Readers of Bicycling’s annual Buyer’s Guide, now on newsstands, were greeted with a photo of a gorgeous belt drive bike on the magazine’s Contents page. The Contents page is where magazines show an image that inspires readers, and the Gates Carbon Drive equipped Budnitz No. 3 delivers.
Bicycling, the world’s largest bike magazine, also reviewed the No. 3, calling it “a tough yet elegant city bike that begs to be ridden fast, even in dodgy conditions.” The editors likewise praised the bike’s belted drive train, calling it “clean and quiet.”
Pick up a copy of the issue, and go to the Budnitz site to see their complete line of stylish and functional urban rides–all with Gates Carbon Drive.
While you’re at it, check out the Men’s Journal review of another favorite belt drive city bike, the Gotham from REI bike brand Novara. MJ called it “an easy shifting commuter” and noted, sadly, that they had to give the bike back. But you don’t have to. Go here to get one. Hungry for more media coverage of cool belt drive bikes? Click on the In the Media category to read more reviews and see what journalists from leading publications have to say about Gates Carbon Drive.
With its curved Animal-Leg seat stays, Time-Trial cutaway seat tube and Gates Carbon Drive, the Honey Badger from Spot Brand is a leading contender for the most innovative, low-maintenance, fast–and fun–singlespeed mountain bike on the market. This is the same bike ridden by the Gates mountain bike team to great success. BIKE had a Honey Badger on test for much of the last year, and the magazine has just published a review in its March issue. BIKE especially liked the Gates belt drive. “The biggest benefit of the Carbon Drive belt is that it requires virtually no maintenance,” writes BIKE editor Nicole Formosa. “I rode the Honey Badger sporadically over almost a one-year period, and the belt turned smoothly and silently even if I hopped on the bike after letting it sit for two months.” More info at spotbrand.com
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.
In 2012, journalist Ryan Stuart and several buddies undertook one of Canada’s most extreme cycling expeditions. The Canol Heritage Trail extends about 220 miles from Macmillian Pass at the border of the Yukon and Northwest Territories and heads northeast to Mackenzie River and the town of Norman Wells. The trail follows an abandoned oil pipeline that has lapsed into decay. A group of mountain bikers had completed the route in the 1990s, but it had become overgrown with vegetation during the intervening years, making passage difficult for Stuart and his colleagues.
Carrying all their food and gear, including inflatable rafts for river crossings, Stuart and his team traveled from 15 to 50 miles per day, depending on the roughness of the terrain. Grizzly bears were a constant worry. Bike malfunctions were not an option. To avoid mechanical issues and derailleur failures, Stuart rode his singlespeed belt drive mountain bike, a Norco Judan. His Gates Carbon Drive performed without a hitch, with no need for lube or daily maintenance.
Stuart wrote about the arduous adventure in Bike Magazine in 2013 in a story called “Pipeline Passage.” An excerpt from his report:
“The Canol is often credited as being Canada’s most rigorous backpaging route: 22 days of mountainous wilderness, 10 big climbs, high concentrations of grizzly bears, three major river crossings, and dozens of miles of boulder-hopping, stream crossing, and leaping over mud pits. But rather than hike it with two or three food drops like most adventure seekers, we’ve decided to ride it unsupported with 10 days of food packed on our singlespeed mountain bikes.”
Stuart is among the growing number of bicycle adventurers who are using their belt drive bikes for epic expeditions that cause problems for chains. Other recent examples include Reza Pakravan who rode 11,000 miles from the Arctic Circle in Finland to Cape Town South Africa on a belt drive touring bike, and Geoff Harper of the Unchained Iceland expedition who rode a fat bike with Gates Carbon Drive around Iceland’s gritty beaches for three weeks. We salute Stuart and all the other adventurers who are taking their belt drive bikes on expeditions that push the limits of endurance and allow the rest of us to dream big.
Co-Motion’s Divide Rohloff is a rugged touring bike made for off-pavement adventures such as the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. It features fat 29-inch tires, mechanical disc brakes and large-diameter Reynolds 725 tubing, as well as one of the most durable and low-maintenance drivetrains–a Rohloff 14-speed internal hub paired with Gates Carbon Drive.
Adventure Cyclist, the Magazine of the Adventure Cycling Association, reviewed the Divide Rohloff in its December issue, calling it a bike that “appreciates the road less traveled.” Says writer Patrick O’Grady: “There’s not much on this planet that it can’t handle.”
The magazine also posted a video review of the bike. “There’s nothing I don’t like about this bike,” O’Grady says. Watch the video below, and visit the Co-Motion site for more info on the Divide Rohloff.