This is a press release from Gates Carbon Drive.
Gates Carbon Drive, maker of the leading belt drive system for bicycles and eBikes, has exciting plans for the 2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show. They will be electrifying the event with a first-ever “Custom eBike Showcase,” which will feature a dozen original electric bicycles.
Gates has partnered with leading electric bike system companies Bosch, SRAM, and BionX, as well as hub maker NuVinci, to create these belt drive eBikes. They have enlisted some of America’s finest custom builders for the show, which will take place from March 14-16 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Gates Carbon Drive’s Goal
“Electric bikes can get more people out of cars and onto two wheels, and we want to expose more Americans to this efficient, affordable, and healthy transportation solution,” said Todd Sellden, global director of Gates Carbon Drive. The Custom eBike Showcase aims to allow top custom builders to present an American interpretation of the eBike movement that is sweeping Europe.
The showcase will include award-winning builders such as Co-Motion Cycles, English Cycles, Calfee Design, Kent Eriksen Cycles, Ti Cycles, Dean Cycle Works, SyCip Designs, Boo Bicycles, Santana, Alternative Needs Transportation, and Connor Wood Bicycles. Gates and its partners gave these builders creative freedom to design eBikes that suit their functional and artistic visions.
The belt drive eBikes cover a range of styles, including fat bikes and cargo bikes, tandems, urban commuters, and electric bikes made of bamboo and hardwood.
The eBikes will feature electric drives from Bosch, SRAM, and BionX, as well as NuVinci N360 continuously variable planetary hubs from Fallbrook Technologies.
The Custom eBike Showcase: Introduction of the Bosch Gen2 eBike System
The highly anticipated Bosch Gen2 eBike system is making its debut in North America at the Custom eBike Showcase. This event is crucial in bringing electric bikes, one of the fastest-growing segments in the bike industry, to more Americans. Chris Vasiliotis, NuVinci product manager for Fallbrook Technologies, expresses excitement for Fallbrook Technologies’ involvement in this trend.
Global Growth of eBikes: A Continuing Trend
Sales of eBikes have consistently doubled every year in Europe and the United States. The chairman of the Light Electric Vehicle Association expects this upward trajectory to continue, with projected sales of two million eBikes in Europe for 2013.
Gates Carbon Drive: Leading the Electric Bike Market
The Custom eBike Showcase exemplifies Gates’ strong focus on the electric bike market, which is the largest growth category for Carbon Drive. Gates Carbon Drive seamlessly integrates with eBike systems from MPF, GO SwissDrive, Höganäs, as well as Bosch, SRAM, and Bionx. Furthermore, Gates is collaborating with Shimano, Yamaha, NuVinci, and Panasonic to provide belt drives for their eBike systems. According to Sellden, belt drives are ideally suited for electric bikes due to their cleanliness and hassle-free nature.
Gates recently joined the Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA), the world’s largest trade association representing electric bicycles. This strategic move strengthens Gates’ presence in the eBike market.
The North American Handmade Bicycle Show: A Driving Force for Creativity and Innovation
The Custom eBike Showcase forms part of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS), which holds the prestigious title of being the world’s largest and most influential custom bike show. The NAHBS is known for its ability to inspire creativity and foster innovation within the industry.
Located at booth #300 in the Charlotte Convention Center, the Custom eBike Showcase is set to be the largest collection of custom eBikes ever assembled. Gates Carbon Drive proudly sponsors the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, reinforcing their commitment to this event.
Founder of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, Don Walker, eagerly anticipates the response from both builders and the public to electric bikes, a new addition to the NAHBS and custom building scene.
About Gates Carbon Drive: Revolutionizing Bike Technology
Gates Carbon Drive, developed by Gates Corporation, a global leader in automotive and industrial belts, revolutionizes the biking experience. This low-maintenance, chain-replacing technology consists of two lightweight metal sprockets and a high-strength belt embedded with carbon fiber cords. Carbon Drive offers a clean, quiet, lightweight, and robust alternative to traditional chains. Being virtually maintenance-free and user-friendly, Carbon Drive has the potential to encourage more people to embrace cycling.
In 2014, Gates Carbon Drive will be featured on over 220 bike models from more than 90 renowned brands. For more information, please visit https://www.gatescarbondrive.com.
End of press release from Gates Carbon Drive.