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Belt Drive

Joe Bike is North America's premier belt drive bike shop. Whether you're looking for a singlespeed belt drive cyclocross racer or a custom-built world tourer with Rohloff and a belt, you've arrived at the right place.

We live breathe and sleep belt drive bicycles because they are so quiet, strong, low maintenance, have no rusty, oily or greasy chains and are super reliable. These are some of the reasons why we think that Belt drive commuter bikes are THE Ultimate and best commuter bikes for anyone who loves form, function, and a fantastic ride.

The belts, made by Gates Carbon Drive will generally give you 3000 - 5000 miles vs a standard bike chain and casssette that will usually need to be replaced every 500 - 1000 miles. 

This love of efficiency is also why we love Dynamo Lights and Dynamo Hubs.

Soma Wolverine V3.0 frame
$540.00 - $610.00
The Wolverine v3 frame features updated dropouts to withstand extreme riding styles and loaded, off-road touring and bikepacking. The new 3.0 features IRD’s Broski dropout design, which promises better durability and less slip than conventional sliding dropouts. It also features the internal anti- rust coating of other Soma frames The original inspiration for the Wolverine was “monster cross”, but it is seriously so much more. Its geometry is stable enough for off road touring, but sporty enough for all-around adventure. With its sliding dropouts, you can turn it into a single-speed CX bike. With a split in the seatstay, it is compatible with Gates Carbon Drive. The version 3.0 features the new and extra stiff IRD Broski sliding dropouts. - Tange Prestige heat-treated CrMo front triangle; butted CrMo rear end - Clearance for 700x45c tires w/ fenders - 650b compatible with clearance up 2.2" - Rear hub spacing:135mm - Gates Carbon belt drive compatible - Fork choices (all sold separately): lugged flat-crown CrMo quick-release, straight-blade thru axle, or carbon AllRoad QR - Braze-ons for rear rack and fenders (disc brake-compatible racks only) - 1-1/8” size headtube
Soma Wolverine v2.0 Daily Grinder 11 54cm
$2,150.00 - $2,250.00 $2,750.00 - $2,850.00 Up To 25% Savings
Our last v2 Daily Grinder is built for all-weather, ultra-low-maintenance city riding. It features an Alfine 11 internally geared hub, belt drive from Gates Carbon Drive, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, Shimano Alfine dynamo, Panaracer Pasela 700x38 gumwall tires, Supernova front and rear lights, Velo Orange metal fenders, and a Racktime rear rack. Priced down to $2250, $500 less than the 2019 v3 Daily Grinder which has the same components. Option: Soma All-Road carbon fork, an additional $100. This is a size 54cm.
Soma Wolverine v2.1 frame 62cm orange
$399.00 - $469.00 $399.00 - $569.00 Up To 30% Savings
The v.2.1 frame has stiffening plates added near the dropouts. They also switched up the welding method to keep more of the tube's overall strength. - Tange Prestige heat-treated CrMo front triangle; butted CrMo rear end - Clearance for 700x45c tires w/ fenders - Rear hub spacing:135mm - Gates Carbon belt drive compatible - Optional Matching Forks: A) lugged flat crown fork Tange Infinity CrMo steel fork; double eyelets pannier rack and mini rack mounts. B) unicrown straight blade 15mm thru-axle fork - Braze-ons for rear rack and fenders (disc brake-compatible racks only) - 1-1/8" size headtube - 4.79 lbs (frame)
Soma Wolverine v3 Gravelo 650b or 700c
$2,300.00 - $2,900.00
Think of the Wolverine Gravelo as an off-pavement randonneur, a 700c or 650b (your choice) 2 x 10 build that we've optimized for adventures far from pavement, where the deer and the antelope play in the middle of the road, just like you. There's a higher-level Gravelo, which we call the Powerplant build. It includes a Shutter Precision dynamo hub, a Busch & Mueller Luxos U front light that charges your phone or external battery, and a Busch & Mueller tail light (your choice depending on mounting position). We can build up the Gravelo with either the standard QR steel fork, the thru-axle steel fork, or the QR carbon All-Road fork. Pricing shown here is based on the QR steel fork. The Gravelo joins our other Soma Wolverine builds: the Daily Grinder city build and the Weltgrinder Rohloff touring build. The pictures below show Gravelo builds from the past few years, and some of them have specs that differ from those listed here. The current colors for the v3 frame are gloss red and gloss black.
Soma Wolverine v3.0 Daily Grinder 11
$2,250.00 - $2,550.00 $2,750.00 - $2,850.00 Up To 21% Savings
We're calling this a 2019 model, and here's why. The newest edition of our Wolverine commuter housebuild, which we call the Daily Grinder, gets major upgrades yet costs around $500 less than the best 2017/2018 Wolverine Daily Grinder: -The new V3 Wolverine frame with redesigned rear dropouts and new colors (red and pearl black), handbuilt with Tange Prestige cromoly. (We still have some V2 frames if you'd like to save $100) -Alfine 11 internally geared hub with your choice of 50/22 gearing (ideal for high speeds and flatter terrain) or lighter 46/22 gearing (better for climbing). Previous editions used the Alfine 8 hub. -A Shimano dynamo hub powering Supernova premium lights. -Panaracer Pasela 700x38 gumwall tires for a confident and supple road feel (substitutions OK with a price differential). -Ergonomic grips. -Lighter, stiffer rims for strength and speed. -Full-coverage alloy Velo Orange fenders We're also carrying over the best features from the previous edition: -Gates belt drive -Shimano hydraulic disc brakes -Your choice of a traditional lugged steel fork or Soma's All-Road carbon fork (with a price differential) -An alloy rear rack If you'd rather have one of the previous Wolverine colors (pumpkin orange or flat black) on a V2 or V2.1 frame, we can do that for $100 less, subject to the availability of your size and color. Just get in touch. Notes: specs subject to change without notice. Specs last updated 8/14/18. The photos may show optional equipment. Do you want a green V4 Wolverine Daily Grinder? We can do that. Get in touch.
Raleigh Cadent i8 belt-compatible frameset
$199.00 $550.00 64% Savings
Did someone say Fun Bike Project? Did someone say inexpensive belt-drive bike? Now you can build up your own disc-brake, belt-drive bike without spending very much at all. The Cadent frame can be built up almost any way you like: belt/singlespeed, belt/internal gearing, chain/singlespeed, chain/internal gearing, or (with an available derailleur hanger) chain/conventional derailleur. Drop bars can be used instead but will affect handling and body position a bit--remember drop bars will effectively lengthen the cockpit, so you may want to downsize if you're geometrically on the fence. The Cadent i8 frame has a basic road geometry but is designed for flat or swept-back handlebars. It excels as a speedy around-town bike but can be used for much more. Constructed of AL-6061 custom-formed butted alloy tubing with a seatstay splitter (so the belt can go in) and an eccentric bottom bracket shell. Carbon fork with alloy steerer. Includes a quick-release seatpost collar and a headset. Does not include a bottom bracket. Room for tires up to about 36mm. Fender and rack mounts. Belt guard can be removed. This frame is notably lighter than the beefy Raleigh Misceo i8 framesets that we also have, and of course the carbon fork is much lighter than the Misceo's steel fork. These frames are new but were assembled into complete bikes at the factory before we got them.
Montague Allston
$1,899.00
The Allston is Montague's new full-size folder featuring belt drive, Alfine 11 internal gearing, hydraulic disc brakes, a rack that doubles as a kickstand. And it uses Montague's new DirectConnect folding mechanism for a stiffer, stronger bike with easier folding.
Marin Fairfax SC6 DLX
$1,899.00 $2,349.00 19% Savings
Marin has given us permission to ship the SC6. We fully assemble, ride, and tune bikes before shipping them. No tax for non-Oregon residents. Oregon residents have a $15 bike tax, but we'll pay that for you just this one time. Unlike almost all other bike manufacturers, Marin seems to have paid close attention to the national "ultimate urban bike" and "ultimate utility bike" competitions that Oregon Manifest has organized in the past few years. A preponderance of those bikes share a set of attributes that we wish were on all urban-oriented bikes: Gates Carbon Drive (belt drive)--cleaner, more durable, much lower maintenance than a chain An internally geared hub such as Shimano Alfine 11--cleaner, more reliable, longer lasting, with far less maintenance, no rust, and scant or zero gunk Disc brakes, particularly hydraulic disc brakes for superior stopping power and modulation in all kinds of weather (especially rain) A dynamo hub with front and rear dynamo lights--a complete, very powerful, autonomous lighting system you pretty much never have to worry about Fenders--of course A rack--of course Now, these also happen to be the attributes that most of the bikes we sell go out the door with. That is, after we're finished rebuilding the front wheel around a dynamo hub and adding the lights, rack, fenders, and whatnot. Marin has made its own version of such a bike, right out of the box: the Fairfax SC6. This one is sold mostly in Northern Europe, with small numbers available in North America. Not skimping on the details, Marin spec'd the Fairfax SC6 with exactly the things we use on high-end custom builds: outstanding Supernova front and rear lights, which are about as good as it gets Shimano Alfine dynamo hub Super high-quality, puncture-resistant, long-lasting tires (Schwalbe Marathon Supreme, 700x32) stiff aero rims (seriously, you'll be surprised what a difference this makes to your speed) Shimano T445 hydraulic disc brakes High-quality 6061 aluminum tubing Carbon fork with alloy steerer Internal cable routing Alfine 11 internal gearing with a very wide, 409% gear range Gates Carbon Drive CenterTrack belt system with 50/22 gearing, which optimizes the Alfine 11 hub's range for spirited city riding in places without steep hills. We can adjust gearing down to 46/22 without a problem, for $65. Ergon brand ergonomic grips Fenders (alloy) powdercoated to match the stealthy, matte black frame A Racktime Custom Integrated Match-It QL3 rear rack with mounting systems for Ortlieb and Racktime bags (as well as other bags) A chainstay-mounted kickstand In short, it's like Marin gets us. For sizing information and more information, see Marin's SC6 page.
Marin Fairfax SC6 DLX frameset
$259.00 $699.00 63% Savings
These are new framesets that had been assembled into complete bikes at the factory. Alloy frame, carbon fork. Compatible with a chain or belt, and with conventional drivetrains, internally geared hubs, or single speed. (Note that if you use a belt, your gearing options are limited to either single speed or an internally geared hub.) The bottom bracket is eccentric, but belt tension is independent of that, so you don't need to mess with the bb when you change a tube or tire or when you reinstall the rear wheel for whatever reason. Want to build your frame up with a conventional drivetrain? Order the rear derailleur hanger along with the frame (see Related Items). *Note that there is no place to mount a front derailleur.* Headset and seatpost collar included. Note: some of these framesets are from the "2016" model year and others are "2016". The only difference is a subtle change in graphics, with the 2017/2018 having a bit more white striping. The photo here of the complete bike is of a 2016. Please let us know your preference in the notes field at checkout. We'll do our best to honor your request.
Marin Presidio 4
$2,349.00
Presidio 4 is the successor to the Fairfax SC6 and among the very best-spec'd, best-conceived, best-equipped commuter bikes on the market. It features Gates Carbon Drive (belt drive), an Alfine 11 internally geared hub, Alfine dynamo hub, Supernova lights, Tubus Racktime rack, color-matched metal fenders, and a kickstand. Compare to our Daily Grinder commute version of the Soma Wolverine, and you'll find mostly identical specs as well as a few differences: -Presidio has an aluminum frame and carbon fork, whereas the Wolverine Daily Grinder has a Tange Prestige cromoly frame and either a cromoly or carbon fork. -Presidio has Continental Sport Contact II 700 x 32 tires, while the Wolverine Daily Grinder has wider (700 x 38) Panaracer Pasela gumwall tires. --Presidio comes with higher gearing than Wolverine: 50/22 vs 46/22, although we give our customers the option of 46/22 with Presidio at no charge (just ask). How to know which ratio is for you? If you don't have steep hills to climb and/or a lot of stuff to haul around, and/or if you're a strong rider who likes to go fast, 50/22 should do well for you. If you have climbs to do like those in the West Hills of Portland, or if you're in Seattle, San Francisco, or other hilly locales, 46/22 is recommended. If you're not sure which one you'll like better, don't hesitate to ask us for guidance. This bike was very highly reviewed when it went by its previous moniker: the Fairfax SC6 DLX.
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