Zoltán Bakó is one hard Hungarian. This summer the fixie fanatic and founder of Fixed X Hungary will do two rides worthy of the record books: a time trial across Hungary, attempting to beat his old record; and an Ironman triathlon that will require him to run 21 km, swim 1.9 km and cycle 90 km. This would be tough on a geared bike. On a one-speed fixie? Insane. But like we said, Zoltán is a hard dude. “I’m an amateur athlete but this year I am training with a professional coach who is helping me get fit for the Ironman. My schedule is quite hard: six days of training per week. All bike sessions are on my belted fixie.”
Last year, Zoltán rode 443 km (275 miles) for 22 hours and 37 minutes on his fixed gear bike to set a new Guinness record across Hungary. This year he wants to beat that record, and he has set a tentative date of late June or early July for the ride. A month-and-a-half later on August 22 he will compete in the Ironman 70.3 Budapest. His bike was created by his company, BBS Cycle, a belt drive specialist. Zoltán enjoys the Gates belt drive (“szíj hajtás” in Hungarian) due to its light weight and low maintenance.
60-tooth front sprocket, 21-tooth rear with a 108-tooth belt
Follow Zoltán at www.facebook.com/fixedxhungary and on his website www.fixedxhungary.hu
Residents of Hungary who would like to learn more about Gates Carbon Drive can contact our official Hungarian distributor, Massive Bikes.
The BoneStealer stalks the lush fern forests of Oregon. This stealthy titanium predator is the official race bike of the PDX Ti team. It’s another masterpiece from the magicians at Portland’s Ti Cycles. The BoneStealer’s curvaceous frame features Ti Cycles’ signature pierced top tube and monostay design. Fully customizable, it has a 120 mm fork (with 100 mm and 140 mm options), belt-drive dropouts, and multiple wheel size options: 29, 26 or 27.5 inch, plus 69er (26 rear, 29 front) or 675 (26 rear, 27.5 front).
Ti Cycles is renowned for its innovative bikes across all styles. Its SOLID city bike was a runner-up in the prestigious Oregon Manifest competition and was featured in Wired Magazine and many other media outlets. Founder Dave Levy is passionate about transportation bikes and has recently created two new electric bikes that will appear at upcoming bike trade shows.
The FIX-E is a fast and fun electric bike powered by the intriguing Zehus hub motor. The Zehus has no external wires, recharges its internal battery with regenerative braking and is operated from a handlebar mounted smartphone app with wireless Bluetooth connectivity. The FIX-E’s titanium frame, bar and stem have internal cable routing for a sleek aesthetic. Look for the FIX-E at the Bespoked UK Handmade Bicycle Show (April 17-19 in Bristol, England).
Now meet your STEPS Child. This pedelec showcases the new Shimano STEPS eBike drive system, and it will be displayed in the Shimano booth at the Sea Otter Classic bike show (April 16-19 in Monterey, California). With its STEPS mid-drive motor, Di2 electronic shifting, randonneur geometry, Gates belt drive, plus custom racks with integrated battery, fender and lock mounts, this performance eBike is made for roaming forested and fern-dappled lonely roads. ticycles.com
Gates Corporation and Schindelhauer Bikes have partnered to launch the world’s first belt-drive fixed gear racing team, Schindelhauer-Gates. The seven-person team will race in the international Red Hook Criterium series, Germany’s Rad Race events and select fixed gear races in Great Britain, Germany, the United States, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. In May, the team will compete in the first Fixed Gear World Championships in Berlin.
“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,” says Todd Sellden, director of Gates Carbon Drive Systems. “Schindelhauer was an early adopter of the Gates Carbon Drive system and we are proud to be an integral part of their brand and lifestyle.”
“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,” says Jörg Schindelhauer, co-founder of Schindelhauer Bikes. “At the same time, Schindelhauer is attuned to the technologies that make bicycling simpler and more fun, which is why we use Gates Carbon Drive on all our bikes.”
The team consists of five men and two women from Germany and Switzerland: Mianzi Rei (pictured above and below), Martin Morgenstern, Claudia Weiss, Adrien Merkt, Dylan Longridge, Roland Trauzold and Yvan Morf. Rei is a well-known competitor in the fixie scene and the subject of the movie, “My Legs My Gears.”
Schindelhauer-Gates recently competed in its first race, at the Berliner Fahrradschau’s “Last Man Standing” and “Last Woman Standing” Rad Races. Rei finished second in the women’s competition, delivering the fastest lap, while Weiss finished seventh in the women’s race. Morf made it into the men’s finals and finished fourth, while Longridge finished seventh.
- Mianzi Rei, 34, Berlin
- Claudia Weiss, 34, Zurich
- Dylan Longridge, 25, Zurich
- Adrien Merkt, 21, Zurich
- Roland Trauzold, 33, Zurich
- Martin Morgenstern, 29, Hannover, Germany
- Yvan Morf, 20, Zurich
- Schindelhauer “Hektor” frameset
- AL6061-T6 triple butted aero tubing
- Horizontal dropouts with Crocodile belt-tensioning system
- Schindelhauer SBP belt port
- Integrated seat post clamp
- Straight carbon fork
- Gates Carbon Drive CDX belt and sprockets
Chris Sulfrian of REEB Cycles was bunny hopping happy at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. As we all were. NAHBS is the premier showcase for custom bicycles from across America and the world. Gates photographer Tim Lucking was in Louisville, Kentucky, to capture the iconic images that make NAHBS such a treat for bike nerds.
First up is this beach bike from Groovy Cycles. The rear rack includes a mount for carrying a surfboard and the frame is hand painted with an ocean theme. The wooden rims and fenders are handmade, and the saddle was hand-engraved with a photo of the bike’s owner catching a wave.
Groovy Cycles owner Rody Walters produced this custom singlespeed mountain bike for his daughter, Emily, who will race it this season in her high school league. Looks like she can’t wait to get this Funk Machine dirty.
Vibe Cycles created this belted fat bike, “The Knarr,” for snow riding in Idaho. Sweet detailing with the snowflake rear light and curvaceous top tube.
From Japan comes the Samurai Bike, inspired by the armor and swords of the ancient warriors. How much does it cost? If you have to ask you can’t afford it.
REEB, the bike brand of Oskar Blues Brewery, presented multiple belted bikes including this fat bike with the Pinion gearbox and Carbon Drive Red.
This cyclocross bike from REEB is red hot and ready for some beer handups.
REEB’s rugged Sam’s Pants commuter with a Rohloff internally geared hub and belt is perfect for Colorado cruising.
The REEB crew does snow rides every Tuesday night in Colorado all winter. We would too if we had one of these Donkadonk fat bikes with a dropper seatpost.
REEB’s Dikyelous SS mountain bike is a singletrack slayer. Love that headbadge!
Rohloff USA distributor Cycle Monkey partnered with Gates and REEB to show multiple Rohloff/Carbon Drive rigs, including this full suspension titanium beast with internal cable routing from Black Sheep.
This lovely Black Sheep 29-plus with red anodized rims and Rohloff hub shows the ability to color match with the new Carbon Drive Red belts.
Bamboo specialists Boo Cycles got freaky with its color scheme on this singlespeed mountain bike.
Calfee’s carbon tandem is a fast machine built for two. The Gates timing belt saves considerable weight over a chain, and Calfee’s joinery is impeccable.
Master builder Kent Eriksen is a titanium specialist who created this tandem traveler that comes apart with couplers.
This wooden beauty from Connor Wood Cycles was commissioned by the Louisville Slugger baseball bat company, and it is now in the Slugger museum in Louisville.
Dean Cycles makes us dream of cyclocross season with this stealthy black rig.
The Siskiyou from Co-Motion features 650b/27.5 wheels for rugged touring and is named for the mountain range near the company’s headquarters in Oregon.
This post features just a small sample of the photos Tim Lucking grabbed in Louisville. To see more, click here. Thanks to all the builders who created such fine bikes featuring Gates Carbon Drive. We will see you all next year in Sacramento, California.
Gates is launching a “value oriented” bicycle belt drive called CDN that is designed for lower-mileage pavement and city bikes. The CDN system has the same carbon fiber tensile cord technology and CenterTrack sprocket design as Gates’ premium CDX system, but at about half the cost. “CDN is our value-oriented belt drive for people who want a clean and stylish city bike for getting into town or around the neighborhood,” says Todd Sellden, director of Gates Carbon Drive. “It’s for bicyclists who ride in jeans or skirts and casual shoes, not spandex and race gear.”
The CDN belt has nine carbon cords embedded within an engineered polymer belt optimized for lower tension. The front sprocket is made from reinforced composite embedded with glass fibers. The rear sprocket is wear-resistant steel. Five years in development, the CDN belts are manufactured at the Gates plant in Dumfries, Scotland, a leading producer of automotive belts and the center for Gates’ belt development group in Europe. Gates is attending the Taipei Cycle Show this week, where it will show the CDN system. Interest is high from bike brands. What does this mean for bicyclists? More lower-priced city bikes with Gates Carbon Drive belts instead of chains will be available in coming years.