Eurobike gallery: The best tech from Europe’s biggest bike show

Bikes, wheels, saddles, insoles, and much more in our 2021 Eurobike round-up gallery.

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Eurobike is a wrap for another year. After missing 2020 due to the pandemic, the trade show made a welcome return last week with close to 19,000 visitors across the four days descending on the halls of the Messe Friedrichshafen.

While many of the biggest brands now skip Eurobike, and the show is smaller than in previous years, and while the focus has very much shifted to e-bikes and cargo bikes, there was still plenty for us to feast our eyes on. 

We have some of the newest and most exciting products on show at this year’s Eurobike in this gallery. While we covered many of these products at launch on CyclingTips, nothing beats getting hands-on and grabbing some snaps of our own. And if you’re after more from Eurobike, we also have plenty of news on wind tunnels, on-the-fly tyre pressure management, 930 g wheelsets, and videos to sink your teeth into. 

Elite Rizer

Elite announced its new Rizer gradient and steering simulator back in July. It’s similar to the Wahoo Kickr Climb that we’ve reviewed previously.

This was the first time we saw the Elite in the metal, and as far as indoor training accessories go, it is a thing of beauty. With an aluminium tower, steel and aluminium base, and a leather carry handle, it seems wrong to douse it in sweat.

The Rizer connects to a range of Elite trainers for automatic incline and decline simulation and features a refreshingly simple button control unit on the tower for manual gradient control. The fork mount slides vertically to simulate up to 20% inclines and -10% descents, while the base slides horizontally to maintain the wheelbase length.

Gebiomized’s new range of saddles, insoles, and TT products

Bike fitting specialists Gebiomized offer pressure mapping technology and online courses for bike fitters around the world. The German brand uses saddle and shoe pressure mapping tools to create custom saddles and insoles. Gebiomized has now expanded on these custom offerings with a range of “off-the-shelf” saddles and semi-customisable insoles.

Gebiomized leant on its 15-year bike fitting experience and data from more than 50,000 saddle pressure mappings in creating its three saddle lineup. The Stride is Gebiomized’s new time trial and triathlon saddle offering, but it was the company’s Sleek and Area road offerings that caught our attention.

The Sleek is Gebiomized’s performance saddle for those who prefer a flat perch, while the Area is for riders seeking comfort on longer rides. Gebiomized is offering two widths in both saddles: 135 mm and 145 mm for the Sleek and 145 mm and 150 mm for the Area.

Both saddles are available with either a cut-out or a central pressure relief channel and the option of Gebiomized’s V or T shape. This is where things get interesting. Gebiomized claims the two shape options are designed to better suit how riders load the saddle. The tapered and slightly rounded V shape is said to better suit riders who load the pubic area, while the flatter T shape design is for riders who sit further to the rear of the saddle and load the ischial area.

Gebiomized also had its new heat mouldable insoles on show. The insoles are available with three arch support heights, each named after a famous climb in cycling for a quick and easy way to understand the support levels. The Poggio is the lowest level of support, followed by the Sa Calobra, and the Galibier. No prizes for guessing which is the tallest, but small, medium, and large would probably work just as well.

Lastly, Gebiomized had its new 3D-printed TT elbow pads on show. These pads are in the final stages of development and Gebiomized plans to offer a custom pad created from the results gathered with its pressure mapping analysis technology. 3D printing allows Gebiomized to vary the shape and density of the pad, and even build in wedges to offer greater contact with the rider’s arm, spreading the load over a larger area on the arm.

Gebiomized is also planning to offer custom-shaped, 3D-printed TT arm cups, again designed specifically for each individual using the same pressure mapping systems.

Ultegra R8100 Di2

Shimano announced its long-awaited new Dura-Ace and Ultegra Di2 groupsets last week. We covered those launches extensively with the full story on both groupsets, a review, a video, and a podcast with Shimano. With all that information on the new groupsets, there isn’t much I can add in this gallery, but we thought it might be nice to give you another look at the new Ultegra R8100 which will most likely be the most popular of the two new groupsets.

Shimano had a Canyon Aeroad assembled with the new groupset on its huge stand in one of the first halls at Eurobike. Shimano also had the groupset’s individual components lined out and locked down on a display stand. Feast your eyes on this 12-speed goodness.