Could this new hub be the end of the 1x gearing debate?

Wireless shifting, hub gears and a cassette - is this the future?

(Image credit: Classified)

Hub specialists Classified's latest hi-tech project puts the front derailleur into the rear hub to offer riders moving to a single ring setup the gear ratios normally associated with a two ring/front derailleur set up.

The Belgian brand has produced a unique take on the rear hub that offers a two-speed internal hub gear, actuated by a wireless electronic shifting mechanism. And if that sounds pretty hi-tech, it also manages this without needing any additional batteries at the hub - instead, it relies on contactless energy transfer via a tiny, USB rechargeable battery in the Smart Thru Axle.

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James Bracey

James Bracey's career has seen him move from geography teacher, to MBR writer, to Cycling Weekly's senior tech writer and video presenter. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of bicycle mechanics, as well as bike fit and coaching qualifications. Bracey enjoys all manner of cycling, from road to gravel and mountain biking.