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Zerode's Prototype Full Carbon 27.5 Gearbox Trail Bike

<b>Zerode founder, Rob Metz, built this incredible prototype carbon gearbox trail bike in his garage.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>It would be pretty amazing to just make a carbon gearbox bike for yourself, wouldn't it?</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The 27.5-wheeled machine was built to see how the Pinion Gearbox system, which features 18-gears works in the real world. </b> -Sven Martin

<b>Metz doesn't think the Shimano Alfine internal hub meets the needs of a the modern trail bike rider.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>The Pinion gearbox features 18-speeds, more than enough for most trail bike use.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>66-degree head angle, 13.873-inch bottom bracket and a 24-inch top tube for the 6'3" Metz.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>27.5 / 650b seems to be the future, so Metz figured he'd play along. A prototype Marzocchi fork graces the bike.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>If he can make this in his garage, so could you, right?</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Similar to how a surfboard is made, foam is shaped and the carbon is laid up around the foam to create the pieces of the bike.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Production molds for the carbon pieces would be very expensive and Metz doesn't feel like mortgaging his house for the project.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>While Metz is talking with investors, there are no solid production plans yet.</b> -Sven Martin

<b>Here's to the potential future for Zerode. We'd love to see this come to market!</b> -Sven Martin

Zerode founder, Rob Metz, built this incredible prototype carbon gearbox trail bike in his garage. The 27.5-wheeled machine was built to see how the Pinion Gearbox system, which features 18-speeds, works in the real world. Will this beauty ever see the light of day for the masses? Watch the slideshow and find out.

Photos and interview by Sven Martin

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