There’s lots of reasons not to run Gen.1 HammerSchmidt. But its universality certainly gives the structure mass-adoption potential that ‘regular’ gearbox bikes lack if it could house more ratios without a massive size increase. Re. Width of the system, I always think back to when Shimano launched 9-Speed. There’s this photo I vividly remember seeing from a single speed race where the guy had the brand new XTR with a ‘Mine-Is-9’ sticker and 9x identical sized cogs. Put another way, naysayers and engineers can go about arguing about cog spacing and chain width and stacking planetary gears, and magnetized fluid gear boxes and etc. I’m just day dreaming with zero skin in the game. You can’t shoot down my drivetrain dreams because I already live them, one gear ratio per ride.
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