Monday, December 27, 2010

Coupler picture, holiday updates

Just a quick shot of what a coupled Paragon slider dropout (belt-drive ready) looks like after the powdercoat (the dropout and the coupler are both stainless, btw, so the mating surfaces don't need or get any powdercoat). It's a pretty simple/clean look - if you're on the fence about getting a belt setup, you can do this and leave your options open. Weighs about 20g, isn't particularly visible unless you're looking for it, won't make noise or change the ride of the bike.

Oh, and there's no extra charge.

Holiday blog updates and work will be sporadic, in case you didn't already figure that out. I'll be back on a full work/blog schedule starting after the new year. Hope everyone is having a great holiday!

6 comments:

Kevin said...

I've been really considering getting a belt-drive set-up. This looks like a pretty solid solution.

Can't wait to see the rest of the bike, sir!

Walt said...

Hopefully Arne will send some pictures when he has it built up. IMO this is the easiest/cleanest/best solution for passing the belt. It's hardly even noticeable, adds very little weight, and is easy for the framebuilder to do.

StanleyJ said...

Hmmm... be interesting to see how well that single bolt in shear holds up...

Walt said...

It would be, if it were in shear. But it's not, since it only serves to hold the mating surfaces of the coupler in place. The seatstay is in compression, not tension, and this bolt will never see any significant forces thanks to the fact that those mating surfaces handle it all.

Now, if the seatstay was in tension, it would be a very different story.

But thank you for your comment. :)

Anonymous said...

Walt, in your opinion, is there any reason I should strongly consider this for my upcoming Rohloff build? rohloff obviously makes a belt drive add-on for their hub. It's probably a hassle I don't want, but if someone wants to preach the benefits to me...I'm all ears?

Anonymous said...

I have that belt setup on one of my frames - and you have to loctite the bolt to keep it from working its way out... But - good news when the bolt does fall out and you are 10 miles from the truck - you can zip tie the stays together and you can not even tell the bolt is not there... good stuff