|Korean manufacturer Bygen’s Hank Direct Bike simply ditches the chain and switches it for a direct-drive system. Instead of a chain or belt drive, it has levers that transfer power from the pedals to the rear wheel. This means the pedals are directly powering the rear wheel, much like a Penny-farthing’s pedals power the front wheel directly. But unlike a Penny-farthing, the Hank isn’t a fixie: it has a hub transmission with three available gear ratios. The pedals extend forward and are placed at a natural angle beneath the rider, while the entire bike doesn’t actually fold but rather telescope back into itself. The top post is completely adjustable, so even when you take it out of the retracted position, you don’t have to slide it all the way forward, allowing you to lock it in place at the most comfortable distance. Price and availability haven’t been announced, however.
- Simple and fancy design with no BB and chains
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