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by James Huang
September 2, 2016
Photography by James Huang and David Rome
Our live coverage of the first day of Eurobike went off without a hitch so for day two, we’ll be bringing you much more of the same, in essentially real-time right from the showroom floor.
We barely covered a third of the show yesterday, and with nearly all of the industry here under one (enormous) roof, there is still plenty more to see, from the latest complete bikes and components, to clothing, accessories, and all sorts of esoterica to tempt the money out of your bank account.
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Lazer now has a proper aero road helmet called Bullet. Photo: James Huang.
The Lazer Bullet aero road helmet features a super low profile, modest venting, and a tapered tail. Photo: James Huang.
The front of the Lazer Bullet had a panel that can opened up to expose louvered vents. Photo: James Huang.
The rear of the Lazer Bullet uses the company’s Turn Fit retention system and includes a bracket for an inclination sensor that reminds me if your head isn’t in the right angle. Photo: James Huang.
MCipollini offers made to measure carbon road frames that somehow manage to embody the same flair as the famed ex-sprinter. Photo: James Huang.
The seatpost on the MCipollini secures with a clever slot and clamp system. Photo: James Huang.
MCipollini is taking advantage of the buzz surrounding hidden motors – by offering a bike with a hidden motor. 240 watts are on tap with a system wholly enclosed inside the down tube. Zoom, zoom! Photo: James Huang.
Argon-18 are deep down the path of rideable data-acquisition bikes and this concept bike is a look into what road bikes may be like. To explain it in this caption would be impossible, but that straw seen sticking out the head tube measures wind speed and the disc brake calipers are fully integrated. The future may not be as far away as you think. Photo: David Rome.
Argon-18 have joined the performance road disc game with the Gallium Pro Disc. Subtle refinements to the rim version are seen all around, but most notable is the 12mm thru-axle system designed in collaboration with ‘Naild’. Photo: David Rome.
Flick the lever, turn it a quarter turn and you’re free to pull out the axle. So fast! Photo: David Rome.
So simple. This chain-whip replacement from Birzman just flicks onto a cassette. Whether the spring tension is enough to hold it perfectly secure, we’re not yet sure. Photo: David Rome
A Bianchi Specialissima with full Shimano Dura-Ace 9100. The celeste highlights on this Matt black frame caught my eye! Photo: David Rome.
This Vivax stand was motor-doping and telling everyone about it. Photo: David Rome.
Colnago joins the aero road game with the ‘Concept’. Sleek lines, and deep tube profiles are seen at every corner. Photo: David Rome.
Direct-mount brakes, sleek cable routing, stealthy seat post retention and more show the Italians are right on trend. Framesets are quoted at €3400. Photo: David Rome.
The Concept will offer an integrated aero bar and stem too. Unique is that the combo isn’t one-piece and so handlebar width/shape and stem length can be chosen independently. The stem uses a wedge system to hold the bar in place. Photo: David Rome.
There’s just something about orange bikes that attracts me. Perhaps it’s that every brand is offering something in the colour for 2017, or maybe it’s just a very nice looking bike. Here’s the Colnago V1-R Disc, a model that’s existed for over two years already. Photo: David Rome.
Time showcased its new Scylon Disc. This aero bike hides the French company’s ‘Aktiv’ counter weight technology. Aero disc brake road bikes are very 2017. Photo: David Rome.
Feedback Sports has now expanded into hand tools. Headlining the collection is this top-end Team Edition kit, which can be used on its own, but is designed to conveniently mount to a Feedback Sports repair stand. Retail cost is US$250. Photo: James Huang.
Although the Feedback Sports Team Edition tool kit already comes well stocked, there are a few empty slots left for additional tools depending on your needs (and budget), such as the company’s new T-handle hex wrenches. Photo: James Huang.
One of the most interesting pieces in Feedback Sports’ new tool collection are these cassette pliers, which can be used with one hand and seemingly hold tight on to a wide range of sprocket sizes, all with no adjustments required. Photo: James Huang.
Many of the tools – the ones with shiny finishes, in particular – are made of forged, rather than stamped, steel for extra durability and improved hand comfort. Photo: James Huang.
Other clever details include a Shimano Hollowtech crank preload cap tool built right into the end of one of the screwdrivers. Photo: James Huang.
If your tool needs are a bit more modest, Feedback Sports will also offer the Ride Prep tool kit (at left) and the T-Handle set (at right), each costing US$129. Individual tools will be available as well once they start arriving in shops around September. Photo: James Huang.
Cobi launched on Kickstarter back in 2014, and is now selling product. This app-based product aims to replace cycling-specific GPS devices with your smart phone. With its built-in battery, features such as automated lighting, directional mapping, ANT+ interface and more are all available and controlled with the thumb switch. There’s a lot going on here, but perhaps most interesting is that a former materials engineer of Canyon Bicycles is now working with this German company. We’ll eat our cycling caps if Cobi don’t eventually enter the drop-bar market. Photo: David Rome.
Cannondale Bad Boy continues to set a rather high standard in the urban bike market. In addition to just looking cool, the seat post hides integrated lighting, while the Belt drive is hooked up to a Shimano Alfine internal geared hub. As pictured, the new Bad Boy 1 will sell at €1,899. Photo: David Rome.
Fabric are getting into lights. They’re made by a factory that makes diving lights, so water resistance is of little concern. Each USB model offers some clever features, such as the base FLR3 (30 lumens) which uses an accelerometer to switch the light to solid when slowing is detected. Clever indented mount lets the light be mounted in any direction.€45. A brighter option is the FL150 (€65), which can be switched between red or white, with the white offering either a coward direct beam or ‘be seen’ multi led mode. And then there’s the FL300 with its very clever turn dial dimmer switch which stops having to cycling through the modes like on other lights. Photo: David Rome.
There’s a whole new range of pumps from Fabric too. Photo: David Rome.
The R150 and R200 road mini pumps are pictured. Some clever features keep these compact but efficient. The flexible head is great. Photo: David Rome.
And with saddles as a primary focus, no surprises Fabric had a few new perches on show too. Pictures is the new wider 142mm version of the ‘Line’. Both the 134 and 142mm versions are offered in the three shapes of Fabric’s range. Photo: David Rome.
Fi’zi:k is getting into clothing. The Link bib short range brings in the Italian brand’s saddle philosophy of matching a rider’s flexibility with saddle design. The men’s-only shorts are available in Snake (bad name for shorts…), Chameleon and Bull fits. Photo: David Rome.
The chamois and cut varies between the three based on how well you can touch your toes. The R1 model also happens to be extremely light, claimed at just 155g a pair. Photo: David Rome.
Biknd’s Helium case is one of the only ones on the market that can readily accommodate an additional set of wheels with your bike – and ideal setup for traveling cyclocross racers. Photo: James Huang.
Just need to get your extra set of race wheels there intact? Biknd has you covered with the air-padded Oxygen. Photo: James Huang.
The e-bike category is often a love-it-or-hate-it affair, but this one from Leaos couldn’t be missed with its massive carbon fiber frame (and fork!), clever layout, and sleek aesthetics. Photo: James Huang.
The carbon fiber cockpit includes a computer display front and center. Photo: James Huang.
LED lights are built right in. Photo: James Huang.
Briko has never been afraid to push the envelope in terms of style. Photo: James Huang.
Helmets have recently become the latest battleground for technology. Sena previewed a new helmet that includes a forward facing video camera, a Bluetooth two-way intercom system, and built-in stereo speakers. Photo: James Huang.
Have tunes, will travel. Photo: James Huang.
Giro previewed a new ultralight shoe at Eurobike called the Prolight Techlace. It uses the same Techlace closure concept as on the Factor Techlace that was launched last week, but in a dramatically pared-down form that weighs just 137g per shoe. The design still isn’t completely finalized, though, and Giro estimates the production version will be more like 150g per size 42 shoe. Photo: James Huang.
Limar is taking visibility seriously, with a line of fluorescent helmets…
…and the ability to add LED lights to just about its entire line. Photo: James Huang.
Stages Cycling’s new GPS-enabled Dash computer head is a surprise entry from the power meter specialist. The black-and-white screen is big and crisp, and the display is highly customizable. It can even be set up in portrait or landscape modes, with multiple on-board profiles to keep all your display settings at the ready. Photo: James Huang.
Prescribed workouts are clearly laid out on the new Stages Cycling Dash computer, and the display will guide you through as you go based on your power outputs. The whole process is designed to be very user friendly. Photo: James Huang.
Stages Cycling’s new Dash computer is but one part of the puzzle, however. He company’s new Link software makes for a complete power ecosystem, including impressively easy-to-use training and analysis functionality, a full suite of diagnostic info for your Stages power meter, and cross-compatibility with other major apps such as Strava. Photo: James Huang.
Shimano hasn’t even quite released Dura-Ace 9100 to the public, but Stages already has its power meter-equipped version fully developed and ready to go. Photo: James Huang.
Disc brake specialist Alligator previewed these carbon fiber rotors. There’s no telling at the moment how well they actually work, but they’re undoubtedly light. Photo: James Huang.
Also new from Alligator are these finned disc brake pads, with the idea being that their increased surface area should help dissipate more heat into the surrounding air. Alligator has figured out a very inexpensive way to manufacture such a thing, too. Photo: James Huang.
There are good places to save weight, and ones that perhaps aren’t so good. These Alligator rotors are light, but with so much swept area removed from the brake track, they’re likely to create more heat (and less braking power) than ones that leave more material intact. Photo: James Huang.
Reynolds has updated its aero profile for 2017, claiming the new 28mm width design saves 3-4W compared to the previous iterations (conditions tested unknown). All the rims are tubeless-ready and with a 19mm internal width. The wheels are rolling on US-Made Industry Nine hubs with a fast 6-degree freehub pickup. The 46mm depth is Disc only. The 65 is available in both rim and disc. While the deep 80 is rim brake only. Plenty of work has gone into that rim brake surface too. All options should be available by January. Photo: David Rome.
CaneCreek have partnered with eeBrake for sales, marketing and distribution. Craig of eeBrake is still involved in development, so it’s safe to expect a number of new components from CaneCreek in future. Photo: David Rome.
Also new from CaneCreek is a lightweight bearing. Yep, this AER bearing is 60% lighter than a standard headset bearing and is made for the cross country and road weight weenies. Weight savings are achieved with an aluminium housing that surrounds the steel races. Available December and it’ll be backwards compatible. The original AER Norglide bushing is still available for the gram counters. Photo: David Rome.
Tacx has this new interactive indoor trainer. Riding it looks like a walk in the park (or gym). Photo: David Rome.
Enduro Bearing has a bunch of new stuff in the works, but this upgrade seal for DT Swiss Star Ratchet hubs caught the eye. The seal sits between the freehub and hub shell and is said to greatly speed up the coasting speed (exact improvement to be released soon) of these popular hubs. The seal will sell for US$6. And more good news for DT Swiss hub owners, Enduro will soon offer its own tool for servicing the freehub body. Made of stainless steel, this US$80 tool is both cheaper and far stronger than the one DT Swiss sells (many shop mechanics have broken those DT tools – myself included). Photo: David Rome.
Wheels Manufacturing has a new Universal Bottom Bracket Drift tool. With large handles, the Pro version will retail at US$75, the smaller handled consumer version at just $35. Those prices include all the drifts for every popular press-fit configuration. All made in USA. Consumer version available now. six weeks for the pro, which will be red too. Photo: David Rome.
Enve are set to update its Road Disc fork. New internal disc hose cable routing, 12mm thru-axle, Flat Mount from the brake caliper and room for a 30c tyre flat. Photo: David Rome.
The fork will be available in either 43 or 50mm rake. 1 1/4 taper only. Exact release date unknown. Photo: David Rome.
A truly successful item on Kickstarter, the Knog Oi bell is very close to shipping. It’ll just be the ‘Classic’ version for now, which sells for AU$29.95. With a matched aesthetic, Knog also announced Blinder Mini. These front and rear USB lights are available in a choice of three beam patterns. AU$39.95 each. Photo: David Rome.
Canyon were teasing what the pros have been testing. First was the Ultimate CF SLX Disc as tested by Katusha. Photo: David Rome.
Next was the Canyon Aeroad CF SLX Disc as tested by Movistar. Those Campagnolo Discs… Photo: David Rome.
Eurobike is all about what’s new, but in order to move forward, you still have to keep in mind where you’ve been. Photo: James Huang.
It’s safe to say that most people will probably understand the message Centurion is trying to send here, but it still comes across a bit odd. Photo: James Huang.
This virtual reality setup seems intriguing, but no matter how realistic it is, it still isn’t the same as actually riding outside. Photo: James Huang.
Markus Storck has entered into an exclusive partnership with fabled British car company Aston Martin to produce a limited run of the new Fascenario.3. Just 77 of these “One of Seven” special editions will be produced, each with a premium build kit and unique paint. Photo: James Huang.
The third generation of Storck’s flagship Fascenario frame now sports a more aerodynamically tuned shape with truncated airfoil profiles that supposedly maintain the label’s storied stiffness characteristics. Photo: James Huang.
The fork blades on Storck’s new Fascenario.3 are spaced extremely far apart, which Markus Storck says yields huge aerodynamic benefits, especially with the modern crop of ultra-fat rims. Photo: James Huang.
The huge chainstays on the new Storck Fascenario.3 loop cleanly around at the dropouts into the seatstays. The rear-entry dropouts are typical for Storck road frames. Photo: James Huang.
Also new from Storck is the Durnario endurance road model, built with flattened frame sections and room for 28mm-wide tires to smooth out the ride. Photo: James Huang.
The top tube of the new Storck Durnario is notably flat, and the fork blades are slimmed down as well. Both should help the frame flex a bit over bumps. Photo: James Huang.
With a rubberised texture, this colourful bartape from Supacaz is available in rolls that change colour throughout the wrap. Photo: David Rome.
Supacaz has no shortage of colours available. Photo: David Rome.
Click here to see coverage from day one of Eurobike and here for day three.