Carbon Drive Tikit

Tikit Belt

Purely coincidentally following our Bike Friday Tikit / Brompton M3L photo essay from yesterday, Bike Friday announced today that they’re taking orders on their new Belt Drive Tikit. From Bike Friday:

The wait is over! Bike Friday will take orders for the Carbon Drive tikit beginning immediately. Our designers found the final pieces to the puzzle to make this belt drive tikit available for delivery this spring. After searching the globe for solutions, Bike Friday head designer Rob English discovered the answer with American made Phil Wood hubs and cogs.

“The availability of the Phil Wood hubs and cogs makes it possible for us to build it,” English said. “The Phil Wood cogs allow us to offer the belt drive with the Alfine 8 or Nexus 8, and give customers a big enough gear range to suit most people.”

Carbon Drive tikit with Alfine 11.
Polished aluminum mountain bike handlebars, sealed bottom bracket, Tektro V brakes, 118-tooth Gates Carbon Drive belt, Shimano Alfine 11 internal hub, Phil Wood front hub and Schwalbe Marathon tires. Price: $3,292

Gear ratios for the Alfine 11:
60 x 24 = 21″ to 86″
60 x 22 = 23″ to 94″

Carbon Drive tikit with Alfine 8, Nexus Red Stripe 8 or Nexus 8.
Polished aluminum mountain bike handlebars, sealed bottom bracket, Tektro V brakes, 118-tooth Gates Carbon Drive belt, Shimano Alfine 8, Nexus Red Stripe 8 or Nexus 8 internal hub, twist shifter and Phil Wood cog, Phil Wood front hub and Schwalbe Marathon tires. Price: $2,595

Gear ratios for 8-speed hub:
60 x 22 = 23″ to 71″

Bike Friday

5 Responses to “Carbon Drive Tikit”

  • Ian says:

    Wow. Pricy lil’ bugger. Is it really worth twice what a standard Tikit costs?

  • jnyyz says:

    I’d wait until the new Gates drive is available since it is supposed to be easier to get a good chainline. Supposedly for 2011, it’s only available from Spot Bikes?

  • Steve Fuller says:

    $3300?? I wonder how few of those they will sell?

  • Rick Houston says:

    Steve, I’m with you; when I went to pick up the loaner Tikit last year in Eugene, I mentioned that my “dream bike” would be a Tikit with the Alfine 11-speed and belt drive–but I honestly thought it’d be somewhere in the $2500 range. Now, I’m not so sure I can justify it–we’ll see.

  • Dalton says:

    @ jnyyz

    Yeah, I was reading up a little just yesterday and from what I can find the owner of Spot Brand, Wayne Lumpkin, actually conceptualized the new center track drive that Gates showed off at Interbike. The two worked together to bring it to market, so its not too surprising that Spot Brand has the exclusive for a year.

 
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