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:
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.