How a Propshaft Universal Joint Can Be Used In a Bike

When most people think about bicycles, they think about a chain set ups that transmit power from the pedals to the wheel. It's by far the most popular set up out there, but there is such a thing as a propshaft universal joint for a mountain bike. What exactly is this particular set up, and are there any benefits when compared to the chain?

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An overview


One look at a mountain bike that has a propshaft universal joint instead of a chain will stand out for those who are not familiar with them. They aren't too common, but there has been a recent revival of sorts.


The large bevel gear is the most noticeable feature, and it is going to be in the same exact location as a typical chain ring. This bevel gear works with another bevel gear that is mounted to the driveshaft. These bevel gears all work together to propel the bicycle in a unique way.


Everything is completely contained with a pro shaft set up. This makes maintenance very easy for riders everywhere. When on a mountain bike, it can sometimes be overwhelming with maintenance because so many different things can get caught up in a regular chain.


Shaft versus chain set up


A lot of people who are all in on propshaft really like the consistent efficiency and performance every single time. Without question, there is a lot less maintenance that needs to go into making sure that everything works properly.


With a chain, it needs to be constantly cleaned and lubricated to work properly. This can be extremely tedious if a person is riding in less than ideal conditions.There are chain options for people that come fully enclosed. This can provide some of the same benefits, which puts them more on par.


Shaft gears are a little bit more expensive, mostly because they are more complex. It is one of the major reasons why they are not on that many bicycles, because manufacturers are trying to keep cost down as much as possible.


Expect a slightly heavier bike, all things considered, when using a shaft drive over a chain. The frame in particular needs to be a little bit heavier to be able to transmit the torque. They also need slightly higher quality gears to operate correctly.


Who benefits the most from chainless bikes?


Those people who really want a bike that requires less maintenance should consider looking into a chainless, shaft driven bicycle. Not only are they becoming increasingly popular with mountain bikes, but commuter bikes as well. Being able to hop on and off the bicycle without having to do much checking before hand is just a personal preference from Sam.


In the future, expect them to pop up a little bit more here and there. It's probably going to be next to impossible for them to fully take over chain options, but they definitely have their place in the bicycle world. Check on out in person before purchasing to see if it is something that is interesting enough.