Posts in the category Eurobike

Haro Shifts into Full Suspension with Standard and Plus Size Tires

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When most people think Haro, they think BMX. While there were still plenty of BMX bikes on hand at the trade shows, what was most surprising were their new mountain bikes. Over the years, Haro has strayed from their BMX roots to test out the mountain bike waters to varied success. Now, Haro is charging back in with the Shift, Shift Plus, and Subvert plus size mountain bikes to add to the collection.

Designed to offer high levels of performance at prices that are within reach of the average consumer. The Shift will be offered in standard 27.5″ wheels, but more surprising is Haro beating many companies to the punch on a 27+ full suspension bike…


Week In Review: Euro/Interbike Coverage, Biggest Crash/Balls at Rampage, Lots From Poc & Lupine, and The Bike You Never Wanted

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To wrap up another exciting week, we’re bringing you a easy to scan round up of last week’s massive amount of coverage. Included are some crazy cool stuff coming from POC, Lupine takes us up another step or two with more tech & lumens, Redbull Rampage’s biggest fall/finish, and see this week’s most viewed and commented on train wreck of a….. err, bike.

Skip back in the past to see what you missed……


EB15 Randoms: Mega Euro Clothing Roundup from Adidas to Ziener


There’s no shortage of bright colors and flashy patterns in the halls of Eurobike. While there has been a general recent trend of high-vis clothing and accessories, which we can totally get behind as a concept to be seen out on the roads, it doesn’t stop there. European cyclists are somewhat known for being unafraid of a little color, so we tried to snap some photos of the clothing that caught our attention. Join us after the break for a sampling of custom shoes, coordinated kits, well-dressed mannequins, and clothing for the whole family…


EB15 Randoms: A little of everything from a Kid’s Fat Bike to a Posh e-Bike


There really is any kind of bike you can imagine for every possible rider type at Eurobike. We have been regularly filing reports on the bikes and gear we found wandering the halls for the last month and a half. As the week and our Eurobike coverage nears their ends, we’ve compiled a selection of bikes worthy of a look, even if they didn’t warrant a post of their own.

When we think of the first bikes from Early Rider, it’s bikes like the Trail Runner XL that come to mind. At 150£ the mother-of-all balance bikes gets an aluminum frame, massive 14×2.5″ rubber to roll over anything, and even a steering dampener/limiter to help out when the trail runs out. But Early Rider does a lot more in light and smart bikes to get kids pedaling and out riding too.

Come past the break to see more of the bigger Early Rider bikes, plus stand outs from Bergamont, Open, Silverback, and Lapierre…


EB15: New Konstructive thru-axle disc road Rhodolite, and steel Tanzanite all-mountain hardtail, plus more


Small German frame shop Konstructive had a few new bikes to show both outside and inside at Eurobike. The second generation of their lightweight disc brake Rhodolite (we saw the first last year at the show) gets updated with thru-axles for the new year. While the bike has a race character, Konstructive developed the frame and the varied tubing shapes throughout to give optimal power transfer and bottom bracket stiffness, with a degree of comfort and predictable geometry that make it an all-day, all-weather machine.

Jump past the break for some more details, plus the new steel hardtail all-mountain Tanzanite and some variations on their carry-over models…


EB15 Randoms: Tools, Tires & Components from Wera, Challenge, Tufo, SKS & More


This week we’re picking through some of the last things that jumped out at us at Eurobike. Today we get a truly random round up of tools, tires, and components that cover a range from exciting and new to just good to know. While each of these piqued our interest they didn’t quite warrant individual write-ups.

We’ll start with a pair of nice tool sets from Wera, which get distributed with Syntace. The 30€ 9-piece rainbow Hex-Plus wrenches have a fluted head, almost shaped kind of like a Torx that claims to offer better bit with less chance of rounding bolts, plus a ball-end on the other side. The 35€ Bit-Check kit is a small 6″ drop-forged ratcheting driver and 9-piece bit set that should make quick work of regular bolt tightening. It includes a some standard Phillips bits, a T15, T20 & T25, plus 4 & 5 mm hexes, but can use any other standard 1/4″ bits as well.

There’s plenty more from Challenge, Innova, Ambrosio, Tufo, Strider, Joystick, SKS, Shutter Precision, and Jagwire after the break. So read on for some more eye catchers…

EB15: Sportful leans hard on Fabric Tech for R&D Summer and Fiandre Wet Winter lines

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The new top end clothing from Sportful for this winter and next spring relies quite heavily on high tech fabrics and non-traditional construction methods to put together jerseys, shorts, jackets, and tights that can handle a wide range of temperatures and conditions while keeping the rider comfortable. The R&D series in Sportful’s take on reapplying the tech and experience that they develop for their pro team (including 2015 Giro winner and 2015 UCI Road World Champ), so that it can be made into consumer clothing for all-day comfort. This R&D Jersey is designed as the pinnacle of Sportful’s tech for long days in the saddle, and forms the base of a line up that also includes Ultralight and Speedskin versions. Come past the break for more R&D details, plus the lowdown on their new Fiandre line-up for when the weather gets cold and wet…


POC Introduces New Tectal MTB, Coron DH Helmets, Resistance and Fondo Clothing Lines, POC Aid, Plus New Owner

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If you’re going to announce new ownership to your company, a strong showing at a trade show prior to the big announcement seems like the way to go. First Moots, and now POC have been sold to new owners just following Interbike. POC is now owned by Investcorp, “a leading provider and manager of alternative investment products.” According to POC’s founder and CEO Stefan Ytterborn,  “We are delighted to be partnering with Investcorp in the next stage of our development; with Investcorp, POC has the capability to further accelerate, to grow sales, increase penetration into new markets and drive forward innovation, while not deviating from our ultimate mission of doing the best we can to possibly save lives and reduce consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists”

Take that as you will, but if the products and concepts shown at Eurobike and Interbike are any indication, it seems that POC’s future is in good hands…


EB15: Extreme Shox Arma DH and Storia enduro shocks storm the trail with a low pressure system

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The shocks you’re seeing here aren’t entirely new, they’ve been on the market for a few years, but it’s the first time we’ve seen them. And there are a few new features for 2015/16. After diving into the tech, they’re worth a good hard look the next time you’re considering upgrading your rear shock.

Extreme Racing Shox are made in Italy of alloy, chromoly steel and titanium with ultra fine tolerances. The beautifully polished exterior is only the icing on the cake. Inside are special sealing systems that take advantage of their extremely low pressure nitrogen chamber that backs up the damping fluid. The result is a super smooth shock that reacts almost immediately to the slightest input forces, giving you better traction and more predictable performance across the entire range.

The damping technology is unlike anything you’ll find on other bicycle suspension components, borrowed almost perfectly from the company’s F1 experience. Put it altogether and you’ve got an extremely high end shock that’s customized for you and your bike, is lightweight, and isn’t much more expensive than what’s already on top level bikes…