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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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The beautifully spoked wheel is nothing short of harmonious, simple yet beautiful
The beautifully spoked wheel is nothing short of harmonious, simple yet beautiful
One day I might remove the paint from the crank, but it's better for your warrantee to leave things in their original condition
One day I might remove the paint from the crank, but it's better for your warrantee to leave things in their original condition
Schindelhauer Bikes designs belt drive bikes since 2009 (photos: schindelhauerbikes.com)
Schindelhauer Bikes designs belt drive bikes since 2009 (photos: schindelhauerbikes.com)
Removing the Alfine, Hollowtech II crank
Removing the Alfine, Hollowtech II crank
The rear wheel is fixed using a 'crocodile' belt tensioning system
The rear wheel is fixed using a 'crocodile' belt tensioning system
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

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