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Honda

As you may well know, the Honda Motor Company was founded by Soichiro Honda in 1946 in Hamamatsu, Japan. Even before the Second World War Soichiro Honda had run a business manufacturing piston rings. Honda is now a huge global corporation making motorcycles, cars and all manner of devices driven by internal combustion engines.

In 2003 Honda developed a radical downhill mountainbike called the Honda RN01, and tested it on the domestic Japanese downhill racing circuit. The Honda RN01 featured a mysterious and, supposedly, highly secret 'gearbox' surrounding the bottom bracket. Inside this gearbox was a fairly straightforward derailleur system, using a custom designed, but surprisingly conventional, derailleur.

In 2004 Honda set up a full-blown world-class downhill mountainbike racing team called Team G Cross Honda. Honda hired the reigning World Champion, Greg Minnaar to head up the team. Team G Cross Honda rode the Honda RN01 - and although they did not sweep all before them, they were moderately successful with it.

I believe that the Honda 'gearbox' evolved through a number of iterations (perhaps three), before Honda disbanded the team at the end of the 2007 season.


Team G Cross Honda at Lisbon Downtown 2007

Team G Cross Honda at Lisbon Downtown 2007

  • Publisher: Honda
  • Date: July 2007
  • Derailleur brands: Honda
  • Derailleurs: Internal derailleur in Honda RN01
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Honda - web site 2018

Honda - web site 2018

  • Publisher: Honda
  • Date: 2018
  • Derailleur brands: Honda
  • Derailleurs: Internal derailleur in Honda RN01
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