As the dust settles on
Eurobike 2022, the Messe Frankfurt is being readied for whatever trade show lands next. Eurobike’s new home is even larger than its previous location in Friedrichshafen, and the big halls in Frankfurt attracted some of the top names of the industry back to one of Europe’s top trade shows.
In the next of our series of galleries, we look at what’s new from Topeak, Lezyne, and some bike fitting tools, amongst others. Stay tuned for more Eurobike coverage and catch up on everything so far in our dedicated
2022 Eurobike archive. Onguza Bikes
Back in March, former professional cyclist and Olympian Dan Craven launched Onguza, a new handmade steel bicycle brand out of his hometown in Namibia. Craven and Onguza are on a mission “to change the way people think about goods made in Namibia – and from Africa as a whole.” This Onguza gravel bike was on the SRAM stand and looks fantastic.
Onguza’s bikes are handbuilt by Petrus Mufenge and Sakaria Nkolo and made in small batches of just five to 25, shipped worldwide.
The name ‘Onguza’ comes from the Namibian word ‘okuti-onguza’, meaning ‘the great expanse of desert out there’ in the Himba and Herero languages. Topeak
The Tubimaster RXT Pro attaches directly to a seatpost and includes a lengthy list of tools given its compact nature, including a multi-tool, tyre levers, chainbreaker, tubeless tyre plug kit, and a CO2 canister.
Topeak’s new Torq Rocket MiniX is a pocket-sized torque wrench kit with all the usual hex and Torx bits.
The Ratchet ‘n Roll Pro is a new roll up tool case including a ratchet and 17 bits and tools including a host of by-the-road essentials.
The Ratchet ‘n Roll EX is a pared back version which drops the ratchet.
Both roll up into a neat roll, although this one was empty of tools.
Topeak also had both its new torque wrench kits first seen at Sea Otter. The Torq Stick Pro includes a 4-20 nm torque wrench, ratchet, a speed sleeve bit holder, a finger bit bit holder, and 1.5 / 2 / 2.5 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 8 / 10 mm hex bits plus T6 / T7 / T8 / T9 / T10 / T15 / T20 / T25 / T30 Torx bits.
The smaller Torq Stick 2-10 includes a 2-10 nm torque wrench but drops the ratchet and half of the bits.
T-Hex Speed wrench set is a free-standing and bike-stand-compatible T-Hex thing of beauty …
… with a magnetic tray and speed sleeves on the hex keys.
Topeak’s Ninja Cage Z with built-in Apple Airtag mount.
The Ninja+ Cagemount works with Ninja Master+ Cages as an add-on Apple Airtag mount.
Topeak’s Cage Mount for Apple Airtag combines with any bottle cage or can be used as a standalone on any cage or down tube bosses. The Cage Mount is supplied with two anti-theft stainless steel bolts and a specific hex wrench is included. Lezyne
Lezyne also has a new range of Apple AirTag mounts, including the Matrix Air Cage, a bottle cage which neatly hides an AirTag inside an integrated, hidden, and IPX7 water-rated mount. The Matrix Aircage will be available from September, priced at US$29.99. The Matrix Bike Tagger mounts and conceals an AirTag under a bottle cage, or bolted to the variety of mounts offered on modern bike frames. The Matrix Bike Tagger is IPX7 water rated and built from Lezyne’s composite matrix materials. The mount is also supplied with TR25 security bolts. The Bike Tagger is available now, priced at $19.99. Lastly, Lezyne is also offering a saddle rail clamp AirTag mount.
Lezyne also had a couple of new tubeless repair options on show. First up was the Pro Tubeless Kit for on-the-road or -trail repairs. The kit includes two plug sizes, tyre reamer, plug insertion tool, a plug retention tool for ensuring the plug does not follow the insertion tool out of the tyre, a stainless micro knife for trimming plugs, and a CO2 inflator, all in an aluminum case. The Pro Tubeless Kit will be available from September, priced at US$39.99.
Lezyne also introduced its new Tubeless Pro Plugs. These mushroom plugs are more suited to at-home tubeless tyre repairs and seal the puncture from the inside. The Pro Plugs pack includes three plug sizes and cement. The Tubeless Pro Plug kit will be available from September priced at US$17.49.
Taiwanese component manufacturer Fouriers arrived with a pair of new bike fitting tools I really want. Not for bike fitting, just for tinkering with my own position. This crankset is the ADP-FIT-CZ and offers bike fitters quick and easy crank length adjustments in a single crank from 144 mm all the way up to 180 mm.
The ADP-FIT-SA is an adjustable stem offering length adjustments from 50 mm up to 150 mm and +/- 20° angle adjustments.
This measurement platform helps fitters find the correct length and angle from the adjustable stem. Fouriers also had a width-adjustable handlebar on show. While none of these products are designed or safe for on-road use, they no doubt could save a fitter countless hours of swapping components back and forth in fit studios. Cyclon
We first spotted Cyclon’s Speed Brake Roller outside the Team Jumbo-Visma truck ahead of the Tour of Flanders. The system drives the wheels to help mechanics “bed-in” new brake pads and rotors on the spot. The Speed Brake Roller is powered by a 0.75 horsepower motor and features a replaceable V-belt and reversible direction for use with front and rear wheels. It’s a hefty machine, weighing 35 kg. The Speed Brake Roller is designed for shop mechanics and unlikely to find its way into too many home workshops, given it’s priced at €1,600 + VAT.
Tripeak is getting in on the oversized pulley wheel game with this new one-arm Jetstream Derailleur Pulley Cage Kit, coming soon. Tripeak claims the Jetstream is durable, wear-resistant, and quieter, smoother, and lower friction than standard cages and pulleys. The Jetstream will be available in orange, silver, and black and will be compatible with Shimano R9100 / R9200 / R8000 / R8100 / R7000 and SRAM AXS groupsets. It’ll be priced at US$240.
Tripeak also had these Jetstream oversized pulley wheels compatible with standard Shimano pulley cages, if oversized and single-arm cages are not your thing. The larger 16-tooth lower pulley features an offset mount to help squeeze the larger pulley into a standard Shimano 11-speed cage. The 12-tooth upper and 16-tooth lower combination is said to offer the same advantages as the Jetstream derailleur cage kit and is priced at US$140.
Tripeak also wants yet another bottom bracket standard, with these T42 bottom brackets currently compatible with BB86 shells and an adapter. But Tripeak isn’t content with an adapter, the brand wants manufacturers to start incorporating its new T42 standard, said to provide the same benefits as T47, in new frames as standard. Lightskin
Is a gallery ever complete without an aero hack? LightSkin’s Naca Road is an aerodynamically profiled head light with a claimed drag coeffiecient of .267. Naca Road was developed by Etendue Lighting, an automotive headlamp engineering company in Korea and partner of LightSkin. Incorporating automotive projection lens technology, LightSkin claims the Naca Road achieves a “perfect cut-off line at a height of only 2 cm and meets the 45 km/h regulation ECE R113 class B”, the standard required for the approval of motor vehicle headlamps. Run time varies from 1.5 to 5 hours and the light has a claimed weight of 160 grams. The aluminum housing ensures durability and heat dissipation. It supports waterproof rating IP66.