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Old 06-24-2009, 01:02 PM   #1
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Two days ago I visited a store to browse before I settle on my first bike.
Should the final drive on a bike be a deciding factor?
Do any of these has advantages over the other?
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:22 PM   #2
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"Should the final drive on a bike be a deciding factor?"

No.
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Old 06-24-2009, 02:56 PM   #3
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It depends on the bike and how it's used, but as LR said, no.

Buy the bike that you will use and enjoy.

However, if you don't want to clean your rear wheel and lube and adjust the chain on a regular basis, don't buy a chain-driven bike.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:10 PM   #4
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It depends on the bike and how it's used, but as LR said, no.

Buy the bike that you will use and enjoy.

However, if you don't want to clean your rear wheel and lube and adjust the chain on a regular basis, don't buy a chain-driven bike.
Heck, that's hardly true any more. I put a new bikemaster x-ring chain on the Zrex 6K ago and I haven't had to do anything to it yet.
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Old 06-24-2009, 04:25 PM   #5
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I found that a hydrostatic drive, like the wheels on an irrigation system work bestus. Also, those belts, chains, buckles, clasps and other nonsense don't hold a candle to a nice hydrostatic drive like a Pinzgauer or Unimog use. GO HYDRO HOMESES!
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Old 06-24-2009, 05:33 PM   #6
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I think belts provide the best combination of simplicity, durability, and low hp loss, but like LR, I wouldn't pick a bike based on the final drive.
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Shaft sounds fine- until something breaks
Chains sound find- except for the issue is slightly more noise and the fact that you must consider replacement of chain and sprockets in your budget.
Belt- less to maintain than Chain. Smoother. Limited bike selection.

Look, maintaining your bike is going to cost you in any case. It's really a matter of what you want. Pick based on want and intended purpose. To pick based on driveline would simply be silly.
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:19 AM   #8
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Belt- less to maintain than Chain. Smoother. Limited bike selection.
I thought a belt kit for the DL1000 would be a great idea until I found out it's over $1,000 for two pulleys, a belt and guard, and a bag o' bolts. I can spray some lube for those prices.

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I thought a belt kit for the DL1000 would be a great idea until I found out it's over $1,000 for two pulleys, a belt and guard, and a bag o' bolts. I can spray some lube for those prices.

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I was thinking about getting a belt conversion kit for my Sprint, but my funds were directed elsewhere.

Then I learned that belt drives need a substantial amount of tension. The output shaft bearing on a chain bike was not designed for that, and thus would probably fail in rather short order.
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:59 PM   #10
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Chain = the most maintenance with the least amount of power loss

Shaft = The most loss of power but cheaper than a chain drive to maintain.

Belt= Best of both worlds, very little maintenance most direct power.

Finally drive should never be the end all of a purchase, but it does cost more or less depending on which one you choose.
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