LongShot

the bicycle project with hard liquid

A technology that is so far advanced it should not exist. Hence the name Sci-fi bikes.

Being able to control a bicycle chain in only two dimensions while providing a continuously variable transmission can be considered the holy grail for powertrain engineers, and it’s not thought possible to do. Also having a bicycle drivetrain that uses hydraulics I believe is a first.

Some inherent design qualities of this powertrain being:

  • A clean and lightweight, aerodynamic, bicycle drivetrain, that is ratio dense, with sequential shifting.
  • Greater efficiency due to their being no slack in the chain, and being under near tension at all times.
  • The chain can be easily covered providing the rider a clean ride at all times. This cover wraps the upper and lower exposed chain separately, and moves with the chain as the rider changes gear ratios. This will reduce maintenance substantially, and provide the owner a clean bike whether riding or storing.

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 has 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.

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. These light weight, highly engineered, mass produced pieces 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 system. How this is so may be noticed by some observers of the models presented here.

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