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Old 09-10-2010, 03:55 AM   #16921
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Re: belt drive

WANT!!!

I've tooled around in front of the LBS on a Norco Vesta. I was really taken with how smooth and quiet the drivetrain was. Like a Prius in a parking lot quiet. Not having to dink around with chain maintenance is another biggie for me.
I was kind of geeked on belt drive for a while too.

Until I did some research.

Pray to god you never have to do a gearing change, because even if you can afford all the parts(Hell, or even find them!), there's not necessarily a cog/belt combination that will fit your frame that will yield the gearing you want. Remember- you can't just pop a couple links off a chain.

And turns out, it's anything but maintenance free. Reading reviews, it would seem that the gap between too loose and too tight is way too small on belt drive bikes, so you constantly need to adjust belt tension.

If the parts become more widely available at reasonable prices, I'll be first in line, but until then....
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:36 AM   #16922
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I was kind of geeked on belt drive for a while too.

Until I did some research.

Pray to god you never have to do a gearing change, because even if you can afford all the parts(Hell, or even find them!), there's not necessarily a cog/belt combination that will fit your frame that will yield the gearing you want. Remember- you can't just pop a couple links off a chain.

And turns out, it's anything but maintenance free. Reading reviews, it would seem that the gap between too loose and too tight is way too small on belt drive bikes, so you constantly need to adjust belt tension.

If the parts become more widely available at reasonable prices, I'll be first in line, but until then....
That is why I want a belt drive bike that has gears. It would be less likely that I would have to change the gearing. Parts are available and in stock through QBP.

That is an interesting point about the belt tension. I have sold a couple belt driven bikes through the shop and I have not had any comments about belt tension from the customers who are riding them. Do you have any links to these reviews?
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:39 AM   #16923
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I scored a Specialized Hard Rock yesterday off CL. Pretty fair shape and pretty cheap. Perfect for a KLR rider.

The front derailleur sticks a bit. I'll tend to that today and see how it does.
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:51 AM   #16924
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That is why I want a belt drive bike that has gears. It would be less likely that I would have to change the gearing. Parts are available and in stock through QBP.

That is an interesting point about the belt tension. I have sold a couple belt driven bikes through the shop and I have not had any comments about belt tension from the customers who are riding them. Do you have any links to these reviews?

Hey, cool- they are!

But holee sheeeit.... Wow. That's expensive. $100+ for a rear cog?! Ouch.

Don't have any links handy, but I was really looking hard at the Norco single speed 29er with belt drive, so might have been a review of that. But I was reading pretty much any belt drive review I came across.

If they can get the price closer to that of a chain- I'll bite. But man, it's not like straight chainline bikes such as single speeds and geared hubs are all that maintenance intensive.
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:51 AM   #16925
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Problem: every two or three rides, the headset on my MTB requires tightening (conventional threadless, suspension fork w/alloy steerer). I loosen the stem bolts, tighten the adjuster bolt then retighten the stem bolts.

Today, I took the stem and spacers off and cleaned the steerer tube and ID of the stem to remove any grease/lube. I also knocked the star-fangled nut deeper into the steerer. I think my problem is that the nut is working it's way out of the steerer.

Is there anything else I should be looking at?
http://www.mtbr.com/cat/controls/hea...80_124crx.aspx

I don't know if you can get them any more or not. I have one on my old Rocky Mountain.

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Old 09-10-2010, 07:28 AM   #16926
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Old 09-10-2010, 08:30 AM   #16927
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I think I need one of these bikes : http://civiacycles.com/bikes/bryant/..._alfine/#build



Disc brakes, Belt drive, 8 speed, drop bars with a sti shifter. My pants are fitting tighter now.
Before I bought my Tricross, I was looking at the Bryant-Rival. It's a gorgeous bike. It has discs and all the needed eyelets for travel. The LBS made some arguments against it, but, that still doesn't stop me from thinking about the bike.

Civia's customer service was excellent in answering my questions.

My closest, stocking dealer is 3-1/2 hours away. And, they only occasionally have one on the floor. I definitely wanted to ride one, before dropping that kind of money.
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Old 09-10-2010, 08:33 AM   #16928
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I think I need one of these bikes : http://civiacycles.com/bikes/bryant/..._alfine/#build



Disc brakes, Belt drive, 8 speed, drop bars with a sti shifter. My pants are fitting tighter now.

I am not sure if I should pull the trigger on this or wait for the 11 speed version. The 11 speed hub will have over 400% gearing range and the 8 speed has a 300% range. It could be a while till a 11 speed version is available. There is a company in Gremany that makes the shifters. Who know how long till they make an 11 speed version.
Or the 14 speed Rohloff hub!
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:11 AM   #16929
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Who is a good online parts supplier for bike parts?

I tried to fix the front left shifter and had a little problem. Yes, it now is worse.

I may have to get some other stuff, too. Not quite as good shape as I thought it was.

In other words, I didn't look it over closely enough.
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:40 AM   #16930
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Who is a good online parts supplier for bike parts?

I tried to fix the front left shifter and had a little problem. Yes, it now is worse.

I may have to get some other stuff, too. Not quite as good shape as I thought it was.

In other words, I didn't look it over closely enough.

http://www.lickbike.com/

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Old 09-10-2010, 09:41 AM   #16931
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Who is a good online parts supplier for bike parts?

I tried to fix the front left shifter and had a little problem. Yes, it now is worse.

I may have to get some other stuff, too. Not quite as good shape as I thought it was.

In other words, I didn't look it over closely enough.
www.jensonusa.com has done me right. they got a really deep stock. only pain is small orders, there's like a minimum $7 S&H for a USPS Priority Mail box.
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:00 AM   #16932
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Who is a good online parts supplier for bike parts?

I tried to fix the front left shifter and had a little problem. Yes, it now is worse.

I may have to get some other stuff, too. Not quite as good shape as I thought it was.

In other words, I didn't look it over closely enough.
There are lots of good suppliers - I like to check a couple of search engines:

http://www.qbike.com/

http://www.bestwebbuys.com/bikes/

They both check prices at multiple stores, but different ones.
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Old 09-10-2010, 01:42 PM   #16933
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I joined Team Performance and order or buy all my "stuff" there. Shipping is free over $150 or if I go to their store. Been real happy so far.
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Old 09-10-2010, 02:27 PM   #16934
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I'll throw in www.pricepoint.com .
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Old 09-10-2010, 03:02 PM   #16935
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Need some MTB help. I love my Anthem 1, but, am getting beat to death on tree roots and ruts. The bike wasn't designed for that kind of riding. So, I'm looking at upgrading to longer travel, 29er, and 2X10 gearing. I'm looking at a '11 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert 29er.

My concern is the "brain" rear shock. Is it reliable? Is it a gimmick?

I've looked at a ton of sites, but, can't find any other bikes that meet my requirements and be under $4K. Thoughts/suggestions?
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