Eurobike 2016 live tech coverage, day three

by James Huang


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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The finishes on Sarto frames are simply incredible. Photo: James Huang.

Because as always, details matter. 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 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 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.
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.
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 Sentrie TechLace come in three colour options too. Photo: David Rome.

The Giro Empire SLX. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.