Cyclocross fans, meet one of the coolest new racing squads on the scene: Team Gates Carbon Drive, the first ever belt-drive singlespeed squad. The team made its debut at Cross Vegas last week and got a nice mention from Cyclocross Magazine, which wrote a story about the new team. Team Gates Carbon Drive is racing on Spot Mod frames decked out with Easton wheels and FSA components. The team is competing in Colorado’s ACA league, and will appear at Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships in late October. Team Gates Carbon Drive is already off to a fast start. The squad bagged the top five spots at Alpha Cross on Sunday, with Mitch Westall finishing first followed by Carlos Casali, Ben Ollett, Garrett Davis and Derek Strong. One day earlier, Casali took first place and Ollett fifth in the Boulder CX Series race No. 1. For more race reports and team insights, check out the blog of team rider Brian Hutchison, a veteran singlespeeder with numerous podium finishes including firsts in the singlespeed category at Cult Cross, Pikes Peak Supercross, Frisco Cross, Velocross Boulder, as well as winning the title of Colorado’s Best Singlespeed Cyclocross Rider in 2009. In 2008 he was Colorado State Champ in singlespeed. Stay tuned for more excitement as the Gates squad belts it out with the competition this season and tries to unchain the competition at SSCXWC.
Team Gates Carbon Drive Bikes and Spec:
Frames: Spot Brand Mod steel (stay tuned for news of an exciting new bike sponsorship this fall with a leading international brand)
DriveTrain: Gates CDX
Wheels: Easton, EA90SLX
Bars, Stems, Posts: FSA SLK
Cranks: FSA Energy
BB: FSA Mega EXO
Just in time for Interbike and Outdoor Demo next week, Gates Carbon Drive Systems is introducing its newest patent-pending belt-drive technology: CenterTrack, which promises to provide the lightest, strongest, cleanest and highest-performing belt-drive system ever created. CenterTrack™ features an innovative new design that offers all the advantages of existing Carbon Drives but with a whopping 20 percent more tensile strength, a slimmer profile and the most advanced dirt- and debris-shedding ever. CenterTrack is a quantum leap forward for belt-drive technologies and offers all the clean, quiet and strong advantages of existing belt drives from Gates but with an even higher level of performance. “We believe it will become one of the bike industry’s must-have killer apps,” says Todd Sellden, Director of Gates Carbon Drive Systems. CenterTrack features an ingenious advancement of the increasingly popular belt and pulley system that debuted at Interbike in 2007. Instead of a raised flange on the side, the front and rear pulleys of CenterTrack feature a narrow track that runs around the center of their circumference. The CenterTrack belt has a channel on its underside that fits snuggly onto the track for perfect alignment every time. The CenterTrack belt’s teeth engage with the pulleys, whose sides have been removed for optimal debris shedding. Dirt and grime simply fall away, making CenterTrack technology ideal for muddy or snowy conditions.
Gates will offer the CenterTrack technology on its new CDX-CT drive train, which will be the new premium component offering from Carbon Drive Systems. CDX-CT joins the CDX and CDC product lines. CenterTrack was conceived by Wayne Lumpkin, one of the most innovative thinkers in the bike industry and the creative spark behind Avid brakes for many years. Gates and Lumpkin worked together to develop and test the CenterTrack technology and bring it to market.
The new CDX-CT drive is the most robust bicycle belt-drive ever and offers advantages for both consumers and manufacturers. The pulleys are the slimmest ever produced, and this slender profile makes it easier than ever to integrate with internally geared hubs. The cost of CDX-CT will be announced at Bike Week (Dec 5-8, 2010). Gates will take sample orders from bike makers at Interbike and will take production orders in December. CDX-CT will debut for 2011 on Spot Brand’s Acme Bike (displayed in the lobby of the Sands Convention Center at Interbike). The system will appear in widespread use on 2012 models, available retail in late 2011.
The cycling blogosphere is buzzing about CenterTrack, with Bike Magazine, EcoVelo, Wired.com, BikeRumor.com and others hailing the news.
Going to Interbike in Las Vegas the week of September 20? If so you have the chance to win a bamboo bike from Boo Bicycles equipped with Gates Carbon Drive. All you have to do is stop by the Gates tent (D3119) at Outdoor Demo, Sept. 20-21, and fill out an entry form. Or pick up a copy of the Sept. 15 issue of Bicycle Retailer magazine, rip out the entry form (pictured above) and drop it off at the Gates tent. The Carbon Drive Systems tent at Outdoor Demo will be bigger than ever, with the most belt-drive bikes ever presented in one place. More bikes, more brands, more chances to get on it. Come ride a bike or two, then quench your thirst in the afternoon with an ice cold Dale’s Pale Ale. Hungry for more news about Carbon Drive at Interbike and Outdoor Demo? Check out the online press kit here to get a sneak peek at a few of the cool new belt-drive bikes coming out in 2011, as well as some interesting trend reports related to Carbon Drive. Meantime, you can drool over the contest bike from Boo Bicycles, below. Vegas, Baby, Vegas!