This is it. It’s happening….we have officially joined the carbon drive revolution. After updating the frames for the start of 2016, we are now offering these Gates upgrade kits consisting of an Alfine crank and CDX chainring (55T), CDX sprocket (26T), belt and bottom bracket. These will work with both mechanical Alfine 8 and 11 groupsets. This system is stronger, lighter, silent and has absolutely zero maintenance, it is very impressive.
Now you may be wondering why you need a new crankset for this swish, new-fangled contraption. Let us enlighten……it’s to do with the chainline. The Gates system is more sensitive to the path the belt takes from the chainring to the sprocket than a traditional chain and therefore we needed to space out crank a couple of millimeters for things to align properly. We believe in doing things properly, so that is why you need a new crank too.
The Gates Carbon Drive Upgrade Kit is available now in the webshop, ready for your stealthy riding pleasure. The eagle eyed amongst you, may have noticed the new singlespeed dropouts with built in chain-tensioner too.
Find out more on Gates‘ website too.