We designed the Saigon to be smooth, silent and maintenance-free, so naturally we chose to use a Gates CDX belt drive instead of a traditional bike chain. Here’s 4 reasons why we chose it.
What is a belt drive?
A belt drive uses a carbon reinforced nylon band with a series of ‘teeth’ to create a much stronger, durable and quiet drivetrain in comparison to bike chains.
Why use a belt drive?
These reinforced belts are a super-tough chain alternative, never needing grease and are nearly maintenance-free.
A belt drive can last upwards or 30,000km(19,000 miles). That’s 3-4x times longer than a chain.
Little to no maintenance
No rust, no stretching and no lubrication necessary.
Silent and smooth
The nylon belt on aluminium sprockets results in a super-smooth drivetrain and is almost silent.
Because there is no need for lubrication, this eliminates the greasy mess that chains are known for, putting an end to grease marks on trouser legs.
‘Why we use a belt drive’ is the first part of a new series of blog posts explaining the thought behind each component of the Saigon. Stay tuned for more posts and please reach out with any suggestions for future posts.