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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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A cleaner look thanks to less obvious branding
A cleaner look thanks to less obvious branding
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
Gates Carbon Drive
Schwalbe Durano
Schwalbe Durano
Gates Carbon Drive rear sprocket showing excessive wear after just 1800KM
Gates Carbon Drive rear sprocket showing excessive wear after just 1800KM
Sensa Cintura - as I got it from the local bike shop
Sensa Cintura - as I got it from the local bike shop

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