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Tomac and Honda (Gearbox bike)

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by Total Heckler, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. Total Heckler

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    Check out what was posted on Tomac's facebook page...

    Just so happens that Joel Smith (owner of Tomac Bikes) is in Japan...


    What is this?! :D
     

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    A derailleur in a box from the looks of it.
     
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    Oh my....

    Maybe Eli will show up to a race and laugh his way onto a podium someday?
     
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    I hope this isn't just a tease and there's some substance behind this. A Tomac/Honda collaboration could have an interesting and desirable outcome.
     
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    If it keeps it out of harms way, gets rid of chainslap, doesn't become a over-technical nightmare (like some gearboxes out there), I think it's great personally.
     
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    I'll believe it when I see it.
     
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    The honda bike was one of the most intriguing bikes of years past. Someone bringing this to market sure would be interesting.
     
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    where are the tomac pimps around here, anyways? tell us what's good, buddies...

    really wouldn't mind a gearbox bike, so long as it shifts without pedaling. otherwise it's a bit of a waste IMO.
     
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    Give them two weeks.
     
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    Hell has frozen over! Dood from Nebraska thinks he can do a better job of bringing a gearbox bike to production than the enginerds at Honda? Awesome.
     
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    IH8Rice I'm Mr. Negative! I Fail!

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    "the universal timeline response from a bike company"
     
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    IH8Rice I'm Mr. Negative! I Fail!

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    they are visiting Showa too...
     
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    Hypehypehype.

    It will be interesting to see what, if anything (yeah, I am hating and doubting already), comes out of it.
     
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    I always wondered if the honda gearbox was just a derailleur and cassette in a box. I guess this potentially answers my question.
     
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    i just hope Tomac makes a better quality frame before they throw a gearbox in one... just saying...
     
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    it was. theres on a video on the internets with Minaar's old mechanic showing how it works
     
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    supposedly it was a cvt before it became a dx in box, but the cvt idea was garbage...the google can probably tell you better than i can.
     
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    Who said there was anything wrong with it?
     
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    Huh? Did you miss the part where dood from Nebraska visits Honda to figure out how to build a gearbox bike?
     
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    it's about time someone got the people at Honda to sell the idea.
     
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    whats so funny about his comment?
     
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    Um, ok. Do you lack reading comprehension skills? Or are you just blind?
     
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    I can't remember if they applied for a patent, or they got the patent, but IIRC Honda designed an infinite gearbox. I saw the design and it gave you any gearing you wanted between preset max-high and max-low gears. I don't know if they used it at all, but I know they went to a derailleur in a box at some point.
     
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    Give us the fork! Have heard nothing from SHOWA.
     
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  35. IH8Rice

    IH8Rice I'm Mr. Negative! I Fail!

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    hells yeah. and shock too!
     
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    Tomac is the last brand i thought would have worked with Honda/Showa.
    Joel is on this forum sometimes. Maybe he will provide some facts to this questionable project.
    Maybe this picture makes more sense now.

    Remember Honda at keystone not to long ago
     
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    Just talked to my buddy at SHOWA. He has heard nothing about SHOWA being approached to produce MTB suspension!:rant::(
     
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