CeramicSpeed’s Chainless Bike May Be The Bike Of The Future
CeramicSpeed's new bike 'Driven' has a drivetrain that produces 49% less friction
Recently showcased at the 2018 Eurobike, CeramicSpeed’s new chainless bicycle Driven, won the prestigious Eurobike Award over 365 other entries. The new derailleur-free drivetrain is said to produce 49% less friction and could easily be the bike of the future. While the revolutionary bicycle is still a prototype and requires a special frame, it aims to set the new standard in efficiency by replacing the need for derailleurs and chains with a pinion-style driveshaft system.
Born out of a collaboration with the University of Colorado, the nearly two-dimensional bike by CeramicSpeed intends to be lighter, have less drag and take up much less space than many of the bicycles found on the road today. It eliminates all eight points of sliding friction and instead uses a total of 21 bearings. The bearings transfer torque from the front ring through the drive shaft, then onto the flat, 13-speed rear “plate.”
BikeRumor also reported the Driven system tests at 99 percent efficiency, meaning almost all your power is actually applied to the ride, not wasted. With this, riders will be able to travel much farther without the need for extra energy.
Unfortunately, the company isn’t taking preorders yet. CeramicSpeed and their partners over at the University of Colorado have only been working on the prototype for 9 months now. We’re certainly excited to give this new bike a spin once it hits the market.
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