Why has this only just.....

by Gkam84   March 21, 2013  

Been invented and we are not all riding around on these hubs already?

Every week or so, I take 10 minutes to have a look around Kick Starter and see whats new and if there is anything of interest.

THIS http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/486778887/hubdock-quick-release-rear...

Caught my eye big time. VERY interesting, why are all the pro teams not already into this? It doesn't look like new technology, just some brains and its pretty simple.

What do you think?

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Looks ok for pros but expensive for the average cyclist, which is presumably why no bank will back them. Haven't had a serious problem changing a rear wheel for 23 years, but it is a pain.

posted by Alan Tullett [1434 posts]
21st March 2013 - 10:14

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That looks like a good step forward. Very interesting.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3083 posts]
21st March 2013 - 10:56

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Sadly, I can't see it being commercially viable. If you are one of those people who find changing a rear wheel 'a complex and confusing task' then it's highly unlikely you're in the market for bespoke upgrades like this. You'll probably be in the demographic who pay Evans a tenner to fix a flat..not that there's anything wrong with that in itself.

It would need all pro teams to adopt this en masse - as would neutral service at races. Coupled with the anticipated move to disc brakes, the neutral service cars would need to get a bit bigger to accommodate all the variants of wheels....

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posted by arrieredupeleton [551 posts]
21st March 2013 - 11:05

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I can see it being useful for the pros - the team mechanic can hop out of the team car with any wheel and pop it in without having to get the right ratio for each rider etc...

posted by Jaltham [67 posts]
21st March 2013 - 14:06

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I notice most of the comments are about it being affordable.

Its a new product, made by one person, its never going to be affordable for the average cyclist that way.

I am asking, why its never been used before? once the pro take something up, the prices start to tickle down to all.

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posted by Gkam84 [8798 posts]
21st March 2013 - 19:31

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it doesn't seem to me that it'd be hugely expensive to mass produce. it's always going to cost a bit more than a standard hub but it's pretty straightforward stuff. very clever idea

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7312 posts]
21st March 2013 - 20:13

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Well spotted Gkam,
a cracking and engineering wise simple idea and to be honest with you once the 'big boys' see this mass production will be the norm.
I feel for the inventer as unless he gets someone to sponsor this sharpish and build them under licence, then our far eastern buddies will have these on ebay by the weekend - try fighting that with a copyright certificate, forget it.

As always, the simple ideas are good.

I hope this makes the inventer a little richer, not just someone copy it straight away and he's left with nowt.

Regards,

Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [355 posts]
21st March 2013 - 20:32

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Never seen someone balance a bike like the guy does in that video.

Don't like it.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
21st March 2013 - 23:53

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