I know many of you have been anxiously waiting to learn more about this bike. Well, UPS dropped off a box today. I’ll have photos and details for you soon.
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You’re such a tease.
Nice looking box…
You are sooooo spoiled! I love it! keep us posted! Dougman.
Will be very interested in what you think of it – hope it is the belt drive model! And very curious to know if they plan to update the hyland model for the belt drive…
It’s the Afine IGH/Gates Belt/Versa model. I’ll only have the bike for a couple of weeks, so I’ll only be able to offer a few first impressions; most bikes, if they end up being given a full review, are ridden for at least 6-8 weeks. SInce there have been very few photos of this bike available so far, I plan to take a large quantity of detailed photos so folks can get a close-up look.
Regarding the availability of a Hyland belt-drive, I’ve yet to hear any definitive statements one way or the other, though it sure seems inevitable at some point..
They’ll have a belt drive version of the Hyland for 2011, I’m almost sure of it. By that time, my current commuter may need to get replaced. If they offer a frameset I may have to jump on it early – it’s just such a cool commuter idea. I’m done with wintertime chain maintenance..
Re: Hyland belt drive. Check this blog post on the Civia website. Specifically the third paragraph of the post.
IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m curious about the belt drives in general. I would like to update my little folding bike with a belt drive, but IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve found very little information about measurements and feasibility.
I am glad the Alfine is “quiet, I have read some reviews about the Swobo bikes having a “Noisy”
Sram hub. I would be pissed if something was whining in my ears all the way to work. Go Civia!
I’m riding an Alfine 8 and a SRAM iMotion 9 right now. To my ear, both are very quiet. The SRAM may be just slightly louder, but it’s far from what I would describe as “noisy”.
Thanks for the update. I read a few reviews on the Swobo otis and dixon models. The author did not recommend them as the rear drive trains were “Noisy” It may have been the three speed Sram hubs he was talking about? I have never owned a sealed drive train bike and I want to hear all the details I can get. I have a little Giant Bowery single bike and I was considering making it a three speed. It has horizontal drop outs and my curious mind went Hmmm?
The following page and the links under “Resources” on the same page should provide the information you need.
Of course, belts are continuous, so your bike will need either a straight swingarm or a seat stay or chain stay that opens to allow insertion of the belt.
I suppose if someone was accustomed to a fixed gear drivetrain an IGH might seem loud, though they’re certainly no louder than standard derailleur/freewheel drivetrains, and in most cases, they’re probably quieter. I’d say it’s a non-issue for the most part.
Otay! I just need to demo one to see for myself? i don’t know wht this guy’s issue was? If I find the review again, I will link it to you.
I am salivating…
Ok, I just love the bike! I am already in the hole for the Riv, so it will be a while before considering a Bryant! I am wondering about the break in the frame that allows the slipping in of the belt? What are the “Torque” values needed on the drop out plate to keep everything nice and tidy? I would hate to lose the integrity of the rear end in the wrong corner? (just curious minded) Great Bike! Dougman.