The P18 is a premium touring and trekking bike from German bicycle maker Stevens. The P18 combines the Gates belt drive with a Pinion gearbox (the blue apparatus in the bottom bracket area of the picture above). Gearbox technology is exciting because it brings some of the low-maintenance attributes of motorcycle and automobile shifting to bicycles. The P18 also features Deore XT disc brakes and Supernova lights, a durable anodized frame and forged adjustable rear dropouts for belt tensioning. If you need a strong and clean drive train for hardcore trekking and commuting, this is the bike. Learn more at the Stevens website, and check out the pictures below.
Pilot Cycles is a Dutch company that builds innovative titanium bikes. Pilot recently produced this custom trekking and commuting bike featuring the Pinion gearbox. The combination of Gates Carbon Drive and the 18-speed Pinion creates a sturdy, clean and low-maintenance bicycle that can endure the worst weather.
Pilot has also built many ti bikes combining the Gates belt drive with the Rohloff internally geared hub, another extremely strong shifting system that is used by adventure cyclists. See the belt drive 29er below with a lefty fork and Rohloff hub.
Learn more at www.pilotcycles.com
Mika Amaro is a city bike brand based on Cologne, Germany, that specializes in edgy and fashionable urban bikes. They have just introduced three new bike models, all with Gates Carbon Drive. The Cushy Black and Indy White have an eight-speed Shimano Alfine internal hub, Brooks leather saddle and grips, curved handlebars and Mika Amaro’s distinctive parallel spoke lacing pattern. The Inky Blue is a clean and low maintenance singlespeed with horn handlebars and airline rims. All feature high gloss paint and other refined touches.
Cushy Black stalking the streets.
Indy White dresses up a pair of jeans.
Mika Amaro produces just 111 bikes of each model, and each buyer receives a numbered bike from 1 to 111. The brand’s bikes bikes are sold in Berlin by Stilrad and in Switzerland by Fixieshop.ch, as well as through the brand’s online store. Cologne is a beautiful city on the Rhine. Now it has a bike brand made for it’s modern cityscape and lifestyle.
Chicago is emerging as one of the more bike-friendly cities in the United States thanks to the efforts of city leaders, bicycling advocates and diehard cyclists. This Friday, Chicagoans can support one of the city’s main bicycling resources, The Chainlink, at a Halloween party and fund raiser where a gorgeous belt drive bicycle made by Chicago’s own Legacy Frameworks will be raffled. Yup, that’s the bike above.
The bike features a low-maintenance, grease-free and Made in the USA Gates Carbon Drive belt instead of a chain. For one night at least, The Chainlink will be unchained and belted. Gates is pleased to support this project and organization. Proceeds from the raffle will support the nonprofit group’s goal of providing a one-stop resource for information about bikes, routes, rides and events in Chicagolandia. The site has garnered nearly 10,000 members in its five-year existence and gets 2.8 million page views annually. There is no membership fee and proceeds from this fundraiser will be spent to cover the costs of maintaining the site.
We first met Legacy founder Levi Borreson last winter during the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Denver, where he showed off a custom Model 2 that he had made for his wife. His goal is to revive the art of custom bike building in Chicago with elegant city bikes made locally for locals. You can watch a nice video of Legacy here. If you live in Chicago and ride bikes, put this Friday’s event on your calendar and enter the raffle to win this bike.
This could be you.
This bike is better than a boyfriend.
Folding bikes don’t come much sexier than the Mu Rohloff, the new 2014 model from Dahon. The Mu Rohloff is perfect for trekking, high performance workouts or commuting. Built on Dahon’s popular Mu frame, this bike sports top components including a Rohloff internally geared SPEEDHUB combined with Gates Carbon Drive. The drive makes this one of the smoothest-shifting, quiet and maintenance-free folding bikes on the market. Fast-rolling 451 mm wheels and high performance Magura MT6 hydraulic disc brakes deliver stopping power and durability. This beauty will be available in March. Order yours now because the Mu Rohloff is going to disappear faster than a folding bike onto a subway train.
And while we’re showing off a high-tech folding bike, we got these photos from Dahon customer Sebastian Sergio Malara of Italy, who did a custom build with Gates Carbon Drive (photos below).
I’m writing to let you know how satisfied I am with the Carbon Drive belt! I had a Dahon Mu Uno customized by “La Stazione Delle Biciclette” a bike shop in Milan (Italy) and it’s really smooth and silent. I love it. I’ve also installed a Sram Automatix with coaster brake.
Thanks for the pictures Sebastian. May the road always be smooth for you.