The April 2012 issue of Velo that is now on newsstands features an in-depth review of the Source 11, the new belt drive super commuter from Specialized. “An aluminum frame and fork and top-notch parts spec get you to the office in style,” writes technical editor Nick Legan, who used the bike to commute to the Velo offices in Boulder for much of the winter. Legan calls it “a nearly perfect commuter.” In particular, he likes the pairing of the Alfine 11 speed hub, Gates Carbon Drive CenterTrack system and hydraulic disc brakes, which all “combine for a bike that is virtually maintenance-free.” Hub dynamo lights also mean you can always see, and be seen, out on the road at night, without ever worrying about changing batteries. You can check out the full spec and find out where to buy one here. More closeup photos can be seen on this Flickr photo set.
The Velo staff has been all over the Gates Carbon Drive of late. Looking for another low-maintenance commuter, writer Caley Fretz tested the Civia Kingfield. “If you commute in nice clothes, the Gates drive is invaluable in its grease-free operation.” This is the bike for you if “a silent, maintenance-free ride is at the top of your priorities list,” the review adds.