NAHBS 2014: Reeb Gets Rad with 650b Dirt Jumper, 29+ Pinion, Alfine Di2 Cross, and Ti

Reeb Oskar Blues Brewery Pinion Gates belt drive (14)

Ride bikes, drink beer. That sums it up pretty nicely right? Especially when your bike company is the side project of the beloved Oskar Blues Brewery. Known for strong beers that come in a can, their show bikes at NAHBS were also beautiful creations made out of metal, welded up by Chris Sulfrian. Each equipped with a Gates Belt Drive, Reeb had 4 impressive show bikes that all were pretty unique. However, there was one bike that we were most interested in…

Reeb Oskar Blues Brewery Pinion Gates belt drive (13)

Reeb Oskar Blues Brewery Pinion Gates belt drive (15)

This green machine doesn’t look much out of the ordinary, until you realize it is a 650b dirt jumper. One of the first that we’ve seen, with 650b popping up in every other discipline is dirt jumping next? We’re guessing no, but that doesn’t mean Reeb’s first 650b bike isn’t awesome. Also one of the few DJ bikes we’ve seen running a belt drive, the True Temper OX platinum frame is welded up with a 44mm Paragon head tube, with a Gates compatible Paragon sliding 142x12mm dropout.

Reeb Oskar Blues Brewery Pinion Gates belt drive (17)

This is the bike that initially got our attention. Apparently one of the first custom Pinion builds in the US, working directly with Pinion, Reeb took the gear box and went nuts with a Gates Belt Drive and 29+ wheels and tires.

Reeb Oskar Blues Brewery Pinion Gates belt drive (1)

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What’s not to love? You get an 18 speed trail bike that has the potential to be maintenance free (to a point). The rest of the bike uses a Whiskey N0.9 carbon fork in a Paragon 44mm head tube which sports the sweet hand mounted head badge. We hope that you’ll be seeing more of this bike in the future.

Reeb Oskar Blues Brewery Pinion Gates belt drive (3)

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Meet TyReeb – a bike with the same geometry as their steel SFP frames, but in Titanium. This TyReeb has a sweet Dale’s Pale Ale theme with custom laced Industry Nine Enduro wheels to match, and an MRP 140mm Stage fork up front.

Reeb Oskar Blues Brewery Pinion Gates belt drive (8)

Reeb Oskar Blues Brewery Pinion Gates belt drive (10)

Another beer bike, this one based on the mighty TenFidy stout. Called the Sam’s Pants Alfine Di2 build, the bike combines the electronic drivetrain with a Gates Belt for a “fast ass commuter.” The bike is based on their Sam’s Pants gravel grinder, so it has clearance for up to 32mm tires as shown. For more on each bike, check out Reeb Cycles Blog.

Comments

MB - 04/06/14 - 10:39am

“hand mounted head badge” as opposed to what? robots and aliens?

walljw - 04/06/14 - 11:10am

I’ve been waiting to see a 650b dirt jumper. Bout time

Tad Dickman - 04/06/14 - 11:12am

MB – It’s a well known fact that most other bike companies put the head badge between their butt cheeks and then press it on.

ginsu - 04/06/14 - 2:00pm

Pardon my ignorance, but a Di2 belt drive single speed? What does the Di2 do for you in that situation besides take up weight, there’s nothing to shift right?

ginsu - 04/06/14 - 2:04pm

Also, the custom Pinion bike has some clearance issues on the gearbox mating with a sizeable gap on the mating surface. Kind of a bummer, I think I’d have to send it back.

Robert - 04/06/14 - 2:15pm

@ginsu, I don’t see any mention of “Di2 single speed”. The Sam’s Pants bike must be using a Shimano Alfine Di2 11-speed internal hub, hence no derailleur.

Tim - 04/06/14 - 2:23pm

The Pinion system looks rad. It could be used to make a 29er with extremely short (i.e., normal length) chainstays. Heck, it could even let someone make a 29er with chainstays that are shorter than 26er ones.

Padrote - 04/06/14 - 4:04pm

650b dirt jumper? Why?

Peter - 04/06/14 - 5:44pm

I would definitely roll a belt drive Di2 hub CX rig.

John - 04/06/14 - 9:08pm

What is the chainstay length on that Pinion bike?

gerald t. - 04/06/14 - 9:56pm

@John, That’s what I was wondering- they look really long.

notapro - 04/07/14 - 8:32am

650b dj is way too much beer. Bmx has progressed that whole scene for the last 30 yrs on 20s.

jecs - 04/07/14 - 3:10pm

Love all these belt builds. Especially the cross di2 igh but too bad there isn’t clearance for 700×45-50.

ginsu - 04/08/14 - 12:40am

Didn’t know there was a Alfine Di2 option out there, would love to hear some reviews on it. Anybody have one? Feedback?

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