Posts in the category Taipei Show

TPE15: Wheeler’s Thirtysixxer towers over slick 29er, cyclocross & other bikes


Wheeler is a Taiwanese brand with distribution throughout much of the world, including a U.S. agent despite the limited presence here. Most of the bikes on their website are mid-level, with a few slick looking full suspension mountain bikes and aero road bikes topping things out. For Taipei, they had several new models across new-for-them categories that featured some nice details.

The Thirtysixxer was rightly placed at the corner of their booth, suckering me in for a closer look…


TPE15: Blktec adds one-piece carbon clincher wheels & aero road bar-stem, new MTB bar-stem combo


Blktec debuted at Eurobike last year with some unique bolt-on handlebar/stem units, and they’re back with more of those this year. But, for this new aero road bar, they eschewed the bolts and adjustability altogether to save weight and improve aerodynamics.

This one’s still a prototype, final weights are TBD. By using a one-piece design, there’s no need to round off the center section, letting them cut drag by keeping the airfoil shape all the way across. And it’s made for Di2, with a clever port underneath for the junction box…


TPE15: Panaracer readying road tubeless, prototype gravel road tires & more


Panaracer’s expanding their gravel bike tire collection to larger sizes. The new 700×41 GravelKing, shown to the left of the current knobby 32mm size, should be in stores in July. Weight is TBD, price should be $44.95 for a folding Kevlar bead version. The smoother GravelKing at the top left of the image comes in 23, 26 and 28 millimeter widths.

The Pacenti Pari-Moto will also add a 41mm width, which will be available in May. Also $44.95, weight also TBD.

Click through for pics of those and an update on where Panaracer stands on tubeless ready tires for road and cyclocross…


TPE15: Box Components adds wide range rear derailleur & XC stem, brakes get finalized

Box Components wide range rear derailleur for up to 44-tooth cassette cog

Box Components is finally starting production on their rear derailleur, likely starting with this new wide range model designed for today’s bigger cassettes. All told, there’ll be seven derailleurs: Short, mid and long cage, all offered with and without clutch, and the new clutch-eqipped wide range.

The long cage handles up to a 36, the wide range will go up to 44 tooth cogs. To make that happen, the lower knuckle is longer and the top pulley is offset. The lower pulley is larger to grab more chain, which helps keep the chain more stable.

Pricing is $125 with clutch, $110 without. Shifters are $50 per side if you keep away from the big brands altogether, but the derailleurs are 100% Shimano shifter compatible.


TPE15: Prototype carbon ISM Adamo Attack triathlon saddle loses its cover

Prototype ISM Adamo Attack full carbon saddle for triathlon and TT bikes

At Interbike last fall, ISM added more padding to several models for those wanting something a little cushier. Now, they’re stripping it all away to create something for those wanting something a little lighter.

A lot lighter, actually. This carbon fiber concept based on the Adamo Attack saddle and comes in at just 185g. For ISM, that’s really light…almost half the 314g weight of a standard Adamo Attack.

They’re currently running it through ISM’s extensive comfort and blood flow testing. If it all works out, they’ll offer it in limited quantities. For now, it’s a concept only, and we’ve got more pics below…


TPE15: New Vittoria MTB tires cover XC to DH, plus a look at graphene carbon rims


Last year, the Geax line of mountain bike tires was rolled into parent brand Vittoria. Most of the existing models carried over, and the Peyote, Barzo and Jafaki are the first three new treads to roll out under the Vittoria name.

The Jafaki is a moto-inspired tire with big knobs and even bigger side knobs to keep your firmly planted during high speed (read: descending) maneuvering. The widely spaced center section should clear quickly, making it a solid choice for enduro on anything but very dry hardpack.

The Barzo and Peyote skew more toward all purpose trail and XC use with lower profile knobs and faster rolling center sections. All three tires use sipes on the tread blocks to improve grip.


TPE15: Topeak saddles up w/ new seats, Panobike cycling computers, Tool Monster & mounts for everything!

Topeak Tool Monster mini multi tool with CO2 inflator head

Topeak had quite a few new goodies behind glass cases at Taipei Cycle show. Since they’re somewhat known for clever little tools (and hugely awesome cases to put them in), we’ll start there.

The Tool Monster combines 22 tools into a very compact, two piece multi-tool. The main body has many of them built in, and a smaller part houses the allen wrenches (1.5/2/2.5/3/4/5/6/8 and T10/T25). Other bits include 8/9 box wrenches, chain tool (that’ll even work with modern 11-speed hollow pin chains), chain hook, #2 Phillips, spoke wrenches and 15mm open wrench. The smaller piece can attach to the larger one by inserting the 8mm allen key into the 8mm box wrench, giving it a larger handle for increased leverage on some of the tools.

Opt for the Tool Monster Air and you swap the chain breaker/pin pusher for a CO2 inflator head that’ll fit both Schrader and Presta.


TPE15: Swift races an Evil Twin, introduces wicked new Clifton city bicycles

Swift Evil Twin carbon full suspension XC race mountain bike

Swift Carbon has been around for eight years now, focusing mostly on road, triathlon and TT bikes. Last fall, they launched their first full suspension mountain bike, the Evil Twin.

It’s a short travel XC race bike that’s built for the type of multi-day, long distance stage racing popular in South Africa. Which is fitting since the brand’s founder, Mark Blewett, is a former South African pro cyclist.

The Evil Twin has a heavily shaped, mostly oversized frame that’s very asymmetric in its design. Suspension is just 90mm in the rear, with geometry angled for a 100mm fork. The design started with a primary parameter of fitting two water bottle cages on the frame, making it ideal for long distance racing that’s somewhat supported, but might have long distances between aid stations.


TPE15: Maxxis revamps mountain bike line, new fat bike tires, gravel, road tubeless & more!


Updates across the entire Maxxis range touch every discipline, from mountain and fat bikes, to road tubeless and tubular, to new gravel options. Only cyclocross tires were untouched for now.

On the mountain bike side, some of their best known tread patterns were reworked to improve performance. The Crossmark II gets a few redesigns to help with cornering and braking. The side knobs have been opened up by dramatically reducing the size of the round knob and spacing it out to every other section to help with cornering grip. The center section gets a ramped/stepped design instead of being full height all the way around. They’re also a bit wider, so there’s more of an end block on each ramp to bite in for better braking.