Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Orange trial belt drive transmission

Posted by Matt | May 10, 2007 | 6 comments so far

Fresh from Singletrack comes the news that Orange are looking into the idea of using belt drive technology in place of the traditional bicycle chain. They’ve got an Orange P7 built up as a unique take on the singlespeed concept.

Here’s a picture that has been unashamedly nicked from Singletrack and given the MuddyMoles treatment:

Orange P7 with belt drive

Looking uncannily (and understandably) like something you will find under the bonnet of your car, the belt drive appears to offer the promise of distinct advantages over chains. Foremost is the prospect of greater longevity but an attractive corollary is a much quieter drivetrain, something the stealth bike obsessives out there will welcome.

More information on what could be a new era for Mountain Bikes is of course available from the Singletrack website.

Filed under Mutterings, Trends in May 2007


About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years then a 2016 YT Industries Jeffsy 29er, he now rocks a Bird Aether 9 and a Pace RC-627.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

There are 6 comments on ‘Orange trial belt drive transmission’

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  1. Muddymoles says:

    A glimpse into the future?

    The future’s bright but maybe a bit heavy. And doesn’t include derailleurs from what Matt can make out from looking at gearbox bikes.

  2. Muddymoles says:

    2008 Mountain Bike roundup

    A summary of our postings on new Mountain Bike and Mountain Bike component announcements for 2008.

  3. Muddymoles says:

    More developments on belt drive bikes

    More information on the notion of belt drive mountain bikes. Who’s going to be first to market?

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