MK1 – Tilt-action cargo trike from Butchers & Bicycles, Copenhagen from Butchers & Bicycles, Copenhagen on Vimeo.
Based in the historic meat packing district of Copenhagen, Butchers & Bicycles is a cargo bike brand that exemplifies the energy and innovation that has made Denmark one of the world’s most progressive cycling nations. Butchers & Bicycles and its three founders (Morten Mogenson, Morten Wagener and Jakob Munk) have a simple goal: make cargo bikes that are a practical and easy alternative to cars for people and businesses that carry large objects. “It has long been established that the bicycle is in fact…in many cities, actually even faster,” they say.
Their first model is the Mk1, a cargo trike that comes in a pedal or electric version. The Mk1-E electric bike (above) features a 250-watt MPF drive for pedal assist up to 25 kilometers per hour, plus a back-lit control unit with a USB plug for phone charging. Both the Mk1 and Mk1-E can be purchased with the Gates Carbon Drive belt system for low maintenance and grease-free practicality.
The other noteworthy innovation is the cargo box, which tilts with the rider for better handling.
The Mk1 also features:
- a lightweight aluminium frame
- a parking/kickstand that can be raised and lowered from the riding position
- NuVinci N360 internal hub gearing for seamless shifting
- hydraulic disc brakes on all three wheels
- double wall aluminium rims
- Schwalbe puncture proof tires – 26’’ rear / 20’’ front
- quick release saddle and handlebar adjustment
- mudguards/fenders on all wheels
- durable cargo box with easy access front door and child-safe lock
- cargo box mount for children’s car seat
- lockable glove box with integrated cup holder
- 1 year free service in the Copenhagen showroom
This brand has style. We love their logo, and the Butchers & Bicycles showroom looks immaculate. Follow them on Facebook @Butchers & Bicycles, Copenhagen. If you like bikes, put Copenhagen on the list of places to visit. Rent a GoBike through the city’s eBike sharing program and pedal over to the meat packing district.
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.