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Old 09-12-10, 09:42 AM   #1
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Carbon belt drive Tikit with Alfine 11 speed...

I've tried quite a few Bike Friday Tikits out and sort of felt like the fixed gear Tikit was the end of the road in terms of new configurations to try - until Walter posted about a carbon belt drive Tikit with 11 spd Alfine on his blog...hmmmm....
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I would love to try that. It sounds a great configuration.
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I was in Eugene yesterday and Kirk showed me the bike, sweet looking bike. I was given a tour of the facility by Kirk Toy and I came away even more impressed with Bike Friday.
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Wow, that does look like a nice setup.
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Vik, they also had a "fixed" with a 3 speed hub.
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Vik, they also had a "fixed" with a 3 speed hub.
I've test ridden it...and have no interest in it:

1) it adds some play in the drivetrain which is not fun on a fixed gear bike
2) adds shift cable and complexity to your fixed gear which is contrary to much of the reason for riding fixed
3) I'd just as soon add a Shimano 8spd IGH to a bike and have a wide gear range and the ability to coast

Having said all that it does work....I just don't get the point myself...
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Where is the "thumbs up" icon?

Nice post - thanks for sharing!
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Wow, that combo really is intriguing.

Seems to me belt drives are really gaining interest in the marketplace. Just about every manufacturer is piloting belt drives. I can't even imagine what it would be like to work only bikes without getting grease all over my hands!
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