“The biggest challenge to belt driven bicycles is how to open the frame to replace the belt which needs done aprox every 15-20k miles. Its taken a year of testing different materials, manufacturing processes and alternative software to finally create a bespoke engineering piece. Our bicycles look like a traditional model but you won’t need to worry about dirt, oil, and maintenance.”
Would have to give it a whirl but there is undeniable appeal and a definite cool factor to this low maintenance, belt drive, lifestyle bike by CRONO (559£ fixie/659£ 2 speed).
Its a slick looking bike but what I really want to know is what it sounds like? Is it possible that with a non-metal chain the bike would operate at a lower decibel level? Any bike experts want to interject some insight about the design?
Here are the Specs:
This project really started out as a necessity. I am fairly tall, 6’6” to be exact, and it was really difficult to find an inexpensive bicycle that would fit me. One day it struck me that I could use my engineering background to build the perfect bike on my own. So, I bought a large frame and all of the parts required to build a budget fixie exactly as I wanted. After few months I started thinking about how I could improve it. I particular, I noticed how difficult it was to keep all the parts clean and lubricated in a cold, rainy, and windy country like Scotland, or in a really warm and dry country like my hometown (Southern Italy). That’s the day that I started this project, without even knowing it! After sharing my thoughts on how to improve the bike with several friends and family members, they started encouraging me to design it and put it into production.
But I wasn’t quite sure where to start.
So, I decided to save enough money to fly and visit different suppliers around the world to propose my drawings and ideas of the bicycle that I envisioned. A bike that is always ready to ride, beautiful, innovative and affordable. I received a lot of “we will let you know”, but eventually I found people that really believed in the bike. I am thankful for their daily support. It’s an unreal feeling to see a product for the first time, and know that’s it, that’s the perfect bike. A product that transpired from a thought to a concept, from a concept to a design, from a design to a simply beautiful bicycle that is practical and easy to maintain. But we need your help to build and produce this bicycle for you.