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Old 09-29-21, 06:04 PM
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I was pretty sure that was the answer, I was mostly joking.

Yeah, that is where my Rohloff came from. I bought my CSS rims from SJS, came in the same box as the Nomad Mk II frame. Do not remember where I bought the spokes or nipples.
My wife calls my ride the money pit. It took me 5 tries to decide the current handle bar will work. I am on my fourth set of brakes. So I have now heard three stories of belt failures. Loose parts causing the belt to be damaged, the belt being to tight causing missing teeth. Van Duzer forcing a belt back on and it later broke. I agree belts and belt cogs and chainwheels are expensive but it works for me.
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Old 10-06-21, 05:38 AM
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Ryan Duzer is a YouTubing bike touring guy who had a Gates belt break on his Priority bike on a long off road tour. He has a good video, which includes a video call with the owner of Priority bikes, explaining what he likely did wrong that resulted in the break - video
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Old 10-06-21, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by jpescatore View Post
Ryan Duzer is a YouTubing bike touring guy who had a Gates belt break on his Priority bike on a long off road tour. He has a good video, which includes a video call with the owner of Priority bikes, explaining what he likely did wrong that resulted in the break - video here.
Those are two of the most annoying you tube personalities, but I persisted in watching because I have a Gates belt on my Jones Plus, and I have experiended the New Mexico mud.
It was so thick I couldn't even roll my bike, I had to push or drag it. Not fun. At least I didn't break my belt.

Now I am even more on the fence about belt vs. chain.

Thanks for posting that, it was informative, despite the commentaters.
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Originally Posted by skookum View Post
Those are two of the most annoying you tube personalities, but I persisted in watching because I have a Gates belt on my Jones Plus, and I have experiended the New Mexico mud.
It was so thick I couldn't even roll my bike, I had to push or drag it. Not fun. At least I didn't break my belt.
Now I am even more on the fence about belt vs. chain.
Thanks for posting that, it was informative, despite the commentaters.
interesting, so not just me who always found that fellow to be rather "infomercially" with the whole presentation.
Reminds of that tall, super white teeth dude from on tv back in the early 90s. Motivational speaker type dude.

the antithesis of Iohan Gueorguiev.
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Those are two of the most annoying you tube personalities, but I persisted in watching because I have a Gates belt on my Jones Plus, and I have experiended the New Mexico mud.
It was so thick I couldn't even roll my bike, I had to push or drag it. Not fun. At least I didn't break my belt.

Now I am even more on the fence about belt vs. chain.

Thanks for posting that, it was informative, despite the commentaters.
Van Duzer broke that belt due to his inability to follow the directions on proper belt instillation. I am not on the fence at all. I received my backup belt from Amazon last week and the box was mangled and taped closed with scotch tape. I returned it to Amazon. I am waiting for red belts to be back in stock for my backup belt.
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Duzer basically broke that belt. Chain would not have worked either in those conditions but more importantly, he just did not know...so his actions will surely change next time. What he did with the belt should be taken as an education but IMHO should not sway you away from getting a bike with Gates Belt drive.
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Duzer basically broke that belt. Chain would not have worked either in those conditions but more importantly, he just did not know...so his actions will surely change next time. What he did with the belt should be taken as an education but IMHO should not sway you away from getting a bike with Gates Belt drive.
Duzer was in a very stressful situation and that led to the mistakes that broke the belt. Some of his videos are entertaining but I Like Cyclinabout for info on internal gears and belts. Alee went near 20,000 miles before he snapped the belt on his Rohloff equipped adventure touring bike. As I stated before the belt braking problem has more to do with the improper mounting and tensioning by the bicycle owners. I like the advantages the belt has to offer and any of the so called disadvantages are not applicable to me.
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the antithesis of Iohan Gueorguiev.
Exactly
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Old 10-08-21, 08:52 AM
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Duzer basically broke that belt. Chain would not have worked either in those conditions but more importantly, he just did not know...so his actions will surely change next time. What he did with the belt should be taken as an education but IMHO should not sway you away from getting a bike with Gates Belt drive.
Not commenting on the belt, but I seriously doubt the comments about how chain wouldn't have worked. In my younger years I rode some of the worst conditions that Western Maryland, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvainia had to offer. Basically the worst mud possible plus snow and ice. Chains and derailleurs worked anywhere we could keep tires turning in frames. I don't know if belts are similarly capable or not, but I am not buying that a chain wouldn't have worked in the same conditions.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
Not commenting on the belt, but I seriously doubt the comments about how chain wouldn't have worked. In my younger years I rode some of the worst conditions that Western Maryland, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvainia had to offer. Basically the worst mud possible plus snow and ice. Chains and derailleurs worked anywhere we could keep tires turning in frames. I don't know if belts are similarly capable or not, but I am not buying that a chain wouldn't have worked in the same conditions.
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