Electronic shifting is a relatively new technology with big potential. By eliminating stretchy shifter cables, electronic systems such as Shimano’s Alfine Di2 have the potential to make bicycling easier and more intuitive by allowing faster, sure-fire shifts and less maintenance. Gates Carbon Drive has partnered with Shimano to integrate with its Alfine Di2 system. Pictured below is a Carbon Drive sprocket integrated with an Alfine Di2 hub.
BMC is specing the Carbon Drive/Alfine Di2 setup on its new AC01 Alfine Di2, which Road Bike Review wrote about at Eurobike 2013. Look for more bike models featuring this clean, low-maintenance setup next year. The future has arrived, and it’s belted and electronic.
BMC Racing Team press officer Sean Weide has one of the coolest bikes on the Pro Tour. Watch the video of Sean in action at the Tour of Utah, and learn about the bike that makes all his colleagues jealous.
The motto for the new BMC city bikes featured in the teaser video above is “Pick Faster.” The 2014 AC01 with Gates Carbon Drive is indeed faster. Faster than other urban bikes, faster than other modes of transportation, faster than parking your car. BMC makes some of the world’s speediest racing bikes, and its goal for the brand’s city bikes is to prove that internal gear hubs and belt drives help you get to the office, or from A to B, faster and more efficiently. So go ahead: pick faster. Look for the full video to launch in the coming months.
Press officer Sean Weide is an integral part of the BMC Racing Team’s operations. In addition to speaking with the media, one of his duties is to lead the team riders through the crowds between the team bus and the start line.
During Saturday’s stage from Livermore to Mount Diablo, Weide was on his official BMC team lifestyle bike, the BMC urbanchallenge with Gates Carbon Drive. The start of a pro race is a mad house. Weide weaved through the crowd, parting the spectators to give his racers a path to the start. Then he raced back to the team car and threw his bike on the roof for the drive to Mount Diablo to await the torturous uphill finish, where he would again jump on the bike to gather his riders for post-race interviews.
Weide loves his bike because it is virtually maintenance free, allowing him to get his important work done without worry or delay. Gates is a proud sponsor of the BMC Racing Team, and we are pleased to provide Weide and other integral staff and management with the fastest belt drive commuter bikes.
Congratulations to BMC and rider Tejay van Garderen for their victories in the Team and Overall categories in the Amgen Tour of California.
The Amgen Tour of California is in full swing and Gates Carbon Drive is in the house and behind the scenes as the official Lifestyle Bike provider for BMC Racing Team. In the video below, BMC Racing press officer Sean Weide poses for race photographers with his BMC urbanchallenge before leading out the team before a training ride.
Weide, below, says he needs the Carbon Drive to keep up with his team! We’re not sure about that but the bike is certainly one of the fastest commuter bikes around.
Check out more images in the team’s photo gallery from the Tour of California.