This futuristic e-bike is off the chain – quite literally

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The Honbike E-bike is a new folding electric bike that gets rid of one of cycling’s biggest annoyances: the chain. Honbike hasn’t just replaced it with a belt drive, either; instead, the e-bike has a fully enclosed drive shaft that means no risk of slipping or jumping, and practically no maintenance.

For everyday commuting, a drive shaft makes a lot of sense: it’s light, quiet, and (perhaps most importantly) needs far less maintenance than a conventional drive system. While a chain typically needs maintenance after 300 miles including lubrication and tensioning, and a carbon belt will need attention after 12,000 miles, Honbike says that its drive shaft will only need servicing after it’s completed 25,000 miles.

For everyday commuting, a drive shaft makes a lot of sense: it’s light, quiet, and (perhaps most importantly) needs far less maintenance than a conventional drive system. While a chain typically needs maintenance after 300 miles including lubrication and tensioning, and a carbon belt will need attention after 12,000 miles, Honbike says that its drive shaft will only need servicing after it’s completed 25,000 miles.