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Gates Carbon Drive long term review

6000KM in 12 months with Gates CDN/CDX and Shimano Alfine

Feb. 27, 2019 -

A year ago I tried to create the ultimate commuter bike, a modified Sensa Cintura with the Gates CDN/CDX carbon belt drive. I received lots of messages from cyclists and commuters from all over the world. From the Swiss alps, France, Italy, Germany, United States and even "down under", Australia! You all wanted to know: how does the upgraded bike hold up?

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Downtown Amsterdam, don't forget a lock!
Downtown Amsterdam, don't forget a lock!
What matters most is the ride itself, don't forget that!
What matters most is the ride itself, don't forget that!
Differences in tire profile between Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour (left) and Schwalbe Durano (right)
Differences in tire profile between Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour (left) and Schwalbe Durano (right)
Broken spoke on my rear tire after a sudden encounter with a hole...
Broken spoke on my rear tire after a sudden encounter with a hole...
Gates CDN front sprocket and CDN belt are in good shape after 7800KM (they are original to my bike, which is about 14 months old)
Gates CDN front sprocket and CDN belt are in good shape after 7800KM (they are original to my bike, which is about 14 months old)
Busch und Müller rear light mounted inside the rear fender, showing signs of wear caused by the spray of dirty water from the rear tire
Busch und Müller rear light mounted inside the rear fender, showing signs of wear caused by the spray of dirty water from the rear tire

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