Have you guys see the new G-Boxx 2 Site..!?!?
Featuring the new G-CONStandard for G-boxx tranny's from "Universal Transmission" (A Nicolai Partner company I'm sure), including Videos, Details of the Inner working, spects, standards, instructions, etc
Karl and his Guys are for sure at the forefront of Bike development,Thanks to them We have a Bright future in front of us,
Indeed, that is the future of mountain biking! The update of http://www.g-boxx.com website is online since December 24th 2007. The presentation of the technology of the all-new G-Boxx 2 was well timed like a christmas present!
Thorough discussions about the gear box(x) theme are to be read e.g. at
http://www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthr...=107737&page=8 (NICOLAI manufacturer forum with informations at first hand by the forum´s moderator Falco MILLE by NICOLAI GmbH).
If you have any NICOLAI or gearbox (UNIVERSAL TRANSMISSIONS) related questions feel free to contact the mtb-news.de forum. All the guys there are acquainted with English.
I consider my self very Lucky, because I'm being corresponding with the man him Self, Mister Karl Nicolai, He is just such a pleasure to deal so open to new ideas, suggestions.
Originally Posted by Wilhelm6
Personally I can not wait to get my hands on one of this things, specially if they manage to implement a belt driven system or something lighter than all this chains..
Thanks for the Links, I know the guys at the "monkey" but my german for sure kind of Ill Kaputennnen.
Thank you. Karlheinz NICOLAI is indeed a great guy with a quick and open mind, ready to reconsider every traditional technical solution. I met him at Eurobike, and it was a real pleasure to talk with him. However, anytime it is the best to get informations at first hand. I´m very curious to see the anticipated very low maintenance and light GATES carbon belt drive solution inside (primary drive) as well as outside (secondary drive) the G-Boxx, too. Besides, I´m looking forward the all-mountain version of the gearbox as well as the E-core shifting technology. Both should be unveiled in 2-4 years, so far as I know. For me, one of the most impressive characteristics of Karlheinz is his very impressive professionalty of thinking as well as acting.
Originally Posted by patineto
Best regards, Wilhelm
Yes Karl is a excellent example of the type of person that can change the world, I don't know anybody else at Nicolai, (well I wrote Falco a few times and he is cool too) but i'm sure Karl surround him self with like minded people of his kind.
Originally Posted by Wilhelm6
Sure "chains" can become obsolete (at least in current form), the main reason that they still common place is because they can Deviate from a straight line for shifting, but if all the gearbox changes are done internally (or the power to the wheel transmit to a single cog), is just no need for a chain with roller on two sides (dérailleurs require to have a inner side and outer side for the pulleys to engage)
I´m very curious to see the anticipated very low maintenance and light GATES carbon belt drive solution inside (primary drive) as well as outside (secondary drive) the G-Boxx, too.
A do have a lot of experience with Belts on Motorcycles (CVT's and Open conventional single gear systems) and they are not as perfect as you may think, from the start they are not that efficient, plus for example stones get lodge in between the belt and sprockets and crack them and thing like that, plus they are prety much Unfixable (specially on the side of the road).
But I'm hopeful on bicycles this can be overcome do to the much lower horse power values they need to transmit.
Oh yeah this systems need to become competitive with any other drive train, before it can really be part of the bike options.
Besides, I´m looking forward the all-mountain version of the gearbox
The way I see it, Is already pretty scary that you need to commit your self to purchase a bike with a whole new standard (none retrofitable if things don't work out or you just don't like it for some reason), so at least need to be as competitive (if not better) in every aspect.
what is 'E-core" that I don't know
as well as the E-core shifting technology.
Well as long as you can just change the "OBsolete" G-con like a "VHs Tape" for a newer model with out the need to re-weld the frame or even change it, I'm okay with updates.
Both should be unveiled in 2-4 years, so far as I know.
I guess that is the whole point of a "Standard'
Wilhelm sound like we are going to get along just fine.
For me, one of the most impressive characteristics of Karlheinz is his very impressive professionalty of thinking as well as acting.
Best regards, Wilhelm
Just the fact that a person as busy as he most be, takes the time to respond to e-mail's from a "average joe" like my self is very telling of his Human and professionals qualities.
Last edited by patineto; 01-21-2008 at 11:04 AM.
Living Ghetto Fabulous!
I enjoy watching the animation video. I'm no engineer so it's like a cartoon to me. Cool stuff; definately the future!
Originally Posted by kidwoo