Requiring little maintenance and completely grease-free, it’s no wonder that bike builders are using Gates Carbon Drive on an ever-growing number of commuter bikes. Below are five great commuter and city bikes which include belt drive or have it available as a build option.
Price: Starting at $1,950 USD Sizes: XS (for 5′-5’4″, smaller wheel size), SM (for 5’4″-5’9″), MD (for 5’9″-6’4″) Colors: Customizable single color Included Accessories: Gates Carbon Drive, Full Fenders, Rear Rack, Hub Generator Lighting, Hub Based Brakes (drum or disc)
Chicago-based Legacy Frameworks offers quality hand-built bicycles available in two frame designs: step-through and diamond, and in two versions: Sport (disc brake) and Classic (drum brake). Frames are made of light-weight True Temper double-butted chromoly steel tubing that are powder-coated for durability. The Standard Package includes essentials for daily riding such as full fenders, a rear rack, hub generator lights in front and rear, and hub based brakes for all-weather stopping power. With the addition of the Sport version, Legacy has created a bike that is better suited for a die-hard commuter. Disc brakes, threadless steering and stiffer frame tubing, combined with an elite selection of geared hubs and the same standard features of the Rambler. All Legacy bikes are fully customizable.
Price: Starting at $1619 USD Sizes: S, M, L, XL Colors: Matte Black + Optic Green Included Accessories: Gates Carbon Drive, Fenders, Rear Rack, Dynamo Lighting, Disc Brakes, Shimano Alfine 8-speed Internal-gear Hub, Bell
The Beltway is Joe Breeze’s lightweight commuter bike. Focusing on simplicity without sacrificing functionality the Beltway comes complete with all of the bells and whistles that make everyday cycling an attractive option while maintaining a lightweight movability that won’t slow you down on long commutes.
Price: $2,400 USD Sizes: 49, 52, 55, 57, 60 cm Colors: Gloss Black Included Accessories: Gates Carbon Drive, Chainguard, Shimano Alfine 11-speed Internal-gear Hub
The Wazee is a city bike that blends modern aesthetics with a classic road-racing feel. The sleek black finish with the Martini Race Team’s livery gives a nod to the legendary team, while the red belt drive adds a touch of urban flash. An intergrated 11-speed hub and hydraulic disc brakes provide control and ample stopping power. Mounts on the frame and fork allow the rider to customize with fenders, a kickstand, and racks of their own choice.
Price: $1,995 CAD for the Frame with Fork, $2,295 CAD for the build kit Sizes: Semi Custom Colors: Customizable, choice of single color. Included Accessories: Shimano 11-speed internal hub, Brooks saddle, Avid BBZ brakes, Brooks leather grips
Naked Bicycles & Design builds beautiful custom, hand-built bicycles on Quadra Island, BC. All Naked bikes are completely customizable, start with a frame & fork set, choose a build kit, and customize from there. The above bike has a few optional add-ons, including the $350 Gates Carbon Drive upgrade and integrated fenders.
Price: $550 USD Sizes: XS/S, S/M, L/XL Colors: Dark Green Included Accessories: Gates Carbon Drive, Chainguard, SRAM iMotion 3-speed Internal-gear Hub, Fenders, Rear Rack
The Arkham is an easy-riding city bike with comfortable geometry, disc brakes, and a 3-speed internal-gear hub for no-fuss shifting and low maintenance over the long haul. The Novara N-Dock mounts can be used to attach an aftermarket Barrow basket to the front of the frame. Schwalbe Marathon tires provide long-rolling durability.
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