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Shimano Alfine 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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My bike in Winter
My bike in Winter
Faulty Gates Carbon Drive CDN rear sprocket left, shiny and stronger CDX sprocket right.
Faulty Gates Carbon Drive CDN rear sprocket left, shiny and stronger CDX sprocket right.
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
Hard conditions for the Gates Carbon Drive
Hard conditions for the Gates Carbon Drive
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)
Road side servicing the bike: swapping a punctured tire
Road side servicing the bike: swapping a punctured tire

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