We’re all about Triathlon at Trivelo but like most of us we are pretty big fans of bikes of all shapes and sizes.   This weeks blog is a selection of the 11 of the best carbon belt drive bikes available for 2020.  Keeping our blog real with it fully aligned to the n+1 bicycle principal.

Chain versus Belt Drive Bikes

Could a belt drive bike be the future of triathlons?  Unlikely, we love a raft of gear ratios too much as triathletes and bouncing up and down the ratios but as an extra training bike why not!  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, we’ll avoid any double entendre opportunities.

Advantages of Belt Drive Bikes

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.  Check out our blog with advantages and disadvantages of belt drive bikes for more on this.

Begin the salivating, below is a series of the best belt drive bicycles you can buy.

Best Belt Drive Bikes to Buy

Lekker Amsterdam Elite 

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:

Frame – Aluminium 6061 Belt compatible
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

Lekker-Amsterdam-Elite-Belt-Drive-Bike

Lekker Amsterdam Elite Belt Drive Bike

Buy it now – single speed Elite €548.00 (at time of writing)

Rondo Booz

Who???  The first of our 11 of the best carbon belt drive bikes is one you might not recognise.  The Rondo Booz is a real gem and unlikely to be a bike you see twice while on a ride.  A simple frame design constructed in steel the ST has a robust feel that it could well outlast you.  Hydraulic disc brakes and steel construction mean this is never going to be winning any lightweight awards.  That isn’t really the point though of this bike.

The bike rolls on 47c 650b tyres that give a confident feel for anyone coming to this bike from a mountain bike.  It is an ideal commuter option with minimal maintenance to worry about.  The mountain bike styling flows continues with the wide flat handlebars that ensure excellent control over your steering.

Single speed carbon belt drive train runs smoothly with this bike using the Gates carbon system throughout.  Cassette, Belt Drive and Crankset full Gates system.  Very much a pure belt drive option and one we recommend you seek out.

Specification:

Frame – Rondo BOOZ CROMO Butted
ForkRondo Twintip Carbon
HeadsetUpper stack – IS 44/28.6 / lower stack – EC 44/40
Bottom Brackets – sealed bearing
CranksGates S-150 CDN 46T
BrakesShimano BL RS-600
Rear HubShimano Nexus 7 C3001-7 hubs
Front HubShimano Nexus 7 C3001-7 hubs
RimsRondo Alu 584-21 rims
TyresWTB Horizon 650B x 47mm
Pedals – n/a
ChainGates CDN Carbon Belt
GripsRondo Kraton Grips
SaddleFabric Scoop Flat
Seat PostRondo 350 x 27.2mm
Handlebar – Rondo BOOZ Flat Bar
StemRondo S – 80mm / M/L – 90mm / XL – 100mm

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Rondo-Booz-ST-Steel-Belt-Drive-Bike

Buy it nowRondo Booz ST Steel for £1349

BMC Alpenchallenge 

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:

FrameAlpenchallenge 01
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

BMC AlpenChallenge belt drive bike

BMC AlpenChallenge belt drive bike

Our choice01 One 2020 Hybrid for £1999

Connor Wood Bicycles

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:

Frame – Ash wood frame with walnut centre stripe
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

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

Priority Bicycles

The Continuum Onyx is a fully equipped town bike complete with mudguards.  Not exactly a looker in funeral hearse black but with Gates belt drive and NuVinci rear hub you get retro 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.  Pretty heavy piece of kit but for the cheeky chap about town you could do a lot worse.

Specification:

Frame – Ultralight Aluminium 6061
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

Priority-Continuum-Onyx

Priority Continuum Onyx

Buy it now – Continuum Onyx $999

Cube 

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 touch more weight saving.  Belt drive is of course the Gates belt drive system.

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 stores such as Evans.  That said if you are in the market for a belt drive bike that mass availability may well be a turn off.  For under £800 this is a lot of bike for anyone looking for an easy to maintain hybrid bike.

Specification:

Frame – Aluminium Superlite Urban 29 Double Butted
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

Cube-Hyde-Pro

Cube Hyde Pro

Buy it now – Cube Hyde Pro 2020 Hybrid Bike £799

Canyon Bikes

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 Urban 8.0.  This is no budget option though and a true thoroughbred.  The Urban 8.0 is a mountain bike 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 Urban 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:

Frame – Aluminium
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

    Buy it nowCanyon Commuter Sport 6.0 £1749

    ROSE 

    Rose offer a number of belt drive bikes and fully embracing the Gates system across a range of high end bikes.  Their approach is to offer genuine touring bike solutions capable of being fully loaded by people looking to use the bikes over a long distance.  The bikes come with front and rear racks for a full set of bags using the low maintenance functionality of a belt drive solution.  Direct transfer of power through belt drive coupled with simple and durable technology make them a real friend of touring cycling.  With prices starting around the £2000 mark they are not cheap and a real investment.

    Specification:

    Frame – 6013 T6/2 Altanium Aluminium, double butted
    Fork – ACTIVA PRO TA 1 1/8″ – 1,5″, aluminium matt-black
    HeadsetUpper stack – IS 44/28.6 / lower stack – EC 44/40
    Bottom Brackets – sealed bearing
    Cranks – Gates Carbon Drive pulley 34T
    Brakes – Shimano Deore BL-T6000
    Rims – ROSE R Thirty Disc 15mm 32 hole black 27,5″
    Tyres – Schwalbe Marathon Mondial Double Defense
    Pedals – ROSE PRO C17 black/matt
    Chain – Gates Carbon Drive CDX Center Track black 122T
    Grips – ERGON GP3 Large
    Saddle – Terry Figura GTC Gel
    Seat Post – ROSE Race Attack SP-63 XL 350mm black/matt 30,9 mm
    Handlebar – ROSE XC, 630mm matt black 31,8mm
    Stem – ROSE PRO  

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    rose-belt-drive-bike

    Buy it now – Rose Activa Pro Pinion £2850

    Ghost Square

    The Ghost Square Urban 3.8 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 :

    Frame – Square Urban AL
    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

    ghost-urban-bike

    ghost-urban-bike

    Our ChoiceUrban 5.8 City Bike £1099.99

    Polygon Bikes

    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:

    Frame – AL6 PAVEMENT NEXUS, INTERNAL SHIFTING ROUTE
    Fork – ALUTECH ALLOY RIGID FORK
    Bottom Brackets – CARTRIDGE BEARING
    Cranks – BELT SYSTEM CRANKSET, 170MM (41-47MM) 175 (50-56MM)
    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)

    Buy the Path i8 for 999 Euros

    Polygon-Pathi8-belt-drive-bike

    Polygon-Pathi8-belt-drive-bike

    Kalkhoff Bikes

    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.

    Specification:

    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

    Kalkhoff-Endeavour-8-carbon-belt-drive-bike

    Kalkhoff-Endeavour-8

    Buy the Kalkhoff Endeavour 8 for £1099

    If you want to know more about the popular Gates system then read our guide to everything you need to know about the Gates belt drive system.

    Looking for something different then take a look through our list of 15 of the best gravel bikes.  A round up of gravel/adventure bikes for all budgets starting from just over £500.  We’ve tried to find the best prices for all the bikes with latest deals for you.

    List of The 11 best carbon belt drive bikes

    1. Rondo Booz ST
    2. Lekker Amsterdam Elite
    3. BMC AlpenChallenge
    4. Connor Woody Scorcher
    5. Priority Continuum Onyx
    6. Cube Hyde Pro
    7. Canyon Urban 8.0
    8. Rose Activa Pro
    9. Ghost Square Urban 5.8
    10. Polygon Bikes Path i8
    11. Kalkhoff Endeavour 8

    Billy Ferguson

    Founder of Trivelo

    13 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.

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