Posts written by Paul Tolme

Unicycle double belt

Dual drives are increasingly popular on unicycles, or “unis” as riders call them. Why? A single drive can cause the seat tube to twist. Dual drives also balance the torque applied to the bottom bracket. “When a uni isn’t dual-drive it’s called a giraffe,” says Jay Kinsinger, an assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at Cedarville University in Ohio. Kinsinger, who makes wooden bikes under the brand Sojourner Cyclery when not teaching, recently created this uni for his own use. “The Gates Carbon Drive is a quantum leap smoother than the old chain drive I was using.”

 

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Maxx Pink atop mt

Elisabeth owns a restaurant in the German village of Miesbach that has a pink color scheme. Last winter, she teamed up with videographer Colin Stewart and Maxx Bikes to create a custom pink and belted fat bike. The video below shows the making of the bike, which uses a Jagamoasta frame from Maxx, along with a Rohloff hub and belt drive. We enjoyed the peak inside the Maxx operation as it powdercoats the frame, builds the wheels and hands off the bike to Elisabeth, who seems pretty stoked about the whole process.

Want to see the bike in action? Read Stewart’s story, see more pictures and watch the followup video in which Elisabeth goes ice fishing and then rides up a ski slope to grill her catch. On, of course, Pinkbike.com.

 

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Spot Brand has launched several new city bikes and updated its singlespeed cyclocross bike with bold colors and red belts. The Five Points Open and the Five Points (below) are two new value-oriented city bikes that feature round alloy tubes, fat 40c tires, three-speed SRAM shifters and Gates Carbon Drive. They are named for a revitalized Denver neighborhood–a nod to Spot’s home just outside of the Mile High City.

Five Points Open

Five Points

The Champa, named for a prominent Denver Street, features a streamlined steel frame with a graphite finish. Pictured below, it features Gates Carbon Drive’s CDX system and an Alfine 8-speed hub. Spot compares the Champa to a classic gray suit–stylish, reliable, never flashy and good for any occasion. The Wazee (pictured below the Champa) features a Carbon Drive Red belt paired with an Alfine 11. It’s a city bike “for cyclists who desire the classic road-feel and confident handling of a refined steel frame, combined with the ultimate urban drivetrain.”  The Wazee’s gloss black frame features a color splash inspired by the legendary Martini Race Team of 1970s Grand Prix Porsches.

Champa

 

Wazee Martini

Spot calls the Rallye SS cyclocross bike its two-wheeled answer to the rally car, a rugged speed machine that excels in all conditions: mud, grass, gravel, pavement. Curved seat stays and a Time Trial cutout provide vertical compliance and a confident ride feel. And those colors epitomize the phrase “eye candy.” spotbrand.com

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 Rallye red orange

 

 

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2015 team above Denver skyline

photo credits: Tim Lucking

Meet the 2015 Team Gates Carbon Drive in its natural habitat–the trails and foothills of Denver. Colorado is one of the best places in the world to ride, and the Gates team is once again ripping up the Rocky Mountain singletrack. Mitch Westall, Jesse Swift, Carlos Vulgamott, Derek Strong, Tim Lucking and Ryan McFarling are riding belt drive Spot Brand Honey Badger and Cream frames, equipped with TRP’s new Slate T4 brakes. Other sponsors include Lazer (helmets and glasses), Crank Brothers (pedals) and Primal (team kits).

The team will compete in the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series, the Winter Park Series and races throughout Colorado virtually every weekend all summer. The goal is to win races–and also show how tough the Gates Carbon Drive belts are. The squad had 35 podium finishes last year. Swift won the SS class at the Dakota Five-O. Vulgamott (aka the Vegan Singlespeeder) will race his third straight Breck Epic this season, shooting for a podium finish again. Vulgamott won the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series overall SS last year. Westall won the Winter Park Series overall SS, and McFarling and Strong won the 12 Hours of Mesa Verde duo. Get updates, race results and info on the team Facebook page, and on Twitter @teamcarbondrive.

2015 team Ryan riding

2015 team Derek riding

2015 team Mitch headshot

Mitch Westall

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Ryan McFarling

2015 team Jesse headshot

Jesse Swift

2015 team Carlos headshot

Carlos “the Vegan Singlespeeder” Vulgamott

2015 team Derek headshot

Derek Strong

2015 team Tim headshot

Tim Lucking, looking belt drive tough!

 

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Kalkhoff Integrale-rider closeup

German bike brand Kalkhoff is launching three high-performance electric bikes in North America this fall featuring Gates Carbon Drive and the company’s powerful Impulse mid-drive eBike system. Pictured above is the Integrale 8, being ridden by a guy booting it to work at a tech startup or someplace cool. Integrale (pronounced “in-te-GRAL-eh” (as in the English words integral and integrate), hints at the bike’s integrated design concept. The Impulse EVO drive and battery are integrated into the bike’s frame. It’s next-gen eBike design from the streets of Europe.

The Integrale 8 has a top speed of 20 mph, a 250-watt motor, eight gears and a range of up to 127 miles thanks to the 17Ah/36V battery, which can be removed for charging or security with a simple turn. The Integrale S11, below, is the premium eBike in the Kalkhoff line. The S11 uses the 350 watt Impulse EVO RS Speed motor and battery, providing a top speed of 28 mph. Both the Integrale 8 and S11 have a Bluetooth capable handlebar-mounted display that interfaces with your smart phone to provide on-board navigation. Pannier racks and a suspension fork complete the build. The red on black frame highlights are slick, too.

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Integrale S11

Kalkhoff’s third model for sale in North America is the Include 8 Premium, below. It offers the same long range but with an easy to mount step-through frame. Built for commuting, trekking or carrying a child on the rear, it has a pannier rack with a snap-on child seat system and front suspension for smoothing bumpy roads. Electric bike sales are surging in Europe, according to the New York Times. It’s easy to see why: for many trips they are simply easier, less expensive–and more fun–than a car. Gates is pleased to be featured on these Kalkhoff models whose design, performance, and drive technology represent the future of urban transport. Kalkhoff has several more models for sale in Europe featuring Gates belts, including the Endeavour Impulse S11, and the Agattu Premium Impulse S11. Electric bikes are the fastest growing market for Gates Carbon Drive due to the belt drive’s clean, smooth and strong performance. Find your eBike on our Bike finder page. kalkhoffusa.com

Include 8 Premium

Include 8 Premium

Watch the Kalkhoff video below that shows the Include in action.

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