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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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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.
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...
What matters most is the ride itself, don't forget that!
What matters most is the ride itself, don't forget that!
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)
Hard conditions for the Gates Carbon Drive
Hard conditions for the Gates Carbon Drive
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!

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