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Interbike Belt-Drive Bike Spotlight: BMC, Schindelhauer, Specialized, REI and Milk

  September 7, 2011

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.

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.