Tech of the Week 2023 June 10 – 1 The bike world is super busy now we’ve hit summer and we have news to tell you about from Michelin, Wahoo and Cannondale, along with a really neat tool that’s flying on Kickstarter, but we’re starting with a drive system that ditches the conventional chain in favour of intelligent beads. Yep, that’s right, intelligent beads… Could this revolutionary drive system really transform the cycle industry?
A British inventor plans to revolutionise the cycle industry with a system that uses “intelligent beads” housed in a cassette to provide two-wheel drive rather than a conventional chain – that’s “cassette” in the sense of an enclosed container rather than a cluster of sprockets. David Jephcott’s Injenius bike also uses internal braking and smart gears. 2023 Injenius bike – 1 (2) The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Product Development Centre has described the design as “the most exciting development in cycling history since the turn of the last century, incorporating a revolutionary drive system that could transform the industry” although a prototype has yet to be built so we can’t show you pictures of it in action.
Gerry Wilkinson, who is working with David Jephcott to deliver the project, says, “The Injenius bike works with an intelligent compression drive which distributes the energy to both the front and rear wheel equally purely by a more efficient use of human effort via the pedals.
“The design brings all the advantages without the potential of electronics being compromised in […]