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by James Huang
September 1, 2017
Photography by James Huang, David Rome, and Tim Bardsley-Smith
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (CT) – Day three — the final day — of the 2017 Eurobike trade show is now here, which means a precious few hours left for our team on the ground to gather images and information on next season’s bikes and gear before the doors close for another year.
Just as we did on days one and two, we’ll be updating this gallery throughout the day with fresh content uploaded straight from the showroom floor. Also keep the comments and requests coming, as we’re doing our best to address them all as we go, and be sure to pay us a visit on our Instagram feed, where we’ll be posting additional video clips and images.
Even when the sun sets on Eurobike, though, there will still be light at the end of the tunnel. All of our remaining coverage will post after the weekend, and once we’ve had a chance to gather our thoughts, we’ll also present later some general trends and observations we noted from this year’s event.
In the meantime, kick back and relax, and try not to wear out the refresh keys on your computer today.
FSA is still in the process of rolling out its long-overdue WE electronic groupset, and the standard rim-brake version will supposedly finally be available come October. In the meantime, though, FSA has also developed a version for use with hydraulic disc brakes, which is aimed to arrive in shops in the second quarter of 2018. Photo: James Huang.
Firsthand impressions of FSA’s new WE disc-brake group will have to wait until rideable samples are available, but the caliper and rotor at least look quite sleek. Photo: James Huang.
The caliper features a no-loss quick-release connector at the caliper. Photo: James Huang.
FSA’s WE groupset will also have available at launch a version for time trial and triathlon bikes. The brake levers obviously looks different, but the shifter actuation is identical with the same rocker-type switch. Photo: James Huang.
The connected shifters at the ends of the aero extensions, meanwhile, have discrete buttons on either side of the shifter body. Photo: James Huang.
Given how long the gestation period has been for FSA’s WE electronic groupset, the company can’t afford to launch a dud. We’ll soon see. Photo: James Huang.
Vision’s new Metron 30 SL carbon wheels measure 30mm-deep and 19mm-wide internally for the clincher version (the tubular measures 25mm-wide externally). Claimed weight is 1,250g for the tubular set and 1,330g for the clinchers. Photo: James Huang.
Vision’s new Metron 30 SL carbon clinchers feature a “laser-etched micro-dot” brake track that the company says greatly improves stopping performance in both dry and wet conditions. Photo: James Huang.
The new Vision TriMax Carbon 40 sport 40mm-deep carbon rims with a narrower 17mm internal width on the clinchers, and a 24.8mm external width on the tubular version. Claimed weight is 1,425g for the tubulars and 1,665g for the clinchers. Photo: James Huang.
Vision also showed off this novel molded plastic faceplate that the company claims reduces aerodynamic drag relative to the exposed faceplate and hardware. Photo: James Huang.
Vision is using a plasma electrolytic oxidation surface treatment on its new TriMax 35 KB aluminum clincher wheels. Based on experience with similarly treated rims, braking performance (both dry and wet) should be superb. Photo: James Huang.
Nevi had a wealth of titanium road (and gravel) bikes in its booth, all supposedly welded in Italy. Photo: James Huang.
What was perhaps most interesting in the Nevi booth, however, were its welded titanium forks. Photo: James Huang.
And proud. Photo: James Huang.
This is still one of the most recognizable paint jobs in all of road cycling. Photo: James Huang.
Notably, Bianchi was able to reproduce the old Mercatone Uno livery, but apparently couldn’t use the Mercatone Uno brand name on the frame. Photo: James Huang.
Bianchi also showed off this e-road bike. Photo: James Huang.
The battery is integrated into the oversized aluminum down tube, while the center-mount motor sits down by the bottom bracket. Photo: James Huang.
Bianchi has entered a partnership with Scuderia Ferrari – mainly as a stylistic exercise to start, but time will teel what else comes out of it. Photo: James Huang.
Rudy Project has a number of new products for 2018. First up is the Sintryx with a simple button-release lens change system. The wrap-around style is different to what we’re used to seeing from the Italian firm. However, many of Rudy Project’s familiar features remain in this product, including the adjustable temple tips and large range of lenses. Photo: David Rome.
Rudy Prodject is now offering a range of high contract polarised lenses designed to boost visibility in challenging light conditions. The Polar3 FX HDR come in three colour/tint choices and are available to suit Rudy Project’s new and more popular frames (such as the Tralyx and Sintryx). Photo: David Rome.
Rudy Project’s flagship road eyewear, the Tralyx, gets a new narrower frame version in the form of the Tralyx Slim. It’s effectively the same eyewear, just made for smaller faces. Photo: David Rome.
New TT helmet from Rudy Project. It’s effectively a closed version of the existing Boost01. Compared to the Boost01, the new BoostPro saves approximately seven watts in a TT position (testing conditions unknown). It features a configurable front vent system that can be used fully open, semi-closed or closed. Using the visor is optional. Photo: David Rome.
Biknd is onto it’s fourth generation of the Helium inflatable travel case. The new V4.0 offers a new protective plastic sheathing on the exterior, a secure accessories compartment and new handle placement. Inside the orientation of the inflatable bladders have changed too. With pump and other accessories included, the case is quoted at 9kg and holds a five year warranty. Expect to pay US$650 for this new model. Photo: David Rome.
The Biknd Helium V4.0 is also now available in a range of colours. Photo: David Rome.
Ortlieb has a new BikePacking range for 2018. The German-made collection is waterproof and builds on the existing range with items such as a small handlebar pack, toptube frame pack, cockpit pack and medium-size seatpack. The latter claims to be perfect for where rear tyre clearance is an issue and boasts a 671 cu.in payload. Photo: David Rome.
Sigma Pure GPS is one for those who prefer simpler things. The computer offers just five functions and a huge display, it’s ideally suited to those with poor sight. The computer can also connect to Android devices via NFC. Retail is €90. Photo: David Rome.
The German company, Sigma, also has a new range of multi-tools. There are three sizes available with 8, 17 or 22 functions, weighing 76, 125 and 184g respectively. They feature full aluminum construction. Photo: David Rome.
The Japanese company which claims to offer the world’s fastest hubs, Gokiso, has a new set of hubs. The Super Climber hub ups the ante with a titanium hub shell. Looking to the front hub, the suspended hub flange design (that separates spoke tension and wheel forces from the bearings) moves from 12 to 14 suspension fins, dispersing the load more evenly. Inside, the hub moves to double row sealed bearings that use smaller bearings for even smoother rotation. Photo: David Rome.
Oakley was one of the big surprises of this year’s Eurobike show, releasing a trio of new road helmets. This Aro5 is the company’s aero road offering. Slated availability is early next year, and retail price will be US$250. Photo: James Huang.
The new Oakley Aro5 aero road helmet has a trim profile, a distinctly pointed nose, and rather large intake vents up front. Photo: James Huang.
The rear of the Oakley Aro5 aero road helmet is sharply tapered. The multi-piece polycarbonate shell makes for some neat design language, but also a lot of exposed foam. Photo: James Huang.
Oakley has partnered with Boa to produce its height-adjustable retention system. The textile cord is designed to sit tightly against your head, meaning that eyewear arms can just rest on top as needed. Photo: James Huang.
Although there is ample venting up front for air to come into the new Oakley Aro5 aero road helmet, there isn’t nearly as much room out back for that air to pass through. According to Oakley, the internal channeling is intended to direct air down past the lower rear edge of the shell into a “low pressure” area behind the rider’s neck. Photo: James Huang.
Fixed splitters create plenty of room around the riders’ ears for the lightweight webbing. Photo: James Huang.
Up top on the new Oakley Aro5 aero road helmet is a big scoop to suck in air. Photo: James Huang.
The new Aro5 is a rather expensive helmet, and Oakley expects that buyers will treat it accordingly. Nevertheless, it’s disappointing to see vulnerable exposed foam like this sharp edge here. Display samples at Eurobike were already looking notably tattered after just a couple of days of handling. Photo: James Huang.
Not surprisingly, Oakley has devoted a lot of attention toward integrating eyewear into its new helmet line. One very clever feature is how the inside of the foam liner is carved out so you’re not jamming the arms of your sunglasses between the helmet and your scalp when stowing glasses in the forward vents. All of Oakley’s new road helmets feature MIPS low-friction liners, too. Photo: James Huang.
The Oakley Aro3 is the lightest and best ventilated of the new range, intended for long days of climbing in hot conditions. Retail price will be US$180 when it becomes available early next year. Photo: James Huang.
There’s clearly a decent amount of flow-through ventilation here, although the brow area looks rather obscured. Photo: James Huang.
The rear of the Oakley Aro3 helmet shares a strong family resemblance to the Aro5 model. Photo: James Huang.
While it remains to be seen how well Oakley’s new helmets actually perform, they look pretty good in terms of aesthetics. Photo: James Huang.
Topping Oakley’s trio of new road helmets is the Aro7, aimed at triathletes and time trial racers. The very short form factor mimics similar helmets like the Kask Bambino, supposedly offering better aerodynamics at a wider range of head positions than more traditionally shaped helmets with longer tails. Photo: James Huang.
The Oakley Aro7 is very expensive at US$500, but the company is quick to point out that that cost includes two Oakley shields, too: one with the outstanding Prizm Road tint, and a second clear one for overcast days. Photo: James Huang.
Four forward-facing vents punctuate the Oakley Aro7’s otherwise-smooth shell, although there aren’t really any direct paths for that air to make its way to the rider’s head. Photo: James Huang.
Styling is simple and understated on the Oakley Aro7, with little more than the company’s iconic logo breaking up the monochrome shell. Photo: James Huang.
While the Aro3 and Aro5 helmets use conventional buckles, Oakley equips the Aro7 with a magnetic one instead to facilitate faster transitions in triathlon. Photo: James Huang.
The Oakley Aro7 boasts a sort of helmet-within-a-helmet layout. Incoming air travels through a separate channel up above the foam liner, and Oakley says the “positive pressure” generated there will push cooling air down through these perforations on to the rider’s head. Color me skeptical. Photo: James Huang.
The shield attaches with a magnetic clip, and be flipped upside-down as desired. Photo: James Huang.
Big news from Garmin. The Vector powermeter sees the external pod removed and integrated inside of the pedal body. The new Vector 3/3S pedals state to offer a competitive weight (316g for the pair) and simple exchange between multiple bikes. We’ll go into a little more detail on these and other new Garmin products in our Daily News Digest tomorrow. Photo: David Rome.
Andre Greipel’s Ridley Noah SL graced the Campagnolo booth at this year’s Eurobike show. Photo: James Huang.
Few riders in the pro peloton have a personal logo quite as menacing as this one. Photo: James Huang.
Garmin has new Edge unit to replace the 1000, the 1030 adds improved mapping functionality and greater training options. It also uses a new low-profile mount which offers an extra trick… Photo: David Rome.
The Edge 1030’s low profile mount also works with a new ‘Charge Power Pack’ to more than double the unit’s 20 hour run time. The battery pack clips to the bottom of the mount, directly connecting to the device without a cable. The battery pack is sold separately and can also be used to power other USB devices (cable needed). Photo: David Rome.
Garmin have revamped its VivoActive smart watch. The VivoActive 3 gets a classic round profile and has a few clever features to make it easier to use than previous generations. Consider it a light version of the Fenix 5. It’s designed to compete with the latest smartwatches from Apple and FitBit. Photo: David Rome.
The steel forging experts, Unior, have a few new things on show. This folding race stand was designed with the help of Team Sky mechanics. The stand can be swivelled, raised and tilted – that last feature being very unique for a race stand. Photo: David Rome.
Unior have long teased it’s European-made multi-tools. They are now ready. Photo: David Rome.
Unior have a new travel chain breaker. The handle doubles as valve core tool and can be removed for even more compact storage. Photo: David Rome.
These two bits are designed to speed up the wheel build process. They work in a drill or bit driver and are used to thread nipples on to a set depth. Both bits offer a different thread depth. This concept isn’t new, but it’s nice to have another option. Photo: David Rome.
Got a crank with a stripped pedal spindle? Unior offers bike shops this complete kit to bring new life into those cranks. Photo: David Rome.
Unior have a new rotor true fork and pad spreader tool in one. Many brands are offering similar, it’s a handy tool to have. Photo: David Rome.
Unior is getting into the publishing game. They have a new two-part book that clearly documents (with lots of photos) the process of many common repair tasks. Part one is ready. Part two is on the way. Photo: David Rome.
Best known for its motorcycle communication products, Sena is getting into cycling. The helmets offer Bluetooth connectivity with integrated speakers and microphone, one model even offers an integrated HD camera. In addition to two more utility-focused options, the company is working on a ‘racing’ helmet designed to be lighter and more breathable than the other versions. Expected to be called the R1, it features buttons on the side of the helmet and claims to have 900m working range to communicate with others using the same helmet technology. This model is two months away with no confirmation on weight or price. Photo: David Rome.
A view of the Sena R1 from the inside. Note the speakers at the side and a microphone at the brow. Photo: David Rome.