Ecovelo.info, one of our favorite commuter and transportation bike blogs, has been riding a Norco Ceres around northern California and has just posted a review of the bike. Reviewer Alan Barnard calls the Ceres “a solid contender in the belt drive commuter market. The frame is cleanly built using better than average materials for this price point.”
The photographs on EcoVelo are some of the best bike shots you will find on the web, and the pictures accompanying the Ceres review show off this bike’s beautiful details, including the metal flake paint job. Here’s what Barnard has to say about the Gates Carbon Drive that comes on the Ceres:
“The smooth, quiet, and clean ride provided by the Gates drive needs to be experienced first hand to be fully appreciated. Once the belt alignment is dialed in, the drivetrain is almost disconcertingly smooth and quiet. I’ve become so spoiled that switching back to my chain driven bikes is now a bit of a shock. The belt drive’s lack of grease and zero maintenance is a real plus for year-round commuters. I don’t see belt drives replacing chains outright, but I do believe they’ll be spec’d on a growing number of mid- to upper-level commuting bikes in the future.”
The Ceres retails for $1,375.