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Old 11-18-10, 08:31 AM   #1
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Beixo bikes - Anybody care to comment?

I came across this website and I was intrigued by their "Shaft drive" because I have never seen one.

http://www.beixo.eu/en/_cardanas

Anybody care to comment? They have a pretty good looking folder:

http://www.beixo.eu/en/compact

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Old 11-18-10, 08:52 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 11-18-10, 09:08 AM   #3
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I came across this website and I was intrigued by their "Shaft drive" because I have never seen one.

http://www.beixo.eu/en/_cardanas

Anybody care to comment? They have a pretty good looking folder:

http://www.beixo.eu/en/compact

Thanks.
If you are in the USA, you can find a nice shaft drive bike from 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.
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Old 11-18-10, 09:34 AM   #4
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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.
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Old 11-18-10, 09:46 AM   #5
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.. 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.
Well, I have one - sort of... Loaned it to my sister a few months ago, and I don't think I'm ever going to get it back. She loves the bike, and her 10 year old does too. They say it's their favorite ride. Fits into the van easily for playdates and trips.

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.
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Old 11-18-10, 09:53 AM   #6
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The Beixo and Abio Penza appear to be the same bikes.
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Old 11-18-10, 11:09 AM   #7
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The Beixo and Abio Penza appear to be the same bikes.
Does look that way, doesn't it? Down to the locking hinge clamps.
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Old 11-18-10, 02:40 PM   #8
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Gearing is excellent for the kind of riding that bike is built for.
Funny, that was just the reason why I didn't bought it. The gearing is imo just to low for pleasure biking. It seems impossible to change the gearing, said the sellar.
To be more precise, I tested the folder (7 speed). Don`t know about the other bikes.
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