Bicycle drivetrain requirements vary greatly – the performance needed for a casual commuter is vastly different than that of a long distance bikepacker. To address an even wider range of bike types and riding styles, Gates now offers five distinct Carbon Drive product families for bikes and e-bikes the SideTrack, CDN, CDC, CDX and CDX:EXP.
Gates has been innovating their Carbon Drive belt systems since they entered the bicycle market in 2007. Originally developed on single-speed mountain bikes, the low-maintenance and high strength system is now found on everything from beach cruisers to cargo bikes, from fitness training cycles to full suspension mountain e-bikes. Gates engineers have continued to develop their systems, recently launching 3 new, expanded levels of performance to meet manufacturer demand.
The CDC line with next-generation CenterTrack design, features a new patent-pending aluminium sprocket design, coating and tooth profile for optimised value and durability. Designed for leisure and light-commuter style mid-motor e-bikes with ≤50 N-m torque, CDC will enable more consumers to experience the advantages of the Gates Carbon Drive system
The CDC line of sprockets paired with the Gates Carbon Drive CDX belt will initially be compatible with Bosch Active Line and Active Line Plus, and Shimano E5000 and E6100 motors. With 20 different spider assembly and ten rear sprocket options for internal-geared and single speed hubs, CDC covers the most popular drivetrain sizes.
The SideTrack system is a new solution designed specifically for manufacturers of entry-level performance and leisure bikes with few gears. It’s intended for seasonal, recreational cyclists looking for their first belt-driven bike. The SideTrack system features flanged front and rear sprockets paired with the proven bicycle-optimized 11mm pitch Gates belt, constructed with carbon fibre tensile cords and an HNBR polymer. SideTrack is designed for use with most single-speed and 3-speed internally geared hubs and is initially available only to OEs.
Finally, the CDX:EXP line is expanding to include three new sprockets made of high-hardness, high-strength steel or aluminium for use with Rohloff internally geared hubs and Pinion gearboxes. Featuring the patented original CenterTrack design, these sprockets offer exceptional durability to enable even bigger all-weather adventuring over the toughest trails and harshest environments.
Zach Krapfl, Business Development Manager, and Jonathan Weinert, Director of Marketing, presented a webinar covering the latest trends in 2-wheel cycles and detailing the newest Carbon Drive belts, sprockets, and cranksets currently available. Sign up here to watch.
Completely updated, the Gates Carbon Drive Product Guide is now available and details the riding styles and technical comparison of these 5 product lines.
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