Add Porsche to the growing list of premium automakers that are selling cool lifestyle bikes. Porsche will show off its Bike S (above) at the Montreal Bicycle Show this weekend, Feb. 17-19. The Bike S features an aluminum frame, Gates Carbon Drive, 11-speed Shimano Alfine internally geared hub, hydraulic Magura disc brakes and 29-inch wheels.
In other Carbon Drive news, the Australian website Cycling Tips, created by Melbourne-based rider and racer Wade Wallace, has posted a nice overview of his favorite belt drive bikes. Check out the story and photos, and lengthy discussion among readers, here.
While we’re on the subject of international belt drive news, take a look at the new Nicolai Argon (above) that Gates employee and downhiller Frank Schneider will race in this summer’s Megavalanche on Alpe D’Huez. Schneider, a member of the Gates-Nicolai team, cooked up this singlespeed hardtail bomber specifically for charging steep and rugged terrain. We will post more pictures and info about “Schneidi” and his bike in advance of Megavalanche, which is one of the hardest downhill marathon mountain bike races in the world.
Hungry for more cool belt drive bikes? Check out the clever new video from Budnitz Bicycles (it’s just 25 seconds long and will blow your mind, dude).