Bicycling Magazine has chosen the Trek Soho Deluxe for a prestigious Editors’ Choice award. The Soho Deluxe is Bicycling’s commuter bike of the year. It’s easy to see why the editors at the world’s largest bike magazine love this city bicycle. In addition to a clean and low-maintenance Gates Carbon Drive, the Soho Deluxe features an Alfine eight-speed internally geared hub, front disc brake and rear drum brake for stopping power in all weather, full fenders and a rear rack for hanging panniers. Congratulations to Trek for building the best commuter bike on the market.
Interestingly, two belt-drive bikes made it into the magazine’s top rankings. The Gotham, from REI’s bike brand Novara, took runner-up honors in the Editors’ Choice contest. The Gotham features a Nuvinci N360 continuously variable hub for smooth, derailleur-free cycling. Both of these bike models illustrate how Gates Carbon Drive, combined with an internal hub, is an increasingly popular application for commuter and city bikes. Pick up the current issue of Bicycling to see write-ups.