Belt drive conversion for Salsa Juan Solo (all alu)?-
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  1. #1
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    Belt drive conversion for Salsa Juan Solo (all alu)?

    What the title says..

    I'm curious to try fit a belt drive, however this involves retrofitting a chain/seatstay coupler or splitting the rear dropout with a plate and screws modification..

    Can anyone point me in the right direction?

    Also, cranks are Shimano xtr m952. Are belt rings available for this crankset?

    Too much hassle - Not worth it?

  2. #2
    Riding rigid
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Too much hassle in my opinion.
    You are right, you will need to have a coupler retrofitted. The cost to do that you could and probably should just buy a frame designed with a split.

    The m952, is that with the spider built in with the big ring or the 5 arm spider? Either way there is no current option to use either. Gates does not make a shimano spline compatible nor do they have one for 110 or 94 BCD. They only have 130 or 104 bcd options. You'd have to figure out how to mount a spider with one of those bcds.

  3. #3
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    Just curious what your motivation is on getting a belt drive? Is the chain not working for you? If you're doing it for the "cool" factor, it's not worth the time or money.

    If you're set on doing it, I'd send it to a frame builder (like Walt) and see if they're willing to put in the coupler for you. They would probably have better input as to where and how to install the split.

    Or as MTB Pharm said, just get a belt frame/bike. Like the Raleigh XXIX.

  4. #4
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    Harley Davidson does some belt drive stuff, might give them a call.
    Calmer'n you are.

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