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by James Huang
August 30, 2017
Photography by James Huang, David Rome and Tim Bardsley-Smith
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FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (CT) – The Eurobike bicycle trade show is upon us once again, and CyclingTips is on site to bring you the best (and, potentially, worst) of next season’s new bikes, components, accessories, and kit. Like last year, we’ll be posting images, information, and interviews nearly in real time, straight from the floor of the sprawling Messe Friedrichshafen conventional center on the shores of Lake Constance.
Check back often to see what we’re seeing, as we see it. We’ll be updating this gallery throughout the day with fresh content, and if there’s something specific in mind that you’d like us to check out, leave your request in the comments below.
We’ll also be posting regularly to our Instagram feed, so be sure to pay us a visit there, too.
100% certainly rocked the point stylistically with its original Speedcraft sunglasses, but other brands have adopted the raised center section since then given the expanded field of view it provides. Photo: James Huang.
One of the more interesting e-bikes on display was this adventure/gravel model from Fantic. Photo: James Huang.
The motor and battery are wholly encased inside the down tube. Photo: James Huang.
Pearl Izumi has revamped its top-end PRO Leader road shoes with a new offset closure to reduce pressure on the top of riders’ feet. Photo: James Huang.
Cyclocross racers seeking the ultimate in ground-hugging suppleness would be hard pressed to do better than Challenge’s Seta line, which are built with silk casings. Photo: James Huang.
I’m not sure if a gravel tire built with an ultra-supple silk casing is a good idea, but I certainly want to try a set. The ride quality is likely quite amazing. Photo: James Huang.
Topeak has really sweated the details on its new Pakgo X bike travel case, which features a frame attachment to keep the bike from jostling around while in transit, dual wheel bags, and an included tool kit — as it has better for €800. Photo: James Huang.
The central frame secures to the center hinge of the Topeak Pakgo X travel case while in transit, but also doubles as a mini-workstand to aid in assembly and disassembly. Photo: James Huang.
The zippered exterior on the Topeak Pakgo X travel case can be secured with an airline-security friendly combination lock. Photo: James Huang.
Ergon claims to have created the ultimate women’s-specific saddle through the use of X-rays and CT scans of female anatomy. According to Ergon, the saddles are currently in use by the Canyon-SRAM road team. Photo: James Huang.
Ergon’s new Ergonomic Core concept features a multi-layer configuration and two separate shells for an ultra-cushy ride. Photo: James Huang.
Introduced last year, Hiplok’s novel Z Lok is basically a fancy zip tie, built with a stainless steel core and secured with a simple two-pin key. Photo: James Huang.
Hiplok now plans to expand its Z Lok range with this bigger (and presumably more secure) format, which also uses a combination lock in place of the two-pin key. Photo: James Huang.
The Hiplok Airlok is a wall-mounted storage hanger that doubles as a secure lock station. Photo: James Huang.
The steel locking bar is secured with a conventional multi-tumbler key, accessed from down below. Photo: James Huang.
Selle Italia is best known for its high-end road saddles, but it’s paying homage to days gone by with its line of Invincible leather models. Photo: James Huang.
The embossed surface is a nice touch. Photo: James Huang.
At the other end of the spectrum is the Selle Italia SP-01. First previewed at the Taipei Cycle Show, this ultralight model features an innovative leaf-spring suspension design. Photo: James Huang.
Selle Italia achieves an ultralight weight on the SP-01 by integrating the carbon fiber rails directly into the shell structure. But it also provides some comfort by using the shell as a spring element for a smoother ride. Photo: James Huang.
The 3T Strada is undoubtedly one of the most progressive road bikes currently on the market. The aero carbon frame is built specifically around 28mm-wide tires, disc brakes, and a single-chainring drivetrain. There is no provision for a front derailleur. Photo: James Huang.
The Kamm tail design on the 3T Strada even takes water bottles into account. Note how the down tube widens where the cage is mounted. Photo: James Huang.
Down below on the 3T Strada is a BB386EVO press-fit bottom bracket shell. Photo: James Huang.
When 3T says the Strada is optimized for 28mm-wide tires, they clearly aren’t allowing for a whole lot of wiggle room. Photo: James Huang.
The dedicated single-ring drivetrain is unquestionably polarizing, but 3T insists that the total range offered by modern 1x drivetrains will perfectly suit most riders. Photo: James Huang.
Wilier Triestina showed off some stunning paint jobs at this year’s Eurobike show, such as this gorgeous metallic copper and silver Cento 10 Air aero road bike. Photo: James Huang.
Wilier Tristina carried the paint job all the way through to the matching aero integrated bar and stem, too. Photo: James Huang.
Even more interesting than the paint job on that Cento 10 Air was Wilier Triestina’s new Cento 10 NDR endurance road bike, which does an admirable job of blending the Cento 10 Air’s aero design features into a fit-and-handling package better suited to everyday road riders. Photo: James Huang.
Out back on the Wilier Triestina Cento 10 NDR is a small elastomer insert and a tiny aluminum linkage that promises to take the edge off of rough roads without overly compromising pedaling efficiency. Photo: James Huang.
Seriously, Wilier Triestina has got some great paint going on this year’s line. Absolutely gorgeous. Photo: James Huang.
Wilier Triestina also showed off a steel adventure/gravel bike called the Jaroon. It’s quite a departure from the racing bikes for which the company is better known, but a clear reflection of where the market is going. Photo: James Huang.
The raw looking TIG welds and translucent paint lend a gritty aesthetic to the Wilier Triestina Jaroon. Photo: James Huang.
Based in Germany, Acros nineteen hubs remain built in-house. These hubs are the centre of some cool looking wheels, such as the Road Disc Carbon. Using 19mm internal width and asymmetric rims from Duke, the wheels arrive tubeless-ready. Weight is claimed at 1,450g for the pair.The Nineteen hubs feature a number of unique details, such as the cross and radial straight pull front hub. Such a design helps to resist forces from the disc brake. Photo by David Rome.
Acros has a new lighter road wheel too. This 1,300g Road Disc Carbon SLS features a 45mm deep, 19mm wide Duke rim. Yep, tubeless, disc brakes, road and 1,300g. Photo by David Rome.
Swiss brand Hilite had this new ‘sGravel’ model on display. It’s claimed to weigh 9.2kg. That’s impressively light for a metal bike fully kitted out. Photo by David Rome.
SMP have a new saddle called the Criterium. The shorter design is built for fast and short races where riders find themselves in extremely aggressive riding positions. The saddle features a low friction side panelling. Like all SMP saddles, it offers a really long rail for wide position adjustment. Available from middle of November. Photo by David Rome.
The Linientreu is a laser tool from the Germans at Tune. It’s designed as a super accurate derailleur checking and indexing tool, it follows the company’s rather popular stem alignment tool. It will sell for the small price of €159, it’s expected end of year. Photo by David Rome.
The tool has both 5mm and T25 bits to work with nearly all rear derailleurs. Love it or hate it, it seems to do exactly as it claims! Photo by David Rome.
Lezyne has updated its pump head again, now called the ABS 1 Pro. This goes back to the original threaded design of a few years ago, but it’s easier to use, sits at a 90-degree angle and has a valve core tightening built into the back of it. Photo by David Rome.
Lezyne Macro Floor pump is a new entry-level model with a few distinctive features. The resin base is more stable than base Lezyne pumps of the past. Photo by David Rome.
Lezyne has expanded many of its product ranges to be available in multiple colours. Here are a few examples in the lights. Photo by David Rome.
New accessory stem mount from Lezyne is available for common 4-bolt stems. Computer mount, lights or GoPro – it’s pretty flexible. These will be available in October. Photo by David Rome.
Moots Routt RSL is the American titanium company’s latest gravel racer. Space for 40c rubber and a number of other cool touches. Photo by David Rome.
Moots is now offering its frames with an added aesthetic touch – anodised graphics. These come after the frame is polished and bead blasted (or brushed). Many extra steps means a US$500 surcharge. There are a few colour options for this new finish. Photo by David Rome.
All Moots road and gravel disc brake bikes now feature dropouts that are 3D printed. Moots claim that this provides the most elegant flat mount for disc brakes and being a sinle piece, it’s extremely low weight. Photo by David Rome.
When you make titanium bikes, why not make your stands match? Photo by David Rome.
Zipp intends the new 32mm-deep 202 and 45mm-deep 303 NSW Disc-Brake Carbon Clincher wheelsets to be ideally used with 28mm-wide tubeless tires. Zipp says all of the new disc-brake carbon clinchers are slightly lighter than the rim-brake versions (exact weights were not available as of posting time), and prices range from US$3200 / £2540 / €3000 to US$3500 / £2710 / €3200, depending on model. All of the new wheels are slated to be available in October. Photo: James Huang.
The new Zipp 404 and 808 NSW Disc-Brake Carbon Clinchers are focused more on on-road speed, and thus are meant to be paired with 25mm-wide tubeless tires. Photo: James Huang.
Zipp is going tubeless with all of its disc-compatible carbon clinchers, with a 21mm-wide inner width on the 202 and 303 (at left) models, and a slightly narrower 19mm width on the 404 and 808 (at right). Photo: James Huang.
All of Zipp’s NSW-level wheels use a sawtooth-like dimple pattern that Zipp claims is more aerodynamically stable (especially in high-angle crosswinds) than its standard dimple layout. Graphics are also printed directly on to the rim surface instead of with vinyl decals. Photo: James Huang.
All NSW-level Zipp get a new disc-compatible version of the company’s Cognition hubset, which uses the same magnetic, low-friction Axial Clutch drive mechanism as the rim-brake variants. Standard J-bend spokes (24-hold front and rear) are used for easier replacement if needed. Photo: James Huang.
All of the new disc-compatible Cognition hubs also get swappable end caps for use with quick-release or thru-axle frame fitments. Rear hubs are offered with SRAM/Shimano, SRAM XD, or Campagnolo-compatible freehub bodies. Photo: James Huang.
Riders with less extravagent budgets can instead opt for Zipp’s new Firecrest-level disc-compatible carbon clinchers. Standard dimple patterns are used across the board, along with vinyl decals and Zipp’s 77/177D disc hubsets. Prices range from US$2500 / £2200 / €2600 to US$2800 / £2460 / €2900. Photo: James Huang.
Just as on the higher-end Cognition Disc hubs, end caps on Zipp’s 77/177D hubs can be easily swapped between common quick-release and thru-axle fitments, and driver bodies are available for Shimano/SRAM, SRAM XD, and Campagnolo cassettes. The 77/177D hubs use a conventional pawl-type freehub mechanism, though, a six-bolt rotor interface, and straight-pull spokes. Photo: James Huang.
The 58mm-deep 404 Firecrest Disc-Brake Carbon Clinchers will also be offered in a 650b version for riders who want to use high-volume Road Plus tires, or shorter riders that want a high-performance disc-compatible wheelset to use on bikes built around that smaller wheel diameter. Photo: James Huang.
Although the 21mm-wide internal rim width on the Zipp 404 Firecrest Disc-Brake Carbon Clincher should offer pretty good casing support for 40-50mm-wide Road Plus tires, the company isn’t making any aerodynamic claims with that configuration. Photo: James Huang.
Zipp’s new SL-70 Ergo carbon fiber handlebar boasts an impressive 205g, a versatile variable-radius bend, and slightly sweptback, flattened tops that promise good comfort on long climbs. Retail price will be US$275 / £259 / €302 when it becomes available in November. Photo: James Huang.
Zipp says its new variable-radius bend offers a greater range of comfortable hand positions than bends that dictate just a single ideal location (just as Bontrager did when it introduced the “VR” design in 2006). All three sizes of the new SL-70 Ergo bar (40, 42, and 44cm) have the same 70mm reach and 128mm drop dimensions. Photo: James Huang.
The flattened, sweptback tops distribute the load on your hands over a larger area relative to most round-profile bars to help reduce pressure. Photo: James Huang.
The broad channel is wide enough to easily hide away both shifter and brake housings. Photo: James Huang.
Clever Standard’s Original Tool are two tyre levers that join together to make chain master link removal pliers. They work with all speed chains. Photo by David Rome.
Also from Clever Standard is the the new Clever Stand. It’s a tyre lever that doubles as an all important selfie stand. Photo by David Rome.
This is one of the cooler chain tools I’ve seen. The tool works with the Original Tool or a 15mm wrench to make a crazily compact chain breaker. The chain breaker captures the chain, meaning no wrongly set pins or broken tool pins. It will work with all multi-speed chains. Photo by David Rome.
Built for the urban environment, these pedals from ‘Moto’ add a touch of custom style. The contact surface is effectively just grip tape and so can be printed on. Photo by David Rome.
An expanded view of how the Moto pedals work. Photo by David Rome.
Eurobike, the only place where you’ll see a penny farthing negotiating hoards of people. Photo by David Rome.
Not new, but the Ritchey Break-Away continues to be worth a share. Pictured is the carbon road version inside its included case. Once assembled, you have a pretty normal road bike to ride. Photo by David Rome.
Enduro has been making suspension fork seals for 15 years. The American company invested heavily in the design of its latest two-piece seal. Using a polyurethane scrapper and a bottom oil seal, these claim to outlast, out perform and out ride other options. They’re available in sizes to suit most common mountain bike forks. Photo by David Rome.
Enduro is now offering an install tool for these seals (works with other brand seals too). The tools are modular so to save space, they will be sold individually (in future) and in a whole set (available now). Photo by David Rome.
Enduro has also revamped its SRAM GXP bottom brackets. Now the bearing actually steps down to 22mm, no more additional shim needed. The bearing is held in by a snap-ring too. Photo by David Rome.
Enduro is expanding its range of top-end XD-15 Ceramics bearings. They’re designed to be super slick rolling and near impossible to kill, so much so they have a lifetime warranty. There’s a total of 15 sizes to choose from. Expect to see these used OEM in some desirable hubs, such Stan’s, I9 and White Industries in the very near future. Photo by David Rome.
For a few years TriPeak has offered clever thread-together pressfit bottom brackets with creak-free contact surfaces. The company now has a new bottom bracket designed to fit in BB86 frames and fit 30mm crank spindles. With such narrow tolerances, TriPeak found a new material to make its creak-free surface ring with and uses a very strong but thin outer shell for the bearing. Photo: David Rome.
Based out of the Czech Republic, AcePac specialise in bike packing bags. Most models are available in two sizes, such as this seatbag. Every bag includes a dry bag, and the main material used is a durable corduroy. Photo by David Rome.
Cane Creek slamset is a new super low profile headset for those that really want to slam that stem. Using the new ‘Hellbender’ bearing, which features a new seal design and more balls to reduce size. Stack height is less than 2mm on the ZS model. Available in both Zero stack (ZS) and Integrated (IS) fits. Photo by David Rome
Also from Cane Creek are a limited version of the ee brakes. The El Chulo add a heap of colour to the superlight caliper brakes. These are special order only, with orders closing September 15. Photo by David Rome.
Released last year, the Ritchey Outback frameset is now ready to go. It’s Ritchey’s latest answer to the versatile gravel bike. Space for 40c rubber and includes a new WCS Gravel carbon fork. Quite like this. Photo by David Rome.
Updated carbon hoops from Ritchey. The Ritchey WCS Apex 50mm and 38mm Tubeless wheels feature a 19mm inner width and traditional J bend spokes that are hidden with Ritchey’s Fantom hub flange. Photo by David Rome.
White Industries headsets were first revealed at NAHBS earlier in the year. The headset feature precise tolerances for tool-free servicing. These US made headsets will be available for sale October 1st. Pre-orders now open. Photo by David Rome.
Thomson is nearing completion of its carbon fiber Masterpiece C seatpost. Claimed weight won’t be able lighter than the current machined-aluminum Masterpiece despite the molded carbon fiber shaft and saddle cradle, but it will offer much greater strength and a higher rider weight limit. Target price is US$275 when it’s finally released early next year. Photo: James Huang.
Thomson is now shipping its new aluminum road handlebars, which will be offered in three different bends (including this flared setup for gravel and adventure riding), all with the same US$119 price tag. Photo: James Huang.
Is this the coolest bike of this year’s Eurobike show? It very well may be. Tern’s new GSD e-cargo bike boasts an innovative 20″ wheel format, a Bosch center-drive electric motor (with optional dual batteries), and an ingenious design that is not only incredibly versatile and adaptable to suit your needs, but also remarkably compact. Retail price is US$4000. Photo: James Huang.
By using dual 20″ wheels on the new GSD, Tern is able to reproduce the longer wheelbase of other longtail cargo bikes, but keep the overall length of a standard bike for easier storage. Photo: James Huang.
Even better, the dual-telescoping seatpost and folding stem design (a feature borrowed from Tern’s folding bikes) greatly reduces the GSD’s total height to the point where it could even be rolled upright into many family vehicles. Photo: James Huang.
Tern will offer just about every accessory under the sun on the GSD to carry passengers or cargo. One neat feature on the optional front parcel rack is dual water bottle mounts. Photo: James Huang.
Heading out for a weekend of touring? The Tern GSD has got you covered. Photo: James Huang.
Massive range is available when using the optional second battery, which would make the Tern GSD a viable all-day work vehicle for many small businesses. Photo: James Huang.
Details like this wooden deck add some style to the Tern GSD, too. Photo: James Huang.
Praxis has announced a new top-end road crankset called the Zayante Carbon, built with carbon fiber arms, a proprietary “X” forged aluminum spider, and the company’s proven M30 30mm-diameter oversized aluminum spindle design. Claimed weight is just 610g (52/36T, 172.5mm, without bottom bracket), putting it not only just slightly lighter than Shimano Dura-Ace R9100, but also substantially less expensive at just US$325. Praxis expects them to be available before the end of 2017. Photo: James Huang.
The proprietary spider that Praxis is using on its new Zayante Carbon crankset will undoubtedly put some people off, but the custom 160/104mm bolt pattern will allow for a huge range of chainring sizes (from 53/39T down to 46/36T) while also providing better rigidity than traditional 130mm or 110mm setups (when paired with non-hollow chainrings). The simplified hardware setup uses half as many bolts, too. Photo: James Huang.
Praxis will also offer the new Zayante Carbon in a direct-mount 1x configuration, using its own Wave Technology alternating tooth design for secure chain retention. The modular design means that riders will be able to easily swap between 2x and 1x setups, too. Photo: James Huang.
Praxis has redesigned its long-running conversion bottom bracket, which adapts PF30 and BB30 frames for use with 24mm-diameter crankset spindles like Shimano, SRAM, and others. Replacing the old expanding-collet setup is a simpler elastomer ring (in orange), which still wedges itself against the inside of the bottom bracket shell when tightened for a secure, creak-free fit. Photo: James Huang.
CeramicSpeed claims its pre-treated UltraFast Optimized chain is the most efficient in the world. But now, it says you can achieve nearly the same results with its new UFO Drip lubricant. Photo: James Huang.
Just how efficient is CeramicSpeed’s new UFO Drip chain lubricant, you might ask? Here are the wattage consumptions for a selection of common lubes (at a constant 200W output), based on testing by CeramicSpeed chief technology officer Jason Smith (who originally founded Friction Facts). The full test protocol is available at www.friction-facts.com/ufodrip/ufodrip_ benchmark_testing.Photo: James Huang.
CeramicSpeed chief technology officer Jason Smith (originally of Friction Facts) went through multiple test formulas of UFO Drip before settling on the final version. Photo: James Huang.
Smith uses the same test setup to measure chain friction that he used at Friction Facts. Photo: James Huang.
It’s hard to imagine that anyone has tested more chain lubricants than CeramicSpeed chief technology officer Jason Smith. Photo: James Huang.
One interesting thing about so-called “dry” chain lubricants: many of them are actually quite sticky, which means they’re apt to pick up dirt and dust. Photo: James Huang.
CeramicSpeed is careful to specify that the first application of UFO Drip be done on a “clean” chain. However, the company doesn’t offer any further details, nor a recommended protocol for getting your chain clean to begin with – at least not yet. Photo: James Huang.
The new Wahoo Fitness KICKR Climb pairs with the KICKR smart trainer, and automatically adjusts the bike’s pitch to simulate climbing and descending when using virtual training simulators like Zwift. Photo: James Huang.
Indoor training has grown increasingly popular in recent years with the rise of simulators such as Zwift and others. The equipment involved has grown in complexity (and cost) in tandem. A complete Wahoo Fitness setup as shown here would fetch nearly US$2,000. Photo: James Huang.
Wahoo Fitness says the new KICKR Climb will simulate up to a +20° uphill grade and a -10° downhill grade, all via a powerful motor that smoothly moves the front end up and down. Photo: James Huang.
The Wahoo Fitness KICKR Climb is best utilized when wirelessly paired with a compatible KICKR or KICKR Snap smart trainer, as that enables the automatic grade adjustment when riding simulators like Zwift. However, there’s also a manual control, which also increases or decreases the amount of resistance at the drive unit as necessary. Photo: James Huang.
Wahoo Fitness is careful to point out that the KICKR Climb should only be used with its newest KICKR trainer, which include freely rotating axle inserts that can also now be swapped for quick-release and thru-axle frame fitments. Photo: James Huang.
Wahoo Fitness has also redesigned the KICKR frame for better compatibility with modern bikes fitted with disc brakes and thru-axles. Photo: James Huang.
In addition to a range of new disc road bikes, Scott has updated its range of clothing and shoes, too. Headlining the shoe range is the new RC SL. Scott is using a carbon fibre material from a company named Carbitex, while the upper material claims to be snug fitting, stretch-resistant, and super light. Shoes are claimed at 245g apiece (EU42.5). Photo: David Rome.
The Scott RC SL’s sandwich-style outsole features two HMX carbon fibre skins sandwiching a foam core for further weight savings while claiming to keep things super stiff. Photo: David Rome.