Gates refreshes product portfolio as bicycle demand surges

Fluid power and power transmission solutions manufacturer, Gates, has announced new and expanded component lines in response to the global surge in bicycle demand.

Gates is offering next-generation sprockets, belts and cranksets optimised for e-Bikes, entry-level commuter and extreme performance bikes.

One new addition is the SideTrack (ST) system; a new, cost-optimised solution designed specifically for manufacturers of entry-level performance and leisure bikes which features a novel sprocket design and value-oriented belt construction.

Another is the Carbon Drive Commute (CDC) line which, with next-generation CenterTrack design, features patent-pending technologies that optimise value and durability. The line is designed for leisure and light commuter-style mid-motor e-Bikes.

Finally, the Carbon Drive Expedition (CDX:EXP) line is expanding to include three new sprockets made of high-hardness, high-strength or aluminium and features the patented CenterTrack belt design. The CDX:EXP system enables further all-weather adventuring over tough trails and harsh environments where, according to Gates, a belt-drive system excels over traditional chain assembly.

Gates’ portfolio also extends to include the Carbon Drive Network (CDN) for seasonal, recreational cyclists who commute occasionally, and the Carbon Drive Xtreme (CDX) for cyclists who ride pavement or dirt year-round.

“For more than a century, Gates has pushed the boundaries, leveraging materials science expertise to advance and improve transportation technology,” said Tom Pitstick, Gates CMO and Senior Vice President of Product Line Management. “Today, we’re helping to drive the rapid evolution of personal mobility. These innovative products will allow the use of Gates belt drives on an even wider range of electric bikes and bicycles, which is especially important now as more people than ever before are embracing personal mobility options for commuting, fitness and recreation.

“The new offerings add to Gates’ extensive range of power transmission systems for transportation and industrial applications where clean, safe and durable belt drives offer significant advantage over traditional chain drives.”

Hayley Everett

Multimedia Reporter

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