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by James Huang
September 4, 2017
Photography by James Huang, David Rome, and Tim Bardsley-Smith
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The 2017 edition of the Eurobike trade show wrapped up this past Friday, and along with it, our live coverage of the best and brightest bikes and gear to catch our collective eye as we roamed the halls of the Messe Friedrichshafen.
So what are we doing here now, you ask?
Well, as it turns out, our staff found far more of interest than we could realistically display in just three days, so we’ve gathered up the most interesting of the images that remain and are presenting them to you here. Surely you haven’t gotten your fill of shiny new bits just yet?
Keep in mind that just because we didn’t get to this stuff last week doesn’t mean it’s less worth of coverage. In fact, we think you’ll find plenty here to whet your appetite. And yes, there will be more to come tomorrow.
For those coming into summer, 7Mesh’s Highline jersey is worth a look. Its aero cut uses ultrasonic welded seams for a skinsuit-like fit. The material has an impressive amount of stretch, five pockets at back (two are zippered), reflective details, and is even treated to a DWR coating to ward off light showers. Photo: David Rome.
Another Canadian brand, 7Mesh is making some impressive clothing of late. For example, the Mission is a lightweight, breathable, and warm jersey designed to be worn beneath a thin shell jacket or a base in cold conditions. It’s made using PolarTec Power Grid material with air insulating channels. Photo: David Rome.
Expected around March 2018, 7Mesh is working on a new women’s bib short (model WK2) that offers a special chamois, subtle slimming details, and a strap design that can be pulled down for nature breaks. Photo: David Rome.
The Abus Aventor helmet is made with pure ventilation in mind with a claimed 40% of the helmet’s surface area being vents. The 240g helmet is cage reinforced (structure within the foam) and features a new adjustment system that plays well with long hair. Photo: David Rome.
Certainly best known as a lock company, Abus has also been offering helmets for some time now, too. As used by Movistar, the Gamechanger is Abus’ new wind tunnel-tested aero lid. The helmet features clever ports and channeling to store sunglasses at the rear of the helmet, while the front is left open to let air in. The helmet has been designed to be more breathable when in a more upright riding position, and then closed to the wind when the rider’s head is down. It’s claimed to weigh 260g in a medium size. Photo: David Rome.
The company that claims to have produced the world’s first carbon mini pump, Barbieri, is back with another composite product: the CarbonAria carbon fibre tubeless valve stem. A pair is claimed to weigh just 8g, saving a further 2g over aluminium valve stems. The valves are sold as a pair and include both a square and round seal to fit a variety of rims. Currently the valves are available in 35 or 45mm lengths, with longer expected in future. The kit is quoted at €20. Photo: David Rome.
The Barbieri CarbonAria valve stem lockring features a concave shape that locks into the rounded profile of a rim. Photo: David Rome.
Abus is now offering a smaller version of its Bordo folding lock. The Bordo Lite Mini is a 60cm-long reinforced lock with a hardened core and a claimed weight of 500g. When folded, it’s the right size to fit into a jersey pocket. Mounting to the bike is possible, although the bracket to do so is sold separately. Photo: David Rome.
Briko is arguably best known in cycling for its eyewear, previously worn by famed sprinter Mario Cipollini. However, the Italian company has an even longer history (est. 1945) making safety helmets. Pictured is Briko’s latest aero helmet, the Gass. What caught our eye was the bright contrasting colours and unique profile. Photo: David Rome.
Keeping things a little simpler, Castelli has an even lighter version of the Idro, the Idro 2. It’s designed as an emergency wind and water jacket that can easily be carried in a jersey pocket if the weather is threatening. Expect this jacket to sell for €270. Photo: David Rome.
Castelli has improved on its lightweight Idro jacket for 2018. The IdroPro was developed with input from Team Sky and features a longer tail, two rear pockets and a closer fit. That closer fit is met with stretch panels to help keep the jacket aero and flap-fee in the wind. The jacket achieves breathability and waterproofing by using Gore-Tex’s ShakeDry two-way fabric. The jacket will be offered in men’s and women’s cuts, although it’s only expected to be available from February 2018 and is expected to sell for €350. Photo: David Rome.
And for when the weather is actually nice, Castelli has the Podio Doppio Jersey FZ. It’s a lightweight jersey with a number of nice features to keep you cool. But more importantly, it looks good. Price is €75. Photo: David Rome.
Even lighter than the Idro 2, Castelli has a new lightweight vest called the Pro Light Wind Vest. It features a fully open mesh back and a lightweight wind-blocking front. Expected price is €80. Photo: David Rome.
What do you use to open up cable housing ends once cut? A sharpened spoke? An awl? Nothing at all? Elvedes’ Cable Pricker is a tool specifically designed for the task. It features one end for brake housing, and another end for gear housing. It’s surprisingly quick and effective to use. Photo David Rome.
Equally suited for dress-up parties or time trials, Endura’s Drag2Zero Encapsulator suit is claimed to be crazy fast. The suit features a silicone print on the outside that’s designed to further trick the wind, while that race number is given a clear and breathable UCI-compliant slip pocket at the back. As for the dummy pictured, the poor guy went so fast he lost his elbows. Photo: David Rome.
A closer look at that silicone print on the Endura Drag2Zero Encapsulator suit. Fast and stylish. Photo: David Rome.
Sparkling brighter than Kylie Minogue’s silver shorts, the women’s-specific Gaerne G.Stardust shoes can’t be missed. These shoes feature a carbon sole, but Gaerne state these sit at about third-tier in the line-up. They’ll be offered in sizes from EU36 to EU41 sizes. The photo doesn’t do the sparkle justice. Photo: David Rome.
Want something to wear to the podium that’s less slippery than the kicks you won in? These shoes from Gaerne should do. Photo: David Rome.
Looking for a CNC-machined stem that will get you low? KCNC’s drop stems are available with either -17° or -25° drops, in lengths ranging from 60mm to 120mm. The stems feature a 35mm handlebar clamp diameter with 31.8mm shims included. They’re available in a myriad of colours. Photo: David Rome.
While its motorbikes are common worldwide, KTM’s bicycles are rarely seen outside of Europe. This Revelator Lisse Prestige aero disc road bike looked worthy of a snap. It certainly has some wild tube profiles in play. Photo: David Rome.
A closer look at the rear end of the KTM Revelator Lisse Prestige disc road bike. Photo: David Rome.
While Garneau offers a wide range of shoes and helmets, the brand is best known for its clothing. The Women’s Equipe jersey (men’s version available, too) is pitched as a high-end item at a mid-range price. The materials, fine details, and quality construction certainly make this feel more expensive than the US$95 tag. Photo: David Rome.
Louis Garneau won a Eurobike Gold award for its latest kicks. The Course Airlite 2 use the company’s latest channeled carbon sole for ventilation from toe to heel. The new shoe features an updated anti-slip heel cup and heel retention system, while the instep area is treated to a “Power Zone” laminate, designed to resist the foot from rolling inward under power. Retention is handled with the new TX Lace from Boa, which anchors beneath the upper for a cleaner look and tightens onto a low-friction panel on the shoe tongue. Photo: David Rome.
That’s not all for the Louis Garneau Course Airlite2: it also features the new “X-Comfort Zone” elastomer panel at the outside edge of the foot, providing up to 5mm of movement to overcome tightness or pinching issues often felt in the area. Garneau claim that this feature allows them the ability to offer a single width and saves people from having to run a wider shoe than ideal. Photo: David Rome.
Maxxis is now offering its Rambler and Re-Fuse tubeless-ready tyres in a tan-wall option. With 40c versions of each available, we suspect the gravel crowd will find joy in these. Photo: David Rome.
For the past few years, Canadian company Ryders has been part of the Essilor global eyewear group. Since then, the once budget-focused brand has been trying to reposition itself as an upmarket offering. Sitting at the top, the Roam Fyre has everything and more that a top-end product should. The lens claims to offer high impact protection; be nearly impossible to fog; and with photochromic transitioning, a mirror finish, a high-contrast tint, and an extremely clear optic quality, the company is going straight after Oakley’s Prizm range. As you can see, the frame itself is the reverse of most eyewear, leaving vision at the brow completely open. The claims were bold enough that we’re getting a pair to test, so stay tuned on this one. Photo: David Rome.
Want to look more euro? You can start with Salice’s extensive eyewear range. Photo: David Rome.
Also new from Thule is the EasyFold XT tow-ball rack. Having watched a demonstration of how this works, it matches its name perfectly. When it’s time to store it away, the rack folds in half, unclips from the tow ball, and then can be wheeled away. The rack is available in two- or three-bike (pictured) variants. Photo: David Rome.
Thule’s EasyFold XT tow-ball rack tilts forward for easy access to the boot or rear door, even with bikes loaded. Photo: David Rome.
The Thule EasyFold XT folded and ready to be wheeled to storage. Photo: David Rome.
Thule has long had its SideArm roof rack that grabs the bike by the wheels and nothing else. While this model has been a success in the US, it apparently didn’t pass European crash test standards and so Thule created the UpRide. This rack holds the front wheel tighter than a bear trap on an ankle and will work with anything from 20in kids bikes to road bikes, and all the way through to fat bikes. Photo: David Rome
TRP is getting close to finished with the world’s first hydraulic disc brake setup for TT and Tri bikes. The TRP TT Hydro levers feature a symmetrical body from left to right and slide over the ends of the base bar, instead of the usual internal mounting. These work much like lock-on grips found on mountain bikes, and also mean bar tape is not needed. The grips are said to have been designed from testing a bunch of rubber-coated phone cases to find a material that was both grippy and durable. The grip inserts are replaceable.Pictured is a prototype of the TT Hydros using Shimano Di2. This requires Shimano’s RWS Climbing switch with the covers removed. From there, they slip straight in. Expect to pay US$199 per brake (using TRP Hylex flat-mount calipers) for the TT Hydros. Photo: David Rome.
The TT Hydro levers use will use blank plates that can be changed to make the levers ready for use with either Shimano Di2 or SRAM eTap. If you don’t want shifters on the base bars, just leave the solid plates in place. Pictured is the SRAM eTap version, using SRAM’s own Blip shifters. Photo: David Rome.
TRP will also soon offer hydraulic quick connects for its hoses. Designed for easy bike travel, these let you disconnect the hydraulic hoses without needing to purge the system of air. However, if you use them often, you will need to have your brakes bled since a tiny amount of air is introduced into the system with each use. Photo: David Rome.
Connex, makers of Wipperman chains, is now offering its own chain lube. Details of this were extremely scarce but it claims to be completely biodegradable, so much so that the brand’s German representative drank some to make a point. A language barrier between us means I still don’t know what it tasted like. Photo: David Rome.
Chain experts KMC have two new 12-speed chains out. As of right now, they’re only good for use on SRAM’s Eagle mountain bike drivetrains. Photo: David Rome.
Schwalbe is expanding its tyres to keep up with current trends. Pictured left is the new G-One Bite tyre in a 700x40c size; at right is a 27.5×2.10in version. Both tyres feature a triple compound tread, are tubeless-ready, and lightweight. The 700c version features a slightly thinner construction, however. Photo: David Rome.
The new X-One Speed from Schwalbe is a 33c cyclocross/gravel tyre that features a low centre tread with a more aggressive edge. It’s tubeless-ready and offers a triple-compound rubber. At least for now, it’s only available in a MicroSkin sidewall. Photo: David Rome.
Argon 18 has been toying with a bolt-on aerodynamic drag analysis tool for several years now, and it looks like it’s just about ready. The concept is based on the pitot tubes commonly seen on aircraft. Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith.
The rise of e-bikes has also prompted the growth of components and accessories to support them. High-end carbon fiber component manufacturer Bike Ahead showed off these BiTurbo-E wheels, for example, built tougher to handle the heavier weights and higher speeds that generally come with high-powered e-bikes. Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith.
BMC says sales of its RoadMachine all-road model have been far better than expected – perhaps no surprise to those whose attentions veer further from the road racing world, though. Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith.
It hasn’t taken long for companies to figure out to neatly integrate batteries and motors into their bike designs. Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith.
Bolle’s aero helmet is one of the most unusual-looking of the bunch, but also among the most versatile with its modular design and array of snap-on covers. Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith.
This Casco helmet sports not only a front shield, but also a snap-on upper cover. Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith.
Easton has a carbon fiber drop bar for nearly everyone these days, from this aero racing model shown here, to flared models aimed at gravel riders. Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith.
Easton’s Cinch power meter is built wholly within the spindle, and its modular design lends itself to being incorporated into a wide range of the company’s cranksets. Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith.
Powerful front LED lights with integrated batteries are quickly becoming the norm, but UK company Exposure Lights was the first to really embrace the idea. Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith.
This Focus e-road bike was arguably the most fully integrated example of the breed at the show. Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith.
Giro’s Eurobike booth was full-on matchy-matchy. Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith.
Giro’s new Camden MIPS commuting helmet incorporates a built-in rear LED to help boost rider visibility. Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith.
Kalkhoff is a European company built around using bikes as transportation. To the casual observer, you can’t even tell that these are e-assisted models. Photo: James Huang.
Kuroshiro has one of the most unusual carbon fiber rim designs on the market. The curious rim profile supposedly makes for easier tubeless setup while also adding strength at the spoke bed. Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith.
Icelandic company Lauf created quite a splash when it released its original carbon fiber leaf-spring suspension fork. Say what you will about its appearances, but the idea has quickly gained favor among riders who praise the fork’s incredible sensitivity. Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith.
Lauf isn’t just doing forks now, either. The company recently debuted its own carbon fiber gravel bike, which, of course, is built around the company’s Grit suspension fork. Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith.
E-bike riders need e-bike helmets, right? Lazer is far from alone here. Photo: Tim Bardsley-Smith.