The Trek World 2008 show is going right now, and Trek is unveiling several bicycles that make use of the new Gates belt drive system instead of the traditional bike chain. Shown above is the Trek District single-speed bicycle. It’s a beautiful looking bike with a grey-blue frame and orange accents on the wheels.
The Gates belt drive system is supposed to be silent and virtually maintenance-free. I’ve never tried a bike with a belt drive before, but if belt drives are becoming more popular, I hope I get to see how it feels soon.