Posts in the category Eurobike

EB15: Stevens Goes Big Boosting All 2016 Full-Suspension bikes, Gets a Fatter Mobster, and more on and off-road


Stevens was showing a bunch of new things from city bikes to an e-bike with automatic NuVinci shifting, but what first caught out attention was the fattening up of their mountain bikes (while still churning out a new 9kg carbon hardtail), and some updates to the cross bikes (including the race-winning Super Prestige Disc that we tested last cyclocross season). Not to be left out were bikes for the asphalt, and we picked up on two extremes: a gearbox driven urban monster with 2.4″ slicks over to the Ventoux road machine in either disc or rim brake variants. Get all the details with us after the break…

EB15: Schwalbe airs out world’s (almost) lightest inner tubes

Schwalbe Evolution Aerothan lightweight bicycle inner tubes

Perhaps in direct contrast to the new Fat Albert mountain bike and tubeless-ready road/cross gravel tire line up they showed off at Eurobike’s outdoor demo, Schwalbe kept their all-new Evolution Tubes under the shelter of the zeppelin hangers.

The tubes are made of a high tech thermoplastic material called Aerothan, which was co-developed with BASF. Not only are the tubes are extremely lightweight, they’re 100% recyclable. They’ve got some other great features, too, but they’re for disc brake wheels only…


EUROBIKE COVERAGE REVIEW – WEEK #5. Mind Blowing wheels from Bike Ahead & Ritchey Plus So Much More!

Casco_Full-Air-RCC_prototype-ventilated-helmet_open-front2016-Cannondale-Andrew-Talansky-tour-de-france-slice-tt-bike02Cube_Stereo-160-C68_Action-Team-edition_carbon-enduro-mountain-bike_driveside-complete2016 Ritchey Superlogic Zeta alloy road bike wheelset with special brake track treatment and coating

Check out one of, if not the lightest mountain bike wheel set from Bike Ahead and some of the smoothest looking wheels from Ritchey, not to mention a ton of speed flying out of the Cannondale and Canyon booths this year.

Lots of speed this week, so throw back two quick shots of cheap Tequila and hold on to the Eurobike wrap up of week el numero cinco!


EB15: Kore flexes creative muscle with fused saddles, wider rims & more

Kore Fuze II III saddles with molded one-piece uppers

The new Kore Fuze saddles rethink typical construction by vacuum bonding a waterproof microfiber cover to a lightweight polyurethane foam, creating a one-piece upper that’s impervious to moisture. Then it’s bonded to a flexible nylon fiber shell, which holds onto hollow chromoly rails.

It’s available in two versions, offering different thicknesses and slightly different width and length, both in a variety of colors. Check out the details, plus new rims, pedals and chainrings, below…


EB15: Canyon leads several mountain updates with new Exceed CF SLX hardtail, plus a Speedmax Tri prototype


Canyon had several new bikes on hand at Eurobike, with most available outside at the Demo Day. While the Connected Bike concept looks like it is on the way and its Smart Bike Computer will be available in the spring, most of the new offerings that are available now are on the mountain side of things. The newest on the list is this carbon hardtail, the Exceed CF SLX which the Topeak-Ergon Team has been racing this summer, and on which Alban Lakata won the 2015 UCI XCM World Championship. Add to that a new aluminum Nerve trail 29er, the full-suspension slopestyle Stitched 720, and a lightened up alloy Grand Canyon AL SLX. There was even an interesting aero-at-all-costs triathlon bike inside the show that had already won a European championship. Join us after the break for a close-up look and some actual weights.


EB15: Ritchey adds more cyclocross, gravel & road wheels, nifty mini tools and world’s lightest grips (almost)


Every year, Ritchey has some new iteration of his wheels. Sometimes there’s a new disc brake option, sometimes one’s a bit wider, and so forth. For 2016, there are four new models worthy of calling out, a couple of which will make for fantastic cyclocross or gravel race hoops, and two for more traditional (or even “classic”) road bikes.

Above, the new WCS Apex 38 Disc carbon wheels use their two-piece Centerlock disc hubs with all-new, disc specific 38mm deep carbon rims. They’re 18.4mm wide on the inside, and they’re tubeless ready, so they’ll pair up nicely with the also-new tubeless ready Shield WCS 700×35 tires…


EB15: Prototype carbon Stöckli XC World Cup full-suspension XC race bike by Bike Ahead


We met with chief Stöckli R&D engineer and manager Marco Quinter earlier in the summer to have a look at their new Beryll RSC hardtail that outgoing U23 World Champion Jolanda Neff was racing at the Nové Město World Cup. But then later in the summer as the XC courses started getting more technical, Stöckli brought out a new full-suspension frame prototype to race, co-developed and built in Germany by the composite experts at Bike Ahead. The new bike was developed as a part of their #Trail2Rio program to support their athletes’ quest to represent Switzerland at the 2016 Olympics. Hop past the break for a closer look…


EB15: Casco shows new Full Air vented, Roadster urban & more lids; plus Just In Speedairo-TC Plus


Casco had a number of their European-made helmets on display at Eurobike. The first that caught our eye was a rapid prototype of a new extremely ventilated helmet that was so open that you could see directly through it. The upcoming Full Air RCC helmet aims to out vent every other helmet Casco makes for both Road and Cross Country (RCC) riding.

In addition to going super vented, Casco also takes some DNA from their successful SpeedAiro helmets and adds it to the Roadster-TC for an aero, urban helmet. Somewhere in between the Sportive-TC Plus gets vents but a removable cover for an everyday riding versatility. There are plenty more choices available in Casco’s catalog, check out what jumped out at us after the break; plus the new special edition SpeedAiro-TC Plus, just in for review…  READ MORE ->

EB15: 2016 Cannondale road bike addendums & Black Inc bikes, plus Spiderings trickle down


We saw the highlights of Cannondale’s 2016 road bike lineup this summer, where they introduced the all-new CAAD12 alloy frames, the premium lightweight SuperSix EVO and updated spec for the Synapse. We weighed all of them, too. And then we featured the Slate gravel road bike in its own detailed post. So, Eurobike was mainly about filling in the gaps with the small details. And seeing the Black Inc. collection

Above, the Synapse Hi-Mod Disc Black Inc. endurance road bike gets Cannondale’s own Hollowgram SL carbon disc brake wheels with 700×28 Schwalbe One tubeless ready tires, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 with hydraulic brakes, the SiSL2 cranks with one-piece Spidering, FSA SL-K carbon seatpost and Cannondale carbon bar and alloy stem with ti bolts. All yours for the low, low price of $9,590.

The rest of the Synapse line gains more disc models, with 6 of 11 getting rotors instead of rim brakes. Pricing heads south from the Black Inc. model, all the way down to $1,840 for a carbon frame with Tiagra. Alloy disc brake bikes come in at $1,570 with 105 and $1,250 with Tiagra.