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What's magic about Decathlon's Magic Bike concept?

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Richard Peace

Richard Peace took to full-time outdoor writing/photojournalism after stints in an office and as an English teacher abroad. His cycling route guide books include the best-selling Ultimate C2C Guide and the Ultimate UK Cycle Route Planner plus Electric Bicycles. He has written for various media about many aspects of cycling

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2 weeks 6 days ago

Meh!  Mike Burrows (amongst many others) been there already with "Gordon" - although that was drums not disks.  I'm not 100% on single-sided axles but they make a lot of sense for bikes with chaincases or internal gears to facilitate puncture fixing / tyre change.

Decathlon's stuff is interesting and evolution will happen.  I know this is a "concept" but when I see so much "we're doing it our way" on something like a bicycle I'm skeptical.  There are a lot of ways to overcomplicate something.  Also you're better waiting until a few people have knocked the bugs out of an idea.

https://www.cyclinguk.org/sites/default/files/document/migrated/publication/ctc201601034.pdf

2 weeks 6 days ago

Single sided chainstay with the disc on the drive side?