BRIK’s chain-free city bike

Dutch bicycle brand BRIK makes aluminium shaft-driven cycles for men and women, which eliminates the need for conventional chains.

Founder Wouter Eigenbrood was inspired by the drive shaft that is operated in cars: "Why have cars switched from the chain to the shaft and we continue to work on bikes with outdated chains?"

How the drive shaft works

A shaft-driven bicycle uses a mechanical component known as a drive shaft to transmit power from the pedals to the wheel. Eigenbrood believes that using a drive shaft means no maintenance, no mess and no hassle with the chain.

The bikes have a large bevel gear on the hub which replaces the conventional chain ring. This bevel gear meshes with another bevel gear mounted on the drive shaft. The use of the bevel gears allows energy from the pedals to turn the wheel axis.

Available with gears

Originally, shaft-driven bicycles were not as advanced in gear ranges as chain-driven bikes due to sprockets and derailleurs. Advances in gear technology have meant that gears are now available on chain-free cycles.

BRIK bikes are available with three, seven or eight gears (Shimano Nexus 8 Speed Premium), depending on the style.

BRIK offers three distinct styles

BRIK bicycles are available in three models: BRIK Sec, BRIK Brut and E-BRIK:

The BRIK Sec is distinguished by its cross frame design. 

BRIK Brut is recommended for the more sporty riders, with the option for a straight or curved handlebar and an orange drive shaft.

Finally, E-BRIK is an electric version for those that want that extra power.

BRIK bikes are available in various colours, and upon request it is possible to paint the bicycles in any RAL colour.

BRIK bike

3-year guarantee

As well as being delivered to your door at no extra cost, BRIK offer buyers a three-year guarantee on the drive shaft.

There are recommended guidelines for maintaining the bike - the most important being greasing the drive-shaft from time to time.

Parvinder Marwaha


Parvinder Marwaha

British-born editor Parvinder studied architecture in the UK. Amsterdam’s architecture and design scene led her to the city, as well the obvious perks of canal-side living. She writes for various...

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