The Q For You: QX100 vs. Q559

October 9, 2015/ Maria Parker

My love affair with the Q (see my Summer on a Quest post) continues with the latest addition to the series. I’m excited that the comfort and fun of the Q is now available in a more affordable option with our QX100.

We put together the head-to-head comparison below to help customers understand what differentiates the QX100 from the Q559. The biggest difference is gearing. The Q559 has an internally geared hub with a range that will take on just about anything you might run into, while the QX100 has 18 gears in the more traditional 2 by 9 set-up. The internal gearing also makes the Q559 incredibly low maintenance and great for touring and long-distance travel.

Gearing SRAM 3×9 internally geared hub equivalent to 54/42/26 crankset paired with 11-28 derailleur system giving 27 gears. SRAM 2×9, (2 chainrings and a 9 ring 11x 28 cassette)
Gear inch range 26 to 125 26 to 107
Gain ratio 2.15 to 10.2 2.0 to 8.2
Can you change gears at a stop? Yes No
Adjustability of Boom Front boom easily adjustable for all ranges changing front boom length may require adjustment of front derailleur at extremes
Tires Maxis 26 x 1 Innova 26 x 1.5
Color Options Sunrise Orange Glossy Black, Alpine Blue or Adventure Green
Carrying Capacity Light duty integrated rack included, optional touring rack and heavy duty rack available optional touring rack and heavy duty rack available.
Elliptical chainring for smoother more efficient pedaling Yes No
Weight 32 pounds 31 pounds
Can you use it on a trainer?  No Yes

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