather than oil bath making it maintenance free for life. It is available with either a twist shift cable shifter or a wireless electronic shifter. At 2 Kilograms it is heavier than most but again so robust that it can handle almost twice the torque.