My new Winter bike. Unique bike, substantially different than my TriCross. Pictures do not really give any idea just how big this bike is. It’s a mountain bike, but it’s bigger than my 61cm TriCross!
Manitou front forks suspension
Belt Drive (!)
Still having all kinds of problems dialling this one in. Getting the belt aligned is a chore, but I’m told once I do, it’s great. I hope so. If I can’t get the belt issues solved, I’m switching over to a chain.
I’m going to get bolts for the hubs instead of quick release. I don’t like quick release on a single speed with horizontal dropouts on the rear, and the fact it’s disc brakes reportedly makes it worse. I don’t know why a QR doesn’t do the trick. Maybe it’s not really the problem, but it’s a problem.
Once I get all of the pieces in place, I’m going for the coup de grace – a Rohloff 14 speed internal hub. This will make this bike the ultimate low maintenance go anywhere commuter. For the money, it had better be (the Rohloff hubs cost about $1800, but they last forever, and never break down, so they end up being cheaper than the alternatives over time).