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Meet your new therapist: the Schindelhauer Siegfried Road

Apr. 30, 2020 -

For the past few months I have been riding a special kind of bike, the minimalistic Siegfried Road from Schindelhauer. It is unlike most road bikes as it lacks a conventional chain and derailleur. It features the Gates CDX carbon drive. It's an exercise in minimal design. After riding it for nearly 1000KM, it's time to tell you all about it.

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Schindelhauer Bikes designs belt drive bikes since 2009 (photos: schindelhauerbikes.com)
Schindelhauer Bikes designs belt drive bikes since 2009 (photos: schindelhauerbikes.com)
The seatpost clamp is integrated in the minimal AL6061-T6 aluminium, triple butted aero tubing frame
The seatpost clamp is integrated in the minimal AL6061-T6 aluminium, triple butted aero tubing frame
Siegried Road delivered through Kaptein Tweewielers Amsterdam
Siegried Road delivered through Kaptein Tweewielers Amsterdam
Loosen the rear axle to create just enough clearance to take the belt from the sprockets
Loosen the rear axle to create just enough clearance to take the belt from the sprockets
Without the conventional derailleurs the drive train is rather straightforward (60T/22T gear ratio)
Without the conventional derailleurs the drive train is rather straightforward (60T/22T gear ratio)
The rear wheel is fixed using a 'crocodile' belt tensioning system
The rear wheel is fixed using a 'crocodile' belt tensioning system

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