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Gates Carbon Drive Contest Offers More than $11,000 in Cash and Prizes to Custom Bike Builders

  October 10, 2012

Custom bicycle builders will compete for $11,250 in cash and prizes in the Gates Carbon Drive bike design contest at the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Feb 22-24 in Denver.

“Custom bike builders are innovators and artists, and Gates appreciates the energy and excitement that they bring to the bicycle market,” says Todd Sellden, director of Gates Carbon Drive Systems. “The contest is our way to say thanks to those hard-working builders who are pushing the envelope of belt drive bike design.”

Judges will choose the five most innovative and beautiful bicycles featuring Gates Carbon Drive. Each of the five winners will receive $1,000 cash and five Carbon Drives for a total value of $2,250. Contestant bikes will be judged on their overall aesthetic appeal, innovation and technical features related to the integration and installation of a Carbon Drive. Builders must register for NAHBS to enter. See the full contest rules and sign up at

One of the five prizes will go to the best integration of Gates Carbon Drive with a Shimano Alfine internally geared hub. Carbon Drive combined with Alfine hubs has proven to be a winning combination with consumers and bike builders, with more production and custom bikes pairing the two technologies every year to create clean, smooth and low-maintenance transportation bicycles that are perfect for commuting and urban riding.

Gates introduced the Innovative Belt Drive Bike Design Contest at NAHBS 2012 to great success, awarding $8,750 in cash and prizes—plus one free Carbon Drive system to every entrant. For 2013, Gates will increase the value of the prize pool and crown more winners. Every qualified entrant whose bike meets the judging criteria and official rules will receive a free Carbon Drive system.

This belt drive Shamrock city bike was a show stopper at NAHBS 2012

Denver-based Gates Corporation is an official sponsor of NAHBS, an annual event that is the world’s number one showcase for custom bicycles. Following a highly successful NAHBS 2012 in Sacramento, Gates is eager to host the show in its hometown. Gates Carbon Drive will have an even bigger booth with many beautiful custom belt drive bikes on display.

This touring rig from Naked not only won the Gates contest in 2012, the builders rode it more than 400 miles to the show fully loaded with panniers
English Cycles entered this sweet 29er

Click here to see more pictures from NAHBS 2012. Come Get Belted at NAHBS 2013 in Denver.