We pick out some of the best carbon belt drive bikes you can buy, explain more about this exciting genre and what you need to look for.

Belt-Drive-Bikes-Guide

Our expert panel of cycling associates have compiled this selection of 15 of the best carbon belt drive bikes available updated for 2021 (Editor note – latest update May 2021).  We are continually working with our network of bike manufacturers and distributors to update this list and provide the best places to buy belt drive bikes.

Do Belt Drive Bikes have gears?

Could a belt drive bike be the future of all bikes?  Belt drive bikes are capable of handling a limited range of gears, generally up to 8 gears making them perfect for many bike types. Urban and hybrid bikes that are tackling a limited range of surfaces work extremely well with belt drive.  Belt drive bikes are without doubt cleaner, quieter and more durable than a chain.  It makes them good for high mileages with the minimum of maintenance.  Lube becomes a thing of the past and arriving at your destination with oil soaked hands.

Why Ride a Belt Drive Bike?

Carbon Belt drives last substantially longer due to not stretching in the same way as a chain.  It has no moving components like a chain but uses a single loop of carbon inside a nylon cover.  By contrast on all our TT bikes we make do with a chain that has pins and a series of interlocking metal rollers.  These are stressed by the sprockets and teeth. 


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Begin the salivating, below is our collection of the best belt drive bicycles for sale.

List of the 15 Best Belt Drive Bikes for Sale

  1. Lekker Amsterdam Elite
  2. Boardman URB 8.8 Urban Hybrid Bike – NEW FOR 2021
  3. BMC AlpenChallenge
  4. Connor Woody Scorcher
  5. Priority Continuum Onyx
  6. Cube Hyde Pro
  7. Canyon Urban 8.0
  8. Rose CPTL Street
  9. Ghost Square Urban 5.8
  10. Polygon Bikes Path i8
  11. Kalkhoff Endeavour 8
  12. Marin Presidio 3
  13. Cannondale Bad Boy 1
  14. Tern Verge S8i
  15. Trek District 4 Equipped

Lekker Amsterdam Elite M2

Price:$898

The Amsterdam Elite Series comes in various set ups.  We like the purity of the single speed system fitted with the Gates Carbon Drive Belt drive. For those who don’t know Lekker they are a Dutch firm who only work on a direct sales model from their website.  The Amsterdam Elite is a gorgeous looking classic bike frame.  Finished in “space blue” giving you classic fixie geometry that is perfect for around town commuting.  That assumes you can bring yourself to leave it locked up anywhere.  Created with stretch-free carbon fiber tensile cords. With a aluminium frame and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes you have a robust set of components that delivers a smooth ride and is lightweight.

Specification of the Lekker Amsterdam Elite M2

  • Frame – Aluminium 6061 Belt compatible
  • Weight – 11kg (based on a 58cm size frame)
  • Fork – Aluminium 6061 11/8″
  • Headset – Neco sealed bearing
  • Bottom Brackets – Neco sealed bearing
  • Cranks – Prowheel premium Aluminium 46t / Gates CDX 55t
  • Brakes – Tektro Hydraulic discs TD-285
  • Rear Hub – Shimano Nexus 3sp 20t / Gates CDX 24t
  • Front Hub – Aluminium Disc hub Bolt
  • Rims – Aluminium 40mm profile
  • Tyres – Kenda 700x28c
  • Pedals  -VP aluminium
  • Chain – KMC Z510 Rustbuster / Gates CDX 118T
  • Grips – Vinyl lock on
  • Saddle – Velo Elite Commuter Saddle
  • Seat Post – Alloy 27.2mm
  • Handlebar – Zoom Alloy 31.8mm
  • Stem – Zoom Alloy 31.8mm Ahead
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Lekker Amsterdam Elite Belt Drive Bike

Best Prices for the Lekker Amsterdam Elite

Buy it now – Buy the Amsterdam Elite M2 for $898 Currently only available in North America with no stock in Europe or other regions (noted late April 2021)


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Best Belt Drive Commuter Bike

Boardman URB 8.8 Urban Hybrid Bike 2021

Price: £700

This is the newest entrant in our round up with a new belt drive bike for 2021.

Boardman are a firm favourite within Trivelo and we have tested a number of their existing range of mountain, hybrid, road and triathlon bikes. We are yet to get our hands on this latest urban hybrid bike but working to get one of their bikes with our test panel.

The inclusion of the Boardman URB 8.8 Urban Hybrid belt drive bike was a must when you see the spec. Boardman bikes are well built and extremely reliable so no reservation in recommending this as a possible urban belt drive bike. At only £700 in the UK this is one of the cheapest belt drive bikes available. It also comes with a lightweight frame that contributes to an overall weight of only 11.7kg. That we also think is a very well finished bike. This is no ugly duckling.

Using the Shimano Nexus 7 speed groupset on Gates CDN carbon belt drive you have a no maintenance set up. Boardman have raided their own made parts bin for more of the bike parts that are all good quality. Brakes though are a real bonus getting Tektro and Shimano disc brakes. No corners cut here.

If you are not a brand snob then buy with confidence to get a very well specced hybrid belt drive bike.

Specification of the Boardman URB 8.8

  • Frame – Boardman URB X7 Aluminium
  • Weight – 11.7kg
  • Fork – Full carbon forks
  • Headset1 1/8″
  • Bottom Brackets – VP Sealed Cartridge
  • CranksGates S-150 CDN 50T
  • Brakes – Tektro HD-R280 with Shimano SM-RT10 
  • Rear HubShimano Nexus Inter-7 Speed Hub Gear
  • Front HubBoardman URB
  • Rims – Boardman
  • TyresVittoria Urbano 32mm
  • Pedals  – URB flat pedals
  • ChainGates CDN Belt
  • GripsBoardman Canvas Grips
  • Saddle – Boardman
  • Seat Post – Boardman black alloy
  • HandlebarBoardman black alloy
  • StemAlloy

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Best Prices for the Boardman URB 8.8

Buy it nowBoardman URB 8.8 Urban Hybrid Bike 2021 £700 from Tredz

Currently Tredz have limited stock of the Boardman URB 8.8 and the Boardman URB 8.9 for £850 (noted late April 2021). The Boardman URB 8.8 vs Boardman URB 8.9 mainly comes down to weight difference. The Boardman URB 8.9 weighs only 10.7kg so 1kg less than the 8.8 model. The 8.9 also comes with slightly more flexible 8 gears system compared to 7 gears on the 8.8.

Buy the Boardman URB 8.9 (Small sizes only) from Halfords (Noted late April 2021). No stock of the Boardman URB 8.8 currently in Halfords.


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BMC Alpenchallenge 01 ONE

Price: £1900

A rare hybrid bike if you can find one from the BMC stable.  Triple-butted aluminium frame with carbon forks.  BMC like so many others in this list uses the bulletproof Gates belt drive system.  This bike comes with the Shimano Alfine 11 system.  No surprises given the title offering some more familiar geared cycling to all us fans of the feeling of a regular gear change while cycling.  Some neat finishing touches on this bike with internal cable routing.  Tipping the scales at more than 10kg is unlikely to be lightest option in your shed as you head out for a ride. At a whopping £2499 this is also only for those with deep pockets able to stretch to something of this type as a set of high mileage training wheels.

Specification of the BMC Alpenchallenge

  • FrameAlpenchallenge 01
  • Weight – 10.89kg
  • ForkAlpenchallenge 01, Full carbon
  • HeadsetUpper stack – IS 44/28.6 / lower stack – EC 44/40
  • Bottom BracketsSealed
  • Cranks – Gates Centre Track
  • Front Hub – Shimano M4050
  • BrakesShimano MT500/RT54 rotors 160mm
  • Rear Hub – Shimano Alfine 11
  • RimsDT Swiss R522D
  • TyresContinental Contact Speed, 35mm
  • Pedals  – Basic resin flat
  • Chain – Gates CDX-CT, 113
  • SaddleSelle Royal Vivo
  • Seat PostBMC LSP 02
  • HandlebarBMC LSB 02
  • StemBMC LSM 02
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BMC-Alpenchallenge-bike

Best Prices for the BMC Alpenchallenge 01 ONE

Buy Now – 01 One 2020 Hybrid for £1999 from Tredz

Buy now – BMC Alpenchallenge 01 ONE for £1900 from Sigma Sports (Large size only in stock – Noted April 2021)

Currently BMC are struggling for components and stock of the Alpen Challenge is a struggle with all manufacturers. We are working with our network to try and source stock on a daily basis (Noted April 2021).


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Connor Woody Scorcher

Price: Upon enquiry

As the name hints Connor Cycles make their bikes from wood, based out of Denver Colorado.  We love the look of the aptly named “Scorcher”.  Frame is manufactured from American hardwood reinforced with kevlar.  Available in white ash or black walnut woods. The Gates belt drive system is coupled with an 8 speed Shimano Alfine internal gear hub.  Using disc brakes although the firm claim to be able to accommodate full customisation to suit any customers choice.  With a wooden frame capable of absorbing vibration you can expect a supremely comfortable ride.  This is likely to take some getting used to for those of us accustomed to aluminium or carbon frames.

Specification of the Connor Woody Scorcher

  • Frame – Ash wood frame with walnut centre stripe
  • Weight – 12.25kg
  • Cranks – Gates carbon belt drive system
  • Brakes – Disc brakes
  • Rear Hub – 8 speed Shimano Alfine internal gearhub
  • Chain – Gates belt
  • Saddle – Brooks leather saddle
  • Handlebar – Gullwing aluminium handlebars
Woody Scorcher Belt Drive Bike
Woody Scorcher Belt drive bike

Best prices for the Connor Woody Scorcher

Buy it nowScorcher (price available on application but need to factor in shipping from the U.S)


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Best Belt Drive Bike USA

Priority Continuum Onyx

Price: $1299

Priority bikes are a newcomer in the bike industry being set up in 2014 with a kickstarter socially funded launch.  Based in the U.S. in New York they distribute globally with an online only distribution ethos.  They are working to keep thing simple with high quality parts, simple marketing and a direct to consumer model. With over 5 years of learning behind them they are still going strong.  With belt drive offering reliable and simple to maintain bikes it is the perfect choice for them.

The Continuum Onyx is a fully equipped town bike complete with mudguards and a throw back with dynamo powered built in lights.  It comes complete with the Gates belt drive and NuVinci rear hub you get integrated grip shifters.  Somehow Priority bikes manage to include decent quality Tektro disc brakes as well for the money.  We love the write up for the bike on their website.  Selling the virtues of a belt drive bicycle with the classic line “never stain your pants”, we love it.  A relatively heavy bike against others but with a fully loaded bike a fair trade off.  A very handy piece of kit but for the cheeky chap about town, you could do a lot worse.  Plus they are super rare and you can tick the socially responsible buyer box with their company policy and funding something to be admired.

Trivelo Recommended Bike.

Specification of the Priority Continuum Onyx

  • Frame – Ultralight Aluminium 6061
  • Weight – 13.74kg
  • Fork – Ultralight Aluminium 6061
  • Headset – Neco sealed bearing
  • Bottom Brackets – sealed bearing
  • Cranks – Gates s100 by FSA
  • Brakes – Tektro Hydraulic discs
  • Rear Hub – enviolo
  • Front Hub – Priority low drag
  • Rims – Double wall alloy
  • Tyres – WTB slick
  • Pedals  – Priority alloy
  • Chain – Gates CDX 118T
  • Grips – Vinyl lock on
  • Saddle – Velo Dual density
  • Handlebar – Alloy
  • Stem – Alloy
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Priority Continuum Onyx

Best Prices for the Priority Continuum Onyx

Buy it now – Continuum Onyx $1299 Priority Bikes are taking back orders now (Noted late April 2021) for shipping from May 2021. Get your hands on one now!

Alternatively

Buy the Brilliant L Train belt drive bike from Priority bikes. A classic bike perfect for commuting. Currently shipping dates for large blue models are immediate with other models from July 2021 (Noted late April 2021).


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Best Carbon Belt Drive Bike

Cube Hyde Pro

Price: £1099

Cube describe the Hyde Pro hybrid as a “true urban lifestyle bike”.   It has the look and feel of more of a mountain bike with an 8 speed hub gear with belt drive using Shimano disc brakes.  Frame is an aluminium lightweight hybrid style with aluminium forks.  It results in a pretty reasonable total weight of under 14 kg on a bike that could be readily taken off-road.  At this price we would of expected to see carbon forks in reality and a touch more weight saving.  Belt drive is of course the Gates belt drive system which is where you are seeing much of the money invested.  As you would hope.

Unlike many of the other bicycles in our list of belt drive bikes this one is relatively mainstream.  Coming from a well known manufacturer and available at high street shops.  That said if you are in the market for a belt drive bike that mass availability may well be a turn off.  It does mean after sales service is bullet proof should you experience any issues. For under £800 this is a lot of bike for anyone looking for an easy to maintain hybrid bike. 

The Cube Hyde Pro 2020 was a firm favourite of ours. The Cube Hyde Pro 2021 has been subject to a facelift and now comes in a much more eye catching colour scheme. Aesthetically it gives the bike more of a mountain bike visual appearance. We are fans.

The Cube Hyde Pro 2021 is our Best Buy Belt Drive Bike.  Best Buy Award.

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Specification of the Cube Hyde Pro

  • Frame – Aluminium Superlite Urban 29 Double Butted
  • Weight – 13.5kg
  • Fork – Aluminium Rigid Fork 29″ Tapered
  • Headset – FSA Orbit 1.5B ZS-1, Semi-Integrated, Top 1 1/8″ Bottom 1 1/2″
  • Bottom Brackets – sealed bearing
  • Cranks – Gates S150 CDN, 46T, 170mm, BB Thun Zumba
  • Brakes – Shimano BR-MT200, Hydr. Disc Brake (160mm)
  • Rear Hub – Shimano Nexus SG-C6001-8D, 8-Speed
  • Front Hub – Shimano HB-M3050, Centerlock
  • Rims – Cube UX24, 32H, Disc, Tubeless Ready
  • Tyres – Schwalbe Big Apple, Active, 29-2.15
  • Pedals  – Priority alloy
  • Chain – Gates CDN, 120T
  • Saddle – Cube PP MTB
  • Handlebar – Cube Flat Race Bar, 660mm
  • Stem – Cube Performance Stem Pro, 31.8mm

Best Prices for the Cube Hyde Pro

Cube Hyde Pro 2021 – £1099 from Tredz (waiting on new stock to be available – Noted late April 2021)

Cube Hyde Pro 2021 – £1099 from Rutland Cycles (currently out of stock – noted late April 2021)


Canyon Commuter Sport 8.0

Price: £2099

If batman rode a bicycle this is what he would have in the batcave.  Canyon make a range of belt drive bikes in urban and commuter styles but the pick of the bunch is the award winning Commuter Sport 8.0.  This is no budget option though and a true thoroughbred.  The Commuter Sport 8.0 is a city bike with mountain bike credentials but Canyon does’t really call this out with much of the sales pitch.  They describe it as a happy city cyclist cruising the streets on their Commuter Sport 8.0.

Gear ratios are provided using the Shimano Alfine 11 speed integral hub that you would expect for this price.  Belt drive transmission from Gates system mounted onto an aluminium frame with disc brakes from Shimano using the Deore range.  Weight of this superhero belt drive bike is only 10.5kg that makes it in the seriously light category, lightest in this company.

Specification of the Canyon Commuter Sport 8.0

  • Frame – Aluminium
  • Weight – 10.6kg
  • Fork – Carbon
  • Headset – Acros
  • Bottom Brackets – SRAM pressfit
  • Cranks – Miranda delta
  • Brakes – Shimano MTG500
  • Rear Hub – Shimano
  • Front Hub – Shimano
  • Rims – Alexrims
  • Tyres – Schwalbe
  • Chain – Gates CDN
  • Saddle – Cube PP MTB
  • Handlebar – Canyon flatbar
  • Stem – Canyon v18
Canyon belt driven bicycle
Canyon belt drive bike

Best Prices for Canyon Commuter Sport 8.0

Buy it nowCanyon Commuter Sport 8.0 £2099

Canyon have certain sizes in stock but have recently increased the price of this bike from £1799 to £2099 as a result of currency fluctuations and stock issues.


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ROSE CPTL Street

Price: 2899 Euros

Rose offer a number of belt drive bikes and fully embracing the Gates system across a range of high end bikes.  Their range includes a series of gorgeous kids bikes that are a real alternative to the mainstream Frog and Islabikes.

We have previously favoured the hardcore Activa Pro which was a heavyweight tourer and their fully loaded option.  For 2020 they have added the CPTL Street to their range of belt drive bikes and we have decided to add this to our list.  The CPTL Street is an urban belt drive bike and added to our line up with the innovation this brings to our list.

The Rose CPTL Street has dropped a lot of weight compared to the Activa and Luna models.  This is principally from the new full carbon frame weighing only 1.4kg and lightweight carbon forks.  The frame is a completely new design with a Look bikes inspired integrated stem.  Love the aero cockpit of the frame and innovation from Rose.  With top end Gates CDX and carbon throughout this is very much a premium belt drive bike.

Pricey but we do love this bike. So refreshing for a supplier to be taking some risks with a new bike.

Specification of the Rose CPTL Street

  • Frame – ROSE CPTL Carbon Iridium-Silver M
  • Weight – 12kg
  • Fork – ROSE CPTL Carbon, 12 mm thru axle Iridium-Silver
  • Headset – ROSE CPTL Carbon silver 110mm
  • Bottom Brackets – sealed bearing
  • Crankset – Shimano Alfine FC-S501, 39. Z black 39 t
  • Brakes – Shimano Metrea BL-U5000
  • Rims – ROSE R Thirty Disc
  • Tyres – Schwalbe Big Ben Plus, 650x50C
  • Pedals  – ROSE PRO C17 black/matt
  • Belt – Gates Carbon Drive CDX Center Track black 113T
  • Grips – ERGON GA20
  • Saddle – Brooks Cambium C17 black
  • Seat Post – ROSE RC-170 Flex Carbon shiny carbon 27,2mm
  • Handlebar – ROSE XC, 630mm matt black 31,8mm
  • Stem – ROSE PRO  
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Rose CPTL Street belt drive bike 2020

Best Prices for the Rose CPTL Street

Buy it nowCPTL Street direct from Rose at a most recent price of 2899 Euros. Currently in stock for immediate shipping (noted late April 2021)


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Ghost Square Urban 5.8

Price: £1099.99

The Ghost Square Urban 5.8 city bike is a chunky specimen with oversized tubing and arrow straight forks.  It looks like it could go through brick walls and still keep on pedalling.  The bike makes use of the Gates carbon belt drive system like so many others in our list.  Frame is aluminium keeping one eye on weight while keeping manufacturing costs sensible and this side of carbon fibre frames.

As if choosing a bike with a belt drive didn’t make you unique enough to pick a Ghost bike puts you in a smaller niche.  The German firm have been around for a while but with limited UK outlets are very rare.  Targeting the city commuter the bike comes loaded with mudguards and a pannier frame on the rear.  All contributing to the robust looking design.  To call it a utility bike would be harsh but it certainly offers an option for people looking beyond conventional hybrid tourer bicycles.

Specification of the Ghost Square Urban

  • Frame – Square Urban AL
  • Weight – 13.3kg
  • Fork – Ghost AL Rigid
  • Bottom Brackets – sealed bearing
  • Cranks – Shimano Alfine SL-S503 with Gates belt drive
  • Brakes – Shimano BR-M315 2/2 Piston
  • Rear Hub – Shimano Nexus SG-C6000-8D 8-Speed
  • Front Hub – Shimano HB-RM35 QR
  • Rims – Rodi Excalibur XC 622x19mm 32H
  • Tyres – Continental Contact Speed, 37-622
  • Chain – Gates CDN
  • Saddle – Justek 2059 HRN
  • Handlebar – Ghost Low Rizer Square
  • Stem – Satori HL Stealth 6, Diameter: 31.8mm
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ghost-urban-bike

Best Prices for the Ghost Square Urban 5.8

Our ChoiceUrban 5.8 City Bike £1099.99

Last few models left from the 2018 range.  Grab them while you can (noted late April 2021).


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Polygon Path i8

Price: 999 Euros

Polygon bikes are not well known in the UK but have a vast range of bikes including a series of belt drive urban bikes.  Most exciting of these is the Path i8 as a great looking alternative for commuter cycling.  The Path i8 features a tough and light aluminium frame.  In belt drive world uses theGates carbon belt drive with Shimano Nexus 8 speed hub.  It comes complete with hydraulic disc brakes and 700x35c tires for a safe ride through winter. The Polygon Path i8 would stand out in the company bike racks against a flood of conventional mountain bikes.  Only available online so be careful with sizing when considering ordering.  

Specification of the Polygon Path i8

  • Frame – AL6 Pavement Nexus
  • Weight – 14.2kg (size 50)
  • Fork – Alutech Alloy Rigid Fork
  • Bottom Brackets – Cartridge Bearing
  • Cranks – Belt System Crankset, 170mm – 175mm
  • Brakes – Shimano BR-M365
  • Rear Hub – Gates System 22T
  • Rims – Araya SW-719 Rims with Shimano Hub
  • Tyres – Performance Tyre, 700X38C
  • Chain – Gates CDN
  • Saddle – Entity saddle, Steel Rail
  • Handlebar – Entity xpert Alloy, 720mm
  • Stem – Entity xpert, Alloy, 80mm (41-47), 100mm (50-56)

Best Prices for the Polygon Path i8

Buy the Path i8 for 999 Euros

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Polygon-Pathi8-belt-drive-bike

Kalkhoff Endeavour 8

Price: £1199

A fully loaded urban bike with built in lights, mud guards and panniers for kit.  The bike of course comes with Gates belt drive coupled with the Shimano Nexus 8 speed drive train.  A heavier and more robust option than many others in this line up but worth a look as an alternative to an e-bike for anyone looking.  The final entrant in our list of 11 of the best carbon belt drive bikes.  We are always looking out for new bikes to look at so welcome to add to this if you have any suggestions.

Kalkhoff also have a brilliant belt drive eBike worth considering.

Specification of the Kalkhoff Endeavour 8

  • Weight – 16.6kg
  • Bottom Brackets – DCW excentric
  • Cranks – Shimano Nexus, 8-speed
  • Brakes – Brakes Shimano MT200, hydraulic disc brake
  • Rims – Concept EX 570, easy tubeless ready
  • Tyres – Schwalbe Marathon Mondial Double Defense
  • Chain – Crankset Gates CDN
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Kalkhoff-Endeavour-8

Best Prices for the Kalkhoff Endeavour 8

Buy the Kalkhoff Endeavour 8 for £1199 from Rutland Cycles


Marin Presidio 3

Price: £995

The Marin Presidio 3 2021 belt drive commuter bike comes in just under the £1000 mark.  Marin have long since included a belt drive bike in their range in recognition of the suitability of the tech to commuter bikes.  The bike is a close comparison with the Boardman URB 8.8 in spec and styling.  Well specced through with the Gates CDN belt drive and Shimano components including hydraulic disc brakes this offers a lot for the money.   

Specification of the Marin Presidio 3 

  • Frame – Series 3 Commute, 6061 aluminium frame
  • Weight – n/a
  • Fork – Aluminium 6061 straight blade 
  • Headset – FSA Orbit CE, sealed cartridge bearings 
  • Bottom Brackets – Sealed cartridge bearings
  • Cranks – Gates CDN S150 50T
  • Brakes – Shimano U300 flat mount hydraulic disc, 160mm rotor
  • Rear Hub – Shimano Nexus 8D, 8 speed internally geared hub
  • Front Hub – Aluminium Disc 
  • Rims – Marin Aluminium double wall, 25mm tall 
  • Tyres – Vee Tyre, Baldy, 700×32
  • Pedals  – n/a
  • Belt Drive – Gate Carbon Drive CDN Centretrack belt 115T 
  • Grips – Marin Ergonomic locking 
  • Saddle – Marin Fitness Saddle
  • Seat Post – Marin Alloy 27.2mm
  • Handlebar – Marin Alloy flat top riser
  • Stem – Marin 3D Forged Alloy 

Best Prices for the Marin Presidio 3

Buy it now – Buy the Marin Presidio 3 for £995 from Winstanley Bikes (currently reporting good stock levels – Noted May 2021) 


Best Belt Drive Mountain Bike 

Cannondale Bad Boy 1 

Price: £1899

The Cannondale Bad Boy 1 is labelled by Cannondale as an Urban Bike.  A tag we don’t really agree to fully with as it puts it  in a league of One.  It is a much closer fit to a mountain bike and as such the closest thing in our line up to the Best Belt Drive Mountain Bike you can get.  It doesn’t feature and suspension forks but in an age of people using Gravel bikes up trails the interpretation of what is an MTB we view as softening.  At nearly £2000 this is a premium product but Cannondale have paired it with the best from Gates using the CDX system and the Alfine Shimano internal 8 speed gearing.  The closest rival to Cannondale Bad Boy 1 is the Canyon Urban 8.0 so make sure to check both out.    

Specification of the Cannondale Bad Boy 1 

  • Frame – Cannondale Smartform C1 alloy 
  • Weight – n/a
  • Fork – Cannondale lefty lightpipe rigid 
  • Headset – n/a
  • Bottom Brackets – Sealed cartridge bearings
  • Cranks – Gates Carbon Drive CDX S150 46T
  • Brakes – Shimano MT400 hydro disc, 160mm 
  • Rear Hub – Shimano Alfine Rapidfire 8 speed
  • Front Hub – Aluminium Disc 
  • Rims – Cannondale double wall 32h 
  • Tyres – WTB Byway, 650b x 40c clincher 
  • Pedals  – n/a
  • Belt Drive – Gate Carbon Drive CDN Centretrack belt 115T 
  • Grips – Fabric silicone gel 
  • Saddle – Cannondale Stage Ergo 
  • Seat Post – Cannondale alloy 
  • Handlebar – Cannondale Riser 6061 alloy, 18mm rise, 720mm 
  • Stem – Cannondale Bad Boy Si 

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Best Prices for the Cannondale Bad Boy 1

Buy it now – Buy the Cannondale Bad Boy for £1899 from Rutland Cycles


Best Belt Drive Folding Bike

Tern Verge S8i Folding Bike 2021

Price: £2100

Where to start with the Tern Verge S8i?  Somebody clearly decided that belt drive bikes were not quite niche enough and decided folding belt drive bikes were the way forwards.  And honestly, why not?  With a low maintenance perfect commuter solution for cyclists belt drive is a great fit assuming you can afford it.  Coming in at £2100 it is not the cheapest belt drive bike nor folding bike.  If you want to add more to your bragging list with your friends on cycling tech Tern have resurrected the Dynamo for this bike using the Joule 3 to power a Valo 2 front and rear light.  Lightweight, practical and with a rapid folding mechanism this is a hugely innovative bike.    

Specification of the Tern Verge S8i Folding Bike 

  • Frame – Tern Verge hydroformed aluminium 
  • Weight – 14.3kg 
  • Fork – Hydro formed Aluminium 6061  
  • Headset – FSA Orbit CE, sealed cartridge bearings 
  • Bottom Brackets – Sealed cartridge bearings
  • Cranks – Gates CDX S150 50T
  • Brakes – Shimano Deore hydraulic disc
  • Rear Hub – Shimano Alfine 8 speed
  • Front Hub – Aluminium Disc 
  • Rims – Kinetic Comp 
  • Tyres – Schwalbe Big Apple 55-406
  • Pedals  – n/a
  • Belt Drive – Gate Carbon Drive CDN Centretrack belt 115T 
  • Grips – Phorm 
  • Saddle – Tern Porter+ 
  • Seat Post – Stasis 7050-al
  • Handlebar – Kinetix Comp double butted 6061-al
  • Stem – Tern Andros 

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Best Prices for the Tern Verge S8i Folding Bike

Buy it now – Buy the Tern Verge S8i Folding Belt Drive Bike for £2100 from Wiggle


Trek District 4 Equipped

Price: £1500

The Trek District 4 Equipped and BMC AlpenChallenge One are closely matched belt drive bikes with the BMC nudging on a few specifications but also more expensive.  The Trek uses the premium Gates CDX belt drive coupled with the 8 speed Shimano Alfine gearing.  Both top end components and at this price point what you would expect. Weighing 15.5kg it is a heavy city bike but is built for being loaded up with panniers and racking points.  You won’t be dominating the segment tables on Strava but smoothly getting through the daily city commute without disruption.  

Specification of the Trek District 4 Equipped 

  • Frame – Alpha Smooth aluminium 
  • Weight – 15.5kg 
  • Fork – Rigid Aluminium 
  • Headset – FSA Orbit CE, sealed cartridge bearings 
  • Bottom Brackets – VP BC73C 
  • Cranks – Gates CDX S250 46T
  • Brakes – Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc
  • Rear Hub – Shimano Alfine S7000 8 speed
  • Front Hub – Shimano 3.0 Watt Dynamo 
  • Rims – Bontrager Connection 
  • Tyres – Bontrager H2 Comp 700x40c 
  • Pedals  – VP Resin
  • Belt Drive – Gate Carbon Drive CDX belt 
  • Grips – Bontrager satellite elite  
  • Saddle – Bontrager Commuter Comp 
  • Seat Post – Bontrager Alloy 
  • Handlebar – Aluminium comfort 
  • Stem – Bontrager Alloy 31.8mm 

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Best Prices for the Trek District 4 Equipped

Buy it now – Buy the Trek District 4 Equipped for £1500 from Trek 


Gates Belt Drive System Models Explained

Gates CDX: High-Performance Model
The Gates CDX: High-Performance belt drive model is the most expensive belt model. It features on 7 of the 15 Best Belt Drive bikes in our listing. The system has 16 different belt lengths, 7 front sprockets/cranksets and 8 rear cog sizes to give you the most drive ratio options.

Gates CDX: EXP Model
Gates recently released an oversized version of the CDX drivetrain that is a larger set of sprockets only. There are currently five front sprockets and 4 rear cogs available.

Gates CDN: Urban Model
The budget and most common Gates carbon belt drive model in our listis CDN Urban. Designed for the urban or commuter bikes ideally they are not suited to mountain bike applications or high torque eBikes.


List of The 15 best carbon belt drive bikes

  1. Lekker Amsterdam Elite
  2. Boardman URB 8.8 Urban Hybrid – NEW FOR 2021
  3. BMC AlpenChallenge
  4. Connor Woody Scorcher
  5. Priority Continuum Onyx – RECOMMENDED
  6. Cube Hyde Pro – BEST BUY
  7. Canyon Urban 8.0
  8. Rose CPTL Street
  9. Ghost Square Urban 5.8
  10. Polygon Bikes Path i8
  11. Kalkhoff Endeavour 8
  12. Marin Presidio 3
  13. Cannondale Bad Boy 1
  14. Tern Verge S8i
  15. Trek District 4 Equipped

Infographic of the 15 Best Carbon Belt Drive Bikes

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23 Comments

joy · 16/07/2019 at 10:54 pm

very cool about a bike being made out of wood! i also appreciate that you posted a picture of the bike. it might be helpful for readers if you had photos of each bike you mention. x

Joy at The Joyous Living

Kristine Nicole Alessandra · 17/07/2019 at 12:03 am

The Connor “Scorcher” bicycle is beautiful! I have not owned a belt drive bike before and it sure looks like a nice one to have. These bicycles are kinda pricey, but I guess they are a good investment for their durability.

Brandy · 17/07/2019 at 12:34 am

These look like some awesome belt drive bikes. I would love to get into bicycle riding before.

Viano Dee · 17/07/2019 at 3:10 am

This is an added knowledge. Quite informative. Thank you for posting this.

Ewuzie Kingsley · 17/07/2019 at 8:55 am

Those are all so awesome.. I have been considering getting a bike for myself for morning ride within my neighborhood but i guess a have not fully overcome my fear of bike since i had an accident with when when i was much younger. like the Connor Wood Bicycles the most.

Liz Bayardelle · 19/07/2019 at 4:28 pm

The concept of a belt drive bike is so cool! I haven’t been on a bike much since I was a kid, but I would certainly love to try one of these out.

Rosella Wooldridge · 22/09/2019 at 1:15 pm

I’m fully into my bikes and n+1 principals so this has just given me a fresh excuse for my next addition to the garage!

Gary Edwards · 30/03/2020 at 1:31 am

Been looking for next excuse for a bike. Like the look of the Lekker and a great price. Do you know if they have been affected by the current COVID crisis and still able to honour distribution?

    admin · 30/03/2020 at 9:22 am

    Hi Gary. We work closely with Lekker and latest events are affecting everyone but they are still producing and distributing so go for it!

Gary Edwards · 01/04/2020 at 1:32 am

Some interesting bikes in here. Will take a look at the Lekker for definite.

Mike Jayo · 19/04/2020 at 12:46 am

My next excuse for a new bike.

Bill · 04/05/2020 at 12:41 am

It would be helpful to list the weight of the bikes.

    admin · 04/05/2020 at 2:03 pm

    Hi Bill. Absolutely. Will get this added asap and include this information as suggested. Great suggestion.

Ilian Khan · 15/05/2020 at 9:51 pm

Like!! Great article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.

Styx · 25/05/2020 at 9:11 pm

Cube Hyde Pro should not be on any “Best” list so long as they continue to ship it with the CDN rear pulley. It is simply not fit for purpose

    admin · 28/05/2020 at 9:20 am

    Hi Styx. Sorry to hear you have had some issues on the CDN rear pulley (more than once by the sounds of things). What did you replace it with or did you have to return the whole bike? Would love to hear from you as we are fans of the Cube so be great to know more.

    Billy

Allen Porter · 05/06/2020 at 4:42 am

What do you think of the new Rose CPTL Street?

    admin · 05/06/2020 at 9:35 am

    Hi Allen. The latest Rose belt drive bike is something we are looking at right now and looking to update the list shortly with the bike as a very exciting new entrant into the belt drive bikes world. Frame is extremely innovative and a welcome update to their previous model. Costs wise it is still very pricey accepting it comes very well specced. We will give our views on it shortly but thanks again for leaving your views. Billy

Sergey · 19/07/2020 at 7:52 pm

As Styx already said: Cube belt bikes except for Editor shipped with PLASTIC cogs! Plus CDN belt lasts about 3000km, which is not longer than a chain.
I got cracked rear cog after 300km.
Don’t recommend this bike!

    admin · 20/07/2020 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Sergey. Thanks for taking time to comment and we are following up with Cube on this and would like to get a long term review on this to stress test it further over a 100 day review. We will keep this post updated with any progress on this. Thanks from Trivelo.

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