Automatic transmission for bikes

It seems like there was something like this available before but apparently Shimano’s “Coasting” technology is news worthy enough for CNET this week. The technology uses a computer chip to control automatic shifting between one of three gears. The article specifically says the tech isn’t meant for road or mountain bikes and doesn’t even perform well in inclement weather. “Coasting” is for cruisers only and the article has some interesting insight into the big bike manufacturers’ strategy for winning back recreational riders. Perhaps this will be a good starting point for potential new mountain bikers? Just don’t ride through any puddles 😉

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