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 I know it's different from what you're aiming at, but what if the mech was on top of a casette instead of below. On this bike, it could work and on other bikes it might as well. Just an idea, you got me thinking. The advantage would be less striking the mech and breaking it... Hmmmm...
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 You can't put the derailleur on top of the cassette, thats the power side. It would have to be a front-derailleur style changer, giving you 3 or 4 gears tops.
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 Well you could have two contained gears by your cranks to change the chain direction, then just mount it on top of the cassette could you not? It eliminate the problem of hitting your mech on rocks.
Could work? Maybe no?
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 Maybe, but I also want to reduce the unsprung weight
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 It would be *really* hard not to hit with your leg (hah, that's what she said!), and I think having the cassette that close to the chainring would make for some nasty chainline angles, no? Good thinking out of the box, though! tup

edit: I suppose the Honda setup was basically the same, except enclosed.. Hmm, I don't know!
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 I would love to play around with it though and see if a configuration could be made to work
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 Chuck it all in a box like the honda and it gets my vote. Once its in a box its a gearbox and no longer a derailler.
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 @WAKIdesigns What do you think? I spent 3 min photoshoping this, but I was thinking about the Honda DH bike, and if it could be simplified and made more practical.
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 I tried to design something like that. With a left sided chainring, it put the mech in the middle of the front triangle. Hardest part is to put the shock somewhere.
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 gearbox!

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