Posts in the category Concept

EB14: Projekt MRSC – Electronically Controlled Full-suspension Road Prototype from Canyon

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In an effort to combat rider fatigue from road surface vibration and ensure all of the cyclist’s energy is put to forward motion, Germany’s Canyon bikes have introduced a smart full-suspension road bike prototype at Eurobike. The concept bike dubbed Projekt MRSC Connected ( for Magneto-Rheological Suspension Control) is a move in the direction to highlight a design focus on comfort, as lightness and stiffness have continue to progress almost exclusively at the high-end. Canyon feels strongly that more comfort means higher performance, and has incorporated their own VCLS Technology (Vertical Comfort, Lateral Stiffness) into their frames for several years. The Projekt MRSC is a next iteration in expanding this tech.

Canyon’s engineering team sees constant road vibration as the next biggest cause of rider fatigue beyond pedaling effort. As the back and leg muscles undergo stress to counteract road impacts and stabilize the bike, rider comfort decreases and with it endurance and speed. The vibration also breaks the bike’s contact with the road and its intended path, consuming unnecessary energy.The MRSC system proposed an active bike frameset to enhance comfort and handling, with less energy input.

Join us after the break for a detailed look at the bike, how it works, and how it stays connected…

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EB14: Sneak Peek, Catlike Rapid and Rapid Tri Aero Helmets

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Spanish helmet specialists Catlike had some interesting new time trial helmets locked away at the show. They were a bit protective of what were described as prototypes, but we sat down with them to have a look at what was really going on. The helmets both looked pretty well refined, although there were some minor finishing issues. Both helmets did include product tags even though they were locked away, and had an in-molded inner protective helmet, and Catlike’s MPS retention system as used on their current road/TT lines.

Click through to see some more detail shots and some more tech..

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EB14: BMC’s Impec Concept May Hold the Future of Road Bikes

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Standing out against the sea of marginal gains, concept bikes allow a company to flex their design muscle and dream up something wild. For BMC, the Impec Concept project was more than just creating a new bike as they wanted to really show off the capabilities of the Impec Advanced R&D Lab. As the same lab that puts out the woven carbon fiber used for the BMC Impec Road Bike, the facility is capable of turning out complete machines from concept to completion in record time.

When it came time to do something new, BMC’s engineers and designers tried to envision what a road bike would be in the future – and then built it. Using the advanced resources at their disposal, the Impec Concept came together in just 4 months with a few design features actually seeing real world testing on other bikes. Using modular integration the bike is built with  a basic structure designed for a number of add ons…

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Open Cycle Teases new Light Weight Full Suspension Frame

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We’ve known Open has been working on a full suspension bike for awhile, but this is the first time we’ve seen what it may look like. Gerard Vroomen has been chronicling their effort on the Open Cycle Blog to try and have both the new full suspension bike and their new pathfinder/gravel/adventure frame ready for Eurobike, but at this point it looks as if the full suspension frame will be the only new offering to make it – maybe.

From what we’ve read it appears the frame will use a Horst link design with an interesting linkage above the top tube. Gerard mentions both frames will be produced in Europe, but full suspension frame is part of a project started with HED to use Resin Transfer Molding technology to create the parts. Hopefully we’ll bring you more on this from the show!

Smartglasses Get Smarter with Virtual Finger Control from Myo Armband

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You’ve probably seen the guy by now. You know, the one person you know that has Google Glass furiously swiping at their temple trying to access the camera instead of accidentally searching for something in Google? Thanks to Thalmic Labs’ Myo arm band, there is a smarter way to navigate through smartglass options without even touching the device. The big news for cyclists is that in addition to Google Glass, the Myo band is also designed to work with the Recon Jet – cycling glasses with a built in heads up display.

Using hand gestures alone, users can control the Jet’s functions while keeping their hands close to the bars. Compatible with both snow and bike applications from Recon, the Myo arm band offers a direct connection to the Jet by using the official Myo remote application.

See the Myo/Jet combination in use after the break…

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MagZip is the Zipper All Cycling Jackets Need Right Now

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OK brands, pay attention. This is the zipper you need on your next generation of cycling jackets. It’s called MagZip and it works with one hand.

I’ve fumbled with cycling vest and jackets with one hand (in vain) while riding too many times to count, and I have an almost 100% failure rate. I’ve either ended pulling off to zip up a jacket or tried doing it with both hands off the bar, which is somehow much harder than it should be considering I can ride no handed just fine when I’m not trying to do anything with my hands. I’m sure I’m not alone.

The MagZip could solve all of that. It uses tiny neodymium magnets to pull the base of the zipper together and position it in perfect, closed alignment. Then, it can simply be pulled up with one hand. Brilliant, but it took quite few years to develop. Video and more below…

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Found: User Conflict Eradication Moped Death Machine

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TheAwesomer.com unearthed the future of mountain biking: the Survival Bike by Motoped. List everything you own on craigslist, and get ready for things to get real after the jump.

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TEAGUE x Sizemore’s Denny Wins The Bike Design Project, Fuji Bikes to Bring it to Production

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After winning the Oregon Manifest and Levi’s Bike Design Project, Denny is headed on for big things. Denny of course being the bike that was created by the collaboration between TEAGUE design and Sizemore Bicycle. During the competition, bike designs were unveiled at release parties in each of the competing cities – Chicago, New York, Portland, San Francisco, and TEAGUE x Sizemore’s Seattle. By being voted the best bike in the design competition, a “refined” version of Denny will be brought to production by Fuji Bicycle with an actual retail debut scheduled for 2015.

“We’re very impressed and proud of what the other firms achieved with their bikes, and thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Taylor Sizemore on our ‘Denny’ bike,” said Creative Director at TEAGUE, Roger Jackson. “The fact that this was a public vote means a lot to our team, so we’re super excited to reward those voters by working with Fuji to refine the ‘Denny’ and bring a great biking experience to market.”

The winning bike is what the Teague x Sizemore team considers an “all in” commuter platform for urban environments like Seattle. Built with a number of integrated features, Denny addresses the need for security, safety, and convenience through their design. How will all of these features translate to production? That remains to be seen, but for now check out the details after the break….

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Luxury Collaboration between Berluti and Victoire Cycles

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Just when I thought that I couldn’t afford the newest superbikes to come out of this year’s trade shows, I’m reminded that there are plenty of classically designed luxury brand bikes that I can’t afford either. It is always dangerous when a company says “Price on Request”, but it’s not too surprising when the collaboration is between French boutique shoe and leather marque Berluti (a subsidiary of Louis Vuitton) and beautiful French custom frame and component makers Victoire Cycles. The finishing is certainly nice, and it actually gives us a peek at a great looking frame builder.

Come past the break for more photos, what’s included in the don’t ask price, and how much a real frame costs…

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