Whilst there have been belt drives for bicycles before the performance has always been poor with the feel at the pedal being rather like stepping on a soft mat. The Gates belts are different with an rock solid feel and three times the life of a conventional chain. Theyâ€™re also clean and quiet â€“ running without oil. We rode a prototype at Eurobike last year and it felt great â€“ Singletrack featured a prototype Orange hardtail with the same system in a recent issue.
Universal Transmisions are the European distributor for Gates Carbon belt drives and we hope to be able to offer all Nicolai hardtails with Gates Carbon Drive as an option from 2009. We think youâ€™ll be hearing a lot more about belt drive over the next few years.