Pick up issue No. 162 of Dirt Rag to read its review of the Rocker singlespeed 29er from Spot Brand. “I’ve had so much fun testing this bike that I lament having to send it back,” writes Stephen Haynes, who describes himself as a 225-pounder with a “doughnut loving ass.” Haynes focuses on the Gates Carbon Drive in a sidebar story. “After four months of abuse I have not had a single issue with the system,” he writes. “I’ll even admit that in the last few weeks of my test period I was trying to break the thing.” He continues: “Leaning back and mashing with everything my 225-pound ass could muster, only to have the damn thing spite me and continue to work perfectly. I’ve done no maintenance since it was installed; no scrubbing, wiping, or hosing down, and it continues to perform flawlessly. I think this could make a great drive train for singlespeed racers.”
Thanks for the good word Stephen. The next round of Krispy Kremes is on Gates. Just to be fair, the next time you review a chain-drive singlespeed, please stomp on the pedals with your doughnut power and try to break the chain. You probably can!