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CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM Supports Use of Torque Sensors

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December 2014Indispensable for optimum interaction between pedal and motor power in e-bikes.

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.

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.

CONTI® DRIVE SYSTEM Supports Use of Torque Sensors

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 more effectively in comparison with other systems comprising drive belts.
Photo: IDbike