CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM Supports Use of Torque Sensors
- Torque Measuring Method (TMM) can be applied thanks to low belt pretension
- Indispensable for optimum interaction between pedal and motor power
- Torque sensors work just as well with the CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM as they do with a chain
Ideal drive for e-bikes and pedelecs: the CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM, which replaces the chain in bicycle drives, requires only low timing belt pretension, which means that the torque sensors required for motor control can be used to optimum effect. "This is what sets the CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM apart from other drive systems comprising timing belts," says Frank Surmann, who is responsible for the sale of bicycle drives within the Continental Corporation.
The torque sensors developed by Dutch bicycle supplier IDbike use the Torque Measuring Method to measure the pedal power applied by an e-bike or pedelec rider. Depending on the torque transferred to the chain or belt, the measured value is used to determine how much motor power should be provided. This function is indispensable when it comes to ensuring optimum interaction between pedal and motor power. IDbike has now tested the sensors, which were originally developed for chain drives, with the CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM. "The sensors work with the CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM in the same way as with a chain," confirms Bas d'Herripon from IDbike.
High level of compatibility
What's most impressive about the CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM is its wide range of possible uses. It is suitable for e-bikes and pedelecs as well as for conventional bicycles, it is compatible with all standard hub gear systems, and it works perfectly with coaster brakes. The CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM is available with different front and rear toothed sprockets, which makes various ratios and modifications possible. This makes the timing belt drive equally suitable for long trekking tours and short runs in the city. And now IDbike has confirmed that it is compatible with TMM sensors.
Nowadays, more and more cyclists are opting for bicycles with timing belt drives as they offer considerable advantages over a chain and are often better suited to their lifestyle. "A belt constitutes an alternative to a chain as it runs cleanly and quietly while being robust, durable, and maintenance-free," says Surmann. The CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM runs dry, does not have to be re-tensioned, and is extremely easy to handle. Continental is now supplying its timing belt drive to the first bicycle manufacturers, which means that the CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM will be installed in a wide range of bicycles, e-bikes, and pedelecs from spring 2015.
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