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Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour 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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Brutal, resilient tires: Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour
Brutal, resilient tires: Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour
My commuter bike, a modified Sensa Cintura with Gates Carbon Drive CDN/CDX, Shimano Alfine and a Schindelhauer steer
My commuter bike, a modified Sensa Cintura with Gates Carbon Drive CDN/CDX, Shimano Alfine and a Schindelhauer steer
Make sure to wear a helmet when you try to master the slippery roads during winter!
Make sure to wear a helmet when you try to master the slippery roads during winter!
Gates Carbon Drive CDX rear sprocket after 6000KM / 12 months, a little dusty but still fine!
Gates Carbon Drive CDX rear sprocket after 6000KM / 12 months, a little dusty but still fine!
What matters most is the ride itself, don't forget that!
What matters most is the ride itself, don't forget that!
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...

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