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    Novara belt drive ???

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    Re: Novara belt drive ???

    Which bit? The belt drive or one of the two bikes?

    For what it's worth, I really like the Gates Belt Drive, but it is a pain in the rear if you get a flat on the road... the belt isn't happy with the tension being close to where it needs to be, it needs to be calibrated (with a tool or, to the company's credit, a free app) or you run the risk of throwing the belt/breaking stands in it.

    That said, belts last a lot longer than chains, and never need lubricating. Get a pair of good, flat protective tires, or tubeless rims/tires/sealant, and there really aren't any negatives.

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    I like belt drive own a buch. Was thinking more of the 2 bikes.
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    I saw a Gotham and a Barrow up close today. I could not get to an Arkham yet. The Gotham is super cool. lightweight for what it is but the NuVinci hub puts the price tag way out there at $1400. Still a rad bike. I am glad they went alu on those frames because the old steel ones were BEASTLY.

    The Arkham looks like a more reasonably priced version of the Gotham, but I don't know about that SRAM hub. the hydro brakes on the Gotham might be a bit overkill and the NuVinci hub is really cool but seems awful pricey for a city bike. for with either of those bikes, make sure the techs in the shop have greased the eccentric bottom bracket, because they come out of the box dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wschruba View Post
    Which bit? The belt drive or one of the two bikes?

    For what it's worth, I really like the Gates Belt Drive, but it is a pain in the rear if you get a flat on the road... the belt isn't happy with the tension being close to where it needs to be, it needs to be calibrated (with a tool or, to the company's credit, a free app) or you run the risk of throwing the belt/breaking stands in it.

    That said, belts last a lot longer than chains, and never need lubricating. Get a pair of good, flat protective tires, or tubeless rims/tires/sealant, and there really aren't any negatives.
    IMO tensioning is one of the biggest problems with belts, although the frame split is high on the list. I used to be really anal about getting the tension right, even bought that joke of a tool they sell, but now I just treat them kinda like a chain and call it a day. Other then one snapped belt everything has been fine.

    I would like to try the app but it isn't that free if you have to buy a new phone .

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    the gates belt app works really well if you have an i phone..i am thinking this bike or the new spec awol. I had the civia Bryant set up with the internal hub and a belt. would like to go back to belt drive for my commuter again.
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