German bike brand Kalkhoff is launching three high-performance electric bikes in North America this fall featuring Gates Carbon Drive and the company’s powerful Impulse mid-drive eBike system. Pictured above is the Integrale 8, being ridden by a guy booting it to work at a tech startup or someplace cool. Integrale (pronounced “in-te-GRAL-eh” (as in the English words integral and integrate), hints at the bike’s integrated design concept. The Impulse EVO drive and battery are integrated into the bike’s frame. It’s next-gen eBike design from the streets of Europe.
The Integrale 8 has a top speed of 20 mph, a 250-watt motor, eight gears and a range of up to 127 miles thanks to the 17Ah/36V battery, which can be removed for charging or security with a simple turn. The Integrale S11, below, is the premium eBike in the Kalkhoff line. The S11 uses the 350 watt Impulse EVO RS Speed motor and battery, providing a top speed of 28 mph. Both the Integrale 8 and S11 have a Bluetooth capable handlebar-mounted display that interfaces with your smart phone to provide on-board navigation. Pannier racks and a suspension fork complete the build. The red on black frame highlights are slick, too.
Kalkhoff’s third model for sale in North America is the Include 8 Premium, below. It offers the same long range but with an easy to mount step-through frame. Built for commuting, trekking or carrying a child on the rear, it has a pannier rack with a snap-on child seat system and front suspension for smoothing bumpy roads. Electric bike sales are surging in Europe, according to the New York Times. It’s easy to see why: for many trips they are simply easier, less expensive–and more fun–than a car. Gates is pleased to be featured on these Kalkhoff models whose design, performance, and drive technology represent the future of urban transport. Kalkhoff has several more models for sale in Europe featuring Gates belts, including the Endeavour Impulse S11, and the Agattu Premium Impulse S11. Electric bikes are the fastest growing market for Gates Carbon Drive due to the belt drive’s clean, smooth and strong performance. Find your eBike on our Bike finder page. kalkhoffusa.com
Include 8 Premium
Watch the Kalkhoff video below that shows the Include in action.
We typically feature new bikes on the Belted Blog, but this 52-year-old cruiser is a true beauty with a long history and a new life. It’s a 1963 Schwinn “Tiger” that has been retrofitted with a Gates Carbon Drive belt. The bike is owned by Marc Seemann, the newest member of the Gates Carbon Drive crew in Denver. Marc is the technical support specialist for Gates Carbon Drive in North America. If you call or email with tech questions, Marc is the dude with answers. He also does a mean wheelie and has a closet full of timber-sexy flannel shirts.
Marc got the frame for free in high school. The owner of the bike shop where Marc worked found it in some weeds behind a barn. “This bike survived some extreme abuse and negligence during my college years, so it’s definitely a keeper,” he says. After joining Gates, Marc cut the right stay and installed a frame split to create an opening for the belt, which is tensioned with a Surly Tug Nut. “I welded some cantilever posts on a year ago to get some decent brakes (replacing the original coaster brake), and the rest is a hodgepodge of old 1980s and ’90s BMX parts.” Left to rot in a field, the bike is now Marc’s primary commuter. If you see a bearded lumberjack rolling down the Denver streets on it, say hi to Marc.
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.
Winter is dark and cold in the Finnish Lapland, the northernmost region of Finland above the Arctic Circle. This region is home to vast herds of reindeer and to the indigenous Sámi people, as well as the aurora borealis that casts a colorful glow across the night sky. Sunlight is fleeting. Days seem like perpetual dusk due to the low angle of the sun. It is not someplace where one thinks of going for a bike ride.
In this harsh and beautiful setting, Swedish bicyclist Oskar Juhlin will compete in the 150-kilometer Rovaniemi Arctic Fat Bike Race from Feb. 20-22. Wearing a headlamp and lights he will ride through the night, resting briefly to eat, sleep and drink water, surviving the frigid nights in a polar sleeping bag. Juhlin is an endurance athlete and industrial designer in Stockholm. “I love biking and I love snow,” he says. Juhlin will ride a custom Mi:Tech fat tire bike with a Pinion P1.18 gearbox and Gates Carbon Drive belt system. He chose these components to avoid mechanical problems with a chain and derailleur in the snow. “I’m impressed how well the combo of Pinion and Gates works in the snow and ice. It seems like the belt cleans itself from the snow and slush.” Juhlin took these photos while training. Good luck Oskar, and stay warm. More information at pinion.eu
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.