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The Shuttle Buddy Offers Bolt On Electric Drive

Electric Shuttle Buddy

Electric Shuttle Buddy

Shuttle Buddy has been offering a gas powered friction drive kits designed to fit in a backpack and get downhill riders back up the hill. They are planning an electric version to green up the product line.

Electric friction drive is nothing new to the ebike world. You can find less sexy looking systems from Electric Bike factory and an equally sexy but less integrated version from Pedalix.

However, none of the existing systems will work with a full suspension mountain bike like the Shuttle Buddy system. It has a pivot that allows it to move with the rear wheel.

The Shuttle Buddy system is designed as a single unit that slides onto your seat post. Proper tension is provided by a spring that attaches near your rear wheel skewer. The whole system is easy to remove can fit in a back pack.

The gas system only weighs 7 lbs but no doubt the electric system will be heavier. Stay tuned for more information as we get it.