At long last the first Fahrrad Manufaktur T Belt with the new 11 speed shimano Alfine gearbox has arrived.This particular bike will only be here a day as the very patient customer who ordered it in September will be picking it up today.
Well anyway I have ridden it and it is a joy.As usual the belt drive is silent and provides great acceleration.The gearbox is crisp and easy to use with the Alfine shifter and the range of gears fantastic for most cycling.I feel the lower gears on the Rohloff are significantly lower than on the 11 speed but until percentages are compared can not say by how much.
As usual the fantastic Magura hydraulic brakes are beautifully efficient.
This year the bike comes with a neat and purposeful alloy chainguard which is a good upgrade from last years model.
Vertical dropouts as with the Rohloff models mean that belt tension is taken up by the eccentric bottom bracket.There is no tension slippage so common on hub geared bikes with horizontal dropouts.
Although this bike is only in the shop briefly I should have another by next Friday for people coming to inspect !
I now have the next T Belt in the shop.