Eurobike 2018, part seven: Odds and ends

by James Huang


As we draw near the end of our expansive coverage of this year’s Eurobike show, we now focus our attention on some of the smaller bits that caught the eyes of our tech staff. Some of the highlights include some nifty storage solutions from Lezyne, an intriguing new suspension platform from DT Swiss, carbon fiber fenders (yes, really), Bluetooth-powered locks, a slew of new tires from Schwalbe, Maxxis, WTB, Challenge, and others, and much, much more.

And if you haven’t yet grown tired of all the new bits we captured from the world’s largest bicycle trade show, never fear: there’s one more round to go.

Be sure to also check out the rest of our coverage from the Eurobike trade show.


Tacx previewed its Neobike indoor training bike at last year’s Eurobike show, and arrived at this year’s event with a proper production version. It’s basically the existing Neo indoor trainer, but built into a standalone system so you don’t need to transfer your own bike. Retail cost will be €2,600 when the Neobike arrives in stores in October.

Up front is a built-in computer head, a universal tablet holder, and two fans that are not only adjustable for aim but can be programmed to alter the fan speed based on speed, heart rate, or power.

The levers have integrated shift buttons that initiate simulated gear changes.

Whereas most indoor bikes have Q-factors that are wider than that of a standard road bike, Tacx’s Neo indoor training bike replicates the fit of the real thing.

Crank length is adjustable between 170, 172.5, and 175mm.

The four-point platform is quite wide, and looks plenty stable for hard workouts. Built-in wheels aid in moving the big beast around.

Tacx has revamped its Flux to create the Flux 2. The newer version now has more clearance for long-cage rear derailleurs, and can simulate a 15% grade instead of the original version’s more modest 10% figure. Tacx hopes to have the Flux 2 in stores around October.

SKS already offers its RaceBlade fenders in a faux carbon fiber finish, but also previewed a true carbon fiber version at this year’s Eurobike. No additional information was available, though, so we have to only wait and see if these become reality.

SKS’s latest RaceBlade brackets fit more securely and are more easily adjustable than earlier ones.

Wera isn’t a bike-specific brand by any means, but the German tool maker nevertheless enjoys a fervert following in the industry amongst professional and amateur mechanics alike. One of the brand’s specialties is handy compact kits, such as this one, which combines a variety of bits and sockets with both screwdriver and ratchet handles.

If you’ve ever peered inside the tool box of WorldTour professional mechanics, there’s a good chance you’ve spotted Wera’s colorful hex wrenches.

Zipp says its new Service Course SL carbon fiber seatposts are specifically designed to flex more on bumpy terrain to provide greater rider comfort relative to most other composite posts. The forged aluminum head is bonded into place, and offered in both 0mm and 20mm setbacks.

Zipp’s new Service Course SL-70 Ergo aluminum handlebar boasts the same variable-radius bend as the carbon fiber version, plus flattened tops and just a bit of backsweep for added rider comfort.

WTB is continuing to expand its range of gravel tires, with the new Nano 40 (left) and Cross Boss 35 (right).

The WTB Riddler 45 was already one of the most capable mixed-terrain tires on the market, and it’s now available in a smaller 40mm-wide version.

WTB’s new Judge (right) is the company’s most aggressive mountain bike tire to date, with tall and widely spaced knobs, a new triple-durometer tread compound, and small nubs in between the primary knobs to help keep mud from accumulating. The Vigilante (left) has been updated as well, with a more open center pattern and a more pronounced shoulder tread for better cornering performance in loose terrain.

WTB previously offered its mountain bike tires in two casing varieties, but the faster one was often deemed too fragile, and the more durable one too heavy and slow-rolling. New for 2019 is an in-between version that promises good durability without having to resort to a full-blown downhill construction. A new Slash Guard nylon casing insert beefs up the sidewalls, too.

WTB’s popular Silverado saddle model is finally now available in multiple width options.

Wippermann’s Connex CKS synthetic chain lubricant is supposedly fully biodegradable and won’t pollute water sources.

VDO’s LED rear light only claims daytime visibility up to 400m away, but then again, it also only weighs 18g.

Pro teams have been using expensive custom jigs for several years in order to precisely replicate a cleat position on new shoes. Selle Italia showed off a more reasonably priced version that might even be sufficiently inexpensive for shops and individuals to purchase for themselves.

Selle Italia’s new SP-01 Boost T316 Superflow saddle sports a wide and flat shape, a cutout that runs nearly the full length of the saddle, hollow titanium rails, and a clipped nose. Claimed weight is 191-194g, depending on width.

Selle SMP’s new F30 (background) and F30C (foreground) saddles retain the company’s trademark full-length cutout, but have flatter profiles from front-to-rear than usual. The F30 and F30C are mostly similar to each other in terms of shape, but the “C” version has a shorter nose that’s more in keeping with saddles such as the Specialized Power, PRO Stealth, and Prologo Dimension.

Sigma’s new Rox 12.0 Sport GPS cycling computer looks seriously capable, but also easy to use with a user interface that more closely resembles an Apple iPhone than a typical bike computer. The screen even uses the same Corning Gorilla Glass as an iPhone, too.

One of the coolest features on the new Sigma Rox 12.0 Sport is the ability to draw a rough desired route right on the screen with your fingertip. The computer then figures out the details from there.

Few bag and pack brands emphasize weatherproofing as adamantly as Ortlieb.

Argon18’s Notio Konect mobile wind tunnel device can provide incredibly useful information regarding the aerodynamic performance of both rider and bike. It’s cost you, though with a heady retail price of approximately US$1,000.

You’ve likely heard of Retül, but that’s not the only 3D motion capture bike fitting system in town. Motion Logic uses a similar set of hardware, but claims its system is much less expensive to buy.

Motion Logic’s software creates an on-screen avatar of the rider being fitted so you can see how things look in real time. Also optional is a saddle pressure pad to help further dial in the fit.

Schwalbe redesigned its popular Hans Dampf mountain bike tire (far left) earlier this year with 50% larger tread blocks that promise greater cornering stability thanks to reduced knob squirm under load. New for 2019 is a 24×2.35in size for more aggressive junior riders. Also new are the Racing Ralph (far right) and Racing Ray (second from right) front- and rear-specific models for cross-country applications.

Need yet another sign that e-assist road bikes are coming in a big way? Schwalbe has just released the E-One road tire, using the same tread pattern as the standard One, but with additional casing reinforcement to handle the additional weight and load.

Lezyne continues to grow its range of GPS cycling computers with the new Mega XL and Mega C. One neat feature of both is the ability to mount the unit in either landscape or portrait orientations.

Lezyne’s Torque Drive compact torque wrench operates on the same torsion principle as Silca’s Ti-Torque.

Lezyne’s new Flow Storage Adapter provides handy on-bike storage of basic repair items underneath a standard bottle cage.

Another new on-bike tool storage option from Lezyne is the Flow Storage Cage, which tucks a CO2 canister on either side of its side-access composite cage, and tire repair bits inside the small plastic container at the base.

Inside the plastic case, there’s enough room for a CO2 inflator head, glueless patch kit, and a small multi-tool.

Magura’s heated grips are powered by an e-bike’s primary battery, so there’s no need to attach a separate power source. They get surprisingly toasty, too.

Maxxis’s new Rekon Race tread is laser-focused on cross-country competition with its more tightly spaced and pared-down center tread relative to the standard Rekon. Claimed weight on the standard tubeless-ready 29×2.25in version is just 610g, with the optional EXO sidewall reinforcement adding another 60g.

DT Swiss’s new F535 One fork promises to bring the company back into the suspension game, with a coil-and-air hybrid spring for improved small-bump sensitivity, a position-sensitive oil damper that is said to provide much better mid-stroke support and bottom-out control than standard damper designs, and a sleek new structure.

The capped recess in the fork crown offers a nicely finished appearance on DT Swiss’s new 160mm-travel F535 One suspension fork.

Low-friction wiper seals supposedly allow the DT Swiss F535 One suspension fork to take full advantage of the supple coil spring inside the aluminum stanchion.

Covers are used down at the dropouts, too.

Joining the new DT Swiss F535 One suspension fork is the R535 rear shock, which doesn’t seem quite as feature-packed with its more conventional air spring and damper design, and a common three-position compression adjuster.

Challenge has been steadily expanding its range of all-road and gravel tires. This tubeless-ready 36mm-wide Strada Bianca looks particularly interesting.

Tubulars for dirt and gravel road riding? It sounds crazy, but Challenge insists that the greater casing suppleness actually results in fewer flats, not more of them.

The Challenge Gravel Grinder tread pattern is basically identical to the company’s Chicane cyclocloss tire, with both featuring a pronounced shoulder tread and a fast-rolling center.

Bryton apparently isn’t content to let Wahoo Fitness be the only company to offer an “aero” GPS cycling computer. Meet the new Bryton Aero 60.

Bryton indeed crafts the Aero 60 GPS cycling computer with a pleasantly sleek shape, with an included out-front mount to match.

The 2.3in monochrome LCD screen is reasonably crisp, and can display up to 10 customizable screens. Preloaded maps come courtesy of the OpenStreetMap platform, and Bryton claims a maximum battery life of 32 hours.

Abus has a new program allowing riders to purchase multiple locks that all use the same key. Very handy.

Abus also showed off a new lock concept that is controlled by a smartphone app via a Bluetooth connection. The idea affords some potentially useful features, but still seems a bit more complicated than necessary.

German bicycle travel case company B&W International doesn’t have as high a profile as better-known brands such as Evoc. But it offers a huge assortment of case options, such as these two models, built specifically for travel bikes. Prices are very competitive, too.

B&W International’s new Bike Case II is a hybrid-type travel case built with a rigid plastic base and a soft padded upper section.

A sliding foundation in B&W International’s new Bike Case II allows bike frames to rest safely on a thick bed of foam, while straps keep it firmly in place in transit.

Velcro-backed foam pads can be placed in multiple areas of the case to prevent paint rub.

Foam blocks and Velcro straps are also included to secure seatposts and handlebars, helping to prevent anything from floating about inside the case.

Traditional hard-sided bicycle travel cases usually weigh at least 11kg, but B&W International’s Bike.Guard Curv cuts that figure by about a third, meaning you’re less likely to get hit with an overweight baggage charge, and more likely to be able to fit more accessories inside.

Internally routed derailleur housings and brake hoses often have an annoying tendency to rattle inside the frame tubes unless they’re somehow padded or secured. This company was peddling a foam liner kit to help keep things quiet.

Giro’s new Studio Collection comprises a continuing run of limited-production kits, shoes, and helmets. Retailers will get first dibs at the new gear once Giro announces a new edition. Afterward, customers will be able to order directly from the Giro web site.

German company KineticWorks showed off one of the most interesting suspension designs we’ve seen in recent years.

The multi-link design supposedly combines the efficiency of a cross-country bike with the suppleness and control of a downhill rig. We’ve heard that before, of course, but it’s intriguing nonetheless.

The threaded link allows for adjustable frame geometry.

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