I met this German guy on Route 6 along the Loire. He started in Nantes and intended to ride the first 800 k section on a Flevobike. It looked well made and practical. He was as interested in my Q26 as I was in his bike.
(this is my first attempt at a file upload so heres hoping!)
I thought the hubs cost nearly as much as that. I suppose the all enclosed chain would at last give one significant advantage to the rider who couldn't be bothered with wiping the chain when it got wet. But it's till going to be expensice, heavy, inefficient and impossible to replace if you damage a wheel on tour.
When I was in the process of buying my Trice Q I seriously considered having a Rohloff, but the price and the fact that I had to convert the gear shifters and so on myself made me skip the idea, which in hindsight is good, because then I would have had a real problem when converting my bike to an electric-assisted bike, because the electric motor is in the rear hub! The electric assist is a real blessing! I just turn on full power and the uphills are much easier