Front derailleur alternatives for triking?

Kurt, a regular and long-time reader of Trike Asylum, has completed some independent research into the question of whether there is a suitable alternative to front derailleurs on recumbent tricycles. A Trike Asylum post about this topic spurred him into further detailed investigation. Kurt is a very thorough fellow when it comes to gearhead types of things, so you may be curious about what he discovered! Read all about it HERE!

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2 Responses to Front derailleur alternatives for triking?

  1. Dan Brown says:

    I wonder about electric shifting, is it really an important thing. Seems too me it would be just something else to take care of.

  2. Kurt says:

    I’ve become a zealot since going electric. So far I’ve had 15 months and 2500 miles of perfect shifts– quieter and faster than anything I’ve ever experienced with external gears, never any hesitation or delay. Maintenance involved charging the battery 5 times in that period. On the typical recumbent under-seat handlebar design, the Alfine pushbutton shifter (used with an Ultegra derailleur) is ergonomically superior to either twist shifters or bar-end shifters. Dramatically so in my opinion. The wiring is easily routed inside the tubing for clean installs. On my Sprint, the wiring and battery live inside the right handlebar so there is nothing external from the shifter to the central frame tube. From the handlebar pivot back, the cable follows the normal path to the derailleur.

    If you ride year round or on tours (i.e. in weather), electronic shift completely eliminates the inevitable crappy shifting and/or cable maintenance. It’s the biggest improvement to my ride since getting ‘bent.

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