I remember a poster dis-satisfied with a new folding bike with shaft drive upset about the frame breaking. Do not know if it was this make or not.
Dual drive Mezzo (GOLD), Dual Drive Mezzo with bullbars (black), White Brompton thingy with Dahon Androes stem and bull bars. Birdie (old sytle) 7 speed. Downtube NS8.
Abio Bikes.. right now the 3 speed Penza is on sale for $550 .. I have a belt drive Verdion and it has been trouble free.. I haven't ridden the Penza, but I think one of our forum members has.. if the gear ratios suit your needs, I could see this as a fine choice .. the shaft drive/3 speed hub option should be a very reliable, maintenance free drivetrain.
I've ridden an expensive shaft driven bike my friends own. Neat idea, but a lot of power loss due to the shaft. I'm much faster on a chaindrive bike. Admittedly that's one data point from a different brand so I wouldn't assume this one has the same problem, but at the same time I personally wouldn't buy a shaft drive bike I couldn't test ride to verify how it performs.
The shaft drive is reliable, clean and quiet. It does add weight, so it's not a go-fast bike. But the Abio Penza is a very stable riding bike (maybe because it's heavy?). That's why my sister likes it so much. She likes the wine color too...
Gearing is excellent for the kind of riding that bike is built for.
Last edited by SesameCrunch; 11-18-10 at 10:08 AM.
The Beixo and Abio Penza appear to be the same bikes.
Dawes Kingpin 2speed