Gates Targets High-Volume Urban Bike Market
DENVER, USA – The carbon belt manufacturer Gates is targeting the high-volume European urban bike market with a new crankset assembly designed to work with Thun bottom brackets and the most popular geared hubs.
Gates will show the S150 crankset, plus other new products including longer belts and components designed for Pinion and Rohloff, at Eurobike 2016. Consisting of an alloy crank integrated with Gates’ lightweight CDN composite sprocket, the S150 assembly offers Gates’ premium performance at a lower price.
High-volume bicycle manufacturers
“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,” says 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. Gates partnered with Thun on the design of the S150, which is compatible with Thun’s Zumba bottom bracket line. Zumba BBs are pre-engineered to enable optimized belt lines for all the leading internally geared hubs: Shimano Alfine and Nexus, NuVinci, Rohloff,
Gates Carbon Drive will introduce a range of other new products for bikes and eBikes at Eurobike, including the 158-tooth and 168-tooth CDX longer belts, the lower-cost CDN rear sprockets and additional CDN belt lengths.
In partnership with Pinion, Gates will also show a new line of 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.