Gates Carbon Drive has published an Owner’s Manual with details on how to maintain and tension your belt drive, and other handling instructions and helpful tips for ensuring optimal performance. We urge shop mechanics, belt drive bike owners and anyone who is considering buying a bike with Gates Carbon Drive to read the manual. Improper handling, twisting or back-bending of the belts before installation can crimp and damage the carbon fiber cords inside. Gates belts typically last longer than chains (11,000 miles in one recent case), but like any finely engineered technology they can break if you mistreat them. Click here for the Owner’s Manual.
In other product news, Gates Carbon Drive has added a landing page to its website with tech information on the new sprockets designed for use with Shimano’s Alfine Di2 electronic shifting system, which we wrote about in a recent post. Click here for more information Gates and Alfine Di2.