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SSCX Belt Drive?

It was just last week that I was having a conversation with a fellow cross and single speed enthusiast about the beautiful bikes that Ritte van Vlaanderen makes, and wouldn’t you know it, here they are with a small batch of steel SS bikes on their Facebook page. Small batch means that most of the frames were made for Ritte Racing team members, though it looks like a mere $2,195 might get you one for yourself if your early.

Frames are made from Columbus tubing with Niner eccentric BBs and an upper seat stay breakaway to accomodate a belt drive.  And with that comes an Enve carbon fork, painted to match of course, and Chris King headset.  Belt drive on a cross bike?  I’ve heard of worse ideas, however, it seems a little sacrilegious.  It’s probably a good thing this is just a small batch as I don’t expect a lot of folks, especially single speeders, to jump right on to that wagon.

Aside from Ritte’s stylish paint job and trademark Belgian-hommage graphics, the one thing that really sticks out for me is the lack of disc tabs.  Thank God there are no disc tabs.  I’m skeptical at best about running and belt for cross, but it’s not the end of the world for me.  Tossing a belt and discs onto the same frame is too much modernization for my neo-luddite mind.  I don’t think the SS cross game has seen something so modern since Raleigh decided to toss some carbon fibre in there back in 2010.

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2 comments on “SSCX Belt Drive?

  1. Mark
    September 13, 2012

    I’ve never thought about belt for cross either.. Though honestly it seems like it would be a great idea given the right style of belt drive wouldn’t it? I’ve seen some belts where the teeth push through much like a conventional chain. Then you’d get mud shedding, plus the advantage of a lightweight drive train. Plus belts are just cool. Kind of.

    • jaredfalk
      September 13, 2012

      I’ll agree with you there. The right style of belt would make a difference. I can see centre-tracks just packing a tonne of mud, but the “open-toothed” versions, may be a little better.

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