Mick F wrote:How about my payrise analogy then?
10% rise is an addition, so your payrise would never be called a 110% payrise.
The Rohloff range is said to be 526% because the top gear is 5.26 x the bottom gear. It is actually a handy way of reckoning because if you know the bottom gear, the top gear is a very quick calculation. My own feeling, having both wide derailleur triples and a Rohloff, is that having a Rohloff is like having a wide range triple (not one with a smallest ring of 30) but with about one gear less in range. So you compromise at the top or the bottom. It is easier to compromise at the top because if you spin out you can just let gravity do the work while you take a short break. That works just fine for touring. And you have no mechs to clean and maintain, the drivetrain is ridiculously quick and easy to clean and maintain, and you can change gear while stationary if you need to. With absolutely no indexing issues.
Perhaps it is because it is what I am used to, and it has given me absolutely no problems over the years, but I will be sad when a shortage of good quality replacement parts eventually forces me to abandon Shimano 9 speed MTB hubs, which have been at the centre of my reliable touring wheels for a long time. If they were continuing to make high end 9 speed stuff, that is what I would stick with. Perhaps I should have gone on a spares binge a few years back.