NAHBS: Gates Carbon Drive

Gates and White Industries develop new Centertrack CDX Freewheel

Gates Carbon Drive has collaborated with the folks at White Industries on a new singlespeed freewheel designed for use on standard thread-on hubs. Available in just a 22T size, the new Centertrack-compatible CDX Freewheel will sell for US$275 when it becomes available this March.

US$275 is certainly a lot of money to pay for a freewheel but Gates and White Industries have at least presented what looks to be a very high-quality part. The three-pawl driver features 36 engagement points for a relatively speedy 10-degree action, the body is machined from a hard and durable 8620 nickel-chromoly steel alloy, and the Enduro-made bearing portion is impressively free of slop and equipped with rubber seals.

Moreover, it's easily rebuildable and Gates and White Industries will offer replacement small parts, too.

Further out on the horizon is a machined Centertrack belt-compatible cog for use on Shimano's new Alfine Di2 electronic internally geared rear hub. This is currently in development and there are no details as of yet on pricing or availability.

Currently in development is a gates centertrack-compatible cog for use on shimano's new alfine di2 hub. this one was custom machined by co-motion for one of its show bikes at nahbs: currently in development is a gates centertrack-compatible cog for use on shimano's new alfine di2 hub. this one was custom machined by co-motion for one of its show bikes at nahbs
Currently in development is a gates centertrack-compatible cog for use on shimano's new alfine di2 hub. this one was custom machined by co-motion for one of its show bikes at nahbs: currently in development is a gates centertrack-compatible cog for use on shimano's new alfine di2 hub. this one was custom machined by co-motion for one of its show bikes at nahbs

Currently in development is a Gates Centertrack-compatible cog for use on Shimano's new Alfine Di2 hub.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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