The bike builders preparing for Gates Carbon Drive’s Custom eBike Showcase next week at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show are putting the finishing touches on their electric bikes, and all of us at Gates are feeling a bit electrified with excitement. Pictured above is the el Woody from Connor Wood Cycles in Denver featuring the SRAM E-matic.
Below is the electric tandem from Co-Motion Cycles featuring the Bosch drive and NuVinci N360 continuously variable planetary shifting system. Co-Motion is now installing the battery on this blue beauty, and when completed it will be a one-of-its-kind, high-speed bicycle built for two.
Pictured below is the electric barbecue cargo cruiser from Sycip Designs (see his winning bike from last year’s NAHBS here). It has all the essentials needed for a good ole fashioned Carolina BBQ picnic: a rear rack cutting board, a four-inch knife mounted to the frame, waterproof bags for ice and beverages (and pork chops), a frame-mounted bottle opener and space for a small propane barbecue grill. Get ready to fire up the grill and tip a few cold ones, but leave the veggie burgers at home because this bike isn’t tofu powered. See you next week in Charlotte, North Carolina!
Well-known bike designer Steve Domahidy, formerly of Niner, has launched a new bike brand, Domahidy Designs, featuring a belt drive 29er singlespeed. He is launching the brand on Kickstarter and is offering frames made of Reynolds 853 steel and triple butted 3/2.5 titanium. “I’ve been working on this brand for two years,” says Domahidy. “I wanted to launch a line of production bikes with the same level of quality and attention to detail as those found at North American Handmade Bicycle Show.” The first run of bikes will be all 29ers, but Domahidy plans to offer 650b wheel-size bikes in the future.
Check out the Kickstarter campaign here. And welcome to the Gates Carbon Drive family, Steve.
Co-Motion is a top custom bike brand based in Eugene, Oregon, that makes many innovative bicycles featuring Gates Carbon Drive. Co-Motion is also one of the companies creating belt drive electric bikes for the Gates Custom eBike Showcase at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in March. The bike pictured above and below features the SRAM eMatic system on Co-Motion’s CityView commuter and light touring rig. “We had some dealers visiting yesterday and they all had a lot of fun ripping around the shop on it,” says Brian Cannon of Co-Motion. The bike features Reynolds 725 custom-butted tubes, front and rear rack and fender mounts, three water bottle bosses and disc brakes, plus an eccentric bottom bracket for belt tensioning.
The beauty of the SRAM E-matic system is its plug-and-play quality. The enclosed and protected rear-wheel hub includes a torque-sensor, controller, motor, and an automatic transmission system. The torque-sensor monitors the rider’s effort and the controller delivers motor assistance as needed. The transmission shifts automatically to ensure that the rider is always in the right gear, delivering power at low speeds for getting started or getting up hills, and efficiency at high speeds. The battery includes a fuel gauge to monitor when it needs to be charged and is contained in a specially designed rear-carrier that is a fully-functional rack, including a spring-loaded cargo-clip.
Visit the Gates Carbon Drive booth (#300) to see this and other custom eBikes commissioned by Gates for the show.
Cycle Monkey is an innovative bike builder and belt drive specialist based near Berkeley in Albany, California. They are also the North American distributor for the Rohloff Speedhub, which pairs well with Gates Carbon Drive to produce a clean, quiet and low-maintenance drivetrain without derailleurs or chains. Cycle Monkey has produced many fine custom bikes featuring Carbon Drive, and here are some of our favorites.
Pictured above is the Green Troll, a do-it-all travel bike with couplers to take apart the frame for packing in a suitcase. “This modified Surly Troll frame was put together for a customer who lives in Southern California, but spends a fair amount of time in the rural East Coast every year,” says Cycle Monkey owner Neil Flock. “He wanted a versatile full-sized bike that he could easily pack up to take on an airplane and was sturdy and reliable.” More info on the Green Troll here.
The Independent Fabrications 29er above was customized for a customer seeking his dream commuter bike. “He wanted a good looking bike that he could use to comfortably explore the East Coast bike paths and city streets near his home,” Cycle Monkey writes on its Monkey Lab blog. Click for more info.
Below is the Surly Krampus modified to run a Gates belt. “The goal for this build was to create a bike that could be ridden more aggressively through rock gardens, off drops and jumps, and down steep descents.” More info here.
The Surly Moonlander, below, was built for a customer in snowy Minnesota. “When riding in sand, snow, mud and other messy conditions, the bike’s drivetrain must be able to withstand all the different kinds of grime that come up off the trail,” say the Monkeys. “Derailleurs and chains on fat bikes can sometimes live up to these conditions but are often found lacking. Because of the wear that these conditions put on components, the lifespan of a fat bike drivetrain is notoriously short. However, the Gates Carbon Drive and Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 combination solves these problems and has developed a reputation as the drivetrain that every fat bike rider covets.” More info here.
Above is the Twenty2 Cycles 29er. “This gorgeous Twenty2 Cycles frame is the latest in a handful of builds we have put together using the new “29+” platform. These bikes use three inch wide 29er tires mounted to 50mm rims, which provide ample float and traction like a fat bike, yet roll fast like a standard 29er.” More info here.
To see more cool belt drive bikes visit the Monkey Lab blog, and visit them at the upcoming North American Handmade Bicycle Show.
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