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!
For the fourth consecutive year the Gates Carbon Drive Cyclocross Team has taken the overall victory in the Colorado Cross Cup’s Team Competition. Those blue skinsuits, bright bikes and belt drives have become a dominant fixture on the Colorado cross scene and will be evident this week when the National Championships come to Boulder.
Jesse Swift and Ryan McFarling battle to 4th and 5th at the Colorado State Championships – Photo credit Pedaldancer.com
After several weeks of bitter cold temperatures, the Colorado State Championships races saw temperatures rise into the 60s, melting the snow and creating some classic cyclocross course conditions. The race was held on a popular course in Castle Rock, Colorado, and the singlespeed category had nearly 50 racers lining up to do battle.
Taylor Nye staying fueled in the pancake and sausage feed zone – Photo credit Pedaldancer.com
Last year’s champion Colby Pearce flew through the course and took the individual win again in style. While the Gates Carbon Drive Cyclocross Team is finding that individual rider State Championship jacket hard to snatch, the race did give them their 4th consecutive Colorado Cross Cup Team win. Most importantly, the team was all-smiles throughout the race, as everyone had a great time getting out to play in the mud with close friends.
The Gates Carbon Drive CDX system excels in muddy conditions – Photo credit Pedaldancer.com
The season isn’t quite over for the team, as Colorado is lucky to host the National Championships this year. But it has already been another very successful, and FUN, year for everyone involved with the team. Team Gates Carbon Drive will be racing in the SS races on Wednesday, with the Elite races on Sunday. The course has 10 inches of fresh snow sitting on it right now, with temps in the teens. You can check out a preview of the course here.
The team wants to thank its sponsors, who through their incredibly gracious support and phenomenal products make it possible for us to have all this fun!
Gates Carbon Drive – The drivetrain of choice for singlespeed racing.
Spot Brand Bikes – Their incredible and versatile Ralleye framesets.
Stans NoTubes – Their lust-worthy Iron Cross wheelsets and NoTubes sealant that kept us rolling.
TRP Brakes – Stopping was never easier with their Hylex full-hydraulic brakes.
Crank Brothers – Candy pedals are THE pedals for CX.
Full Speed Ahead – Cranks, seatposts, stems and handlebars.
Jinji Cycles – Awesome mechanical support.
Primal Wear – Kits that keep us warm, cool, protected and really, really good looking. Really.
Team Gates Carbon Drive 2013 – Mitch Westall, Derek Strong, Jesse Swift, Ryan McFarling, Taylor Jung, Brian Hutchison (Missing: Taylor Nye)