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Designed and manufactured in Spain, Desiknio electric bikes are part of a new wave of stealthy and lightweight eBikes that look like regular bicycles. Lithium batteries are hidden within the down tube.  Above in blue is the Sport model, which has a carbon fork, bars and seatpost. Below in red is the Classic, which has Ritchey Classic polished aluminum bars and seatpost, and Brooks leather saddle and grips. The bikes weigh 13.5 kg (29 pounds), with a maximum power of 500 watts, and they use a rear hub motor and controller platform from Ebikemotion Technologies, based in Palencia, Spain. A simple on/off button on the top tube turns on the power to the rear hub, using the iWoc One system with bluetooth capabilities. Both models use Gates Carbon Drive for clean, rust-free simplicity.


Joaquin Cortes, an industrial designer who lives in Granada, founded Desiknio in 2015. “In Spanish, ‘designio’ means a strong purpose to do something with determination,” Cortes says of the company’s name. “The ‘k’ sound is the strongest phonetic sound in my name, Joaquin, so I mixed them and got Desiknio.” Following the Eurobike show, Ebikemotion became an investment partner in Desiknio. Ebikemotion is part of the Mechatronic Automotive Group, and it offers multiple eBike electronics and components, which are manufactured in its factory in Motilla, Spain.

These Spanish brands show how companies across Europe and around the world are pushing forward with technologies that advance the eBike revolution. Watch the video below to learn more about the bikes and their technologies, and enjoy some nice images of riding in the cities and on the seacoast of Spain.

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photo: Sebastian Hofer

Of all the racing disciplines, fixed-gear road racing may be the most insane. One gear, no brakes, no coasting–just power pedaling, adrenaline and supreme bike handling skill. Crashes are frequent. Born from bike messenger culture, fixie street races such as the Red Hook criterium series have exploded in popularity, with thousands of fans and urban hipsters lining the courses. In Germany, the Rad Race series offers similar excitement, and cities from London to New York to Milan and Barcelona have their own fixie racing cultures. In 2015, Gates Carbon Drive teamed up with Berlin brand Schindelhauer to create a belt-drive fixed gear team. Team Schindelhauer-Gates is back for 2016 with new members, flashy new Carbon Drive blue race kits, and some impressive wins. New female team member Karla Sommer, below, took her Schindelhauer Hektor to the Hamburg Velodrome this summer and grabbed three victories: first place finishes in the 500 meter and 1,000-meter time trials, and first in the points race. She finished the season as the female Rad Race Series winner. “We are really proud of Karla,” says Schindelhauer creative director Stephan Zehren, also a team member.

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photo: Burkhard Sielaf

Schindelhauer-Gates Team 2016-paceline-credit Romain Villerot

photo: Romain Villerot

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Schindelhauer Gates 2016 blue kit


Competing in the Team Time Trial. photo: Nils Laengner


Looping the corner in the Team Time Trial. Cornering at high speed can be treacherous, because riders must avoid striking their pedals on the pavement while carving tight turns. photo: Nils Laengner

The 2016 Team Schindelhauer-Gates: Roland Trauzold, Germany; Paul Gohrke, Germany; Torsten Rasch, Germany; Stephan Zehren, Germany; Yvann Morf, Switzerland; Dylan Longridge, Switzerland; Adrian Merkt, Switzerland; Karla Sommer, Germany; Samantha Fox, USA. See more photos at the team Facebook page.

“The Schindelhauer-Gates team is an opportunity to showcase the high performance of our belt drives in an exciting, spectator-friendly sport with a growing global audience,” said Todd Sellden, director of Gates Carbon Drive Systems. “Schindelhauer’s aesthetic and brand identity are deeply rooted in Berlin’s street scene, so it is natural for us to be part of this growing international fixed gear criterium culture,” added Jörg Schindelhauer, co-founder of Schindelhauer Bikes. Read more about the team’s creation.

In other cool Schindelhauer news, the brand has released a limited edition Ludwig VIII as part of the Brooks England 150th anniversary. The bike features a matte black frame with copper highlights to compliment the Brooks copper rivets. See more photos at

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Herra-Santos-with bikeHera van Willick calls herself a globetrotter on a bike. On previous trips she has cycled across Europe to Asia. Now she is embarked on her next adventure. For the past two months she has pedaled through Alaska, crossing the Arctic Circle, seeing bears and wildlife and visiting mining camps. Recently she crossed into Canada and is headed south. Her destination: the United States and then South America. Her itinerary: wherever inspiration leads her. Her goal: stay ahead of winter. “I’m going easy and slow and just enjoying every bit,” she writes from outside of Dawson City, in Canada’s Yukon Territory. “I’ll pass through Whitehorse, Jasper, Banff and Vancouver, and then cycle down the West coast of the US to Mexico. From there I’ll keep going south but I haven’t planned my route. I’ll just let whoever and whatever crosses my path inspire me.”


Hera grew up in a car-free family in Holland. “Because my mother hated cars, we went everywhere by bicycle.” For this adventure, Hera has chosen one of the best global touring bikes available: a Santos TravelMaster 2.6 with a Gates Carbon Drive belt and Rohloff hub. “It’s a rugged, stiff, compact bicycle. Apart from cleaning it, checking the break pads and pumping the tires, there’s pretty much nothing I have to do in maintenance. It’s very stable, no matter how heavy my luggage is.”

Hera has no idea how long this current trip will last. “It could be one or two or 10 years or more. I don’t think I want to bike forever, but I do want to cycle every continent and see most of the countries around the world by bicycle.” For this, we can thank her wise mother. Watch the video below to hear Hera speak about her love of bikes, learn more about Santos Bikes and the Dutch company’s 3D configurator, read about other Santos globetrotters, and follow Hera’s adventures on


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For bicyclists, a lunchtime ride clears the mind and makes the office work flow. Watch Frank Schneider and Sascha Hasenstein from Gates Carbon Drive’s European distributors Universal Transmission take their belted rigs for a rip through the woods during a work break. Say hello to Schneidi and Sascha and the Gates Carbon Drive crew next week at Eurobike (booth A2-204) to check out the newest belt drive bikes and innovations from Gates. Flow on, friends.

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The Rheinauhafen is a former industrial port that has been transformed into an outdoor plaza with restaurants and ice cream shops, modern office buildings and fashionable dwellings on the banks of the River Rhine, a waterway that slices through Cologne and provides the heartbeat of life, commerce and recreation for this German city. This is one of Mika Amaro founder Michael Nagler’s favorite bicycling destinations. From here he pedals over the Suedbruecke, a historic railway bridge with a bike lane that provides views of the city and the boats below.

Mika Amaro makes stylish urban bikes that are perfect for exploring Cologne and its historic landmarks, including the Koelner Dom cathedral. Located in Cologne, Mika Amaro has just launched three new bikes, the Agravic Grey, Pearly White and Avid Blue, all equipped with Gates Carbon Drive and Shimano Alfine eight-speed internal hubs for smooth and clean pedaling.




“Our new urban bikes remain true to the clean lines of a single speed,” says Nagler, who highlights their “purist design.” The Columbus steel frames are adorned with fine touches including Brooks saddles and grips, and polished rims. Call them a splash of Cologne style for a new generation of bicyclists.

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