Gates Expands E-Bike Range and Pushes into E-Scooter Market
DENVER, USA – Twelve years after launching Gates Carbon Drive for the bicycle market, Gates is building upon its success unchaining bikes to bring advanced drivetrain solutions to electric motorcycles or e-scooters and the wider marketplace of light electric vehicles (LEVs).
“Electric micromobility will be a prime focus of the Gates presence at Eurobike 2019,” says Joe Menzel, General Manager of Gates Carbon Drive and Global Mobility. “We will exhibit a diverse array of electric bikes and, for the first time at Eurobike, a high-torque Zero SR/F electric motorcycle. Bicycles and e-bikes have proven the durability and strength of our clean and low-maintenance belt drive system. Now we are using that expertise to develop advanced drivetrain solutions for the rapidly evolving micromobility marketplace.”
New products for mid-motor e-bikes
Gates new product line presented at Eurobike will include more than 60 unique spider assembly options for Bosch 2020 Performance Line Speed, Performance Line CX, Cargo Line and Cargo Line Speed systems. In addition, Gates is offering more than 35 unique spider assemblies for Shimano STEPS mid-motors.
Gates is also introducing a new rear sprocket line called CDC that provides designers of lower-torque mid-motor e-bikes with an alternative to the premium CDX line. Manufactured of hardened chromoly steel, the CDC rear sprockets feature the Gates proprietary CenterTrack design and are engineered to meet the demands of urban e-bikes of 50Nm or less. Other new products include new CDX belt lengths, expanded range of rear sprockets for Shimano Di2 and Nexus Inter-5E hubs as well as additional CDX front sprocket sizes.
Diversity of belt drives
To show the diversity of belt drive bikes and e-bikes, the Gates booth (A2-201) will showcase a wide range of models across all styles, from full-suspension e-MTBs and speed pedelecs to urban commuters, cargo, BMX, touring and MTBs from a dozen premium brands.
“Our engineering team works extremely hard to ensure that Gates Carbon Drive is compatible with every top-tier internal shifting system and all of the top mid-motor electric drive systems,” Menzel says. “Our goal is to provide the products that allow designers to make any style of bike belt-driven.”