Gates will attend the London Bike Show (Feb. 12-15) to show a range of belted urban bicycles including the new Viktor “Red Race” singlespeed road bike (pictured above) from Schindelhauer Bikes. This will be the first public display of the Red Race, which goes on sale in March. Gates will also display its new Carbon Drive Red belts, which will be available for sale in Europe and the UK on April 1. Gates techs will also provide product information for UK consumers, shop mechanics and journalists interested in learning about the clean and simple Carbon Drive system.
Gates will be located in the booth of our UK distributor, Velorution, which sells London’s largest selection of Gates belt drive bikes. Come check out bikes from Schindelhauer, Van Nicholas, Biomega, Roux and more. Below is Schindelhauer’s award-winning Thin Bike. Biomega is giving away an NYC (below) at the show. To win, post a social media picture of your city from your bike and tag it: #biomegaLondon2015#Biomega #thelondonbikeshow. Winner will be chosen on Feb. 15.
With its burgeoning bike culture and government policies to promote cycling, London is at the heart of the UK’s belt drive revolution. “The Gates belt drive is perfect for city cyclists who want a clean and simple solution for urban riding,” says Velorution co-founder Gretta Cole. Other brands selling bikes equipped with Gates Carbon Drive within the UK include Cube, Marin, Woodrup, Shand, Milk and more. Find your belted bike on the Gates bike finder page.
Gates Carbon Drive is headed to Utrecht in the Netherlands for the Bike Motion Benelux trade show (Oct. 17-20), where we will display a handful of innovative and stylish bicycles with Gates belt drives from Schindelhauer, Santos, Koga, Idworx, Riese & Muller and Cube. Gates representatives and technicians will meet with consumers, bike shop owners and journalists from the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg to discuss the clean and easy advantages of Carbon Drive.
The Netherlands is an important market for Gates Carbon Drive and the country is home to many bike brands with models equipped with the Gates belt system. The desire for a belt makes sense in the Netherlands, where people ride year-round but where foul winter weather can rust and corrode chains. That beautiful machine pictured above is the Signature WorldTraveler from Dutch brand Koga, a favorite of long-distance touring bicyclists. Last year, adventurer Reza Pakravan rode 11,000 miles from Norway to South Africa on a WorldTraveler, using just one Gates belt while his riding partner changed three chains.
Gates will also display the Santos Race Lite, a road bike featuring a Rohloff hub and Gates belt drive. The Race Lite, pictured below, is perfect for road cyclists who want a low-maintenance bike for long rides in sloppy weather.
Made in Berlin, Schindelhauer bicycles mix modern style with high performance. Gates will display the Ludwig VIII, a touring and city bike with Shimano Alfine eight-speed hub, pictured below. Watch this crafty video of a Schindelhauer being ridden in an industrial warehouse to check out their style.
Gates Carbon Drive is increasingly popular on electric bikes, with many new models available for sale in the Netherlands. Below is the Charger Hybrid NuVinci Beltdrive from Riese & Muller. This pedal assist eBike features the leading combination of Bosch mid-motor, Gates belt and NuVinci continuously variable planetary hub for seamless shifting. Read more about this powerful combination of technologies here.
The Cube Hyde Race commuter features a Gates belt and Shimano Alfine eight-speed hub. This sleek and fast machine is perfect for navigating the streets of any city in Europe. Wish we had an extra one to ride along the canals of Utrecht during our visit.
Gates will also show an Idwork trekking bike with Pinion gearbox.Many other brands with Gates Carbon Drive bike models will also show their bikes at the show, including BMC, Van Nicholas, Canyon, Grace, KTM, Scott, Pilot Cycles (pictured below) and more. Come visit us at Bike Motion Benelux in the Gates booth (10.A001). Find a bike, then go for a tour of the cobblestone streets and canals of Utrecht, a city of 330,000 on the banks of the Rhine River, where historic buildings in the city center date to the early Middle Ages. The Netherlands is a bike-friendly nation where 27 percent of all trips are made by bicycle, and where cycle paths connect many communities via a national network of separate bike paths and streets. In other words, it’s perfect for Gates Carbon Drive.
Gates Carbon Drive plans to, literally, electrify the 2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show with a first-ever “Custom eBike Showcase” featuring a dozen original electric bicycles.
Gates partnered with leading electric bike system companies Bosch, SRAM and BionX, as well as hub maker NuVinci, and enlisted some of the finest custom builders to create the belt drive eBikes for the show, March 14-16 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The English Cycles electric cargo bike pictured above features a stylish integration of the Gates belt drive system with the Bosch Gen2 motor and battery paired with a NuVinci N360 continuously variable planetary hub.
“Electric bikes can get more Americans out of cars and onto two wheels, and Gates wants to help drive growth in North America by exposing consumers to the benefits eBikes,” said Todd Sellden, global director of Gates Carbon Drive. “The Custom eBike Showcase allows top custom builders to present an American interpretation of the European eBike movement.”
Award-winning builders participating in the showcase include Co-Motion Cycles, English Cycles, Calfee Design, Kent Eriksen Cycles, Ti Cycles, Dean Cycle Works, SyCip Designs, Boo Bicycles, Santana, Alternative Needs Transportation and Connor Wood Bicycles. Gates and its partners Bosch, SRAM, BionX and NuVinci gave the builders creative freedom to design eBikes to suit their functional and artistic visions. The belt drive eBikes cover a range of styles: fat bikes and cargo bikes, tandems, city and commuter bikes, and electric bikes made of bamboo and wood. The eBikes will feature electric drives from Bosch, SRAM and BionX, as well as NuVinci hubs.
The Custom eBike Showcase will be located in the Gates booth (#300) at the Charlotte Convention Center. Gates Carbon Drive is an official sponsor of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. “Electric bikes are a new thing for NAHBS and custom builders, and I will be curious to see the reaction from builders and the public,” said Don Walker, founder of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.
It’s no secret that Gates Carbon Drive is pushing into the electric bike market. The Gates belt drive simply makes sense on eBikes due to its clean and quiet attributes, and its all-weather durability. As part of this effort Gates has partnered with two of the leading brands in the eBike market: Bosch and Fallbrook Technologies. Bosch makes the most popular motor system for eBikes, pictured above, and Fallbrook makes the innovative NuVinci N360 continuously variable planetary hub and shifting system.
This pairing of the Bosch, NuVinci and Gates systems is featured on some of the finest production eBikes, including the Grace MX Urban2, pictured below.
Gates Carbon Drive has partnered with Bosch and Fallbrook on a novel initiative for the upcoming North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Gates will present a Custom eBike Showcase featuring five custom electric bikes created by some of the nation’s finest handmade bike builders, featuring the Bosch, NuVinci and Gates systems. Pictured below is an e-cargo bike created by English Cycles for the showcase, to be displayed at the show next month in Charlotte, North Carolina.
We will present more Bosch/Gates/NuVinci custom eBikes in the month to come leading up to the show, March 14-16. Get ready to be electrified.
Attending Eurobike 2012? Visit the Gates Carbon Drive booth (A2/202) to check out some cool new 2013 belt drive bikes–including one of the most technologically advanced full-suspension bikes of the year, Mi-Tech’s 29er with a Pinion gearbox. This bike will have huge media interest due to its technological innovations. Instead of an internally geared hub, which adds weight to the rear wheel, the gearbox is located in the bottom bracket, providing a more balanced bike that is low maintenance and takes a beating. Say goodbye to derailleurs.
E-bikes are also very hot in Europe. One of the most highly anticipated models is the Smart electric bike bike. Call it the Prius or Smart Car of bikes. It captures energy from braking to power up the battery. Smart is using a Gates Carbon Drive instead of a chain to provide superior performance. Check out the video:
German bike maker Schindelhauer will show off itsThinBike (pictured above). With bars that twist to the side to save space and pedals that fold up, the ThinBike is designed for space-cramped city dwellers who want a full-size bicycle that is easy to store in small apartments. The bike was designed in collaboration with Treehugger.com founder Graham Hill. Watch the video:
In addition to these bikes, Gates will be showing off a number of new belt drive bikes from Nicolai (which is also building a Pinion gearbox prototype), Grace (a new e-bike), a custom Cyfac tandem, a fat tire bike from Sandman Bikes, as well as Frank Schneider’s Megavalanche SS hardtail, and many more. Stay tuned for more updates on interesting bikes with Gates Carbon Drive that will be rolling out at Eurobike. Sehr gut!