Posts in the category Eurobike

EB14: Fly6 HD Video Recorder Bicycle Tail Light Upgraded w/ Brighter Lights, Better Video

Fly6 bicycle tail light with blinky lights and HD video recording to capture accident footage

The Fly6 was launched on Kickstarter earlier this year, and already a new version is coming that’ll improve everything about the already good original (shown in background).

The optics and camera improve for better picture quality. It’s still 720p, but the hardware is improved to make the video more crisp. The original lens was overmolded, which can create distortion. The new one is made separately then ultrasonically bonded to the light case. Battery life jumps to 6 hours, and lumen output to about double the original’s 15 lumens.

It’s treated inside and out with a nano coating, so even if water gets inside it’ll still be fine. It’s also a bit shorter, which will help it fit more frames. The upgrades come at a price – retail jumps to $199 during pre-order, from $159 for the original. That gets you USB rechargeable Li-Ion battery with six hour run time, 8GB MicroSD card (you can install a larger one to extend recording time), and simple looping video recording that saves in the event of an accident.

The name, BTW, comes from a mashup of two relevant sayings: Fly on the wall and Watch your six. You definitely want both while riding on the road, and now you’ve got it. The new version will be available later in the year, at which point the retail price goes in effect at $249.

EB14: Nicolai Updates Helius AC Mountain Bike, Offers Complete Bikes & Plans a Trip to the States

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One of the highlights of Eurobike (for us, anyway) is getting to meet the folks behind brands like Nicolai who, as they say, is big in Europe. They’re a little lesser known stateside, but that may soon change. Founder Kalle Nicolai told us they’ve just set up distribution in the U.S.

Another big change for the brand is that they’re now selling complete bikes, too, not just framesets. They’ll only offer one build per frame, spec’d the way Nicolai and his team thinks that particular model should be set up. Nicolai says there’ll be a lot of SRAM 1×11, Hope hubs and brakes, and Rockshox suspension.

If those are the big changes for the company, smaller changes come on the Helius AC, their best seller that switched from 29er to 650b wheels in 2012. It’s a 140mm travel enduro/all-mountain bike that, like the rest of their range, is all aluminum. For 2015, it upgrades to Endura bearings to all pivots. The top tube grows a a few millimeters, and now they spec it who shorter stems. Those changes, plus a slightly lower and slacker (66.5°) head tube and lower BB, makes it a more modern enduro bike…

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Eurobike Round Up: The Beautiful, the Odd, and the Curious

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Eurobike is an interesting place, chock full of nearly everything you could imagine that is related to the bicycle even in the smallest ways. Among the numerous hangers, biergartens, sausage stands, and fashion shows, there are also quite a few one-off displays and oddities to lasso your attention and draw you in.

Explore some of the more beautiful, odd, and curious next…

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EB14: Roundup – Silverback’s Superbike Concept, Plus Asian Examples, Ti, Carbon & Other Hacks

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Outside the exhibit halls were the award winners, among them Silverback’s SBC 29er full suspension race bike. Standing for “Superbike Concept”, it takes their technology to the brink to see what they can do. It’s not their only one, but this one caught our eye for the rather unique suspension design.

The closeups of that are after the break, but there’s more to it than that. The frame uses internal mandrels to help shape it and provide a strong enough base to layup longer strands of carbon. The result is a lighter, stronger and stiffer frame. The rear derailleur cable runs under the downtube in full length housing, and there’s room for a front mech’s cable, too, even though this one’s spec’d with a Race Face Next SL single ring crankset. There’s also a removable front derailleur mount, keeping things clean when you’re running a 1x.

Out back, a replaceable threaded insert fits 12×142 thru axles. On the left, a strut connects the seat- and chainstays to not only provide a rigid braking platform but also cool the rear brake. It’s angled, helping direct air over the rotor to blow heat away. Now, about that suspension…

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EB14: New Full Carbon Fiber Bashrings, Chainguides & More from Carbocage

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Let’s say you’ve spent your money on a nice crankset or chainring and you want to protect them. Not because you can’t afford a replacement, but because replacing them is such a terrible inconvenience. If that’s your predicament, Carbocage has the solution with several new models of bash guard, bash ring and chain guides.

Above, the universal ISCG05 mount Taco-style bash guards are sized to accommodate different chainring sizes, and they incorporate a topside chain guide, too. On the bottom (cut off) are standalone chain guides and bash guards if you don’t need the combo piece. The chain guide works with E-type BB mounts. Prices range from about €80-160.

Bash on through for more lightweight options…

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EB14: Randoms – Sweet Travel Cases, Locks, Folders, Racks, Trailers & More

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Polaris showed off what happens inside their Bike Pod Pro, a hard shell version of the EVA Bike Pod. It locks everything down so it won’t rub, jostle or shift. Fortunately, retail versions are solid green, red or black, so TSA will actually have to open it to see if you’re bike’s worth losing.

Supposing you travel with something that folds, B&W have something smaller that might escape baggage fees below. Click through for more things that fold, jolt and amuse…

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EB14: Roundup – Colorful Custom Suspension Tuning & Other Parts, Fat Tires and Other MTB Fun!

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We’ve seen purple and green anodized forks from Marzocchi in the past, but now you can get your fork tuned for both performance and aesthetics by Fast Suspension.

Offering everything from replacement internals to full damping customization for a wide range of forks and shocks from Rockshox, Fox, Marzocchi, Headshok and more. The purple color is a new, ultra low friction coating…and it’s available black, gold, green and other custom colors, too. The pics tell the story below of the options, plus there’s suspension for kids and much more…

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EB14: Scott’s Award Winning RC ProTec Clothing Could take the Sting Out of Road Rash

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Buried in a mountain of Eurobike and Interbike coverage was this gem – Scott’s new ITD ProTec kit. If you haven’t seen it yet, the ProTec gear won a Eurobike award for a good reason, it may just let you keep that patch of skin in a crash. Working together with Schoeller fabrics, the ITD ProTech technology uses knit carbon yarn which makes the fabric much more resistant to tearing. Then the fabric is printed with a ceramic pattern on top to create a surface that is very abrasion resistant at high speeds.

Based on how many times we’ve seen tattered kits ridden across the line, it’s clear that crashes don’t always knock riders out of contention. But anyone who has ever dealt with severe road rash knows how unpleasant it can be. If the Scott RC ProTec kit can really perform as advertised it should be a huge step forward in rider protection.

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EB14: Roundup – Random and Beautiful Saddles, Stems & Related Accessories

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As usual, there’s simply too much to see at Eurobike to stop and talk with everyone about every product. So as we’re dashing through the halls, we’ll snap things that catch our eye for roundups. Not that they’re any less cool than the brands we dedicate full posts to. On the contrary, there’s often quite a bit of ingenuity to be found in the recesses and shared 10×10 booths. Here’s the first of many roundups to come from Eurobike 2014.

The Bpeople Unica saddle is a simply gorgeous melding of premium, vegetable dyed Italian leather and carbon fiber. Saddle weight is claimed at just 138g. The frame is 4K woven carbon fiber, shaped with a center relief channel on a 263×140 shell.

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