Glad to have a place to call home for FDs. FDs are a favorite for me though I have built all kinds of drives. There is nothing so simple, and properly done very smooth and quiet.
Looking forward to seeing builds here. I urge y’all to think outside the box. There are many ways to build an FD. Be creative!
I've been out of the game here for a while, so if this is a dumb question.. I apologize..lol
Who is selling the best friction drive kits nowadays?
I remember a few years back there was a seller who was making some real nice kits, a person could chose drive roller size and such and swap them farely easy if a person wanted more top speed or needed more hill climbing power.
I remember the rollers they had were knurled very good and the whole setup was heavier dury than the stuff we could get off ebay and other vendors.
I've had two dimension's edge friction drive kits with tecumsa tc300 and I just recently bought a staton friction drive kit with a Honda GX35. All great kits. Used them all on different bikes. I've also tried the chain drive kits rear mount. I like the simplicity and power. Currently on a Giant Revive.
A friction kit is the cheapest simplest, safest build for use on asphalt, but they will eat tires if yur
heavy on the throttle & do not perform all that well on wet, muddy, or gravel surfaces. On the plus side,
they´re virtually idiot proof. I still have a 12 yr. old Staton buried in a parts tub somewhere. I ride mostly
electric these days.
P. S. Long time no see, 5-7, I haven´t posted here for 5 years.
I´ve been posting mainly on EBR, but now that I´m resurrecting the gas touring bike, I thought I´d drop by.
Thing is, It´s still more practical for touring than all my efforts to create an E-tourer, more efficient in every way<
cheaper, lighter, & easier to maintain.