At Eurobike, Gates will be officially announcing a set of sprockets that integrate with the most popular eBike Motors on the market. According to Todd Sellden, the Global Director of Gates Carbon Drive, “electric bikes are the largest growth category” for the company. As a result, they’ve partnered with Bosch, Pinion, SRAM, MPF, BionX, Höganäs, Yamaha, Panasonic, and other major manufacturers.
They’re also offering several new items…..
Including a set of Gates branded cranks compatible with Shimano’s electric Di2 shifting system. In the past, you had “to custom machine down the motor unit, the belt cog, and custom space the internals of the hub and modify the bb/belt-ring spacing to make it work.” It took almost two days of labor to do (full story here), but the new cranks and sprocket should make installation simple. Also in the works are two new shorter belt lengths, to better accommodate folding bikes, which have shorter chain stays. The company’s goal is to increase their belt lengths and sprockets to cover every category – from BMX to eBikes. They currently offer 8 different belt lengths, up from the 3 that were initially introduced in 2008.