Here at Velo Logic, we love creative thinking that the shatters preconceived notions of how a traditional component works or looks.
Today, here’s a quick look at a fresh new conception of the drivetrain.
We’ve seen chains, we’ve seen belts, we’ve seen direct drive, but we’ve never seen a string drive.
Well here’s what they say on the Stringbike site, and I quote:
- Silky smooth and almost silent riding experience
- Less maintenance, fewer parts to malfunction, long-lasting high efficiency
- No loose, broken, lost or rattling chains
- No lubrication, oil, rust or dirty hands – clean bike, clean hands, clean clothes, clean environment
- No chance of derailleurs going wrong and needing servicing
- No costly chain and drive-system maintenance
- Fewer bike parts exposed to possible damage while riding
- Noticeably easier to climb uphill than with conventional bikes thanks to special riding characteristics of the drive
- Almost continuous shifting through 19 gears, easily controlled by a single handle grip
- Quick and easy removal of the rear wheel makes fixing flat tyres clean and hassle-free
- The strings can be changed easily, without any tools in few minutes.
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No doubt it’s clever, unusual, creative, and it has some advantages… but I’d like to see a side-by-side comparison in terms of speed and efficiency, something like the results of riding traditional vs stringbike in a few 10-40 km time trials.
Nevertheless, interesting concept! What do you think?