Something strange is going on! The entire bike industry has descended on the small industrial town of Friedrichshafen, on the shore of Lake Constance. With 14 huge halls filled with every conceivable bike product, EUROBIKE 2016 is the place to be if you love bikes.
Our team has been scouring the halls, sniffing out the best new bikes and technology. Some of the products on display got us super excited while others just made us laugh. We will be bringing you all the information on the biggest product releases but in the meantime here are the highlights from the first day.
DMR V-Twin Clipless Pedal
The new DMR V-Twin pedal fuses a Shimano style (compatible with Shimano cleats) sprung body with a large aluminium cage for maximum security and feel. If you want more grip you can add up to 8 of DMR’s Terror pins to the cage, and also increase the height of the leading and trail edges with spacers for maximum shoe compatibility. Target weight is 480 g (reduced to only 300 g for the magnesium/titanium version). Five colours are available and price is still TBA, but we can see these being popular for aggressive trail and enduro riding. | dmrbikes.com
Ritchey Stem Mount
For a clean-looking cockpit: This neat little addition to your Ritchey stem enables you to mount your GoPro, SRM-display and your Supernova light directly and securely to your stem. 19.90 € / 19.95 USD, including extended screws for the frontplate. | ritcheylogic.com
Ritchey Trail 40 wheels
Ritchey also expanded their range of wheels with another option: the Trail 40 wheels have 40mm wide rims and come both in 27.5” and 29” with 28 spokes each. The Trail 40 LRS weighs in at 1,950g and costs 779,90 € / $839,90 USD. | ritcheylogic.com
Reverse Reach Adjust Headset
This clever headset from Reverse enables you to lengthen or shorten the reach of your bike by 6 mm. It’s designed to work with 1.5” head tubes and 1,1/8” forks (Top Cup: 1.5” semi integrated – ZS49 | Lower Cup: 56mm Zero Stack – ZS56 / 1.5 External Cup – EC49). 99,90 Euro | reverse-components.com
Together with downhill superstar Aaron Gwin, ONZA developed this new tire called Aquilla. It features the same carcass as the well-known IBEX DH and will be available both in a 45a- and a super-grippy GRP40 compound. The weight of the final tires will be around 1,250 g each. It kind of looks similiar to the MAXXIS Minion or the Specialized Butcher – no coincidence, as Gwin was involved in the development of both of them too. No wonder some fondly called it “Gwinion”… | onza-tires.com
Stan’s NoTubes Flow MK3
The Stan’s NoTubes Flow and Flow EX wheels are arguably among the most popular aftermarket wheels. At Eurobike, Stan’s NoTubes presented the latest generation, the Flow MK3 with a reworked rim profile. According to the manufacturer, the new 29mm wide rims are lighter, stiffer and sturdier. The rims will be available separately (99,90 € each) or as wheelset with Stan’s NEO-hubs and 32 Sapim Force spokes for 599 €. Their weight is 1,807g for the 27.5” version and 1,918g for the 29” version. Stan’s also updated their Crest- (23 mm) and Arch- (26 mm) rims with the new features of the MK3 generation. | notubes.com
Propain Rage Carbon in der limitierten First Edition
We’re not here for the downhill rigs, but this one was just too sexy not to be featured here: Propain presented the carbon version of their well-known Rage downhill bike. It was developed in close cooperaton with the Propain Dirt Zelvy-Team. In addition to the adjustable chainstays (445/459mm) you can also set the reach to three different lengths via inserts in the head tube. The 3.1 kg frame is available in two sizes (S/M, L/XL). The pictured bike is the limited First Edition, which is available only until October for 4,999 €. Delivery in early 2017. | propain-bikes.com
Liv Hail Advanced
With their new ‘Hail’ model Liv now has a genuine enduro bike for women in their range. The bike has 160 mm of travel and a really nice carbon main-frame. Starting in November, it will be available in four different models, ranging from 3,199 € to 6,999 €, and four sizes (XS, S, M, L). In contrast to the picture above, the top model Liv Hail Advanced 0 will have different rim-decals and a different rear shock. | giant-bicycles.com
Cane Creek OPT Climb Swich Remote
The small, golden Climb Switch lever could be found on many Cane Creek rear shox models for years now and has always been a welcome addition to improve a bikes uphill performance. Now the new OPT remote lever enables owners of a DB Inline or DB COIL IL to adjust the Climb Switch Setting without taking their hands of the bar. The cable can be mounted to the rear shock both from the top and from the bottom.
Also new: The new Cane Creek VALT-coil spring uses a higher grade of steel and saves 50-211g of weight compared to a normal spring. It’s compatible with most manufacturers rear shocks. | canecreek.com
Syntace MX Straight C33i Carbon
Syntace goes Carbon! And they do it the Syntace way: With 40 mm wide rims (33 mm inner width) their new carbon rim should provide plenty of support for even the widest tires. The MX Straight C33i Carbon wheels utilize their well known Syntace MX Straightpull hub with an American Classic freehub body and will be available in 148x12mm (rear) and 15×110 mm (front) Boost width. The wheelset weights 1,580g at an 1,400 € price-point. | syntace.de
Syntace Salz- und Pfeffermühle
The idea might not be the newest, but if you’re a true Syntace fan (and wealthy enough to spend 110 € for a stylish gadget) you might want to look at these new salt & pepper grinders made from the well-known Syntace MX hubs. The pepper grinder is equiped with an Swiss grinding gear, the version for the salt even featured a ceramic grinder. | syntace.com
E*thirteen TRS Race cassette
The all-new e.thirteen TRS Race cassette offers an impressive range of 511% with it’s 9-46 teeth sprockets. The upper-part of the cassette is made from alumunim, the lower sprockets are made from steel. It’s compatible both with Shimano’s and SRAM’s 11-speed drivetrains. The scale stops at a lightweight 280g, a price point is still to be announced. | bythehive.com
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