Carbon Drive tikit runs without chain

Bike Friday (Green Gear) is now taking orders for a belt-drive tikit.

According to a January 2011 email bulletin from Hanna Scholz, the Carbon Drive tikit, featuring a Gates Carbon Drive belt, can be equipped with a Shimano Alfine 11 rear hub for $3,292 or an Alfine 8, Nexus Red Stripe 8 or Nexus 8 rear hub for $2,595. (The entry-level, chain-equipped “Model T” tikit is $1,198.)

Designer Rob English said he performed no drivetrain maintenance to his Carbon Drive tikit through 3,000 miles of testing, which included “riding through an Oregon winter.”

Bike Friday also upped the made-in-America content of the latest tikit with a Phil Wood front hub and rear cog.

UPDATE: Looks like the Phil Wood front hub became an extra charge after February 2011.

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