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The world’s biggest bike expo, Eurobike, was held last week and finished over the weekend. CyclingTips’ roving reporter Dave Everett was on the ground in Friedrichschafen, Germany to check out all the latest and greatest bits of tech that were announced and what we have to look forward to in the months and years to come. In the first part of his Eurobike wrap-up Dave takes a look at the new helmets and shoes that were on display.
It’s that time of year again, when the cycling industry heads for Friedrichshafen in Germany. Inside 14 huge hangers that were originally built to house zeppelin airships is a Disneyland of bike bits. Pretty much every brand you can think of and many that you won’t have ever heard of converge to do business, show their wares and tease the cycling fans with what we can expect in 2015.
I’ve spent the past three days dashing around the halls checking out the new goodies. So what can we expect? 2015 could very well be the year you’ll need to invest in some good quality shades as bright colours were the one thing that stood out.
Black on black is over; pretty much every brand had steered cleared of monochrome paint schemes and introduced not just a dash of colour but a full splash. Oranges, pinks, yellows and electric blues all seem to be on trend. Helmets, clothing, shoes and frames are all coming in a multitude of hues.
But for this first article from Eurobike let’s cover the top and the tail.
New lids were on show from a few brands. Mavic has two new lids. The Cosmic Ultimate is the company’s new lightweight all-round road lid. They also had on show the Mavic CXR Ultimate Helmet — their offering in to the Aero road market, which looks a lot more vented than many of the competitors.
Bell had their new Star Pro on display. The Belkin team were seen using this at this year’s Tour de France. It comes with a huge magnetic visor too.
Smith, who are normally better know for their eyewear, had the new Overtake on show. This helmet could shake up the market just as much as the POC did this year.
They constructed the helmet using a structure that was originally seen in their MTB lid. The material is called Koroyd and its structure looks almost like hundreds of plastic straws have been glued together. Wind tunnel testing shows it’s just slightly slower than the industry leader Specializd Evade, yet the cooling and venting is supposed to be class-leading at all speeds from a potter to a full-on sprint.
Uvex had a new aero road lid too, the Uvex EDAero. It looked a lot more bulbous and solid-looking than most of the other brands out there. This helmet is yet to see any action — maybe we’ll see Kittel in it soon.
MIPS is an internal plastic shell that helps reduce the initial shock of a crash to the brain. Lazer, Bell, Giro and Smith are just a few of the big names now working alongside MIPS to help make their helmets even safer.
Shoes are always something that catches the eye. Again bright colours are all the rage — very few stands had straight white shoes. Particular favourites were the small spanish brand Luck. Though they are well-known in their homeland they haven’t been seen outside of the country much since the mid 1990s.
Their top-end shoe is now fully customisable, from the orthopaedic fitting service to the pattern or print that they’ll print on for you. On top of this they had a prototype sole hidden away … with a power meter built in. Their plans are to have it ready for sale by December.
The system will be interchangeable so if you run several shoes or crash and ruin a pair of race shoes you’ll still be able to still transfer the power meter across. This is something we’ll be keeping a close eye on. Stay posted as we have lined up a trip to visit Luck at their factory soon.
Wire closure systems such as BOA or ATOP seemed to be on every mid- to top-end shoe for the majority of brands.
Helmets and shoes are just the tip of what was on offer at Eurobike. More to come in part two.