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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 12-22-13, 11:47 AM   #1
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Gates carbon belt drive

is it worth it?
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Old 12-22-13, 12:09 PM   #2
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Quite.
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Do you use a normal cog on the back for belt drives?
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I vote no then, it doesn't seem like it's worth the cost and there's not much versatility. I just looked up the price and the first cog i saw was $82 gtfo.
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I don't see the purpose of those things, except on "casual" bikes. But then again, if you carry your bike up and down narrow stairs, it might be just the ticket. So, as with others here, I'd say "it depends".
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I vote no then, it doesn't seem like it's worth the cost and there's not much versatility. I just looked up the price and the first cog i saw was $82 gtfo.
If the belt lasts longer than several chains, and doesn't wear down the sprockets as fast, that's where the pricing would even out.
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The main advantage of belt drive is the system is virtually no maintenance. Unlike a chain it never needs to be cleaned or lubricated and wont rust. When properly adjusted it also has less friction than a chain drive system It is also very quiet. The downsides are the belts can only be used with internally geared hubs (Rohloff for example) but that is obviously not an issue for SSFG. You must also have a frame that is specifically designed for belt drive. The rear triangle must have a joint / break in it so the belt can be threaded in (unlike a chain it is one continuous piece that cannot be broken or adjusted in length). I also believe that in certain instances if you want to change your rear cog you must also change the belt given the belt is synchronized to the teeth of the cog. It definitely has advantages in certain applications (harsh, muddy wet conditions) but as you can see there are downsides as well.
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It's ridiculous to me. The belt needs a good bit of tension to keep from slipping and this provides noticeable drag and inefficiency in the drivetrain. The couple bikes I have ridden were not as quiet as the marketing leads you to believe, either. One of our customers even switched back from belt to chain-drive after noticing the same shortcomings. I was once quite curious about it, but no longer care to ride it. There is even a specified procedure for removing a new, coiled belt from its packaging to avoid kinking it and causing it to fail. Dumb.

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For the same price to get a belt system up and running I could get any crankset I desire'd. I use budget Andel cranks and a $12 chain, and I don't see any cons as to what i'm using now. I don't mind wiping my chain off and spraying some lube on it every few weeks. Those belt drive systems and dumber than me.
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