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March 19, 2020, 9:46 a.m. -  Morgan Heater

Zerodes aren't particularly expensive when compared to other high-end bikes. It doesn't seem like it would be impossible to build an affordable aluminum pinion driven bike. I think for trail bikes and touring bikes, the pinion system is actually really good, and can potentially last long enough that it's very affordable compared to a high-end derailleur based drive-train once you take into account regular chain, cassette and chainring replacements. The packaging of the hub systems into the frame is equally restrictive. Look at all the examples you guys have pulled up, they're uniformly pretty complicated/hideous except for the Zerode G1/2.

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