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by James Huang
September 1, 2017
Photography by James Huang, David Rome, and Tim Bardsley-Smith
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FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (CT) – Day one of the 2017 Eurobike bicycle trade show is behind us, and our team on the ground managed to cover an awful lot of real estate in yesterday’s tech gallery. But today is another day, which means another round of fresh gear, heaps of tasty images, and the inside scoop on the hottest new bikes, components, accessories, and clothing to arrive in shops during the coming months.
As is now becoming the norm for CyclingTips’ trade show coverage, we’ll be adding to the gallery throughout the day so check back regularly for the latest updates. And once again, if there’s anything in particular you’d like us to check out, please let us know in the comments section below; we’ll be spending part of our time today chasing down questions from yesterday.
We’ll also be posting regularly to our Instagram feed, so be sure to pay us a visit there, too.
Prologo has joined the stub-nose saddle game. Available in just a 143mm width (for now), the uni-sex Dimension saddle is 245mm in length. The saddle is only available with a PAS open channel and is said to weigh 158g in the carbon rail version. The new model is available in either white or black and with NACK Carbon or TiRox metal rail options, pricing is US$185 and US$115 for the different rail options respectively. Photo: David Rome.
Zwift has a few new products on the way that are sure to please. First up, Zwift is on its way to Android devices. It’s a wait away though, expect its release in the first quarter of 2018. Photo: David Rome.
Expected by the end of this year, Zwift is coming to Apple TV. Just be warned that you will need the newer Bluetooth-enabled Apple TV to bring your competitive spirit to the big screen. Photo: David Rome.
Lake is starting to get decidedly bolder with their surface treatments. These CX332 road shoes are shiny indeed. Photo: James Huang.
Got bunions? Lake’s MX241 mountain bike and CX241 road shoes use an exoskelton-type construction with strategically placed cutouts for pressure relief. They’re also available in both standard and wide widths, potentially making them a perfect choice for anyone who has long suffered from foot pain on more conventional shoes. Photo: James Huang.
The perforated foam liner and soft external strapping on the MX/CX241 shoes don’t provide as much support as on other Lake shoes, but for certain people, the pressure relief the design allows could mean the difference between riding and not riding. Photo: James Huang.
Heel cups on the MX/CX241 shoes are heat moldable for a customized fit. Photo: James Huang.
Lake is celebrating its 35th year in business with several retro-inspired models like this MX130 Supercross. Photo: James Huang.
Another throwback-type shoe from Lake is the CX1 C, a lace-up model with classic styling and a multitude of available colors. These are built atop a carbon fiber sole, but there’s also a standard CX1 with a fiber-reinforced composite plate instead. Photo: James Huang.
The Eurobike show is always good for checking out a few random pro bikes, like this Scott Addict built for Simon Yates. Photo: James Huang.
Yates’ Scott Addict boasts a neat two-faced paint job, perfectly split down the middle. Photo: James Huang.
The course profile was still stuck on to the stem. Photo: James Huang.
This bike may have been devoid of any bright colors, but it’s still very striking. Photo: James Huang.
The stem on Matthews’ bike looks ridiculously long, but that’s only because of the cover that extends off the back to conceal the wiring and brake hose. Photo: James Huang.
This Giant Propel Disc was ridden by sprinter Michael Matthews. Photo: James Huang.
Shimano now has new Dura-Ace-level wheels for use with disc brakes, in both tubular and clincher varieties. Photo: James Huang.
Shimano has long shied away from full carbon clinchers, but with disc brakes, there’s no fear of overheating the rims on a long downhill. Photo: James Huang.
Warren Barguil’s polka-dotted Giant TCR Advanced SL in repose at the Shimano booth. Photo: James Huang.
Shimano’s new RP9 road shoes look like they’d be super comfy. Photo: James Huang.
Vittoria has branched out into helmets. Photo: James Huang.
Vittoria’s new road helmets look quite distinctive, but to be perfectly honest, I don’t see a lot of motivation to purchase one unless you just wanted to be different. There’s a very distinct lack of internal channeling in either model (which suggests they’ll be hot), and the overall designs seem well behind the times. Photo: James Huang.
The kangaroo leather uppers promise an ultra-soft and supple feel, and hours of comfortable riding. Photo: James Huang.
These La Tecnica shoes from Vittoria, however, look utterly fantastic. Photo: James Huang.
This machined wooden saddle from Selle Esse looks amazing, but offers zero padding (or flex) whatsoever. Photo: James Huang.
Underneath the machined wooden top is a rather conventional fiber-reinforced nylon base and metal rails. Photo: James Huang.
Fi’zi:k released a major redesign of its saddle range at Eurobike, including these revamped VS models with full-length channels. Photo: James Huang.
The new fi’zi:k saddles will once again be offered in both “regular” and “large” widths. Photo: James Huang.
The construction of the new VS saddles is a major departure from anything else fi’zi:k has done in the past. Here, two wholly separate pads (covered with Microtex synthetic leather) are bonded directly atop a fiber-reinforced nylon shell. Photo: James Huang.
Fi’zi:k has also finally added a range of cutout saddles to its collection called “Open”. The overall shapes and styles are similar to what the company has offered previously, but now provide a third option from which riders can choose to get the most comfort. Photo: James Huang.
The new VS. and Open saddle types from fi’zi:k will be available in a wide range of costs and construction types. This top-end Arione VS R1 uses braided carbon fiber rails and a carbon-reinforced nylon shell. Photo: James Huang.
MET is celebrating its 30th anniversary with the new Trenta aero road helmet. Photo: James Huang.
According to MET, the molded carbon fiber skeleton allows for a lower-density EPS foam liner, which supposedly absorbs impact energy better than harder materials. Photo: James Huang.
MET is claiming that the Trenta offers an ideal blend of ventilation and aerodynamics – pretty much inline with what everyone else is saying these days. Photo: James Huang.
In fairness to MET, though, the tapered external shape, large forward-facing vents, deep internal channeling, and big exhaust ports are similar to the formula that has been successfully used by other aero road helmet models recently, so those claims could possibly hold true. Photo: James Huang.
MIPS is working on a new low-friction liner design that will work on full-face helmets, and helmets with more coverage in general like for snowsports and motocross. Photo: James Huang.
MIPS is also working on a concept where the low-friction function is built directly into the pads themselves. These are built using several alternating layers of plastic and fabric. New MIPS-equipped helmets are already getting updated liner anchors that aren’t as apt to ctach riders’ hair as older ones. Photo: James Huang.
Park’s adjustable torque driver gets a knurled adjustment knob for tool-free (previously required a hex key) torque changes. A simple and needed change. Photo: David Rome.
These double sided bottom bracket cup tools from Park Tool look dangerously close to what Abbey Bike Tools have been selling for a couple of years now. Photo: David Rome.
Park Tool’s BB30/PF30 bottom bracket removal tool has been made longer to fit with wide-shelled fat bikes and similar. Photo: David Rome.
Pictured is Park’s new Bit Set that includes metric sockets, hex and torx bits and flat-faced sockets for suspension work. Photo: David Rome.
New multi-tool from Park Tool. It opens wine. Photo: David Rome.
Park has updated its P-handle key holsters. In addition to there being one for Torx, they now keep the keys far flatter to the wall.
Park Tool will soon offer professional-level screwdrivers that are built to the modern equivalent of the JIS standard. If you’re stripping derailleur limit screws, this is a product for you. Photo: David Rome.
Park Tool’s PRS-22 stand has been updated for improved distinction betweeen height adjustment and swiveling. It’s a product we reviewed recently and the update is welcomed. Photo: David Rome.
Built just for the PRS-22 workstand, Park is now offering an extension bar for those fixing long wheelbase bikes (e.g: enduro MTB) on its race stand. Photo: David Rome.
A closer look at the PRS-22’s revised height adjustment clamp. Photo: David Rome.
Not a new idea, but you can now get ratchet spanners to match your other Park Tools. Photo: David Rome.
Updated torque wrenches from Park Tool. Basically the same tools but with new handles. Photo: David Rome.
Park Tool has revamped its truing stand base. The wide base works with its popular TS-2.2 and TS-4 stands. Photo: David Rome.
Elite’s new Direto smart trainer is aimed at riders who want to ride indoors on interactive simulators like Zwift, but don’t have quite as much money for a top-end setup. At least compared to some more premium options, the Direto is relatively affordable at US$899. Elite claims a +/- 2.5% accuracy for the built-in power meter, and the direct-mount attachment is adaptable for quick-release and thru-axle frames. Photo: James Huang.
Feedback Sports bought the b1 chain keeper design from Butter, which should put it in the hands of more people given the former’s much larger distribution network. Photo: James Huang.
The Feedback Sports version of the Butter b1 chain keeper is a bit cheaper at US$40 (Butter is now dropping its price to match), and it now includes fittings for both quick-release and thru-axle dropouts. For those that still want the original Butter-branded version, that company will continue to offer the legacy b1. Photo: James Huang.
Cateye is taking a more serious stab at daytime visibility with a wide range of LED flashers. The entry-level Duplex runs on two AAA batteries and offers a modest 30-lumen front and 10-lumen rear output. Photo: James Huang.
As the name suggests, the Cateye Wearable X is designed to be worn just about anywhere on your body with a versatile mount that easily attaches to packs or clothing. Peak output is 35 lumens, and power is supplied by a rechargeable Li-ion battery. Photo: James Huang.
WTB has expanded its popular range of gravel and cyclocross rubber to include tan-wall options. Same traction, more style. Photo: David Rome.
Storck updates its gravel race bike, now the T.I.X G2. Frame weights start at 940g and the pictured bike is claimed to weigh just 7.7kg. Further details were scarce on this with the company’s booth filled with carbon fans. Photo: David Rome.
The legendary Silca Pista pump returns. Pista, meaning Track, is literally where the phrase ‘Track Pump’ originated. Compared to the original version, the handle is now 18% larger, the gauge diameter is up 50mm and is twice as accurate (3%). Inside, the old plastic runners are replaced with IGUS bushings. Such a thing will set you back US$200 for the pump and bag (which has space for tools), or $125 for the pump alone. Photo: David Rome.
The new Ridley Noah SL Disc Aero + runs the cables through a new one-piece handlebar/stem and straight into the frame. Photo: David Rome.
Another view of the new one-piece bar and tucked cables on the Noah SL Aero Disc +. Photo: David Rome.
And a view from the back. Photo: David Rome.
Morgan Blue has a new 12mm thru-axle chain keeper. It’ll be available from end of September and in a red color. Photo: David Rome.
Carbon Assembly Paste moves from a chain lube bottle to a small tub. Much better. Photo: David Rome.
Yep. Photo: David Rome.
Wild designs from Luck shoes. Photos: David Rome.
New sunglasses for the budget conscious. The BBB Avenger are available with either photochromic or standard lenses. The open design uses a wide lens that claims to offer great ventilation. Photo: David Rome.
Look has updated its most popular pedal, the KEO 2 Max. The new version features a wider contact surface area, improved sealing and tension adjustment between 8-12nm.
The updated Look Keo Blade pedals will now ship with both 12 and 16 tension blades. The new pedals feature a wider contact surface area and a lower stack height. The Titanium spindled version is claimed to weigh just 95g per pedal, and the Cro-mo version at 110g. Expect them to be available from November. Photo: David Rome.
Look has updated its 795 Light RS platform. It features a revised seatpost and improved cable routing at front. Photo: David Rome.
A closer view at how the 795’s derailleur cables are placed straight into the frame. Photo: David Rome.
Built for the climbers, the Look 785 Huez RS features a frame that’s claimed at just 730g and a fork at an even more impressive 280g figure. Photo: David Rome.
DT Swiss has a new design partnership with Swiss Side. Swiss Side has helped DT Swiss with its new aero rim profiles. The ARC 1100 Dicut lineup includes 80, 62 and 48mm depth options, in either rim or disc brake variants. Rim widths across the ARC range are quoted at 17mm internal. Photo: David Rome.
KOO (Kask’s eyewear brand) has added a second model to its range. The Open Cube’s lens is ultra-fast to change, features four vents and is without a frame at the bottom. Photo: David Rome.
As worn by Chris Froome at this year’s Tour de France, Kask has a new helmet that is its lightest and most ventilated to date. The Valegro is claimed to weigh just 180g and features 37 vents. It’s expected to be available from December. Photo: David Rome.
Another angle and color of the new Kask Valegro. Photo: David Rome.
Kask has a new TT helmet that offers a longer tail than its Bambino model. It also features small exhaust vents at the tail. Named the Mistral, it was developed with the Australian Olympic Federation for last year’s Games. The new helmet will officially launch at the Kona Ironman in October and should hit shelves a month after that.
The Lightweight Urgestalt 2018 gets a standard 27.2mm round seatpost, regular seatclamp, updated forks and a few other small updates. Frame weight is claimed at 790g in a 54cm. Photo: David Rome.