Carbon Drive

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About this app

Gates Carbon Drive is the high-tech belt drive for bicycles, motorcycles, & scooters. This app measures belt tension sonically. Just pluck your belt like a guitar string and use the microphone on your phone to read the vibration frequency. Compare your bicycle belt’s frequency to the included chart to see if you need to adjust the tension. For scooter/motorcycle tension recommendations, compare to your vehicle owner’s manual.

Other available features for bicycles:

Interested in key parameters of your bicycle belt drive like speed ratio or center distance? Want to know what belt lengths or sprocket sizes will fit your bicycle? What about comparing one bike to another to tweak your ratio perfectly? With our calculator, you can stay on top of the perfect setup for your drive.

- Find key parameters of your drive such as speed ratio and center distance.
- Change belt length or sprocket sizes to better suit your riding needs.
Updated on
Apr 27, 2023

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Ratings and reviews

189 reviews
December 24, 2022
It seems like a decent app until you actually try to use it. It would not pick up most of my plucks, even when I tried using a smooth allen key to protect my finger and plucked hard enough to make the whole bike vibrate. I took in a bedroom to avoid even refrigerator compressor noise. Also tried with two different phone models. It would capture about one in six tries and the results were usually around 26 or in the high 70s.
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Jeff Miller
April 22, 2021
The old app was great. Pretty accurate readings were given. Since the new update/redesign the app is pretty garbage. I can get readings, but the timeframe of when I actually get the reading or what it's getting it from mis random. This is coming from a zero tech who works with this app pretty frequently. It takes me twice as long to get a belt tension done because I can't tell what the hell this app is reading for sound.
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Mike Weiss
April 17, 2021
Completely useless app. Frequencies are all over the place using the exact same position and finger and strength. Closing and opening the app and changing literally nothing about the bike and you can count on getting wildly different results. I wouldn't rely on this app to tune anything. Also whoever's idea it was to kill the app instantly in the background so you have to find and open it again and watch the dumb video that automatically should never develop another app again.
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What's new

- Updated calculations;
- Bug fixes;