Lovin' my Fixie
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Euclid, Ohio, USA (Near the Great Lake Erie)
Bikes: Litespeed Classic, C-Dale MT1000, 80's Trek 770, 2005 Raleigh Rush Hour Pro, Fixed
Major Contest for Bike Hydraulics
Bike Hydraulics Contest
Saw this notice on the my cities' web site about an local corporation that has started a contest for University Engineering students to improve bike design using hydraulics. At least a large corporate manufacturer thought of bikes instead of cars. That's refreshing.
I know that this has been tried before and I've even heard of a start-up company that has patented a hydraulic bike drivetrain to be used by military and police. Lack of needed maintenance and durability are the main advantages. Don't know anymore about it or anything ever came of it.
So what do you think? Is Shimano worried? Doubt it. I still think that the current technology is so simple, direct and long-lived that it would take a major discovery and a ton of marketing and research money to make it happen.But you never know. Call me a semi-retro-grouch.
Talk amongst yourselves.