Classified Powershift Hub: A Poor Solution To Something That Isn’t a Problem?

I don’t understand the problem with a front mech. Sure, it’s more fidgety then no front mech, but you get a lot more gears for dealing with that minor inconvenience. Alongside that minor inconvenience, you get a more efficient chainline, and chain. But what about weight, you may ask. I’ll have to give you that, you do save some weight by reducing the ring count up front. If getting the lightest bike, efficiency be damned, is your goal 1x is a great way to get there.

Now enter Classified. They have a bluetooth enabled rear hub that presents two gear ratios, effectively simulating a 2x setup. I do think it’s cool, but also totally stupid for a lot of reasons:

  1. Expensive: You have to run one of their three €2,399.00 wheelsets + their €175.00 cassette.
  2. Weight: Classified claims that it is ±10g of a comparable 2x setup, which means best case you’re right back where you started with a much lighter wallet.
  3. Complexity: need to charge your thru-axle, has a motor, etc.

What am I missing? How did this ever become a thing?


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2 years ago

It shifts much better: while going all-out on a 10% climb you can shift easily and super fast. Not something you’d ever do with a FD.
No chain rub, and no trimming necessary
Buys you a little more aero
Won’t get out of whack which happens easily with FD’s (accidents, cable wear, etc)
Less efficient chainline? Please explain.

2 years ago

I want this because I want the ability to use a different crankset from a vintage era. I love the look of the old 1985 Campagnolo cranksets but they don’t shift well between two rings with Di2. I’m sick of every crankset on the market being black or carbon and there’s just nothing there anymore that screams bling to people who really love a beautiful bike. With the Classified hub system I would be able to use a vintage crank and single ring setup that would be a thing of beauty and I wouldn’t lose the functionality or selection of… Read more »

2 years ago

I ride a Ridley Kanzo Fast as my road bike because I love fat tires. I love my Kanzo but it doesn’t have the ability to run 2x. With the classified system I can have all the gears of a 2x setup on a bike that is not able to run 2x.

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