I want to get a decent bike for my daily trip to work and other trips.
My daily trip to work is around 15km in total and the terrain is quite flat (except for a small hill and a few underpasses). The infrastructure is excellent.
I want to following features in my bike: 28", hub gears (7), front suspension. However, the supply of local dealerships featuring bikes with those qualities is virtually zero. So I am leaning towards ordering a bike from an online store.
However, I'm a bit scared of 8 gear transmissions, since the last bike I owned had one and the 8th gear "ran out of resistance" when I was only going 15-20km/h. However, I'd like to be comfortably riding around 20-30km/h.
Without test riding, how can I know that the bike will have the right transmission ratio?
For example this bike has a "Travel Pro's Shimano 8-speed hub gear". But when I google for that, I find no further information (just other bikes using it) and also on shimano's website I didn't have any more luck. I found another gear that has a ratio of "307%", but I don't know what to do that information.