The Black Sheep Continental Divide trail racer

Fort Collins, Colorado’s Black Sheep Bikes won the NAHBS Best Offroad category for this, a 29-er, built for a customer to ride this year’s Tour Divide race – 2745 miles self-supported race over the Western continental divide in August.

Almost as much time went on making the fully integrated TI racks as the frame, said the Black Sheep brothers, and the results certainly bear this out. Super-smooth welding, sweeping curves and a host of useful features for the owner, who – as you can see – plans to race single speed. He hopes to complete it in about 21 days – 2 or 3 days longer than the quickest geared riders.

The belt-drive is a relatively new, self-centering model, but, when asked, the Black Sheep brothers said they were looking forward to the feedback on how a belt drive withstood such a test!

More pictures of the racks and other features after the jump.

UPDATED 3/11 – Pricing added at bottom of post.

Fully integrated front rack, with the company's trademark curves.
Rear rack and Black Sheep bridge
Custom handlebars to permit multiple hand positions for long hours in the saddle.
Belt drive and telescopic stays
Elegant integrated TI bottle cages.

The bike is 20.5lbs complete. Telescoping chainstays for tension, and the frame splits at top of seatstays. This allows the bike to be taken apart for travel. Similar pricing as their other bikes: $3,250 frame, fork is $1,000 racks are $650.


  1. I’m a bit confused over the race that this is intended for. Is it for the Continental Divide Trail Race in North Carolina, because that’s only 10 km long, and it’s a foot race? The Tour Divide, on the other hand, is the 2700+ mile mountain bike race, and it’s on the western Continental Divide.

  2. Wow. Lovely.
    TD starts in June, and the owner/challenger might consider having that black sheep badge cut out of the space between the seat stays, as that area is a real mud trap if shove comes to push on mud-laden fireroads. I look forward to seeing the belt in action for 2700 non-stop miles.

What do you think?