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These belted rides from Brava Bikes out of Santiago, Chile, will soon be hitting our shores and others worldwide. Brava says their vibrant city of Santiago has seen a large amount of growth in the bike scene, so they launched a line of Gates Carbon Belt driven bikes to fuel those rides. A decent assortment to choose from, each model has a few custom options, too.

Check out the simple yet stylish and well built offerings from this new company and find out how you can get your hands on one…

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Though not fully custom, in addition to size, Brava Bikes lets you choose between four different frame colors (black, dark blue, dark green, or white), on each of their double butted chromoly frames and brown or black leather saddle & grips on each model. On the single speed models, you can even choose to go freewheel or full on fixie.

Topping the line off is the Ralún with Shimano’s Alfine internal 8-speed hub. Rolling on flat bars and 32mm Vittoria Adventure tires, the Ralún comes with (what they call) a high-resistance fork, which we assume is a little more robust than the more classic offering. At $1.350.000 Chilean pesos it looks to fall around $1,920 USD.

Brava Ralún

  • Frame: Brava Cr-Mo double buttered butted frame, 1 1/8 threadless headtube
  • Fork: Brava aluminum 1 1/8 threadless fork
  • Transmission: Gates carbon fiber reinforced polyurethane belt drive
  • Chain Ring: Gates 55 teeth CDC sprocket
  • Crank: Shimano Alfine
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano integrated bottom bracket
  • Rear Sprocket: Gates 22 teeth CDC sprocket
  • Handlebar: Brava classic aluminum bar
  • Head Set: Tange Seiki integrated headset
  • Brakes: Tektro R539 brakes
  • Levers: Tektro RL750 levers
  • Saddle: Brava genuine leather saddle
  • Seat Post: Brava aluminum classic seat post
  • Grips: Brava genuine leather grips
  • Pedals: Brava sealed bearing aluminum pedals
  • Tires: Vittoria Adventure 700×32 mm tires
  • Front Hub: Brava Cr-Mo sealed cartridge bearings hub
  • Rear Hub: Shimano Alfine 8 speed internal gear disc hub
  • Rims: Brava aluminum 700C rims

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Next up is the Brava Lanín also sporting the Alfine 8-speed internal hub. It gets a little lesser fork and brake levers to bring the price down to $1.200.000 Chilean pesos (~ $1,705 USD).

Brava Lanín

  • Frame: Brava Cr-Mo double buttered frame, 1 1/8 threadless headtube
  • Fork: Brava aluminum 1 1/8 threadless fork
  • Transmission: Gates carbon fiber reinforced polyurethane belt drive
  • Chain Ring: Gates 55 teeth CDC sprocket
  • Crank: Shimano Alfine
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano integrated bottom bracket
  • Rear Sprocket: Gates 22 teeth CDC sprocket
  • Handlebar: Brava classic aluminum bar
  • Head Set: Tange Seiki integrated headset
  • Brakes: Tektro R539 brakes
  • Levers: Tektro RL720 levers
  • Saddle: Brava genuine leather saddle
  • Seat Post: Brava aluminum classic seat post
  • Grips: Brava genuine leather grips
  • Pedals: Brava sealed bearing aluminum pedals
  • Tires: Vittoria Randonneur 700×28 mm tires
  • Front Hub: Brava Cr-Mo sealed cartridge bearings hub
  • Rear Hub: Shimano Alfine 8 speed internal gear disc hub
  • Rims: Brava aluminum 700C rims

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On the singlespeed side of the spectrum, you get four bikes that fall within two price points depending on models. You get to pick a freewheel or fixie configuration for no additional charge on all four. The Brava Cay comes with the Alfine crank (although no hub gears are to be had) and 32mm Vittoria tires. The Cay goes for $1.100.000 Chilean pesos (~ $1,565 USD)

Brava Cay

  • Frame: Brava Cr-Mo double buttered frame, 1 1/8 threadless headtube
  • Fork: Brava aluminum 1 1/8 threadless fork
  • Transmission: Gates carbon fiber reinforced polyurethane belt drive
  • Chain Ring: Gates 60 teeth CDC sprocket
  • Crank: Shimano Alfine
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano integrated bottom bracket
  • Rear Sprocket: Gates 22 teeth CDC sprocket
  • Handlebar: Brava classic aluminum bar
  • Head Set: Tange Seiki integrated headset
  • Brakes: Tektro R539 brakes
  • Levers: Tektro RL750 levers
  • Saddle: Brava genuine leather saddle
  • Seat Post: Brava aluminum classic seat post
  • Grips: Brava genuine leather grips
  • Pedals: Brava sealed bearing aluminum pedals
  • Tires: Vittoria Adventure 700×32 mm tires
  • Front Hub: Brava Cr-Mo sealed cartridge bearings hub
  • Rear Hub: Brava aluminum sealed cartridge bearings sealed hub (Single Speed/Freewheel)
  • Rims: Brava aluminum 700C rims

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Swooping in at the same price as the Cay, the slightly racier Láscar swoops in with “bullhorn” bars and 23mm Vittoria Open Corsa tires.

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Rounding out the line are the Macá (red) and Tacora (baclk). Still sporting a double butted chromoly frame and leather saddle & grips, both bikes come with 28mm Vittoria tires, but the Tacora comes with a Gates branded crankset and more robust aluminum fork where the Macá has a more classic aluminum fork and Alfine cranks. Both go for $950.000 Chilean pesos (~ $1,200 USD).

You can pre-order the bikes with a 25% deposit or pay in full on their website.

BravaBikes.com

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dr_lha
dr_lha
6 years ago

What’s up with the weird stems on these bikes?

Shawn
Shawn
6 years ago
Reply to  dr_lha

Looks to be a threadless stem designed to give the aesthetics of a quill stem. Can’t say I oppose too much.

anonymous
anonymous
6 years ago

$2000 for an aluminum fork on a steel frame

jlg
jlg
6 years ago

The logo and some specifications remind me Schindelhauer :
http://img4.hostingpics.net/pics/803493001.jpg

aviva75
6 years ago

has anyone tried to buy one of these bikes on the website? It’s really confusing and not sure if I trust it.

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