The past 10 days or so I’ve been riding a Civia Loring with a SRAM i-Motion 9 internal gear hub installed. This is my first time trying an i-Motion and I must say, it’s quite nice. The gear ratio graph shows even steps throughout most of the range, with 17% steps between the 2-3-4-5-6-7-8, and 14% steps between 1-2 and 8-9; you can really feel this on the road. The total range is 340% compared to the Shimano Alfine’s 305%. I’d say the i-Motion doesn’t shift quite as crisply as the Alfine, and it definitely doesn’t shift as cleanly under a full load, but it’s still a very smooth hub that’s worth serious consideration. My only real complaint—and this is totally a personal thing—is that I do not like twist shifters. Something about clackety twist shifters attached to a silky smooth hub just offends my sensibilities. ;-) We’ll talk about the i-Motion 9 in more detail in our upcoming Loring review.