Hubless Zigzain Bicycle Concept Powered by Simple Driveshaft

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Would a drive shaft work in a bicycle? Possibly, and here's a BMX bike concept that takes the design and runs with it, sans hubs!

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Illustration for article titled Hubless Zigzain Bicycle Concept Powered by Simple Driveshaft

The hubless wheels are a cool touch, I'll admit, but I have my doubts about whether the tiny driveshaft will replace today's venerable chain configuration.

Whatever the case may be, you're going to have a hard time convincing me the BMX riders of the future will be using this design to shred the pipe at the Mountain Dew extreme to the MAXX 2020 X-Games. [Falling Pixel via Design Blog]

DISCUSSION

gary_7vn
gary_7vn

We use chains for good reasons, up to 98% efficiency. Proven technology, easily repairable in the field. Very strong. Highly resistant to mud and dirt.

Drive shaft bikes were tried, and essentially rejected, decades ago.

But if you're scared to get your hands dirty, or you just want to look your best at all times, (I'm talkin to you hipster boy) there are some alternatives out there right now.