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    Shaft drive?

    Who here has seen one of these shaft-driven bikes?



    I've never actually seen one in person, so I would presume that they are either prohibitively expensive or don't work very well. Opinions?




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    Not sure it's either expensive or won't work well. I've read about it and it seems they're about equal in matters concerning weigh though. Only time will tell.

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    How does it work?

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    the design has actually been around since people came up with the idea to have multispeed bicycles. I'm talking late 1800's. I have to think that if it were a viable option, it would have taken off by now.

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    it's not as efficient as chain drive. slightly heavier too. i've ridden one and they ride okay. for multiple gears you'd require an internal hub.
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    The only Shaft I'd trust to drive
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    Quote Originally Posted by markf
    it's not as efficient as chain drive. slightly heavier too. i've ridden one and they ride okay. for multiple gears you'd require an internal hub.
    yeah my bad, back in the day they had patents for single speed shaft driven bikes. Its the same concept as a bmw or any other shaft driven motorcycle.

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    shaft drive...check

    two wheel drive...check

    fully suspended...check

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    That AWD bike sounds sweet.

    If it only adds 3lbs, and is as durable as they say... what's the downside? 'Cause I can think of a lot of times my rear tire has lost grip, even when my front tire was already over the ledge/rock/root and had plenty of traction had it been driven.

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    Do all shaft drive bikes come with a kickstand? That R0x0rs!

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