Blogosphere Buzzing about New CenterTrack Belt-Drive Technology: Lightest, Strongest, Cleanest Ever

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.

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8 comments:

  1. [...] the Gates Blog: CenterTrack, which promises to provide the lightest, strongest, cleanest and highest-performing [...]

  2. Wow………. we are now testing the currently available Gates drive-train on our new BASE brand bikes and the system is totally exceeding expectations…. I cant believe you have made the system even better…………………..love..love..love… Sexy Bicycles.

  3. Andy Cohen writes:
    September 9, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Will existing bikes with the older, non-Centertrack belts be upgradeable to CenterTrack belts and cogs? If so, I’ll probably buy a belt-drive bike in 2011, and upgrade it later. Otherwise, I’ll probably wait another year until the CenterTrack appears on production bikes.

  4. Yes, Andy – existing bikes with Carbon Drive will be able to upgrade to CenterTrack – no need to wait a moment longer!

  5. Are there plans to make this system available for tandems? Four (4) arm BCD’s? Five (5) arm BCD’s? How about making them for “spiderless” crank arms (Da Vinci)?

  6. [...] Gates Carbon Drive bikes have been ridden all over the world by many different types of riders, and we are now seeing how effective this type of system can be for cyclocross racing. Look for more information to come from Cyclocross Magazine as we will be doing a full review of the system once we get our test bike and put it through multiple races, training rides and an assortment of conditions. I will say that the first impressions of the carbon drive system were fantastic and it looks like this technology is here to stay and progress. In fact, Gates has already announced their next generation product called CenterTrack. Carbon belts with the new CenterTrack technology have a ridge down the middle which keeps the drive better locked to the hub. That way, if the wheel placement is slightly off, the drive and hub will still interface properly. Read more about that here. [...]

  7. Gates is now considering whether to incorporate the CenterTrack design across our entire model line, but we do not have a final decision yet on when we can re-design the system for tandem applications. With that said, we realize that CenterTrack would offer many advantages on tandem applications. We will work on this and will update with info as soon as possible. Gates views tandems as a fantastic application for the Carbon Drive System and we appreciate the level of interest being generated in the tandem marketplace.”

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