Gates Carbon Drive will be in Las Vegas next week for Interbike, and as usual we will belt Sin City good. At Outdoor Demo on Monday and Tuesday Gates has partnered with Rohloff and Cycle Monkey to present a “Belt Drive Boutique” featuring bikes from small builders including REEB, Shand and Lenz Sport. We will have bikes from these boutique brands in multiple sizes, all featuring Gates drives and Rohloff hubs, for testing on the trails of Bootleg Canyon. Pictured above is the Donkadonk fat bike from REEB. Below is the full suspension Milk Money (pictured here as a singlespeed, but with a Rohloff for Demo) from Lenz Sport, and below that is Bahookie from UK brand Shand Cycles. Steven Shand and Devin Lenz will be there to answer questions. Booth No. D4604
Once the show moves indoors to Mandalay Bay Casino, there will be an interesting assortment of Gates Carbon Drive equipped bikes to check out. Here are some of our picks.
Coast Cycles from Singapore will show its unique bikes including their 20-inch-wheel Juggernaut (below) and Goliath Rohloff (second down), as well as their other belted models the Quinn, Coastliner and Coastliner Fixed. Booth No. 2089
Berlin-based urban brand Schindelhauer will show its new Jacob “smart bike.” This stylish singlespeed red-light-racer is equipped with a smartphone interface that allows riders to access GPS navigation, phone calls, music, weather forecasts and other functions on the fly. Forget your charger? No worries, mate. Your phone charges while you ride thanks to the dynamo hub. The Jacob also comes with lights that automatically turn on after dark. Watch the video of the COBI-equipped Jacob in action. Booth No. 13145
Marin, which last year debuted its first belt drive commuter bike, the Fairfax SC6, which Bicycling called “a head-turning townie,” will unveil its new Fairfax SC4 Belt in Vegas. This bike features Gates new CDN belt system as well as an eight-speed hub, a light alloy frame, reflective sidewalls and hydraulic disc brakes. Booth No. 6202
Miir is a Seattle brand that donates a portion of its bike sales to providing bikes for people in the developing world. It makes the Burke, below in the Seattle fog, a low-maintenance eight-speed city bike perfect for commuting on Seattle’s Burke-Gilman trail. The Burke is sold through REI.
Danish belt drive specialists Biomega will show their new NYC Lady step-through (below), made for cruising Manhattan and sporting a mod brushed aluminum frame–and some Copenhagen styling. Booth No. 4067
Breezer will show it’s Beltway Elite, which caused one Bicycling Magazine editor to lament that her commute was too short. Booth No. 6131
Scott will show its SUB Speed 10. This bike has been part of the Scott line for many years, a super-stylish and highly utilitarian all-weather commuter. Booth No. 11176
Other brands exhibiting with Gates Carbon Drive bikes include Tempo eBikes, Raleigh and Co-Motion, and more. See you there.
Team Gates Carbon Drive had a great showing at Cross Vegas, with Taylor Nye taking fourth overall in the Wheelers and Dealers race and second in the SS category. Below are some images from the exciting night. As you can see, the Carbon Drive guys had no fear of going big on the fly-over.
Gates Carbon Drive is preparing for a bender in Vegas next week. Visit our Interbike trade show booth (# 15125) to preview a premium selection of 2013 belt drive bikes from Felt, Scott, Globe, Specialized, Raleigh, Redline, REEB, Spot, Budnitz, Co-Motion and more. Or come ride the belt at Outdoor Demo (D1031) aboard one of 2013s most tenacious new singlespeeds, the “Honey Badger” from Spot Brand. Here is a sneak peak at some of the suh-weetest commuter bikes and city bikes, mountain and cyclocross bikes–even a cargo bike and tandem–that will be in shops next year. Because belts aren’t just for holding up your pants anymore.
Pictured above and atop this post is the Roll 8 Rare from Globe. It features an eight-speed Shimano internally geared hub (IGH), a porteur rack for carrying a laptop bag or rack of beer. Fast and light with a stripped-down street aesthetic, it has Soho or San Francisco written all over it.
The Verza City One is the new urban bike from Felt. With full fenders, Gates Carbon Drive, disc brakes, a rack and eight-speed IGH, it is a performance commuter for roadies and riders who want an urban bike that flies.
Last year, BMC introduced the Urbanchallenge UC01 to North America with a silver frame and an eight-speed internally geared hub. For 2013, the Swiss company ups the performance with an 11-speed IGH for more gearing, as well as a color makeover. Impressed by its stealthy style and quiet drivetrain, Wired called it “the best bike for a Ninja to ride.”
For all those singlespeeders out there, the Dualie from Spot Brand shows that two is the new one. The Dualie does away with shifter cables with a two-speed kickback hub that shifts with a quarter revolution backwards on the pedals. Bicycling Magazine features the Dualie in a Best New City Bikes feature in its October issue. Check it out in the Interbike Fashion Show presented by Momentum Magazine on Wednesday at 10 am and 2 pm on the Street Level of the Sands Expo.
The bike above always draws a crowd. It’s the No. 2 from Budnitz Bicycles, a Boulder brand that specs Carbon Drive on all its models. Budnitz is the company of Kid Robot founder Paul Budnitz, a designer known for his fine eye for detail. When Gates displayed the bike recently in Aspen, someone walked up and said “I’m going to buy one of those.” At $5,600, this fat-tire city cruiser is the ideal Aspen ride.
Feel like getting dirty? Leave the greasy lube at home and jump aboard one of these sexy singlespeed 29ers to feel the smooth power of Carbon Drive. Above is a spy shot of the new Honey Badger from Spot, which will have a fleet of demo bikes at Outdoor Demo. Below is a naked spy shot of the new titanium Cream frame from Spot. Don’t worry, it will be fully dressed up for the show.
Redline’s Monobelt 29er, above, is another singlespeed that Gates is eager to show off. It is the belt compatible version of Redline’s trusty Mono 29. We’ve ridden it, and it’s super fun.
Below is the XXIX from our friends at Raleigh. It has been upgraded with a Fox fork for 2013 (it previously had a rigid fork). The Fox fork will make this bike even more popular next year.
Up next is the REEB, made by the beer lovers and singlespeedsters at the best microbrewery in America–Oskar Blues in Lyons and Longmont, Colorado, with a new location opening in Brevard, North Carolina, near the legendary East Coast singletrack of Pisgah National Forest. Gates will also show off the latest build from REEB–a fat bike called the REEBadonkadonk (pictured below in its natural habitat, the Arctic).
Carbon Drive has become a big hit in tandem cycling because of the weight the belt shaves off compared to running a long long chain. Pictured above is the Periscope Torpedo from tandem experts Co-Motion. It features the new CenterTrack tandem timing belt–another example of how Gates continues to expand its belt size offerings to meet all cycling niches. Co-Motion will have multiple belt drive bikes in its booth: the Americano Rohloff, Divide Rohloff, Equator (new tandem model with Rohloff hub and dual belt drives), Robusta, Supremo and Macchiato.
Want to ride the belt all winter long? Meet the newest member of the Gates Carbon Drive family: FreeMotion Fitness. The company is the first brand to spec the Carbon Drive in its stationary bikes and trainers for health clubs and home use. FreeMotion tells us they are selling like hot cakes to health clubs because the belt requires less maintenance than chain driven stationary bikes. Come take a spin in the Gates booth.
Team Gates Carbon Drive’s singlespeed cyclocross team will have some new competition this year at CrossVegas. SoCal bike maker Ritte has created a new belt drive CX rig, which will debut at CrossVegas. Instead of the usual sliding dropouts it features the Niner EBB and shell for easy belt tensioning. Above is the frameset, but we will have a complete bike in the Gates booth. Team Ritte joins the growing cadre of SS CXers riding Carbon Drive. Cue the cowbells.
The Specialized Source 2 (abpve) is a bike that pairs the belt with SRAM’s new w-speed autoshifter, the Automatix. For every Source 2 purchased, SRAM, Specialized and Gates will donate a World Bicycle Relief bike to rural health workers in Africa. Great bike, good cause.
When Gates Carbon Drive debuted in 2008, Trek was one of the first brands to spec it. Pictured above is the Trek District, which has been in the Trek lineup since 2008 and remains one of the most popular belt drive bikes out there. One day it will be in the belt drive hall of fame. The District is a fast and light singlespeed for racing urban traffic or ripping the bike paths. Gates will soon be releasing details of a “Pimp Your District” promotion, and Gates employee Mark Chapman will show off his pimped-out District at Interbike.
Cargo bikes are the pickup trucks of cycling. Metrofiets is sending us one of their belt drive cargo carriers for display. That baby is made for carrying kegs.
OK, enough already. There will be many more bikes with Gates Carbon Drive at the show in exhibitor booths. Come visit us in Vegas. Get belted.
The blue skinsuits dominated the field in the Wheelers and Dealers race at Cross Vegas last week, taking second, third and fourth while Cristina Begy represented in the pro women’s field–smiling all the way (photo credit www.idartagency.com).
Jesse Swift, who took second in Wheelers and Dealers, edging out teammate Mitch Westall in third, had the crowd roaring as he jumped the barriers on every lap, the only person in the field to do so. (photo: www. idartagency.com)
With nine riders in the Wheelers and Dealers field Team Gates Carbon Drive was a dominant presence before and after the race. (photo: www.idartagency.com)
The early season results show that the team will be a favorite once again for the Colorado Cross Cup. Fresh back from Vegas, Carlos Casali took second in the first race of the Boulder CX series, while Taylor Jung got a podium in Buena Vista. On September 10 at Queens of Cross the squad swept the podium. One day later at Green Mountain Taylor Jung won the Cat 4 race in a sprint finish, while Gates took second and third in the singlespeed category. Check out the videos of the team in action:
Stop by the Gates Carbon Drive booth (#9143) next week in Vegas to see some of the hottest new urban/commuter bikes for 2012. Pairing a belt drive with an internally geared hub is an increasingly popular application for car-replacing commuter bikes due to its cleanliness and low maintenance. Gates will be showing the cream of the crop in this category of belted urban/city/commuter bikes. Pictured above is the Urban Challenge, or UC01, from BMC. It features a custom yellow belt in honor of BMC pro racer Cadel Evans’ victory in the Tour de France. Front and rear views of this fast commuter equipped with fenders, lights, disc brakes and geared hub, are below.
Leading outdoor retailer REI is a growing player in the bike market. For 2012, REI’s bike brand Novara will debut the Gotham, a commuter bike featuring two leading technologies–Gates Carbon Drive’s new CenterTrack drivetrain and the N360 “continuously variable planetary” hub from Nuvinci that offers infinite gearing between the high and low end. The Gotham, pictured below, will appear in the Momentum Magazine fashion show. Click here for more photos.
The Source 11, below, is a new 11-speed belt drive city bike from Specialized that is fully equipped with rear rack, headlight, fenders and disc brakes–ideal for getting to work car-free. The aggressive geometry makes this the commuter bike for working professionals who need to get there on time.
Schindelhauer is an award-winning German brand renowned for its aesthetically pleasing designs. Schindelhauer now has a North American distributor and its bikes will be available in the US in 2012. Gates is happy to have a Ludwig XIV 14-speed in its booth fresh from Eurobike, where it won the prestigious “Best City Bike” award.
The RDA from England’s Milk Bikes will also be available in the US in 2012. Milk gets its name from founder Mark Meadows’ childhood on a dairy farm. RDA stands for recommended daily allowance, as in get your Milk everyday for better health. Bottoms up to that, and see you in Vegas.