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    Are the Pinions coming?

    I'd prefer to have a Pinion unit that I can build a frame around, but I don't have the cash for their minimum order size.

    That said, are the bikes coming? Looks like maybe?

    Some people dislike URTs, but it's a step in the right direction.

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    The Pinion gearbox for those unfamiliar.
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    That looks pretty cool, but why make it a 29er? If you want to get gearbox bikes selling, make them light and make them "normal".

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    Alutech Fanes Enduro Pinion would be quite rad machine... There was a review of one in Pinkbike a while ago...



    Also Nicolai makes some frames with pinion gearbox...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbo View Post
    That looks pretty cool, but why make it a 29er? If you want to get gearbox bikes selling, make them light and make them "normal".
    29ers are still abnormal? This might offend, but where ya been man? 26ers and 29ers are the vanilla now - advertising a cool drivetrain on one vs the other is merely interchangeable in my opinion.
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    Yep, I reckon so; I don't know anyone who rides one. I'm not saying they're a bad idea but they're definitely still niche. Gearboxes are also niche, so what you're doing with this bike is niche^2, and that's not going to sell well.

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    Huh.

    Well... Ok. (EDIT: Where I ride, the local rigs are a smattering of 26, 29, fat... you name it, I know lots of people on supposedly niche bikes)

    (Also, not my bike dude)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbo View Post
    Yep, I reckon so; I don't know anyone who rides one. I'm not saying they're a bad idea but they're definitely still niche. Gearboxes are also niche, so what you're doing with this bike is niche^2, and that's not going to sell well.
    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    Huh.

    Well... Ok. (EDIT: Where I ride, the local rigs are a smattering of 26, 29, fat... you name it, I know lots of people on supposedly niche bikes)

    (Also, not my bike dude)
    Mr. American, meet Mr. European

    Here in Europe, you don't see many 29" mtb's.


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    Enlightening...

    Well, Timbo, I invite you to ride a 29er sometime. Then ride a 26er. Then ride a 29er. Then ride a 26er... I think you get the idea.

    Locally, I think the conversations have changed over the years from "You ride one of those stupid things?" to "How are you enjoying your stupid bike, chump?" and then everyone goes riding, and the fast guys are at the front regardless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    .... and then everyone goes riding, and the fast guys are at the front regardless.
    Exactly , the engine is the most important thing.



    I tried 700 wheels a couple of times since 2004 , and I really wished to like that Kool-Aid , but eh! ..... still on 26ers.

    ( my commuter and my road bikes ARE on 700 though , am I hip ? )


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    Quote Originally Posted by fokof View Post
    thread derailleur
    An amusing role, given this particular forum.

    Anyway! Post more about these transmissions as you see news of them! I think this is the last bastion of bikes being behind the times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    Huh.

    Well... Ok. (EDIT: Where I ride, the local rigs are a smattering of 26, 29, fat... you name it, I know lots of people on supposedly niche bikes)

    (Also, not my bike dude)
    I meant you're as in the colloquial you're; I know it's not your bike. I think I'm being misinterpreted though. I'm not saying 26 good 29 bad. I'm saying they'll sell better and thus gain visibility and eventually popularity if you don't make bikes that combine all the unusual features at once. Have a 26 inch version too and make it an option, don't lock people who want this particular gearbox frame in to also having to run 29 inch wheels. You're just chopping your audience down by doing that.

    If you've ever seen this episode of the Simpsons...: The Homer - Simpsons Wiki

    Also, this looks nice: NICOLAI Maschinenbau GmbH

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbo View Post
    If you've ever seen this episode of the Simpsons...: The Homer - Simpsons Wiki
    I loved that episode. You've just named my next mountain bike frame. It will hurt your eyes so bad.
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    Haha.

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