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Frank Schneider of the Gates-Nicolai mountain bike team shatters the stereotype that fat bikes are for old guys with beards who want to go for slow rides in the snowy woods. “Schneidi” met up recently with photographer Hoshi Yoshida for a shoot in a gravel pit near the Nicolai headquarters in Germany. The Argon Fat that he is riding is one of the most innovative fat bikes on the market. Thanks to the Pinion gearbox and Gates belt it provides twice the fun with none of the grease. The Argon Fat will be displayed at Eurobike next week and Interbike in early September. If you are attending, come check it out. You may not be able to ride this pig like Schneidi, but imagine how fun it will be in the snowy woods.

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As we prepare for the Eurobike show next week in southern Germany, we were inspired to provide this image from America’s “Little Bavaria.” Leavenworth is a popular tourist town in Washington State with a Bavarian themed main street and one of the largest Oktoberfest celebrations in North America. About 2.5 hours from Seattle on the eastern slope of the Cascade Range, it is a haven for skiers, mountain bikers, rock climbers, paddlers, hikers and drinkers of fine brews. See the image gallery.

The Icicle Brewing Company is the leading microbrewery in Leavenworth, and it has a special keg trike to deliver beer at festivals and events. The keg trike, seen here ridden by an Icicle fraulein, features a Gates Carbon Drive belt system for clean, smooth and grease-free simplicity. It holds two quarter barrels and a CO2 tank, has a seven-speed internal hub for shifting, disc brakes—and a parking brake so it doesn’t roll away. It was made by Zack Lodato of Lodato Design. If you plan to visit the Pacific Northwest, swing through Leavenworth to get an American Bavarian experience, and visit the keg trike at Icicle Brewing. Not convinced? Check out this ludicrous video featuring town mascot Woody Goomsba the nutcracker. 

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Gates will showcase a wide range of innovative bicycles and electric bikes at the Eurobike trade show in late August, including a beautiful Gulf Racing themed fixie from Overlap Bikes, whose colorful frame and drive are shown above. Read the full news release about Gates at Eurobike 2014 here. Gates will display bikes with Carbon Drive from Canyon, Stevens, Grace, Biomega, Ibis, Idworx, Flitzbike, Nicolai, Schindelhauer, Overlap, Dvoika, Faraday and Electrolyte. In addition, many other brands will display new models equipped with Gates Carbon Drive belts in their own booths: Ghost, Cube, Marin, Tout Terrain, Kettler, Mika Amaro, Patria, Riesse & Muller, Pilot, Derby, BMC, and more. New eBike brand Klaxon will launch multiple new models with Gates Carbon Drive in its booth and Demo tent. Below we offer a sneak peak at some of the bikes that Gates will show in its booth (A2-203) and at Demo Day, as well as some top picks that will be displayed elsewhere on the show floor.

Flitzbike is headquartered in the Upper Swabia region of southern Germany. For 2015 Flitzbike is introducing the CR18 Electric, a high-performance e-mountain bike that looks super-fun to ride.

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The motto of Danish brand Biomega is Furniture for Locomotion. Their NYC, to be displayed in the Gates booth, comes in an eight-speed electronic shifting version, or with a two-speed auto shift, and features a mud guard on the downtube. Biomega will also launch a new cargo bike with Gates Carbon Drive at Eurobike in their own booth (A6-303B).

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Bergamont is a favorite German brand with several models equipped with Gates Carbon Drive. Below is the E-Line C MGN.

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Marin is an iconic brand that helped introduce the world to mountain bikes 30 years ago. In recent years it has pushed into the pavement category. New for 2015 is the Fairfax SC6 DLX, Marin’s top commuter bike. Marin will display the bike in its Eurobike booth (B4-100).

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Faraday is a stylish new eBike brand that will display its Porteur (below) in the Gates booth. Faraday plans to launch in Europe in 2015, and its Porteur has been a big hit in the USA.

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Overlap’s Gulf Racing themed fixie is a must-see for street riders and track aficionados.

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The Grace MXII, below, is widely considered to be one of the most stylish and high performance eBikes on the market.

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For mountain bikers, Gates will display the new Ibis Tranny “Unchained” belt drive singlespeed—among the most coveted singlespeed race bikes available. Read our previous post about the Tranny, Ibis Unchained: Unleashing a Singlespeed Legend.

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Nicolai will likewise show its new Ion 16 enduro bike with Gates belt and Effigear gearbox. This innovative MTB pushes the boundaries of what is possible for a rugged and low-maintenance enduro bike. Nicolai will also show it’s Argon Fat, below, which can be seen shredding and flying like no fat bike ever has in this video. It’s fääzzt and fett!

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Gates Carbon Drive’s motto for Eurobike is “Belting the world’s best bikes and eBikes. We will post more photos of Gates equipped bikes in the coming weeks leading up to Eurobike, so stay tuned. Meantime, read more about the new bikes, products and innovations that Gates will unveil at Eurobike.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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REEB Pinion completeWe’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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Thanks, REEB, for cracking open a cold can of whoop on Charlotte. More pictures below.

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