Joe Bike is probably the world’s leading dealer of bikes featuring Gates Carbon Drive (belt drive) and internally geared hubs, a perfect drivetrain hookup for Portland that customers in places as far away as Switzerland and Australia are tapping into. Today we’re unveiling several new belt-drive models. Here’s one of them.
The Norco Vesta Carbon Drive single-speed, Alfine 8-speed, or Alfine 11-speed
Technology should make life simpler. Norco’s single-speed, belt-drive 2010 Vesta (MSRP $950; on sale as a 2010 model for $799) is a weatherproof, ultra-simple, nearly maintenance-free commuter with a silky smooth ride and a yearning for weekend single-speed cyclocross rides. It rocks as a single speed, but we now offer an Alfine-8 upgrade ($1199) and an Alfine 11 upgrade ($1599; requires use of flat handlebars for now).
¤ Innovation at its finest! Gates Carbon Belt Drive with a 55T front sprocket and 22T rear cog; equivalent to a 42Tx17T chain drive. Upgrades to 8- or 11-speed can include a smaller beltring, larger cog, or some combination thereof to customize the gearing for you.
¤ Gates Carbon Drive- lighter, quieter, cleaner and several times longer lasting than a conventional chain