Bike style is getting a jolt of color with the launch of Carbon Drive Red, a series of limited edition red belts that accentuate the bike industry trend of color-matching components and frame highlights. Painted chains have been part of urban bike style for many years, but the color quickly wears off and disappears under road grime and grease. Carbon Drive Red, by contrast, will always pop with color. If it gets dirty just hose it off.
Customers have asked for colored bike belts since the launch of the Gates Carbon Drive system in 2007, but the company instead focused on perfecting the technology, durability and performance of its black belts before expanding into colors. “As an engineering company, our first focus was on the meat and potatoes business of ensuring that our belts and sprockets meet the highest levels of performance and durability,” says Todd Sellden, director of Gates Carbon Drive. “Now it is time to bring the sizzle.”
Carbon Drive Red is available immediately in the United States for purchase as a belt only or on a complete bike. The first production bikes to feature the new red belts are the Acme and Acme Open from Spot Brand. The brand new Acme Open features a step-through frame that is ideal for working women and men who want to wear a skirt or suit. Carbon Drive Red launches in Europe on March 1 with the release of the Red Race singlespeed from Berlin’s Schindelhauer Bikes. Individual red belts will be available for purchase in Europe after April 1.
Schindelhauer Viktor ‘Red Race’
Gates partnered with two other bike brands known for their stylish designs to help with the launch of Carbon Drive Red. Flying Machine Bikes in Australia created a custom titanium F-One 11-speed with 3D printed titanium lugs and red accents. Budnitz Bicycles built a Gates X No. 1 city cruiser inspired by the Porsche 918 Spyder.
Budnitz ‘Gates X No. 1′
Flying Machine ‘Titanium F-One Red’
“Carbon Drive Red is an opportunity to grow interest in Gates belts as a simple alternative to chains, and also to attract more people to bicycling,” Sellden says. “Carbon Drive Red is the epitome of bike style and a bold alternative to greasy chains.” For product and ordering information, a photo gallery of Carbon Drive Red in action and more pictures of the Schindelhauer, Spot, Budnitz and Flying Machine bikes, go to www.gatescarbondrive.com/red
With more than a century of cycling heritage, Raleigh is one of the most respected bicycle brands in the world. The company is also a leading innovator and supporter of the Gates belt drive revolution. For 2015, Raleigh USA has expanded its lineup of Gates Carbon Drive equipped bikes to six models. Pictured above is the colorful XXIX singlespeed 29er mountain bike–a flashy yet low-maintenance machine for SS racers–or a dream quiver bike for geared riders who want to simplify. It features a Fox Float 100mm fork and hydraulic discs on a nimble Chromoly frame.
Not a mountain biker? Raleigh offers a broad spectrum of belted bikes, from cyclocross and urban commuting to fitness and comfort models.
Above is the brightly colored Alysa i8 women’s fitness bike. The Shimano Nexus 8 internal gear hub paired with a Gates belt and women’s specific frame geometry make the Alysa i8 a speedy and functional machine for riding city bike paths. Mount fenders and a rack and this bike doubles as a grease-free daily commuter.
The Cadent i8 is a fitness bike with a Shimano Alfine eight-speed hub. Hydraulic disc brakes, a lightweight carbon fork and commuter-friendly geometry make the Cadent ideal for riding to the gym or work.
The Mesika 4.0 i8 above is in Raleigh’s urban utility line. Raleigh USA calls it “the perfect, hassle-free commuter.” It comes with a Gates belt drive attached to a Shimano Nexus seven-speed internal hub, a comfy Selle Royal saddle, Kenda tires with puncture protection and “set it and forget it” Shimano roller brakes.
The RXS is a performance singlespeed cyclocross race bike with a lightweight alloy frame, carbon fork, Clement tires and TRP hydraulic brakes for added control while cornering or charging downhill on muddy cross courses. The Gates Carbon Drive CenterTrack belt system is a proven winner and eliminates the hassle of cleaning and lubing a chain after a race. Just hose it off, put it away wet and go grab a beer. After you get off the podium, of course.
The Misceo 4.0 is a do-it-all fitness and country road ripper with hydraulic disc brakes, puncture resistant tires and an eight-speed internal hub mated to a Gates belt. The styling is sleek and understated, perfect for no-nonsense bicyclists who want a clean and fast tool to get the job done. With a Gates-equipped bike for everyone, Raleigh has joined the Carbon Drive revolution that is simplifying cycling. How about you?
The X1 from Schiller Sports blurs the line between boats and bikes. The frame is made of rust-free anodized aluminum, with stainless steel components and inflatable pontoons. The propulsion system features a Gates Carbon Drive belt and sprockets because a chain would corrode. The X1 may be the most advanced water bike ever created, a vehicle that allows bicyclists to “experience the thrill and freedom of biking across a spectacular blue planet,” says company founder and CEO Judah Schiller.
Riders steer the X1 via two oscillating props connected to the handlebars. It weighs about 45 pounds, can be disassembled to fit into the trunk of a car or home closet and can hit speeds of 8 knots (10 miles per hour) depending on rider ability. Schiller worked with engineer Marcus Hays, founder of Gates belt drive eBike brand Pi Cycle, on the design. “If you can ride a bike, you can ride the Schiller X1 anywhere there’s water,” Schiller told USA Today in an article about the invention. “I had the X1 out at the beach locally, about a mile offshore, and ended up biking with dolphins.”
The X1 costs $6,495, with a special Founder’s Edition for $8,775. The company is based in the Bay Area and all X1s are manufactured in Northern California. Learn more at www.schillerbikes.com. Just watch out for sharks.
Judah Schiller chilling on the X1 off the coast of Northern California, above, and pedaling near the Golden Gate Bridge.
As we prepare for the Eurobike show next week in southern Germany, we were inspired to provide this image from America’s “Little Bavaria.” Leavenworth is a popular tourist town in Washington State with a Bavarian themed main street and one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in North America. About 2.5 hours from Seattle on the eastern slope of the Cascade Range, it is a haven for skiers, mountain bikers, rock climbers, paddlers, hikers and drinkers of fine brews. See the image gallery.
The Icicle Brewing Company is the leading microbrewery in Leavenworth, and it has a special keg trike to deliver beer at festivals and events. The keg trike, seen here ridden by an Icicle fraulein, features a Gates Carbon Drive belt system for clean, smooth and grease-free simplicity. It holds two quarter barrels and a CO2 tank, has a seven-speed internal hub for shifting, disc brakes—and a parking brake so it doesn’t roll away. It was made by Zack Lodato of Lodato Design. If you plan to visit the Pacific Northwest, swing through Leavenworth to get an American Bavarian experience, and visit the keg trike at Icicle Brewing. Not convinced? Check out this ludicrous video featuring town mascot Woody Goomsba the nutcracker.
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.