LongShot

artist concept

LongShot is a bicycle defined by a new type of transmission. The bicycle chain expands and contracts between two disks with no lateral movement, allowing you to choose any gear ratio for any cadence that best suits you. This is by definition an infinitely variable transmission. Also the chain guard fully encases the chain so you will have a clean maintenance free ride every time.


Bicycles are the most beautiful machines mankind has ever made.

The inherent simplicity and efficiency of the bicycle has no equal. A self propelled machine that is close to 100% efficient, and has been in mass production since inception. The iconic image of the bicycle is known by all mankind

Many improvements have been made to the bicycle, with new materials used for increased strength and lighter weight, and aerodynamic designs that hint of sc-fi.

Bicycles are the definition of state of the art in transportation, recreation and manufacturing. The beauty, the simplicity, the utility of the bicycle inspires us to do better.

A key element of the bicycle is the bicycle chain. This mass produced, taken for granted part of the bicycle makes the bicycle as efficient as it is. Close to 100% of the power is transferred from the rider to the rear wheel, via the chain. No other method matches this quality.

The Achilles heal of the bicycle chain is being able to have multiple gear ratios. The derailleur is employed to achieve this, but the simplicity of the bicycle is lost for this function.

We have come to accept this complex mechanism hanging off of our bicycles, messing up the aesthetics of what the bicycle represents, to overcome the limitation of single speed bicycles in not providing the rider their preferred cadence for any riding condition.

This new drivetrain mimics the simple design quality of the bicycle, while providing a bicycle with a clean, chain driven, aerodynamic, light weight, ratio dense, sequential shifting, drive train that is closer to being 100% efficient than what has come before.

This LongShot bicycle project will introduce a drivetrain that will define what a bicycle shall be. The qualities it will bring to the bicycle are near endless. Every rider will now be able to choose the exact cadence they wish for any road condition they may encounter. This single aspect is a dramatic improvement to what is been offered now, and will revolutionize competitive cycling. This transmission is like no other and uses hydraulics in the design. The drivetrain layout has been the the ultimate goal of every powertrain engineer who has ever lived, and has defied a solution since the start.

Bicycles manufactures with the use of hydraulics will now have a range of options to offer riders on how we interact with our bicycles that we never had to consider before. Prospective buyers will now be able to tailor their ride to almost any degree they wish. Top brands will use their skills and talents in producing a drivetrain free of any standards that prevent them from providing us riders with the most premium ride, humanly and technically possible. Small brands with big talent will now have a chance to be big brands.

The derailleur mechanism is and has been state of the art for decades. This light weight, highly engineered, mass produced piece of machinery that shows the mastery of production art, and mechanical beauty of what top brands can produce, are now all obsolete.

This new drivetrain while still using the bicycle chain is even more efficient than that of the derailleur. How this is so will be noticed by some observers of the model and photos presented here.

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