Gates Carbon Drive is known mostly for its belts, but Gates has created a large and growing product line of cranks and sprockets that enable the carbon fiber reinforced belts to function perfectly. The newest example of this is the S150 crankset assembly, which Gates will show at the upcoming Eurobike trade show. Designed for urban bikes, the S150 consists of a black or silver alloy crank integrated with Gates’ lightweight CDN composite sprocket. Combined with a Zumba bottom bracket from Thun, this crankset assembly integrates with all of the leading internally geared hubs from Shimano Alfine and Nexus, NuVinci, Rohloff, SRAM and Sturmey Archer.
“The S150 is a plug-in solution for high-volume bike makers. It shows our commitment to providing complete Carbon Drive systems that simplify drivetrain installation and maximize OEM factory efficiency,” says Todd Sellden, Gates Carbon Drive Director. See the full line of Gates cranksets.
S150 assembly with silver crank
Gates will show many other new products at Eurobike, August 31-September 5 in Friedrichschafen, Germany. These include: Longer belts for cargo bikes and cruisers, lower-cost CDN rear sprockets consisting of an engineered composite combined with a stainless steel core, and more CDN belt sizes introduced due to popular demand.
CDN rear sprocket
Pinion and CDX:SL
In partnership with Pinion, Gates will show a new line of rear sprockets designed for use with Pinion’s C-Line gearboxes. Called CDX:SL, these nine-spline alloy sprockets are designed for light trekking, urban use and mountain bikes. “We expect the C-Line to be very popular, so Gates worked with Pinion to ensure that product managers have a modestly priced sprocket designed specifically for Pinion’s gearbox technology,” Sellden says.
Pinion C-Line with Gates
CDX, CDX:EXP and Rohloff
The entire line of premium CDX front sprockets has been re-designed to both shave weight and beef up durability. The new design is sleeker and has more material in high-wear areas.
For high-mileage trekking and touring cyclists using Rohloff hubs, Gates is introducing new CDX:EXP rear sprockets with a splined interface. This new interface, designed in partnership with Rohloff, makes it easier to remove and service the sprockets on Rohloff hubs. “Gates expects to see Rohloff continue to grow in popularity on trekking and mountain bikes, and also eBikes,” Sellden says.
Lighter and Sleeker CDX
Attending Eurobike? Gates booth (A2-203) will display the most innovative, stylish and technologically advanced bikes and electric bikes across many categories: urban commuting, mountain, trekking, cargo, and even BMX. Come learn why Gates is Belt Driven…and enjoy some Bavarian beverages.
The Commuter from German bike brand Canyon takes urban style and functionality to a new level. The bike’s front light is embedded in the cockpit and powered by dynamos in the dropouts. Cables are routed internally to preserve the Commuter’s smooth and clean aesthetic. Other fine touches include a Shimano Alfine internally geared hub paired with a Gates Carbon Drive belt system, hydraulic disc brakes and a rear fender with an integrated pannier carrier. The Commuter is European city bike design at its finest. The judges at Eurobike agree, awarding the Commuter one of just 10 gold medals in the Eurobike design competition last week. Here’s what they said:
“In terms of appearance we’ve rarely seen an urban bike that reinterprets this theme as radically as the Commuter from Canyon. The bike’s understated design is very elegant. There was virtually no other competition entry where we so quickly agreed that it deserved a design award.”
Congratulations to Canyon and urban bike brand manager Sebastian Wegerle for winning this prestigious prize and for designing such an intelligent bike that so artfully blends form with function. Find out where to buy your Commuter at the Canyon website. Two more bikes featuring the Gates Carbon Drive system won Eurobike awards, and we will feature those bikes from KTM and Cannondale in an upcoming post.
Klaxon Mobility is a new eBike brand based in Alonte, Italy, that is aggressively moving into the category of belt drive pedal-assist bicycles. Klaxon is part of the Athena SpA industrial group, which has more than 40 years of experience in a range of consumer products and has branches in Italy, Spain, India, Brazil and the US. Klaxon will launch its new 2015 electric bike line at the Eurobike trade show in late August–all equipped with Gates Carbon Drive and electric drives from Sunstar or Zehus. Its frames are made from Columbus steel tubing and feature accessories from Brooks, Shimano and Schwalbe. Pictured above is the 20 Sunstar eBike with 20-inch wheels, Gates’ new 70-tooth front sprocket and Sunstar mid-drive motor. It is a sweet looking rig for charging up rough roads. If you will attend Eurobike, visit the Klaxon booth, #B1-204. Their pedelecs are both stylish and diverse. Below are their eBikes with Sunstar drives, followed by their Zehus hub motor models. Learn more about the brand here.
Gates will showcase a wide range of innovative bicycles and electric bikes at the Eurobike trade show in late August, including a beautiful Gulf Racing themed fixie from Overlap Bikes, whose colorful frame and drive are shown above. Read the full news release about Gates at Eurobike 2014 here. Gates will display bikes with Carbon Drive from Canyon, Stevens, Grace, Biomega, Ibis, Idworx, Flitzbike, Nicolai, Schindelhauer, Overlap, Dvoika, Faraday and Electrolyte. In addition, many other brands will display new models equipped with Gates Carbon Drive belts in their own booths: Ghost, Cube, Marin, Tout Terrain, Kettler, Mika Amaro, Patria, Riesse & Muller, Pilot, Derby, BMC, and more. New eBike brand Klaxon will launch multiple new models with Gates Carbon Drive in its booth and Demo tent. Below we offer a sneak peak at some of the bikes that Gates will show in its booth (A2-203) and at Demo Day, as well as some top picks that will be displayed elsewhere on the show floor.
Flitzbike is headquartered in the Upper Swabia region of southern Germany. For 2015 Flitzbike is introducing the CR18 Electric, a high-performance e-mountain bike that looks super-fun to ride.
The motto of Danish brand Biomega is Furniture for Locomotion. Their NYC, to be displayed in the Gates booth, comes in an eight-speed electronic shifting version, or with a two-speed auto shift, and features a mud guard on the downtube. Biomega will also launch a new cargo bike with Gates Carbon Drive at Eurobike in their own booth (A6-303B).
Bergamont is a favorite German brand with several models equipped with Gates Carbon Drive. Below is the E-Line C MGN.
Marin is an iconic brand that helped introduce the world to mountain bikes 30 years ago. In recent years it has pushed into the pavement category. New for 2015 is the Fairfax SC6 DLX, Marin’s top commuter bike. Marin will display the bike in its Eurobike booth (B4-100).
is a stylish new eBike brand that will display its Porteur (below) in the Gates booth. Faraday plans to launch in Europe in 2015, and its Porteur has been a big hit in the USA.
Overlap’s Gulf Racing themed fixie is a must-see for street riders and track aficionados.
The Grace MXII, below, is widely considered to be one of the most stylish and high performance eBikes on the market.
For mountain bikers, Gates will display the new Ibis Tranny “Unchained” belt drive singlespeed—among the most coveted singlespeed race bikes available. Read our previous post about the Tranny, Ibis Unchained: Unleashing a Singlespeed Legend.
Nicolai will likewise show its new Ion 16 enduro bike with Gates belt and Effigear gearbox. This innovative MTB pushes the boundaries of what is possible for a rugged and low-maintenance enduro bike. Nicolai will also show it’s Argon Fat, below, which can be seen shredding and flying like no fat bike ever has in this video. It’s fääzzt and fett!
Gates Carbon Drive’s motto for Eurobike is “Belting the world’s best bikes and eBikes. We will post more photos of Gates equipped bikes in the coming weeks leading up to Eurobike, so stay tuned. Meantime, read more about the new bikes, products and innovations that Gates will unveil at Eurobike.
Gates Carbon Drive is heading to Eurobike and Demo Day (Aug. 27-31 in Friedrichshafen, Germany). Below is a sampling of the new electric bikes, pedal bikes and new products we will be showing at Demo Day or in our booth (#A2-203). First, the electric bikes:
The Wooden Racer (above) is a speedy and elegant eBike from Flitz Bikes. It features the Pinion gearbox for sealed, surefire shifting.
The Traveller is a touring electric bike from Flitz that features the MPF motor for two-speed cruising and durability.
The Strasenfeger, from German brand Electrolyte is stylish, fast and features a unique drive system motor inside the “lefty” fork.
The Urban XU450 E2 from Ohm Cycles features the new SRAM e-matic motor and a sturdy step-through frame for easy use in the city.
The GoBike (above) is a new city bike-share electric bike. Copenhagen, Denmark, recently signed a deal to stock their bike share stations with these innovative pedelecs that feature a table PC on the bars to provide information on navigation and routes, train departure schedules, nearby docking stations and more. Below is a picture of the new belt drive GoBikes at a Copenhagen station:
The Grace Urban MX2 (above) features the new Bosch motor system and is one of the sexier eBikes to hit the market.
Gates will also be showing pedal bikes in its booth including the new BMC ac01, the Nicolai fat tire bike, the Nicolai Ingeartec DH and the Nicolai Argon TR. Stay tuned for more news from Eurobike next week.