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How does the frame split on the 2016 Novara Gotham belt-drive bike work?

I am considering purchasing a Novara Gotham with the Gates carbon drive (2016 model), and before I purchase I am trying to determine how the frame split works on it. The pictures in REI's online store ...
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Can a belt driven bike be used in a hilly area?

I have been thinking about getting a Canyon Commuter 4.0 but I am worried about the internal geared belt driven system this bike has. The only ones that come with a pannier rack are the belt driven ...
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In practical terms, how often do you have to adjust the belt tension of a belt drive bicycle?

Gates claims their belts do not stretch over their life, so theoretically speaking you should not have to adjust the tension (which appears finicky). I'm interested in anyone with real world ...
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Fixing rear-wheel puncture on belt-drive bike

I just bought a bike that has a Gates Carbon belt drive and am wondering what I will need do to remove the rear wheel when I get a puncture in my rear tyre away from home. The dropout looks like this:...
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Chain vs chainless options

Could someone provide a comparison between having a bike with a chain, with a shaft drive and with a belt drive like the Gates Carbon Drive? It could be good to know who fares better in terms of low ...
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Gates Carbon Drive off-road experience?

I am planning on a new bicycle and one idea is a Fat bike with the corresponding Rohloff and a Gates carbon drive. I am using Rohloff's for more than 10 years and know what to expect. I am absolutely ...
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belt vs chain for what matters performance only

Let's set apart all pros/cons of chains vs belts, like: ease of maintenance, need of a custom frame, cost, spare part availability, all of that: nope. This question is very focusing only on ...
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How to measure the correct belt drive tension?

I own a 2010 Trek District with a belt drive. I'm fairly happy with the setup, since after months of standing outside I just picked up the bike again and started riding without the usual chain ...
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Mystery grease source - Alfine 11, Gates Belt drive, Shimano bottom bracket

I have a 2012 Spot Acme and it's been great, everything is still smooth and working well into its second winter. However I picked it up to bring it into the office a week ago and noticed grease all ...
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How do belt drives perform with snow?

I am completely new to the concept of belt drives and, when doing some initial research, the Wikipedia article on belt-driven bikes says that they have the disadvantage of Problems in snowy ...
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Gates belt drive front sprocket replacement

My Scott Sub 10 (2012) got damaged during transit and requires the front sprocket replaced. I have ordered the part which has since arrived but would like some advice on how to replace this. From my ...
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Properties with Belt-driven Chains?

This reply about belt-driven belt got my interest here. It does not need lubrication at all according to the replier. What are other properties with belt-drive chain? Where does the idea come from? ...
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Chainring offset - chainline - of Alfine vs. Ultegra/Dura Ace

I have a bike with Alfine 11 and belt drive. I think I could use a 175mm crank, certainly a 172.5, rather than the 170 Alfine comes in (height 6'1" frame size 60cm) and going a little lighter and ...
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Chain guard for a belt-drive bike?

So this morning I'm riding to work on my shiny new tourer, when my trouser leg gets caught in the Gates belt drive. Not good! I'd rather not go the leg-strap route if I can avoid it, which leads me ...
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Checklist for Gates Beltdrive conversion…

Having had a good look at a Scott Sub 10 1012 model today I'm very very VERY keen to convert my On-One Pompetamine Versa 8 to belt-drive. It has a Shimano Alfin 8 hub. So... what advice can you give ...
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Do belts on belt-drive bicycles stretch under load and spring back? Reputedly they don't stretch over their lifetime

Does a belt on a belt-drive bicycle stretch under load and then elastically return? The only current manufacturer I know (Gates Carbon Drive) claims the belt does not stretch over its useful lifetime, ...
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For what kind of bike and under what riding conditions would a Biologic FreeDrive Chain Cover be suitable?

I've got a Strida 5.2 and absolutely love the greaseless experience. For ordinary chain bikes, when could a Biologic FreeDrive Chain Cover be used without causing troubles, but only provide a cleaner ...