Interbike Day Two- Part One

Here we go on to another day of Interbike and you big wheeled goodness. Check out the following rigs…

Bianchi returns the Sok 29″ers in single speed and geared flavors. The bikes spec looks to ba solid, nothing out of the ordinary here. These should be some decent rigs.

Spot Brand showed their typical rad paint jobs.

Look closely just above the belt on the drop out. See that bolt? That is where you disconnect the seat stay from the drop out to thread the carbon belt drive through the frame.

Here is another look at it.

And the titanium frame the drop out above is on. Spot Brand is now offering titanium frames that have been optimized for 29″ers from Sandvik tubing and welded in house. The frames look beautiful close up.

Not just another color for the Karate Monkey, but a complete bike offering from Surly on the classic 29″er frame. The spec includes a Mr. Whirly crank with a Salsa chain guard and a WTB SST saddle. Expect to pay just slightly north of 1100 bucks and Karate Monkey completes should be available by the end of the year.

Check back for more soon!


No Responses to “Interbike Day Two- Part One”

  1. skidder Says:

    Has anybody ridden the belt drive?

    Does it have good action?

    I think it looks cool!

  2. mg Says:

    Wow, that ti Spot looks great… and the belt drive is something that I’d love to work out to be more than just a novelty. It would be quite an investment to get the necessary gear ratios to have the bike be usable in a wide variety of conditions, even if that only meant having three available ratios — it’d still be really, really expensive. But if you have to ask how much it costs…

  3. Shiny Flu Says:

    Hehe, I think you need a bit of rest GT… could those grammatical mistakes be cause by too many Booth Babes? šŸ™‚

  4. Guitar Ted Says:

    skidder: Yeah, it rides great, actually. I have ridden it before, last year at the show as a matter of fact. They still are refining the technology, but look for belt drive bikes to stick this time around. Especially in the commuter market.

  5. Guitar Ted Says:

    Shiny Flu: Definitely……..the booth babes. yeah! šŸ˜‰

  6. brad Says:

    I’m a 230lb 6’7″ time trial roadie. When I tested the Spot at Sea otter, I failed the belt on an uphill sprint. Still have the scars to prove it. Maybe an 18# single speed with a stretchy belt should carry a rider limit. Otherwise, the bike was nimble and fun as s&%t to ride.

  7. OMV Says:

    Brad: Carbon Drive systems has made the size of the sprockets bigger, and also the size of the teeth too, so that you can run a lower tension and it is less likely to slip.

  8. Chuff Says:

    I saw a guy walking out of the dessert with a broken belt at interbike. I asked him where his belt tool was.

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