Grant's belt drive all-road frame

Grant was after a bike to commute to work on and be able to head off on fire-roads as well, with a few nice bits fitted. This frame requires the split in the stays to get the belt inside the rear triangle of the frame. There are several solutions to that, and I chose a split rear 'track' dropout for this frame.

It has Gates' new belt drive....

I constructed it with Ritchey Breakaway travel frame joints to enable the bike to fit in a 'regulation' size suitcase....

It was designed to use Shimano's new Alfine 11 speed hub.

Grant later fitted the subsequenbtly released Versa 11-speed shifters created for use of the Alfine hub with drop-bars. See the photo below.

Avid BB7 Road cable disc brakes were chosen for use with drop-bar brake levers.

I routed the wiring inside the frame for the Schmidt SON dynamo front hub : up the fork leg, into the headtube, around the fork steerer and out the rear of the top-tube for the rear light.

I contructed a stem for Grant using Darrell's lovely stem lugs Llewellyn stems

I used a set of Llewellyn Limpets for the cables as well.

The rear hub gears are smooth from new and shift well. The belt-drive is surprisingly un-noticeable which is all you want really along with the clean, low (zero?)-maintenance and according to the manufacturer, a longer service life compared with a chain.

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