Klaxon Mobility is a new eBike brand based in Alonte, Italy, that is aggressively moving into the category of belt drive pedal-assist bicycles. Klaxon is part of the Athena SpA industrial group, which has more than 40 years of experience in a range of consumer products and has branches in Italy, Spain, India, Brazil and the US. Klaxon will launch its new 2015 electric bike line at the Eurobike trade show in late August–all equipped with Gates Carbon Drive and electric drives from Sunstar or Zehus. Its frames are made from Columbus steel tubing and feature accessories from Brooks, Shimano and Schwalbe. Pictured above is the 20 Sunstar eBike with 20-inch wheels, Gates’ new 70-tooth front sprocket and Sunstar mid-drive motor. It is a sweet looking rig for charging up rough roads. If you will attend Eurobike, visit the Klaxon booth, #B1-204. Their pedelecs are both stylish and diverse. Below are their eBikes with Sunstar drives, followed by their Zehus hub motor models. Learn more about the brand here.
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.
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).
Bergamont is a favorite German brand with several models equipped with Gates Carbon Drive. Below is the E-Line C MGN.
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).
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.
Overlap’s Gulf Racing themed fixie is a must-see for street riders and track aficionados.
The Grace MXII, below, is widely considered to be one of the most stylish and high performance eBikes on the market.
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.
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!
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.
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:
The Wooden Racer (above) is a speedy and elegant eBike from Flitz Bikes. It features the Pinion gearbox for sealed, surefire shifting.
The Traveller is a touring electric bike from Flitz that features the MPF motor for two-speed cruising and durability.
The Strasenfeger, from German brand Electrolyte is stylish, fast and features a unique drive system motor inside the “lefty” fork.
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.
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:
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.
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: http://www.velopresso.cc/
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
Black Braid full carbon sub-5 KG singlespeed
Black Braid carbon fixie
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
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
Congratulations. You made it to the end, which means you probably want to get a belt drive bicycle. This kid, too.