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Gates Carbon Drive™ Electrifies 2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Gates Carbon Drive, maker of the leading belt drive system for bicycles and eBikes, plans to electrify the 2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show with a first-ever “Custom eBike Showcase” featuring a dozen original electric bicycles.

Gates partnered with leading electric bike system companies Bosch, SRAM, and BionX, as well as hub maker NuVinci, and enlisted some of America’s finest custom builders to create the belt drive eBikes for the show, March 14-16 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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“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. “Our goal with the Custom eBike Showcase is to allow top custom builders to present an American interpretation of the eBike movement that is sweeping Europe.”

Award-winning builders participating in the showcase include 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 Bosch, SRAM, BionX, and NuVinci gave the builders creative freedom to design eBikes to suit their functional and artistic visions. The belt drive eBikes cover a range of styles: 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 marks the debut of the widely anticipated Bosch Gen2 eBike system in North America. “Electric bikes are one of the hottest segments for growth in the bike industry, and Fallbrook Technologies is excited to be a part of this showcase that introduces more Americans to this trend,” said Chris Vasiliotis, NuVinci product manager for Fallbrook Technologies.

Sales of eBikes have doubled annually in Europe and the United States for the past several years. The chairman of the Light Electric Vehicle Association expects that trend to continue in coming years, with sales expected to hit two million in Europe for 2013.

The Custom eBike Showcase exemplifies Gates increasing focus on the electric bike market, which is the largest growth category for Carbon Drive. In addition to Bosch, SRAM, and Bionx, Gates Carbon Drive integrates with eBike systems from MPF, GO SwissDrive, and Höganäs. Gates is working with Shimano, Yamaha, NuVinci, and Panasonic to provide belt drives for their eBike systems. “Belt drives just make sense on electric bikes because they provide a clean and hassle-free solution,” Sellden says.

Gates recently joined the Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA), the world’s largest trade association representing electric bicycles, to grow its presence in the eBike market.

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) is the world’s largest and most influential custom bike show and has a reputation for driving creativity and innovation. The Custom eBike Showcase, believed to be the largest selection of custom eBikes ever assembled, will be located in the Gates booth (#300) at the Charlotte Convention Center. Gates Carbon Drive is an official sponsor of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

“Electric bikes are a new thing for NAHBS and custom builders, and I will be curious to see the reaction from builders and the public,” said Don Walker, founder of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

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2013 Breezer Beltway Infinity with NuVinci® N360™ and Gates Carbon Drive Now Available

Fallbrook Technologies Inc. (Fallbrook) and Breezer Bikes have announced that the 2013 Breezer Beltway Infinity, featuring Fallbrook’s continuously variable NuVinci N360 transmission with the Gates Carbon Drive CenterTrack™ Belt Drive system, is now available at Breezer dealers throughout North America. The NuVinci N360 is the latest generation of Fallbrook’s award-winning continuously variable planetary (CVP) transmission for bicycles.

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“We’re excited to introduce another Breezer featuring the NuVinci N360 drivetrain,” said Joe Breeze, founder of Breezer Bikes. “NuVinci’s infinitely variable transmission enables the Beltway Infinity to excel as a long-range commuter bike, giving riders smooth shifting and letting them find the exact gear, every time. With the NuVinci N360 and the Gates Carbon Belt Drive, the Beltway differentiates Breezers from the competition while delivering a smooth and quiet ride that’s maintenance and hassle free.”

The Beltway follows the success of the Breezer Uptown Infinity, also featuring the NuVinci N360 drivetrain; it has been one of Bicycling Magazine’s top commuter bikes for the last two years.

The award-winning NuVinci N360 provides cyclists with an infinite number of gearing choices between the highest and lowest ratios; a full 360 percent ratio range. The CVP transmission makes riding particularly enjoyable with seamless, continuous shifting (even under high pedal torque), without power interruptions, missed gears or dropped chains. The intuitive NuVinci shifter’s feather touch and visual display are easy to use, allowing the rider to easily increase or decrease pedaling exertion. The NuVinci N360 hub is a compact, weather-sealed system requiring no maintenance.

“We are pleased to have Breezer select the NuVinci N360 as the drivetrain on this new model and for expanding its use on one of the industry’s top commuter bike brands,” said David Hancock, executive vice president of Fallbrook’s Product Business Units. “As the demand for city and e-Bikes continue to grow as a popular mode of transportation, the NuVinci N360 continues to gain acceptance as the drivetrain of choice — enhancing the riding experience, whether it’s a quick trip across town or a long-distance commute to work.”

The Gates Carbon Drive system uses a carbon-reinforced belt instead of a chain, which is exceptionally long lasting, virtually maintenance free and nearly silent. The system requires no lubrication (no greasy chain to deal with) and comes with a full-length chain guard to prevent clothing from getting caught in the drive. Beltway Infinity features include a Breezer D’Fusion hydroformed aluminum frame with integrated head tube, 700x35c Schwalbe Marathon tires with Green Guard, Tektro Auriga hydraulic brake set, full fenders with stainless fittings, B&M Lumotech LED headlight with auto sensor and B&M Toplight Plus LED rear light, Breezer Performance dual-density saddle, and aluminum tubular rear carrier. The Beltway Infinity is available in Gloss Dark Blue with Silver in a step-over model only — (S to XL). MSRP is $1,599.

For more information on the Breezer Beltway Infinity featuring the NuVinci N360 and to find the nearest Breezer dealer, visit www.breezerbikes.com. To learn more about the NuVinci N360 drivetrain, visit www.nuvinci.com/cycling.

2013 Yuba ‘Mundo Luxe’ Cargo Bike Powered By NuVinci® N360™ to make debut at Sea Otter

Fallbrook Technologies Inc. (Fallbrook) has partnered with leading cargo bike company Yuba Bicycles to launch a luxury cargo bike featuring Fallbrook’s continuously variable NuVinci N360 transmission. The Yuba Mundo Luxe NuVinci will debut for the public at the Sea Otter Classic and is now available at Yuba dealers across North America.

The NuVinci N360 is the latest generation of Fallbrook’s award-winning continuously variable planetary (CVP) transmission for bicycles. Dealers and consumers can test-ride the innovative transmission at the Yuba Bicycles’ Booth 170 at Sea Otter, April 18-21 in Monterey, Calif.

“The NuVinci N360 continues to gain acceptance as the smooth shifting drivetrain of choice for transportation bicycles,” said Geoff Petrangelo, Fallbrook’s sales and business development manager. “Whether it’s commuting to work or transporting kids, delivering groceries or building materials, the NuVinci N360enhances the riding experience and performance of city bikes, e-Bikes and cargo bikes.”

The award-winning NuVinci N360 provides cyclists with an infinite number of gearing choices between the highest and lowest ratios, a full 360 percent ratio range. The CVP transmission makes riding particularly enjoyable with seamless, continuous shifting (even under high pedal torque), without power interruptions, missed gears or dropped chains. The intuitive NuVinci shifter’s feather touch and visual display is easy to use, allowing the rider to fine-tune their pedaling cadence and effort with a twist of the wrist. The NuVinci N360 hub is also maintenance free.

“The Mundo Luxe Nuvinci is the perfect bike for someone who wants a no-hassle car-replacing vehicle. The bike can accommodate all sorts of cargo and passengers. The built in dynamo, lights and NuVinci 360 hub make for a safe, maintenance free, all-season ride,” said Kaytea Petro, Yuba’s Marketing Director.

The Primo Mundo NuVinci features a stiff all-steel frame that won’t flex with cargo on board, maximizing rider control. Its responsive steering and small turning radius is optimized for riding in traffic or on the trail. The Mundo Luxe Nuvinci’s integrated bamboo rear rack and sideloaders make it possible to transport large amounts of cargo—from groceries to children and friends to a surfboard. Additional features include Tektro disc brakes for greater stopping power and safety, a Shimano iLight front hub, WTB Freedom Cruz tires, Cionilli saddle, full coverage front and rear fenders, and front and rear Spannigna dynamo lights. The Mundo Luxe Nuvinci is available in green apple and matte black for an MSRP of $1999.

For more information or to find bike shops with the Yuba Mundo Luxe NuVinci visit www.yubabikes.com. To learn more about the NuVinci N360 drivetrain, visit www.nuvinci.com/cycling.<


Yuba Bicycles Launches New Website, Expands to Accommodate Growth

Yuba Bicycles LLC, maker of the Mundo and Boda Boda cargo bikes, has launched a new website, moved to a larger facility and hired a new director of customer service to meet the needs of the bike company’s expanding product line and sales growth. The company will also launch a new dedicated dealer site later this month.


The consumer website has a new domain, www.yubabikes.com (from yubaride.com) and includes an expanded dealer locator to help consumers find Yubas in their communities, as well as an expanded online store and new products.

Yubabikes.com features all new photography of Yuba bikes in action and being used for everything from grocery shopping to pedaling kids to school. “Cargo bikes are a new phenomenon to many people,” says founder Benjamin Sarrazin. “We want to help consumers envision how our bikes can fit into and change their lives by replacing car trips.”

Yuba Bicycles moved into a new headquarters in Petaluma, Calif., this month after outgrowing its former building in Sausalito. The new facility includes 2,500 square-feet of office space and a 2,500 square-foot warehouse. New employees include Lindsay McKenzie, formerly of QBP and Bell Sports, as head of customer service and inside sales.

Yuba’s expansion shows that the company is succeeding in its mission of growing the market for cargo bikes in North America, Sarrazin says. “Our aim since the beginning has been to show people that you don’t need a car for many short trips such as grocery shopping, bringing your kids to school or getting your surfboard to the beach.”


In April, Yuba will launch two new models: the Deluxe Mundo and Deluxe Boda. The Deluxe Mundo, an upgraded version of the Mundo, features a Nuvinci N360 continuously variable planetary hub from Fallbrook Technologies. Rather than clicking into gear, the N360 offers infinite gearing between the highest and lowest points, allowing riders to feather their cadence for maximum efficiency and easy pedaling.

The Deluxe Boda, an upgrade of the Boda Boda, features front and rear lights powered by a Shimano hub dynamo, full fenders for all-weather riding and Schwalbe Big Apple tires. Last year, Yuba introduced the Boda Boda and el Boda cargo cruisers, both of which feature a shorter wheel base than the Mundo for easier handling and smaller load carrying. The el Mundo and el Boda are electric assist e-bikes with a BionX motor for customers who seek more oomph for longer trips or heavier loads. The 350 watt BionX electric system offers four levels of assist – 25%, 50%, 100% and 300% – to get you there faster. The system’s regenerative breaking system makes it possible to go up to 37 miles (60 km) per charge, with a top-speed of 20 mph (32 kph).


AutoBike’s New Voyage Auto-Shifting Bicycle to Feature NuVinci® N360

AutoBike, Inc. and Fallbrook Technologies Inc. (Fallbrook) have announced that AutoBike’s new Voyage auto-shifting bicycles will be equipped with Fallbrook’s award-winning NuVinci N360 continuously variable transmission.


AutoBike’s shifting system senses the changing road conditions — whether climbing a hill or pedaling on a straightaway — and will seamlessly auto shift through an infinite number of effective drive ratios within the NuVinci CVP’s wide 360 percent range.

“Our goal was to design the Voyage to get more people riding and enjoying bicycles. The Voyage’s upright riding position and automatic shifting system allows the rider to simply enjoy the cycling experience,” said AutoBike co-founder Sean Simpson. “The Voyage, featuring our proprietary automatic shifting technology in combination with NuVinci system components, evolves the bicycle riding experience to the highest levels in the current market.”

“We are proud to be selected as the drivetrain of choice for AutoBike’s new auto-shifting bicycles, which is further recognition of NuVinci’s contribution to our OEM partners to make cycling easy, simple and fun for their customers,” said Geoff Petrangelo, sales and business development director for Fallbrook.  “In addition, Fallbrook is a strong proponent of automatic shifting for bicycle transmissions, both for eBike and non-eBike applications.  We believe today’s enlightened riders should be free to focus on the ride, instead of trying to select the right gear at the right time.”

The Voyage will be available in Standard and Step-Through (ST) cruiser-style frame configurations. The AutoBike Voyage/Voyage ST MSRP is $1,000 and will be sold directly to consumers atwww.EvolveTheBike.com.  To learn about the NuVinci N360 drivetrain, visit www.nuvinci.com.