Ti Cycles' Extreme Carbo Bike with electic assist. Image by Tim Lucking
DENVER — Gates Carbon Drive Systems and Shimano recognized builders at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) for their integration of a Gates carbon drive paired with the Shimano Alfine internally geared hub. Contest entries were judged on their sliding dropouts, belt-tensioning systems, frame splits and other design factors. Builders received cash and equipment prizes totaling more than $16,000.
One of the five prizes was awarded to the best integration of Gates Carbon Drive with a Shimano Alfine internally geared hub, which has been popular on urban and commuter bikes because it is low-maintenance and durable.
“Custom bike builders are innovators and artists, and Gates appreciates the energy and excitement that they bring to the bicycle market,” said Todd Sellden, director of Gates Carbon Drive Systems. “The contest is our way to say thanks to those hard-working builders who are pushing the envelope of belt drive bike design.”
Gates Carbon Drive Awards
with Images by Tim Lucking, Trina Ortega, and Brian Riepe
Best Carbon Drive City Bike — Sycip, “gentleman’s town bike” with Alfine Di2 electronic shifting
Best Belted Fat Bike — Boo Bikes bamboo fat bike
Most Innovative Belt Drive Bike — Ti Cycles, extreme cargo bike with electric assist
Best Belted Adventure Bike — English Cycles, Tour Divide rig with Alfine 11 hub
Most Innovative Mountain Bike — Paragon 29er with Pinion gearbox shifting
Best Gates Carbon Drive/Shimano Alfine integration — Co-Motion Cycles with its Cityview with Carbon Drive and Alfine Di2 electronic shifting
Primal Wear/Gates Carbon Drive prize — Muse bike’s Rhythm Roadster with Shimano Alfine 11 and Carbon Drive
The North American Handmade Bicycle Show travels to a different city each year and took place Feb. 22-24 in Denver this year.