The results are finally in!
The much anticipated Gates Carbon Drive Frame Design Contest has come to an end, with Naked Cycles, Inglis, and Ti Cycles earning first, second, and third respectively.
It’s not a surprise that Frank Scurlock, Gates’ Global Business Development Manager, is both excited and heartened by the enthusiastic embrace so many builders gave the project.
“We were tremendously pleased with the amount of builders who took the time to make beautiful bikes centered around our belt drive system,” Scurlock explains, “and also loved that all categories of bikes were represented.”
Taking a step back from the judging process, a panel of experts comprised of many industry legends as well as inductees to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame made the final decisions.
“We wanted all of them to win; ultimately, to us choosing winners is a little sad, because they were all beautiful with great integration of our system,” said Scurlock.
As far as the show itself, Scurlock feels a positive effect for everyone involved. “Don (Walker) does a fantastic job of pulling the vibe of the industry together, both for the dealers and the exhibitors. We feel lucky to have developed the relationship with have with NAHBS, because it ultimately lets our company improve our product.”
And where does Gates see the competition heading for 2013?
“Bigger and better! Denver is Gates’ hometown, so it has a personal resonance with us next year,” said Scurlock.
“We can’t wait to see what the builders come up with. We know that just like this year, they will blow everyone away-us included-with their passion and innovative integration of our Carbon Drive system into their designs.”