Zerode Bikes (New Zealand) - Press Release: We are very excited to inform you about our latest offering and the next step forward for the best possible riding experience, the Gates Carbon Drive System available for all Taniwha and Katipo platforms.
The Carbon Drive system replaces a standard chain and chainring systems, using a belt and specifically designed sprockets, that heightens the experience of riding a Zerode to new levels.
The belt itself is made from high modulus polymer, nylon and carbon fibre and requires no lube. It’s built to go the distance with testing showing the Carbon Drive belts will last more than twice the lifespan of a chain and will not stretch over time. The belts come with a 2 year warranty. The Carbon Drive system in conjunction with our frames literally redefines what it is like to ride a quiet bike. It’s just the sound of your tires and the dirt. Removing the metal on metal contact of a chain and chainring, the belt delivers unparalleled smoothness and also has consistent efficiency throughout its entire life, unlike a chain which efficiency degrades as it wears out. The patented CenterTrack and MudPort profiles or the Carbon Drive sprockets have been specifically designed to shed mud, dirt, snow and other debris to meet the needs and environmental challenges of mountain biking. The belt is also much lighter than a chain and virtually impossible to derail.
The Carbon Drive System will be available as a retrofittable kit to all existing Taniwha and Katipo and also as an option when you buy a frameset or complete bike. The Carbon Drive System requires a different tensioner and chainstay due to radius in which the belt can bend.
“Free yourself from oily, rusty chains, and join the Gates Carbon Drive revolution. Clean. Smooth. Strong. These are the advantages of the Gates Carbon Drive™ System. Our carbon reinforced belts last longer than chains, never need grease and are nearly maintenance-free. Say goodbye to high-maintenance bike chains. Say hello to simplicity and fun.
Created by Gates Corporation, a global leader in belt drive technologies, Gates Carbon Drive is the best high-mileage bicycle drive on the market.” - Gates.
The Carbon Drive system for the Taniwha and Katipo will be ready to ship early April. The system includes chainstay, tensioner, belt, front & rear sprockets and scupper and will cost $610 USD as a retrofit-able kit for existing bikes .