Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
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Shaft drive is heavier and mechanically less efficient than a chain drive. If weight and high performance aren't big issues, they are ok.
I've ridden a current model shaft driven Dynamic bike with an 8-speed Shimano internal gear hub and the combination seemed to work but felt rather sluggish.