The Taipei Cycle Show is always an interesting stop on the annual trade show circuit as there is far more emphasis here on OEM manufacturing relative to Eurobike and Interbike, both of which focus more on the aftermarket with easily recognizable brands. With the first two days of the 2017 Taipei Cycle Show now in the rearview mirror, it’s now time to shift gears a bit and take a closer look at some of the more unusual odds and ends that permeate the halls of the Nangang Exhibition Hall.
On the one hand, there are countless contract manufacturers here with all sorts of intriguing bits and pieces that are incorporated into someone else’s finished products — everything from cable stops to dropouts to shipping materials, and everything in between. There are also OEM suppliers that occasionally take advantage of the one- to two-year window they often have into what consumer-facing brands are planning to introduce for future seasons, sometimes making their own-brand products that can later seem oddly prescient.
Others, however, fit better into the “weird and wonderful” category, with the general theme being, “just because it can be built doesn’t mean that it should.”
US technical editor James Huang will be wandering the halls one more time at this year’s show, and will once again be updating this page throughout the day so check back often for what is sure to be an especially entertaining collection of gear.