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Early Rider Belter
Early Rider Belter

Having written about Conti’s press release saying that 30 exhibitors at the August Eurobike show had their belt drives, I thought I’d look back through the information I had collected to see if I could find a new bike with a belt drive that was at the show.

It didn’t take long: page 1 of the64 page document listing the Award winners features the UK’s own Early Rider Ltd, based in Henley on Thames.

Here’s what they said in their summary of the Belter 20 Trail 3S: “The new Early Rider Belter 20 Trail 3S takes the humble kids MTB and makes it, well, just more awesome. Featuring a proprietary lightweight frame we have designed this bike with simplicity and performance in mind. Our renowned super-smooth belt drive is married to the proven SRAM iMotion 3-Speed Hub, giving range and hassle-free gearing. Stopping power comes from Avid Cable Disc Brakes again to keep maintenance simple for the end user. Details include double-butted spokes and custom forged cranks. Unlike other bikes in the sector, this is a proper mountain bike with riders geometry and shod with high-end components including super light Maxx Daddy tyres and Spinner forks.”

The jury’s statement reads “there aren’t many children’s bikes that look like adults’ mountain bikes. But the Belter is one of them. It’s good value because all key components like brake levers with shorter grips, short chainsets and gear levers are tailored to children. It even has high-quality tyres, which in this product segment tends to be the exception.

The company has provided some more information on the 3 models in their Belter 20 range.

Early Rider Urban 3

earlyrider urban 3SRP £429.99
The Belter 20″ Urban 3 gives your older child the range of a geared bike while still retaining the lightness and simplicity the company is known for. Spec includes the SRAM iMotion 3 speed hub, Ritchey finishing kit, rigid fork, sealed bearings throughout and lightweight Maxxis DTH tyres resulting in a 3-speed bike only 300g over the same bike with a single speed.

The super-clean lines match the super clean, low maintenance belt drive train. The Urban 3 is more than just the ultimate ‘ride to school’ bike, the 3 speed hub gives you enough gear variance to tackle all but the toughest of hills or terrain.

Frame: 6061 Aluminium Narrow Gauge Tubing, V Mounts
Dropouts: Two Piece Forged Aluminium
Fork: 6061 Aluminium Blade, Crown & Steerer, V Mounts
Drivetrain: ER Aluminium 4-Arm Spider, Sprocket & Guard, Composite Belt Drive
Pedals: Early Rider, Sealed Bearings
Headset: 1 1/8” Sealed Cartridge A-Headset
Stem: Ritchey 60mm, + 10 Degree, Aluminium
Handlebar: Ritchey 22.2mm, Flat Bar, 500mm, 6°
Grips: Early Rider Wing With Grip-Shift
Tyres: Maxxis Torch 20” X 1.5”
Rims: Front: 20” 24h Single Wall Alloy Rear: 20” 28h Single Wall Alloy
Hubs: Front: Aluminium, Sealed Bearings Rear: Sram I-Motion 3
Spokes: Double Butted, Stainless Steel, Black, Silver Nipples
Seatpost: Ritchey Alloy Micro-Adjust
Saddle: Early Rider
Brakes: Tektro Bx-1 & Short Reach Levers
Finish: Hand Brushed, Clear Coated
Weight: 7 Kgs
Warranty: 1 Year

Early Rider Trail 3

SRP £479
The Trail 3 introduces Avid cable disc brakes, fat knobbly tyres and a straight rigid fork – giving it an genuine mini-29er look and ride. Uber-cool and built to take it rough! The wheels are beefed upwith 32 spokes on the rear and 28 on the front – laced with double-butted spokes to retain strength but keeping weight to a minimum. The lightweightt fat Maxx Daddy tyres reduce rotational weight and give a level of passive suspension which helps the rider keep everything under control when the going gets tough.

Again it retains the beautifully slick belt drive married to the robust proven 3 speed SRAM rear hub – giving broader range for really active families. As with all our 20″ bikes, the Trail 3 features a Ritchey finishing kit and sealed bearings throughout. This will appeal to the kids whos parents go out and hit the trails hard, but also like to keep things clean and simple.

Frame: 6061 Aluminium Narrow Gauge Tubing, Disc Mounts
Dropouts: Two Piece Forged Aluminium
Fork: 6061 Aluminium Blade, Crown & Steerer, Disc Mounts
Drivetrain: ER Aluminium 4-Arm Spider, Sprocket & Guard, Composite Belt Drive
Pedals: Early Rider, Sealed Bearings
Headset: 1 1/8” Sealed Cartridge A-Headset
Stem: Ritchey 60mm, + 10 Degree, Aluminium
Handlebar: Ritchey 22.2mm, Flat Bar, 500mm, 6°
Grips: Early Rider Wing With Grip-Shift
Tyres: Maxxis Maxx Daddy 20” X 2.0”
Rims: Front: 20” 28h Single Wall Alloy Rear: 20” 32h Double Wall Alloy
Hubs: Front: QR, Aluminium, Disc, Sealed Rear: Sram I-Motion 3
Spokes: Double Butted, Stainless Steel, Black, Silver Nipples
Seatpost: Ritchey Alloy Micro-Adjust
Saddle: Early Rider
Brakes: Avid BB-5, Avid G2, Cable Disc
Finish: Hand Brushed, Clear Coated
Weight: 8.25 Kgs
Warranty: 1 Year

GEOMETRY
Frame Size: 20”
Head Angle: 69.5°
Seat Angle: 73°
Reach: 45cm
Standover Height: 57cm
Maximum Seat Height: 66cm
Wheelbase: 79.8cm

Early Rider Trail 3S – which won the Eurobike Gold Award

SRP £579.99
The Trail 3S takes the Trail 3 and add an air suspension fork for the hardtail MTB experience, but while still keeping things nice and easy. This bike has the ‘proper’ mountain bike look, shod with the same super light Maxx Daddy tyres and Spinner forks. An amazing spec and even retains the belt drive for a super smooth drive train. All the usual range refinements including a Ritchey finishing kit and sealed bearings througout.

Frame: 6061 Aluminium Narrow Gauge Tubing, Disc Mounts
Dropouts: Two Piece Forged Aluminium
Fork: Spinner Grind Air Fork With Disc Mounts. Air Spring, 50mm Travel, Lockout
Drivetrain: ER Aluminium 4-Arm Spider, Sprocket & Guard, Composite Belt Drive
Pedals: Early Rider, Sealed Bearings
Headset: 1 1/8” Sealed Cartridge A-Headset
Stem: Ritchey 60mm, + 10 Degree, Aluminium
Handlebar: Ritchey 22.2mm, Flat Bar, 500mm, 6°
Grips: Early Rider Wing With Grip-Shift
Tyres: Maxxis Maxx Daddy 20” X 2.0”
Rims: Front: 20” 28h Single Wall Alloy Rear: 20” 32h Double Wall Alloy
Hubs: Front: Qr, Aluminium, Disc, Sealed Rear: Sram i-Motion 3
Spokes: Double Butted, Stainless Steel, Black, Silver Nipples
Seatpost: Ritchey Alloy Micro-Adjust
Saddle: Early Rider
Brakes: Avid BB-5, Avid G2, Cable Disc
Finish: Hand Brushed, Clear Coated
Weight: 9 Kgs
Warranty: 1 Year

GEOMETRY
Frame Size: 20”
Head Angle: 69.5°
Seat Angle: 73°
Reach: 45cm
Standover Height: 57cm
Maximum Seat Height: 66cm
Wheelbase: 79.8cm

 

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