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Gates targets urban bike market with new product line

Published August 2, 2016
Gates' new composite sprocket.
At Eurobike, the company will show products to fit cargo bikes, cruisers and Pinion gearboxes.

DENVER (BRAIN) — Gates is targeting the high-volume European urban bike and e-bike market with an expanded product line it will introduce at Eurobike at the end of this month. The company also will show new products for use with Pinion gearboxes and Rohloff hubs.

The line includes a new S150 crankset assembly designed to work with Thun Zumba bottom brackets, which are designed to optimize belt lines for all the leading internally geared hubs from Shimano, NuVinci, Rohloff, SRAM and Sturmey-Archer.

"The S150 is a plug-in solution for high-volume bike manufacturers. It shows our commitment to providing complete Carbon Drive systems that simplify drivetrain installation and maximize OEM factory efficiency," said Gates Carbon Drive director Todd Sellden. The S150 cranks are available in black or silver and ship installed with a 46-, 50- or 55-tooth CDN sprocket.

The company will also introduce longer CDX belts (158- and 168-tooth) designed for use on cargo bikes and cruisers with longer stays.

It will launch a new lower-cost CDN rear sprocket, made with an engineered composite body combined with a stainless steel core with Gates' Surefit interface. The company said the new sprocket will allow product managers to specify its belt drivetrains on bikes retailing for less than 500 euros. 

Gates also will offer rear sprockets with sizes designed for Pinion's new C-Line gearboxes. Called CDX:SL, these nine-spline alloy sprockets are designed for light trekking, urban use and mountain bikes. Most popular sizes will be available in late 2016.

"We expect the C-Line to be very popular, so Gates worked with Pinion to ensure that product managers have more modestly priced sprocket options designed specifically for Pinion," Sellden said. "CDX:SL has a more attractive price than our CDX stainless steel sprockets and it is designed to take the loads of a Pinion gearbox, with a nine-spline interface for durability."

Gates redesigned its premium line of CDX front sprockets to improve their performance and aesthetics. The new CDX design is lighter, has more material in high-wear areas and features a sleeker, modern look, the company said.

For high-mileage Rohloff cyclists, Gates is introducing new CDX:EXP rear sprockets with a splined interface. This new interface, designed in partnership with Rohloff, makes it easier to remove and service the sprockets on Rohloff hubs.

"Gates expects to see Rohloff continue to grow in not only trekking and mountain bikes, but also e-bikes," Sellden said.

More information at gatescarbondrive.com.

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