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Gates getting a foothold in e-bike market

Published August 20, 2013
The Grace Urban MX2 with Bosch motor uses a Gates Carbon Drive.
The U.S. brand is becoming a favorite with European electric bike makers

DENVER, CO (BRAIN) — Gates Carbon Drive is ramping up for next week's Eurobike expo in Germany. The Colorado-based brand's belt drive system is increasingly getting the attention of European electric bike makers, and the company is launching a new range of products at Eurobike aimed at that market.

Gates is working with e-bike motor makers including Bosch, SRAM, MPF, BionX, Höganäs, Yamaha, NuVinci, Panasonic and others to create sprockets that integrate with their motors.

“Electric bikes are the largest growth category for Gates Carbon Drive and we are working diligently to provide e-bike manufacturers with belt drive options for all the leading motor systems,” said Todd Sellden, global director of Gates Carbon Drive. 

Other new products to be introduced at Eurobike include Gates-branded cranks, Di2 sprockets and Pinion sprockets that integrate with Shimano’s popular electronic shifting system and Pinion’s gearbox technology, as well as more belt lengths to accommodate a larger variety of bicycles and eBikes.

“Our goal is to continue offering more belt lengths and sprocket sizes every year, and to continue integrating with the leading internally geared hub, gearbox and e-bike transmissions so that we have belt drive solutions for every bicycle category.”

The company's drivetrain will be featured on more than 220 bike models from more than 90 brands in 2014.

The company will exhibit at Eurobike and will have a presence at the outdoor demo, with Gates-equipped e-bikes available for European dealers and media to try. 

Topics associated with this article: Electric bike, Eurobike, Electric bike

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