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by James Huang
September 3, 2016
Photography by James Huang and David Rome
TECH NEWS BROUGHT TO YOU BY BIKEEXCHANGE
It’s day three of Eurobike 2016, and US technical editor James Huang and Australia-based tech writer David Rome are once again going to be pounding the pavement to bring you the most interesting items from the show floor — in nearly real time, no less, with a photo gallery that will be continually updated throughout the day, as we see them.
Surely there isn’t more to check out after two full days, right? As much ground as 30km of collective walking covers (yes, we’ve been keeping track), there’s actually still a shocking amount of product here in Friedrichshafen worth investigating.
We’ll also follow up after the show with more in-depth analyses of emerging trends and categories.
Just as with the first two days, makes sure to leave your specific requests in the comments below, and check out our Facebook page for live video coverage from Dave Everett throughout the day as well.
We’ve got a hit list in hand, spare camera batteries at the ready, plenty of space on the memory cards, and pockets full of WiFi so it’s bound to be another good day.
Campagnolo had on display Alex Zanardi’s custom carbon racing trike. Photo: James Huang.
The view most people see of Alex Zanardi when he’s speeding along. Photo: James Huang.
The drivetrain and brake controls are highly custom. Photo: James Huang.
American Classic has expanded its range of standalone rims for riders who prefer to build their own wheelsets. Photo: James Huang.
Mavic has licensed the Speed Release quick-release thru-axle design, which will be included as standard equipment on some Corratec bikes for model year 2018. It’s quite a slick system, quick to use, and seemingly safer than traditional quick-releases. Photo: James Huang.
To use Speed Release, simply unscrew the lever until the threads disengage, and then pull the lever until it clicks. If you don’t pull the lever out that extra bit, though, the wheel remains safely in place. Photo: James Huang.
Speed Release works with any thru-axle wheel, but requires dedicated dropouts. Photo: James Huang.
Perhaps best of all is that the Speed Release axle stays securely inside the wheel, so there’s no chance of accidentally leaving it behind. Photo: James Huang.
Sarto is one of the last remaining Italian companies to still build carbon frames in-house. Photo: James Huang.
The finishes on Sarto frames are simply incredible. Photo: James Huang.
Because as always, details matter. Photo: James Huang.
HED pioneered the three-spoke wheel in a collaboration with Specialized and DuPont decades ago, as well as wide clincher rims more recently than that. The H3+ combines both traits in one speedy package. Photo: James Huang.
HED replaced its long running Sonic hubs last year with a new design that is not only stronger but arguably looks better, too. Photo: James Huang.
HED’s Turbine brake surface uses a milled-in surface and Keronite coating to boost stopping performance with rim calipers. Photo: James Huang.
Question from ‘Toby’ asked for the colourways in Giro’s shoe range. It’s a massive range, so here’s just a selection. First up are the Factor TechLace. Photo: David Rome.
The Giro Sentrie TechLace come in three colour options too. Photo: David Rome.
The Giro Empire SLX. Photo: David Rome.
The Giro Empire ACC gets a great metallic blue option. The women get a classy reflective white and a black with ‘galaxy’ highlights (women’s models not pictured). Photo: David Rome.
New from Giro is the women’s-specific version of the VR90. Two colourways. Photo: David Rome.
Giro were missing the size EU46 and EU46.5 Factor TechLace samples. Word is that Bradley Wiggins saw them on Instagram and needed them for the weekend… Photo: David Rome.
In answer to Josh Saxe’s request, Deda superleggera RS is a limited edition offering over the top of the standard superleggera range. The bars get mainly a cosmetic change, while the stem is all new. It features a ceramic coating which is said to add to stiffness with minimal weight gain. A 110mm stem is quoted at 100g. It comes in a pretty sweet tool tube too. Photo: David Rome.
The aero-shaped Deda superzero carbon road bar was released last year. A lower cost alloy option is now available. Photo: David Rome.
Deda have a carbon bottle cage called the Gabbia. It’s available in six colours. Photo: David Rome.
Deda’s wheel range continues to grow. The carbon clincher options are still in testing, but tubular options in 30, 45 and 88mm depths are available. The shallowest version is quoted at 1290g, with the middle 45mm version at a claimed 1390g. Rims are 25mm wide (external), and the straight-pull hubs hide Enduro ceramic bearings. Photo: David Rome.
Now available in 23, 25 and 28c, the new Schwalbe One clincher offers V-Guard puncture protection and a triple compound rubber. Colour stripe options exist too. Photo: David Rome.
Schwalbe has this new 700x33c cyclocross tyre for deep mud. The X-One Bite is tubeless-ready and features a triple-compound knob pattern. Photo: David Rome.
KMC has made a small modification to its entire range of 11-Speed chains. New chamfering on the outer plate edges is designed to solve an issue some users had with the chain falling off the largest cassette cog when back pedalling. New design at top. Photo: David Rome.
If a silver chain doesn’t work with your stealthily black bike, then the new KMC X11EL Blacktech chain will. The black is achieved at a material level through heat. As its not a coating, the black won’t wear off. Photo: David Rome.
Park Tool has updated its game changing Internal cable routing tool. The IR-1.2 simply adds an extra wire kit for easier routing of Di2 wires. Photo: David Rome.
Also new is this Team Issue workstand from Park Tool. This style of stand is still the standard amongst professional road race mechanics, and the Park now uses a full aluminium construction and adds greater axle and bottom bracket shape compatibility. Photo: David Rome.
Hipsters rejoice! Bike Ahead is picking up where Aerospoke left off with these molded carbon fiber wheels. Unlike Aerospoke, though, the biturboROAD wheels are ultralight with a claimed weight of just 1,139g per pair – and ultra-expensive at €3,700. Photo: James Huang.
Bike Ahead’s carbon fiber chain watcher weighs just 19g and can be yours for the low, low price of €79. Photo: James Huang.
That’s no decal, folks. Chuck Panaccione of is so committed to his company that he had the logo set as the backdrop on his Garmin watch. Photo: James Huang.
Enduro Bearings hasn’t yet updated its web site to include the new universal bearing puller, but it’s definitely still coming. Production versions should be arriving in stores in a couple of months. Photo: James Huang.
The latest trainer from Tacx still isn’t the same as riding outdoors, but it’s getting closer. And yes, it’s essentially a treadmill for your bike. Photo: James Huang.
Storck has entered into a government funded study aimed at bringing carbon bicycle manufacturing back to the EU. Along with manufacturing partner Rehau AG and the Dresden University of Technology. This 24in-wheeled urban e-bike is the first fruit of the group’s labors, but more is definitely pending. Photo: James Huang.
Whereas typical aluminum frames supposedly require 8-10 hours to build – and carbon fiber ones five times that – this one requires just seven minutes. The two halves are injection molded using short-fiber carbon composite materials, reinforced with more conventional carbon fiber, and then bonded or welded together. Photo: James Huang.
The battery is housed inside the frame and is easily accessible through a small hatch. Photo: James Huang.
There are plenty of neat details, such as the collet-style seatpost clamp that doesn’t require any post-molding slotting or cutting of the seat tube. Photo: James Huang.
Lake’s new CX301 ditches the leather in exchange for microfibre to create its lightest road shoe yet. A different sole and a single BOA dial lead to a claimed weight of just 185g for a size EU44 shoe. Three colour choices to choose from. US$329. Photo: David Rome.
Any Kinetic trainer can now be turned into a power trainer with the Smart Control Power Unit. Such an upgrade will set you back US$549, and will provide you with a Bluetooth-enabled indoor riding experience with power-based tools for use with TrainerRoad, Zwift or Kinetic’s own training app (free with trainer). A complete Rock and Roll Smart trainer is US$849 and is likely to be a popular choice for those seeking a realistic riding experience indoors. Photo: David Rome.
Selle Italia SLR C59. The name has nothing to do with an older Colnago bike, but rather is in reference to its weight. Just 59g for this one. Photo: David Rome.
Winner of a EuroBike award, the Elite Quick Motion floating roller sure looks space-age. The floating nature is said to provide a more realistic feel, but also aid in balance. It fold in three parts for easy storage too. Photo: David Rome.
PRO, Shimano’s component division, has joined the wide and short road saddle revolution. Named the ‘Stealth’, this stubby model is claimed to weigh 172g in the carbon version, and 205g in the stainless steel. It’ll be available in 142 and 152mm width choice. This, and nearly all other PRO saddles, now included an accessory mount beneath, PRO will soon offer camera, race number and other brackets for direct mounting. Photo: David Rome.
The PRO Vibe Carbon Aero bar was displaying the new Dura-Ace Di2 internal wiring, with bar plug junction box.Photo: David Rome.
Yes. This is actually a thing at EuroBike. Fashion Shows with professional dancers displaying the latest in cycling fashion. People are applauding as I type this. Have to walk away, starting to laugh. Male dancers now entering the stage… Photo: David Rome.
Topeak always has new things. The JoeBlow Twin Turbo is such an example. This aero-looking pump aims to solve the trade-off between high volume and high pressure by auto nicely using a twin-chamber system. 200psi Max, and a whole bunch of air. In true trade-show spirit, I was told it probably won’t be available until July 2017. Photo: David Rome.
New from POC, the Octal X is one pitched for the cross country riders. Building on the popular Octal helmet, this model offers extended shell coverage for what’s claimed to result in improved strength. It’s a small change, but it may prove equally popular with road riders who want increased durability from less exposed foam. Photo: David Rome.
Peak box from BMC. This was teasing what’s to come from its Swiss-based Impec Lab. Look through the gap and a flashing light revealed just a hint. Spoiler alert – it’s a new TT/Tri bike. Photo: David Rome.
Abbey Bike Tools wasn’t at Eurobike, but was displaying within the CeramicSpeed booth. A new custom chain from KMC brings a little more brand identity to this high-end chain whip. Photo: David Rome.
Ceramic Speed OSPW Oversized Pulley Wheels will soon be available for those on SRAM. Beyond watt savings, the upgrade offers a cassette capacity of 32T. Available for mechanical and eTap. Pre-orders are now open, but the speedy system will set you back US$500. Photo: David Rome.
Nevi is a titanium frame manufacturer out of Italy. The 24-year old brand’s new Stelvio LA 1 caught our eye with its custom titanium frame, stem, seat post and even fork. This is the flagship road model for Nevi, with all titanium welding being done in an oxygen-free chamber. Photo: David Rome.
The Nevi titanium fork is apparently extremely tough to build, involving both sheet and forged parts – which explains its €1,600 price. Photo: David Rome.
Nevi will make just about anything, whether it be a tandem or mountain bike. The company’s latest category is Gravel. Photo: David Rome.
Aerospace experts – Thomson – had a number of new things on show. The Masterpiece C is the American company’s first carbon seatpost. And it looks like the wonky layback posts may be a thing of the past, with Thomson teasing the new Elite Layback prototype. Both models are still a number of months away. Photo: David Rome.
Thomson are also soon to offer a deep range of alloy road bars. The shapes look great, and knowing Thomson, the quality will be too. Photo: David Rome.
THM-Carbones’ revamped Fibula road brakes feature a new adjustable cam for more consistent performance when used with different levers. It also now has room for 30mm-wide tires. Photo: James Huang.
The revamped THM-Carbones Fibula brakes use a power-amplifying linkage like the previous version. Photo: James Huang.
The integrated carbon fiber lead spring makes for a very sleek aesthetic. Photo: James Huang.
Virtually every part of the THM-Carbones Fibula brake caliper is carbon fiber, right down to the main pivot body. It’s what makes it light – less than 65g per caliper – but also outrageously expensive at €1,230 per set. Photo: James Huang.
Also coming from THM-Carbones is the Tibia molded carbon fiber stem, which tips the scales at just 85g for this 120mm-long sample. Photo: James Huang.
The clever hardware design is fully replaceable, and requires no threaded fittings in the stem structure itself. Photo: James Huang.
Enve has a new wheel for the modern disc brake road bike. The SES 4.5 AR Disc is designed to be aerodynamically optimised with 28c tyres. The rims are truly disc-specific and are said to be about 50g a piece lighter than an equivalent rim brake model. Tubeless ready, these rims will be equally at home on high performance gravel bikes, although the key focus is wide-rolling road. Wheelsets using Chris King hubs are said to weight around the 1,550 mark. Seems the age of compromise-free disc setups is upon us. Photo: David Rome.
New Enve SES 4.5 AR Disc rims measure a massive 25mm internal! Enve have done its research here, 28’s are the fastest choice for these rims. Photo: David Rome.
FiftyOne is a new custom carbon bike manufacturer based out of Dublin, Ireland. Behind the brand is Aidan Duff, a former Irish National racer and industry veteran. Duff raced in an era where custom race frames were the norm and is keen to get back to these basics. He purchased all the machinery from a German tube to tube frame manufacturer and shipped it back to Dublin. Photo: David Rome.
The paint of this customer’s bike is said to have some 18 hours in it. Even with such detail, the paint is included in the €5,000 frameset price (Inc Enve fork). Photo: David Rome.
FiftyOne were seen at the Enve booth. Duff has a long-standing relationship with the American carbon experts. Photo: David Rome.
3T has entered into a collaboration with famed Italian frame builder and painter Dario Pegoretti. Just five custom painted Exploro framesets will be available to start – each commanding more than double the price of a standard Exploro – although more may be commissioned if the experiment goes well. Photo: James Huang.
This Dario Pegoretti-painted 3T Exploro is incredible to behold, but the first rock chip may sting more than usual. Photo: James Huang.
Forget the booth babes; this was arguably the most endearing mascot at Eurobike. Photo: James Huang.
Italian company Carbon Ti offers its own take on non-round chainrings with a liberal dose of carbon fiber that sheds a surprising amount of weight. Moreover, they’re also ramped and pinned for at least the promise of good shifting performance. Photo: James Huang.
Looking to shed some weight from your thru-axle equipped disc road bike? Carbon Ti makes tooled axles claimed to save about 40g each – and yes, they’re available in a broad range of colors and axle standards. Photo: James Huang.
Praxis has subtly modified its Zayante hollow forged aluminum crankarms to accept its new micro-compact 48/32T chainrings. The lower gearing isn’t aimed at traditional roadies (although some may certainly benefit), but rather gravel and adventure riders who might be hauling heavier loads or traveling on steeper terrain. Photo: James Huang.
Whereas the original Praxis Zayante crankset used a permanently press-fit spider, the new one is removable, allowing for easy swapping to different drivetrain configurations. Photo: James Huang.
Praxis’ 1x-specific chainrings use a new Wave tooth pattern that supposedly provides better retention and improved durability than conventional narrow-wide patterns. Photo: James Huang.
Click here to see coverage from day one of Eurobike and here for day two.