Half of the Australian cycling industry leave the country at the end of August, headed for the worlds biggest bicycle trade show: Eurobike in Germany. And many also make it to Interbike in Las Vegas a few weeks later. Though the big bike companies usually make their major announcements beforehand, Eurobike is often a chance to see the new bikes and gear first-hand as well as look out for interesting, attractive, weird and wonderful bikes and gear from other brands that are not in the spotlight.
Marty Renwick of Vuelo Velo made the trip to Eurobike this year and I asked him to be on the look-out for cycling products that are special and that we may not have seen before. Enjoy this selection of eye-catchers from Eurobike 2013.
Pinion P1.18 Gearbox – with 18 gears. It weighs 2.6kg and is an attractive and compact solution for Mountain Biking – Pinion are already partnered with a number of specialist and high-end brands.
Cut-away of the Pinion P1.18 Gearbox suggest that the gearing is really quite straight forward.
DZR company founders Fabio (left) and Shane Rattazzi (right) with the Cove Clipless Shoe.
German brand Bellitanner opts for a 30″ wheels on their Cab New York Fixie.
Quoc Pham creates highly crafted and beautiful cycling shoes and now extends his range into elegant sneaker style shoes for urban cycling.
Mad Fibre created a sensation with their Carbon Fibre race wheels and have a completely new lineup – Russ Riggins shows a new generation wheel, the clincher versions weigh 1300g and ceramic speed bearings are available – in Australia the Mad Fibre distributer is Koiled.
Knogs Hugo Davidson (right) and his old buddy David Burger whose recently joined the company.
Frank Stollenmaier of Brake Force One with the ultra-effective 1 finger hydraulic disc brake.
Look Garmin Vector Power Meter.
Lauf Forks Trail Racer 29″ is a light weight front suspension alternative from a young German company.
A closer inspection of the Lauf Forks Trail Racer 29″ suspension fork.
The weird and wonderful.
Sebastian Wegerle with his Canyon concept. Cadel Evans was riding a Canyon when he was with Team Silence Lotto and despite growing interest from Australian cyclists, the German company has not been able to sell to Aussies.
Cannondale Hollowgram SiSL2 Spidering Crankset not brand new but an eyecatcher.
The new Conti® Drive System (from Continental) suggests that we may see more belt drives systems on the market though the teeth do look scary. This is however an extreme example and a ‘safer’ chain (belt) ring solution is standard.
Photos: © Marty Renwick for Bicycles.net.au