Eurobike Category Archive

Gates Carbon Drive is heading to Eurobike and Demo Day (Aug. 27-31 in Friedrichshafen, Germany). Below is a sampling of the new electric bikes, pedal bikes and new products we will be showing at Demo Day or in our booth (#A2-203). First, the electric bikes:

Flitz Wooden Racer

The Wooden Racer (above) is a speedy and elegant eBike from Flitz Bikes. It features the Pinion gearbox for sealed, surefire shifting.

Flitz Traveller

The Traveller is a touring electric bike from Flitz that features the MPF motor for two-speed cruising and durability.

electrolyte_strasenfeger_with dude in jeans

The Strasenfeger, from German brand Electrolyte is stylish, fast and features a unique drive system motor inside the “lefty” fork.

OHM Urban XU450

The Urban XU450 E2 from Ohm Cycles features the new SRAM e-matic motor and a sturdy step-through frame for easy use in the city.

GoBike three-quarters

The GoBike (above) is a new city bike-share electric bike. Copenhagen, Denmark, recently signed a deal to stock their bike share stations with these innovative pedelecs that feature a table PC on the bars to provide information on navigation and routes, train departure schedules, nearby docking stations and more. Below is a picture of the new belt drive GoBikes at a Copenhagen station:

GoBikes at Copenhagen station

Grace Urban MX2 three-quarters

The Grace Urban MX2 (above) features the new Bosch motor system and is one of the sexier eBikes to hit the market.

Gates will also be showing pedal bikes in its booth including the new BMC ac01, the Nicolai fat tire bike, the Nicolai Ingeartec DH and the Nicolai Argon TR. Stay tuned for more news from Eurobike next week.



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Coffee-loving bicyclists, meet the Velopresso: an ingenious pedal-powered mobile coffee stand designed to lower the carbon footprint of our collective caffeine habit. Created by two product design students from the Royal College of Art in London, the machine uses no electricity, making it perfect for street corners and off-the-grid locations. Velopresso not only gets around town by pedal power; the coffee grinder is also pedal-powered. Delicious coffee, no electricity, no motors, no noise.

“Velopresso was conceived against the backdrop of a global renaissance in cycling culture that is being driven by the desire for more sustainable cities and lifestyles,” says co-creator Amos Field Reid, pictured below kneeling behind the machine. “The urban coffee scene is also expanding and diversifying, including a convergence with cycling culture. Velopresso engages directly with these cutting-edge urban cultures.”

The only fuel use consists of a camp stove to heat the water and create steam. The stove now uses camping/mountaineer’s gas, but Reid and co-creator Lasse Oiva are researching methods to create ethanol alcohol from the spent coffee grounds, which would be used to fire the camp stove burner. “Research is underway to derive a zero-carbon fuel for the stove from waste grinds,” Reid says.

We love the Velopresso because it uses not one but two Gates Carbon Drives–one for locomotion and another to power the grinder, which produces a double-shot of espresso with five seconds of easy pedaling. With a click of a gear lever, the belt-drive transmission switches from powering the trike’s wheels to powering the custom-made grinder. The inventors say the clean and grease-free belt drive was the perfect solution: you don’t want toxic chain lube in your soy latte.

“The Gates Carbon Drive forms an integral part of the Velopresso,” Reid says. “The belt eliminated the problem of an oily chain getting mixed up with the coffee prep environment. It also rendered a chain guard unnecessary, allowing us to showcase this rational, progressive, pedal-powered technology and keeping it all naked as we intended. We wanted technology that looks good and performs perfectly. From the very earliest design sketches we located the Gates Carbon Drive that powers the grinder at the center of the machine–a statement of intent.”

Velopresso has already won several design awards including the Deutsche Bank Award for Creative Enterprises 2012, and second place in the Pininfarina Design Contest 2012. Reid and Oiva are now trying to commercialize Velopresso to sell them in Europe and North America. “The Velopresso project as a business is conceived around the production of multiple machines for sale or leasing to individual private vendors alongside coffee and bicycle related companies, as both an eye-catching new form of mobile retail operation and a highly visible promotional vehicle,” Reid says. The machine’s weatherproof side panels can be customized for company or corporate branding.

Until then, Velopresso is on our wish list. See more photos and contact Velopresso at:

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Attending Eurobike is a fascinating experience for bicyclists due to the massive size of the trade show and the sheer variety of bike models and brands. While the European bike market has been slower to adopt some trends such as 29er mountain bikes, Europe is ground zero for commuter and transportation bikes and the global boom in electric bikes. Another trend we spotted at Eurobike? Even more bike models and brands with Gates Carbon Drive instead of chains. Below are some of the many 2013 models that European bicyclists will be riding next year. Even the kids want one, as the little dude above showed in the Velotraum booth. Scroll down for an assortment of snapshots from the show.

Above is the Inc commuter from Avanti.

The E-Line C electric bike from Bergamont

Foldable bike from Bernds

Bernds tandem

Black Braid full carbon sub-5 KG singlespeed

Black Braid carbon fixie

BMC Urbanchallenge

Breezer Beltway

Full carbon Coren singlespeed, for those with an extra 25,000 Euros to spend

From iconic Italian brand De Rosa

De Rosa Milanino

The Belter children's bike from Early Rider won a Eurobike innovation award

e-Jalopy electric from Greenwheel

Fahrradmanufaktur T-Belt Lite

Globe Roll 8 Rare

Grace Easy e-bike

Grace MX enduro e-bike

The JAB from Japan

Koga World Traveler

Koga World Traveler 29

Mi-Tech with Pinion gearbox (locked up because everyone wants to steal this one)

Nicolai trekking bike

Indonesian brand Polygon

Sandman Gobi fat bike

Santos Race Lite

Sweet styling on this limited edition Schindelhauer fixie

Easy to see why Schindelhauer won the Eurobike Best City Bike award in 2011

Schindelhauer Ludwig XIV

The Scott SUB will get you noticed

Smart E-Bike

Specialized Source 11

Tour de Suisse

Tout Terrain Amber Road

Tout Terrain Via Veneto

Tout Terrain X-Over

Van Nicholas Amazon

Van Nicholas Pioneer

Van Nicholas Zion 29er

Veloheld Drive

Veloheld Path

Congratulations. You made it to the end, which means you probably want to get a belt drive bicycle. This kid, too.

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Nobody needs a 25,000 Euro bike. Then again, nobody needs a Formula 1 race car either. But for those with an extra $32,000 in their pocket, we present the “coren” fixie and singlespeed. The bikes are made by UBC, a German company that creates carbon fiber components for Formula 1 cars and clients including Porsche, Bugatti and Audi. Both spec the Gates Carbon Drive.  We spotted these two bikes at Eurobike, where they attracted a crowd. Pictured above  is the Coren fixie.  Below is the singlespeed.

UBC describes the high tensile strength T1000 carbon frame shape as “avant-­‐garde.” Both bikes were designed by UBC designer Christian Zanzotti. “Super slim top and down tubes lend the coren a unique visual lightness,” says a press release. The bikes weigh about 7,700 grams (17 pounds) and will be sold in limited quantities.   It takes about 40 hours to make a coren frame, which is molded and cured  in aluminum forms.

“The frame, like all UBC components, is manufactured in a clean room, in accordance with motor sport and premium vehicle construction standards,” says UBC developer Marco Noack. Go to to watch a slick video of the bikes being fabricated in the UBC clean room.  Scroll down to see more images.

Stay tuned, because UBC is now working on a pedelec. Want to see one up close? Rumor has it one of these corens will appear at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Denver next February.

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Attending Eurobike 2012? Visit the Gates Carbon Drive booth (A2/202) to check out some cool new 2013 belt drive bikes–including one of the most technologically advanced full-suspension bikes of the year, Mi-Tech’s 29er with a Pinion gearbox. This bike will have huge media interest due to its technological innovations. Instead of an internally geared hub, which adds weight to the rear wheel, the gearbox is located in the bottom bracket, providing a more balanced bike that is low maintenance and takes a beating. Say goodbye to derailleurs.

E-bikes are also very hot in Europe. One of the most highly anticipated models is the Smart electric bike bike. Call it the Prius or Smart Car of bikes. It captures energy from braking to power up the battery. Smart is using a Gates Carbon Drive instead of a chain to provide superior performance. Check out the video:

German bike maker Schindelhauer will show off itsThinBike (pictured above). With bars that twist to the side to save space and pedals that fold up, the ThinBike is designed for space-cramped city dwellers who want a full-size bicycle that is easy to store in small apartments. The bike was designed in collaboration with founder Graham Hill. Watch the video:

In addition to these bikes, Gates will be showing off a number of new belt drive bikes from Nicolai (which is also building a Pinion gearbox prototype), Grace (a new e-bike), a custom Cyfac tandem, a fat tire bike from Sandman Bikes, as well as Frank Schneider’s Megavalanche SS hardtail, and many more. Stay tuned for more updates on interesting bikes with Gates Carbon Drive that will be rolling out at Eurobike. Sehr gut!

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