I`d seen the Shimano & Ellsworth in mags before but not the CVP unit. All are expensive and require a custom hub for sure.
That`s a big difference, my device can be made to fit any standard hub worldwide, and, since it`s cheap and gives you automatic operation at the same price, it`ll beat everything up to this high-techie design which can only appeal to the funded hardcore cyclist that wants an automatic, but also a chain/gear drivetrain for it`s efficiency (not even a low volume market).
So what`s a better investment, the one a something new that has all bikes, existing and new, as a potential market, or, build something to a rather narrow, expensive niche?
I chose the worldwide market, that`s what this product is for. The high techies hate the idea of a cheap automatic. But, if you ride a one-speed and have ever had to get off and push up a hill, this is the transmission for you!! That`s exactly why it`s better if the price is the same as the one-speed.
This is something all the others can`t touch, it`s an advantage of using fluids for a transmission if you`re willing to trade some efficiency, it`s also the reason the patent is so solid, no one makes them.
I want the cheap market, in tens of millions of units a year, that`s what the design is for.
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