Posts in the category Eurobike

EB13: Lightweight Urgestalt Road Bike Weighs In, Plus Detail Photos

Lightweight Urgestalt carbon fiber road bike

German brand Lightweight introduced their Urgestalt road bike in August, just prior to Eurobike, so we used the tradeshow to get closer and see where the complete bikes weighed in.

The “archetype” frame comes in at a claimed 790g, and framesets including their new seatpost are catalogued at 1,340g with fork and headset. But when you add in their new Rennbugel handlebar, their wheels and a full build, here’s what it looks like…


EB13: New Storck Aernario Disc Brake Road Bike & Rebel Seven 650B Hardtail Join Lineup

2014 Storck Aernario Disc brake road bike

German lightweight bicycle manufacturer Storck didn’t take long to join the disc brake road bike movement, and thankfully it appears they put the same thought and details into the new Aernario Disc as with bikes like their Aero TT and others.

The Aernario line was introduced last year as Storck’s aero road bike that, frankly, didn’t scream “aero” at first glance. Subtle tube shaping and a narrower 1-1/8″ to 1-1/4″ tapered steerer, features that carry over to the disc brake model. What’s new, other than the stoppers, are the front and rear thru axles, reinforced lower sections and an all new Stiletto Disc fork.


EB13: New Sweet Protection Bushwhacker Carbon MIPS Mountain Bike Helmet


Sweet Protection isn’t a name we hear much about in the States yet. They’re based out of Trysil, in the mountains of Norway, and the brand has been in development since the founders’ early renegade skating days in the late ’80s. After making skateboards, snowboards and then kayaks, they made the move to actual business with protective gear designed around their own active lifestyles.

Today, their full face and full coverage helmets are worn by riders in events like Red Bull Rampage and Nine Knights, and the Bushwhacker is the first heavily vented lid aimed more at trail riding.

It uses five distinct outer pieces inmolded to the EPS body. Two of them are carbon fiber, which they say is stiffer and helps disperse impact forces over a larger area. Inside, a MIPS liner helps separate the shell from the head, potentially reducing rotational injuries. Closeups and more below…


EB13: Prologo Nago Evo Saddles Updated w/ Center Relief Channel & CPC Options


Prologo introduced the F1 inspired CPC (Connect Power Control) vibration damping material to its saddles and gloves last summer. Now, they’ve added it to the semi-round Nago Evo shape, providing one more option. Claimed weight is 160g with carbon rails.

The material also helps prevent slipping. I’ve been riding their gloves with it on and off for the past year and, despite generally preferring gloves with a bit of padding, tend to like them as long as the bar tape’s not too thin.

Close up of the material and their new PAS “love channel” saddle design below…


EB13: Rockwell’s Unique Plastic Bead Pod Bicycle Helmets

Rockwell bicycle helmets with plastic bead pods to absorb impact

The Rockwell helmet uses pods of plastic beads from the medical industry to absorb impact by deforming their shape rather than crushing. It’s been in development for a year and will pass EN safety standards.

Not only does it conform to your head, but it’ll deform around impacts and obstacles. It’ll also hold up to small drops better than EPS shells, which makes it a great option for kids. While they won’t officially say it’s good for multiple crash impacts, the materials don’t permanently deform or lose their ability to absorb impact. Do with that what you will…


EB13: Rose Bicycles Adds Gran Fondo Road Bikes, All-New Full Suspension 650B Mountain Bike & More!


Rose was slightly ahead of the game with last year’s introduction of the Xeon Disc road bike. Now, they’re getting on the gran fondo bandwagon (of course, we can’t wait for them to combine the two!).

The Xeon CGF / GF (Gran Fondo) is a new iteration of their road bike that comes in carbon and alloy. It uses flexible, bent stays for better compliance and a taller headtube and geometry based around endurance riding, not racing. The rear brake is under the BB, freeing up the seat stays to move more freely to soak up bumps.

Both frame types use a massive downtube with extensive shaping to maintain pedaling stiffness. Carbon version shown above, alloy and the new downhill and trail bikes all shown below…


EB13: KMC Adds Colors to Diamond Like Coated Black Chains

KMC DLC Diamond Like Coating black bicycle chains now come in colors

KMC has had an all-black DLC chain in the line for at least a year. They say the “Diamond Like Coating” helps the chain last 20% longer than normal. The standard model is the X11SL DLC, part of their lightweight chain collection, and is all black with inner and outer plates all coated.

Now, they’re offering colored versions with the inner plates getting a different, colored coating. The Turquoise shown above was for a Bianchi sponsored pro team and will come in 11-speed only. The blue and red shown after the break will be offered in 10- and 11-speed versions. Price is €100.


EB13: Selle Italia Unveils Iron Flow Triathlon Saddle w/ Carbon-Ceramic Rails, More!


Fizik’s new Triathlon-specific saddle wasn’t the only one launching at Eurobike. The new Selle Italia Iron Flow incorporates a unique honey comb plate in the central groove, a shaped tail to improve aerodynamics and a new CarboKeramic rail material.

The shape is formed to help support your sit bones and keep your hips properly tilted forward for maximum power transfer. The additional benefit of having the tail of the sitting area kicked up is that it gave them room to essentially create a fairing that helped lead the airflow smoothly off the rider’s back. They put it this way: “(It) prevents the vortex cascade effect which produces turbulence behind the rider.”

The center channel “net” directs air flow to the chamois to help dry it out as well as providing a pass through for water to drain away. The nose is tapered and curved downward and has a somewhat truncated design to reduce chafing and make for free and easy leg movement.


EB13: Closeup Look at 2014 Pinarello Dogma Hydro Disc Brake Road Bike, Dogma XC Full Suspension MTB

2014 Pinarello Dogma XM full suspension mountain bike detail photos

Teased with an overly gushing video earlier this summer, the Pinarello Dogma XC full suspension mountain bike’s looks certainly lived up to the hype. Whether it rides as well is something we’ll have to check out separately. For now, we’ve got a lot of detail photos and a bit more info on it and the new Dogma K Hydro disc brake road bike.

The XM shares a lot of front end features with their hardtail, including the internal cable routing, fork crown bumper and split top tube seat clamp device. The rear end is what’s really unique, featuring asymmetric shock placement with a lower link routed around the bottom bracket, flex stays and more…