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Gates Carbon Drive review

Riding at 35KM/h with Nexus Alfine 8 and Gates Carbon Drive

Feb. 24, 2018 -

This winter I use a Sensa Cintura bike with a Gates Carbon belt drive as my daily commuter. It's a bike designed to be nice to ride thanks to its sporty lightweight frame. It's also meant to be low on maintenance thanks to the belt drive and Nexus Afline 8 integrated gear hub. After 1800KM in just eight weeks, it was time for some upgrades.

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The metal fenders match well with the bike's disc and bolts
The metal fenders match well with the bike's disc and bolts
Left the plastic CDN sprocket - if you look closely you'll notice the missing teeth, right the shiny stainless steel CDX sprocket
Left the plastic CDN sprocket - if you look closely you'll notice the missing teeth, right the shiny stainless steel CDX sprocket
Gates Carbon Drive rear sprocket showing excessive wear after just 1800KM
Gates Carbon Drive rear sprocket showing excessive wear after just 1800KM
The upgraded Sensa Cintura
The upgraded Sensa Cintura
On the bike during Dutch winter
On the bike during Dutch winter
Excessive dirt after a
Excessive dirt after a "normal" commute during winter time

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