We’ve shown some of the electric bikes that Gates will display this weekend at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Charlotte, North Carolina. Now we turn to some of the other must-see show bikes. REEB Cycles will display four models that blend style and technology. REEB is the house bike brand of Colorado canned microbrew pioneers Oskar Blues Brewery, whose integrated business model mixes bikes, brews, cycling advocacy, farm to table food, community charity and more.
Pictured above is REEB’s SFPinion+. This fat bike alternative features the 29-plus tire platform and a Pinion gearbox, a German shifting system that features 18 gears with a whopping 636 percent range–more range than just about anything else on the market. Like all REEB frames it was welded by bike-builder-in-chief Chris Sulfrian. The goal was to create a clean and low-maintenance big-wheel bike for plowing through snow, mud or up mountain trails. With its belt drive, gearbox and oversized hoops, the SFPinion+ is a clean and strong workhorse that will plow through conditions that clog derailleurs.
Next is the Sam’s Pants, a dream commuter featuring the Shimano Alfine Di2 electronic shifting system paired with Gates Carbon Drive. The Sam’s Pants Alfine Di2 “is made to be a dead reliable and fast commuter while also being incredibly low maintenance,” REEB says on its products page. This update of its Sam’s Pants gravel grinder houses a 1.9″ tire for all-weather traction. Gates has partnered with Shimano on multiple Di2 bikes for NAHBS and will display several more Di2 models in its booth (#300).
The DJ Destroyer below is a belt driven jump bike with 650b/27.5″ wheels. Welder “Soultrain” Sulfrian used Made in the USA True Temper OX Platinum tubing and American-made Paragon Machine Works dropouts. It also features the new MRP Stage Fork. “The Destroyer’s short chainstays create a quick and flickable rear end, while the DJ inspired tubeset provides confidence to huck ze gnar,” says REEB. Huck yeah.
Below is a special edition TyREEB titanium 29er singlespeed with Dale’s Pale Ale colors. It’s a light, fast and clean racer that shows off Sulfrian’s fine welds and eye for detail.
Thanks, REEB, for cracking open a cold can of whoop on Charlotte. More pictures below.
Well-known bike designer Steve Domahidy, formerly of Niner, has launched a new bike brand, Domahidy Designs, featuring a belt drive 29er singlespeed. He is launching the brand on Kickstarter and is offering frames made of Reynolds 853 steel and triple butted 3/2.5 titanium. “I’ve been working on this brand for two years,” says Domahidy. “I wanted to launch a line of production bikes with the same level of quality and attention to detail as those found at North American Handmade Bicycle Show.” The first run of bikes will be all 29ers, but Domahidy plans to offer 650b wheel-size bikes in the future.
Check out the Kickstarter campaign here. And welcome to the Gates Carbon Drive family, Steve.
The first bicycles were made from wood, so it is only appropriate that this material is getting a fresh look from a new generation of custom bike builders. We previously featured wooden bikes builder Mike Pescok when one of his bikes won a juried art prize. Mike has been honing his craft and creating more gorgeous wooden belt drive bikes since then, including this one made of walnut (the dark wood) and maple (the light). Note the nicely curved belt stays and seat stay. “It’s much like a carbon fiber layup,” he says of bending and laminating the wood and epoxy. Check out Mike’s new website, grainworkswoodart.com, and Instagram account, @grainworkswoodart, to see more pictures. And if you need a table and chairs to match that wooden bike, well, Mike can help you there, too.
Bicycling Magazine has just published a review of the Wazee from Spot Brand in its March issue, saying the bike “puts the ‘fun’ in functional.” We agree. Bicycling also called out the attributes of the Wazee’s Gates Carbon Drive. “The Gates belt drive is ideal for cyclists who’d rather ride their bike than fix it.” Pick up the March issue to read the full review. And for all of you who don’t live in Denver, the Wazee is named after a street in the city’s hipster district–the ideal location for riding this looker of a belt drive urban bike.
The Gates Carbon Drive cyclocross team battled mud, sloppy conditions and a large singlespeed field at the Cyclocross National Championships in Boulder, Colorado, emerging filthy and dirt-caked but happy about their performance against the best racers in the United States.
Mud? What mud?
The tough course was made even more difficult due to the eight inches of snow that fell just days before the race, turning the surface into a mess of deep off-line snow and slippery, bumpy lines and deep ruts. More than 100 riders lined up for the singlespeed race, and riders jockeyed for position in the large field, struggling to avoid any falls or mistakes.
Jesse Swift only knows how to have fun
Taylor Nye posted an impressive race against the country’s best singlespeeders, finishing in 10th place. The other five Gates riders were spread out through the field, with multiple finishers in the top 20. Mitch Westall grabbed 15th and Jesse Swift 17th. The best result, however, was joy of the riders following a long season of many victories.
Gates CDX Carbon Drive and TRP Hylex brakes just ignore the mud – Photo courtesy of EddieClarkMedia.com
The Spot Brand Rallye bikes performed flawlessly, and the Gates Carbon Drive belts and sprockets powered through the slop. The Hylex brakes from TRP were amazingly responsive in the tough conditions, while the Stan’s NoTubes wheels let all the riders run ideal tire pressures for the mud and off-camber sections of the course. Even caked in mud, it was impossible to miss the “Agassi Yellow” of the Spot Rallye frames.
Ryan McFarling on the 5280 Stairs
The team’s Ryan McFarling was unable to make the mud-fest singlespeed race, so he lined up for the drier conditions on Friday for the 40-44 Master’s race, finishing an impressive 22nd against the geared competition.
With the season officially over, the team riders are already looking forward to mountain bike season. See you on the trail and on the race course in 2014!