Is a Gates belt drive worth it?
The claimed advantages of the Gates Belt Drive compared to a traditional chain drive are lower maintenance and less mess (no lube is required), quieter and smoother (no metal to metal contact), lighter weight, and better durability. Gates also claims that the system provides twice the lifespan of a chain-driven system.
What is a Gates Carbon Drive belt?
Carbon Belt Drive has been developed over the last 30 years. It’s a power transmission technology used to run the blowers on 10,000 horsepower racing engines, the powertrains of 150 horsepower motorbikes, and more recently, the drivetrains of many bicycles.
Are carbon belt drives good?
A belt drive system carries several benefits over a traditional chain based drivetrain, making it an excellent option for those who regularly ride in urban and city areas. Belt drives are made from carbon fibre, making them durable, lightweight and rust-proof.
How long does a bicycle belt drive last?
Belt-drive bikes are worthwhile if you don’t mind paying extra to minimize maintenance. They may last 20,000 miles or more (about 10x longer than a chain), and don’t use any grease. However, they require an internally-geared hub and are less mechanically efficient than a chain drive.
Are belt drive bikes slower?
Belts are less efficient at low power inputs- If you’re just cycling casually, you’ll burn more energy while riding a belt drive bike vs a chain drive. Belt drives may cause the bottom bracket and rear hub to wear out faster- This happens because belts run at a much higher tension than chains.
How long do belt drive bikes last?
Chain drives don’t last as long- An average bike chain lasts around 3,000-5,000 miles if it’s properly cared for. Every other time that you change your chain, you’ll probably have to replace your cassette. Belt drives can last 10,000-20,000 miles before they need to be replaced.
How do you tighten a gate belt drive?
For internal gear hubs Gates recommends 35 – 50 Hz, which translates to 28 – 40 lbs of tension. When you have the desired belt tension, be sure to re-tighten the bolt recessed in that center hole on the non-drive side. Insert the 5mm allen key back in the whole, and turn clockwise. Now you’re ready to ride!
How long do belt drives last?
60,000 to 100,000 miles
Today, most serpentine belts are expected to last anywhere from 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Some belts can last significantly longer than this, while others give out before 60,000 miles. Make sure to check your owner’s manual to find out the recommended belt replacement time frame.
What’s better chain or belt drive?
Belt-drive garage door openers are generally more expensive than chain-drive systems. But with a belt-drive system, you get a smoother, quieter, and more durable operation. Many homeowners find that the extra expense is worth it, provided that the belt-drive system is able to lift the door.
When should a gate belt be replaced?
When a belt comes off of the sprockets under power, it has likely been damaged and replacement is recommended. If you are on the trail, or away from home, reinstalling the belt may get you back under light load.