Crowd sourcing campaign to launch revolutionary freehub

We previously reported on Belgian inventor Jan Deckx's ingenious invention, the D-Fix freehub. Having failed to get backing from major groupset manufactures, today sees his Indiegogo crowd sourcing page go live...

We previously reported on D-Fix, a revolutionary new freehub design. Responses to our article were very warm, with many people expressing keen interest to buy the product and use it on their own bikes. The D-Fix rear hub attaches the cassette to the wheel (opens in new tab) in a different way.

This means that the wheel can be removed separately, leaving the cassette behind. This could be useful for cleaning, maintenance and putting your bike in a car, as it doesn’t leave the chain dragging against the frame. It is also very quick. For those who are unfamiliar, or need a reminder, below is a video of the invention in action and a summary of the key advantages.

http://timeInc.brightcove.com.edgesuite.net/rtmp_uds/26996914001/201502/2158/26996914001_4051700605001_Belgian-man.mp4

The Key Advantages:

  • You can remove the wheel very quickly, without touching the chain or cassette.
  • The chain is not left dragging against the frame.
  • You can remove the wheel but still turn and maintain the drive train. Useful for cleaning.
  • You wouldn’t need to change cassettes between different wheels.
  • No need to adjust gears when a different rear wheel is put in place.

Since we spoke to him at the London Bike Show, Jan Deckx, the inventor of D-Fix has struggled to gain backing for his freehub design, claiming that "the main reason why this freehub is not in production by companies such as SRAM and Shimano is they don't believe in the benefits of this system."

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Jan Deckx, the inventor of D-Fix

Deckx, a keen cyclist himself, told us that the large groupset manufacturers believe that "bikers won't spend any money on such a device."

It would appear that the only way we are going to see the D-Fix freehub come to market is if sufficient funds can be raised through crowd sourcing (opens in new tab). Claiming that the design is complete, Deckx has requested funds to be used for the following purposes:

° Independent testing. Estimated at €2000 for two prototypes and axle strength test.

° Materials

° Machinery

° Premises

° Packaging and Distribution

Speaking to Cycling Weekly, Deckx informed us that he envisages the initial price of the freehub to be around €350–€400 with the first production samples available in July. We really think this is a great idea and would love to see it come to fruition. If you would like to donate funds to make D-Fix a reality, then here is a link to the Indiegogo page. (opens in new tab)

 

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.