Test rode a Trek belt drive

Discussion in 'General Bike Discussion' started by snowbird, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. snowbird

    snowbird New Member

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    I was at the Trek dealer today and he let me ride their belt drive around the parking lot. It was incredibly smooth! It has a cogged belt like a motorcycle. It's a fixed speed, but the dealer said Trek was talking about installing Shimano's new 7 speed hub on that model. He'd said the hub was a marvel and had a wide range of speeds.
    The one little ride made me a believer for belt drive. If that new hub is any way near that good I think they may really have something.

    What's your opinion of the belt drives? The wave of the future? They've already taken over the motorcycle industry. If they can hold up to that kind of torque they must be realy durable.
     
  2. Industry_Hack

    Industry_Hack Total noob (& forum admin) Admin Staff Tavern Member

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    The folks at Gates had a sweet display at Interbike:

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    The limitation of course is the frame design. Belts have no master link, but the workaround seems to be a bolt-on dropout. They're also limited to single speed and geared hubs, although daVinci 's CVT hub seems like a match made in bike heaven.

    Co-Motion uses them on the timing side of tandems:

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    If anyone cares about the rest of last year's photos, they're here.

    September 22nd, I'll be posting photos here.
     

  3. J_cub

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    Would have loved to test drive that bad boy myself!
     
  4. Industry_Hack

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    This year, I'm hoping to get that opportunity at the outdoor demo.
     
  5. Gomez

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    Frekin awesome, I would love to try it out.
     
  6. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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  7. Industry_Hack

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    I'll hit you up when I need a replacement.
     
  8. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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    So you got one?
     
  9. Industry_Hack

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    A two-wheeler with a Gates belt? Yes. Ride it to work nearly every day.
     
  10. hophead

    hophead New Member Tavern Member

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    But does it have pedals?
     
  11. Industry_Hack

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    Negative. Well, a brake pedal.
     
  12. VeloBliss

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    I have a friend who has one of the new Trek Soho belt drive, 7 speed bikes. It is pretty cool as the belt is essentially maintenance free, as is the internally geared hub and the drum brakes used on this model. I'll be surprised if it becomes real popular anytime in the near future... but it is a pretty cool set up and very very quiet!
     
  13. funetical

    funetical Slowin it up.

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    That would definitely affect the smoothness of the ride.
     
  14. Ted

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    Why would it matter if it's quiet are they for ninja missions? I want to ride one somtime. Something about the look says soft to me.