Video: Leo Houseman Shreds a Carbon Drive Gearbox Bike on Rowdy Trails in 'The Sound of Silence'

Apr 10, 2022 at 19:12
by Phil Boorman  

Words: Zerode

Sometimes you just need a little peace and quiet - even when you're pinning it down rowdy terrain in the South Island of New Zealand. With no chain slap, heavy, rattly rear components or unnecessary weight on the back to make all sorts of noise, Zerode rider Leo Houseman shows us exactly why the Katipo - along with the Pinion Gearbox and Gates Carbon Drive - is the quietest and most stable riding platform around.


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 Thanks to the folks at the Gates Carbon Drive Sea Otter booth I was able to take the Zerode Katipo out a couple of times. The Katipo is a fantastic machine! It's a great climber and comes to life when you open it up on the twisty stuff. Not sure why everyone whines about drag with the Pinion drive. The shifting was spot on and the silence deafening. Big thanks to Ben and the crew at Gates. They were super knowledgeable about Zerode, Pinion, and of course their own products. Total pros.
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 My wife, sister and I took three of the Kapitos out for a long test ride and were all very impressed with the shifting, the silence (although they all had I9 Hydra hubs which feels like a mismatch. An Onyx hub would give that instant engagement but keep with the quiet bike theme.) and how well the rear suspension felt. It was actually noticeable how it tracked the ground like nothing I've ever riden.
And none of the three of us noticed any power loss and within a mile or two were able to shift without any issues.

All in all an incredible system that I could see myself buying in the future.

Not to mention the almost complete lack of maintenance to ride.
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 Not sure why everyone bitches and moans about a gearbox... quiet, protected, virtually no maintenance, way better suspension performance, etc etc.. especially on a dh bike like the Gamux Sego. I think that's the future. I imagine that weight down low and centered is also a plus...
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 Yeah, it’s pretty amazing.
Can’t even imagine buying another derailleur bike anymore.
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 (insert 'I want that' Napoleon Dynamite gif here)

On a for real note though, the 'I'm just trying to get to the top to go down' crowd seems confusingly hesitant to get on one of these. The benefits make so much sense!

Big Derailleur is probably behind most of the anti gearbox marketing.
  • 3 0
 That was rad. I want one.
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 I am in great pain every time I clean / adjust / replace / crunch my drivetrain. I want one of these so bad.
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 Non-Zerode riders: “Obviously gearboxes and belt drives don’t work. The whole idea is terrible.”
Me & Leo: “Meh”
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 Belt driven, no derailleur, single cog,clean, light and quite why would anyone not like this.?
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 Yea Mr Leo (no 180’s but no ones perfect). Have to go for a spin when you get home.
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 I love zerode
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 That’s pretty fabulous…
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 If only all mountain bikes sounded like that!
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 Best bike I’ve ever owned! oh and Leo goes pretty good also, nice edit!
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