Posts in the category Prototype

IB14: Felt Shows Concept Hunting Fat Bike & Beer Hauling e-Cargo Bike

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The Felt Outfitter has been a pet project of Jim Felt for about 5 years. He’s a fly fisher and bow hunter and he and his son always carry in all their gear for days in the woods at a time. They set up a base camp and hunt and fish from those remote wilderness locations. When Felt started making fat bikes and e-bikes, a lightbulb went off.

The Outfitter can haul a trailer with 60-100 pounds of gear (this one’s a modified BOB trailer made to fit a bigger wheel and work with fat bikes). They’re working on their own trailer, though, they’re just not ready to show it. Look for that sometime later next year.

In the meantime, check out the details below…

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EB14: Centurion bringing Discs to German Speaking Cross and Road Bikes

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Centurion apparently has strong cyclocross ties rooted in the racing career of its founder Wolfgang Renner, and their focus shows in the development of this carbon cross prototype which is expected to be available for cross season a year from now. They have a carry-over aluminum cross range available now, but our readers outside of the German-speaking markets of Centurion can still drool over this nice looking bike from what is a typically affordable company and a development partner with the much bigger Merida.

Read on for a bunch of detail images of the Crossdrive prototype, plus a nice line of disc road bikes that are available now…

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EB14: Knog Lights Up Your Life, Gives Locks a Code, and Is Working on Lights for Germans

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Based on the performance of their LED bicycle lights, Knog’s newest products aren’t such a stretch. Sure, their new expose smartphone light isn’t exactly bicycle specific, but it bridges the gap between bicycle lights and consumer electronics. The expose series launches alongside their Qudos action camera light system which allows you to film with your GoPro, even in the dark.

Knog may be brightening up their light portfolio but there are some new bike specific products as well….

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Spotted: 13 Speed Phil Wood Hub and Cassette?

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So this just happened on Facebook – Phil Wood posted a photo of a hub that to our eyes looks like it is carrying a 13 speed cassette. Is this a sign of things to come? Or perhaps a one off teaser meant to get us excited for Interbike? Start the speculation below…

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EB14: Kask Eyes Enduro with REX Prototype, Lifestyle Visor, Protone Aero, and Infinity Coming to U.S.

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At this point, the Italian helmet brand Kask is probably best known in the U.S. as the helmet sponsor of Team Sky. Now on their 10th anniversary, the company has 6 different helmet divisions including skiing, mountaineering, climbing, equestrian, rescue teams, and work safety, with cycling accounting for 40% of their business. Available in the U.S. through Highway 2, Kask is looking to increase their presence stateside with more helmets including a forthcoming model for Enduro that actually looks really good.

Clip into the details next…

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EB14: Caterham Introduces Beautiful Duo Cali Carbon and Fairspear Steel Road Bikes, Plus Prototype Flat Bar Shifter for Campy EPS!

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The last time we heard from Caterham in the bike space it had to do with some wild looking E-bikes. In a move that should please many of the commenters on said article, Caterham is back with a line of bikes that are all human powered and all beautiful. Called the Duo Cali (Caterham Advanced Lightweight Innovations, the carbon road bikes will be offered in three models, the Duo Cali Record, Chorus, and Urban EPS. All of the carbon bikes are produced in Europe with the composites team based in Cologne and design, engineering, production, paint, and assembly completed in Germany.

The line is not all carbon though, as Caterham is also introducing the Fairspear steel bike that is said to be linked to the Super 7 race car. While the company is busy putting out bikes, they’re also working on unique stems and even custom flat bar shifters for Campagnolo EPS.

Details next…

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EB14: Lightweight Co-develops Unique Velocité Project e-Bike Solution with Research Partners

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The carbon fiber experts of Lightweight have been busy this year working on incorporating advanced electronic systems into some already market-leading products. Besides their Smart Wheels sensors that we just showed you last week, Lightweight has also been working on a totally unique and possibly groundbreaking e-Bike called the Velocité Project. Developed as an academic and commercial cooperation under a Transform: Mobility into eXcitement grant from the German Ministry of Education and Research, the project was a response to a call to develop key technologies to address urban electro-mobility.

Lightweight coordinated the joint project through their technology development division CarboFibretec. The bike they presented at Eurobike is a proof of concept demonstration of a Pedelec using the newly developed tech. Read on to see what makes this machine unique and what applications it might have…

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EB14: SR Suntour Launches Aion Fork, Updates Rux DH, Prototype Shocks & High End 24″ Kids Forks

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We spotted the Aion at Taipei bike show, and now it’s in production. Designed to be a budget alternative to their higher end Auron forks, the Aion keeps the 34mm stanchions and same lower casting, bushings and seals, but switches to straight gauge (non-tapered) stanchions, forged crown and regular steel thru axle instead of the lighter alloy one.

You’ll get adjustment options with the damper, choosing between RC (rebound / compression) or LO-R (lockout / rebound). Take your pick, they’re both the same price regardless of control knob and wheel size. Retail is $550, and claimed weight is 2,120g for the 27.5. Add about 30g for the 29er.

As for the rest of this stuff, it’s either prototype that’s showing a taste of things to come, or just a look at some cool stuff we didn’t know they had…

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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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