Tradeshow Gallery – Cool Commuter & Urban Bikes from PG, Volagi, Caraci & More!

We’ve rounded up the miscellany road bikes and mountain bikes, but this may very well be my favorite grouping. I call it “other” and it has some of the best bikes of both Eurobike and Interbike.

The Blackbraid from PG Bikes in Germany was a showstopper. Not only does it give new meaning to asymmetric stays, but the insanely high end build of THM bits, Lightweight wheels and Gates Belt Drive put it in under 11 pounds! Check out plenty more eye candy cruisers and bruisers below…

Click to enlarge. If you can pull your eyes off the scale, check out the monstrous e-bike in the background.

PG had quite a few other killer cruisers on display…all of which I wouldn’t mind being seen on.

This brand was outside and I didn’t quite catch the name (Garage, I think), but they had several really sweet cafe racer-style bikes.

Not to be outdone, Pashley had two prototype city bikes on display. Unfortunately, the rep was quite tied up with someone that had a million and a half questions, so what you see is what you get.

Volagi’s steel Viaje is designed to be an endurance road and touring bike, but this might be the best execution of it yet. The flat handlebar let them run stock hydraulic disc brakes, and the wood fenders and overall paint scheme and build is simply awesome.Very much want this bike.

Riese & Müller was showing off their motorized gear boxes on different style bikes that could certainly benefit from the extra ooomph. This Bakfiets style cargo bike was pretty sick with tubular frame and full suspension.

And goodness knows the pilot on this one could use a boost.

Veering away from attitude and toward practicality is the Mando Footloose. It’s a chinless transmission folding bike that gets really, really small and has some pretty nifty tech baked in.

Note the stages of folding, ending with the virtually upright gray model in the background.

And then there was Caraci. It’s a fixie/singlespeed brand that seemed entirely focused on the bike’s ability to come in any color you want. They couldn’t really tell us anything about them other than that they (obviously) had flip flop hubs.

Comments

Kovas - 10/10/12 - 10:30am

Got any photos of of the Caraci bikes?

Kovas - 10/10/12 - 10:31am

Oh, yup… theeeere are those Caracis. Sorry, got distracted.

boobie - 10/10/12 - 11:54am

I want to see more Caraci.

Engineer - 10/10/12 - 4:38pm

Blackbraid: This is the kind of bs you get when the designer outvotes the engineer. What a waste of high end components :facepalm:

Beardo - 10/10/12 - 6:39pm

lol@ The Caracis. Most of those brake cable tension quick release levers are flipped up. Yeah, I want to ride a bike that’s not built properly at the demo…

Designer - 10/11/12 - 1:04am

Blackbraid: A concept bike that attracts attention, generates conversation, and puts your heretofore unknown brand in peoples minds. That’s exactly what you get when you invest in design.

If Cannondale can make a Lefty fork I see no reason the Blackbraid is such a bad idea engineering-wise. It might not be the ultimate expression of efficiency in materials usage, but it’s not claiming to be that either. If you don’t like it go ogle one of a thousand TT bikes that all look basically the same.

tsutaoka - 10/11/12 - 1:56am

Volagi’s steel Viaje = Me Want TOO!

Psi Squared - 10/11/12 - 9:46am

Like the Rezillos said, Volagi makes good art.

Engineer - 10/11/12 - 5:43pm

@Designer: Trust me, the Lefty is _much_ more sophisticated than the Blackbraid frame. To see how bad this construction is you only need to imagine it flexing a little (which every frame does) – there you have it, the back wheel will get tilted immediately.
Btw: I didn’t want to offend any designers … I only think form should follow function, not the other way round.

Designer - 10/11/12 - 7:46pm

Engineer, I hear you. But I’m not convinced that something like a Lefty can be a sound design, but the rear of this frame -which has twice as many elements as a Lefty- cannot also be constructed in a sound way?

I mean, I see a Lefty, and I imagine it flexing all over. But they don’t. I see this frame, and I imagine that it is like two Leftys attached to either side of the axle. I realize that stresses at the rear hub are different than at the front, but that’s why engineers are presumably on the job.

All kinds of motorcycles get by with single-sided swingarms. So again, I’m not seeing how this is inherently unworkable. It might not be -from an engineering standpoint- the best/most efficient use of materials if light weight/stiffness/aerodynamics/manufacturability are the ultimate goal, but clearly this frame had design goals beyond those four.

As I alluded to in my first post, there are many kinds of “function”. The physical beauty of an object, the way it’s shape plays on your emotions or memories or desires, are very much a part of the function of that object.

JimmyZ - 10/11/12 - 11:31pm

at this late date, missing frame stays are a cliche of disengagement from the real world. maybe a hubless wheel would drive the point home for anyone who still thinks they are a good idea. If I had unlimited money, I would have a booth at every trade show, full of chimerical absurdities, to serve as a way to identify the uninformed.

Eric Hancock - 10/11/12 - 11:46pm

Chinless? Or chainless?

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