Photo courtesy of Gates Carbon Drive
2012 NAHBS Gates Carbon Drive WinnerThe winning entry at the 2012 NAHBS, designed by Naked Bicycles and Design.
Custom bicycle builders will compete for $11,250 in cash and prizes in the Gates Carbon Drive bike design contest at the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, February 22-24 in Denver, CO.
"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."
Contest entries will be judged on their sliding dropouts, belt tensioning systems, frame splits and other design factors.
Gates introduced the Innovative Belt Drive Bike Design contest at NAHBS 2012 to great success, awarding $8,750 in cash and prizes-plus one free Carbon Drive system to every entrant. For 2013, Gates has increased the value of the prize pool and upgraded the contest rules to allow for more winners.
A panel of distinguished judges will choose the five most innovative and beautiful bicycles featuring Gates Carbon Drive. Each of the five winners will receive $1,000 cash and five Carbon Drives for a total value of $2,250.In addition, every qualified entrant will receive a free Carbon Drive system. The $11,250 prize total does not include the value of the free systems that will go to every entrant, which will push the prize pool to an estimated $16,000 or more, depending on the number of entrants.
One of the five prizes will go to the best integration of Gates Carbon Drive with a Shimano Alfine internally geared hub. Carbon Drive combined with Alfine hubs has proven to be a winning combination, with more production and custom bikes pairing the two technologies every year to create clean, smooth and low-maintenance transportation bicycles that are perfect for commuting and urban riding.
Denver-based Gates Corporation is an official sponsor of NAHBS, an annual event that is the world's number one showcase for custom bicycles. Following a highly successful NAHBS 2012 in Sacramento, Gates executives are eager to host the show in their hometown. In addition to the contest, Gates Carbon Drive will have an even bigger booth with many beautiful custom belt drive bikes on display.
"The number and variety of bikes featuring Carbon Drive grows every year at NAHBS, and I’m excited to see the creative energy that the Gates contest will spur next year in Denver," says Don Walker, president and founder of NAHBS.
Winners of the Gates Carbon Drive contest will be announced on Sunday, February 24, from the main stage. Visit the Gates Carbon Drive booth, # 717, to see the gorgeous custom bikes featuring Carbon Drive.
WHO: The world's finest bicycle artisans and designers
WHAT: The North American Handmade Bicycle Show 2013.handmadebicycleshow.com
WHERE: Hall D, Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado.
WHEN: February 22-24, 2013
WHY: This is an interface for frame builders and consumers looking for custom-made bicycles, the sharing of ideas, and the promotion of a special industry with a rich history dating back to 1819.
TICKETS:$18 online in advance, $22 at the door