EB16: Haibike Affair & Seet expand Race road line up, venture to gravel with AllTrack

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We know Haibike for producing some of the fastest and craziest e-bikes on the market, but they also produce a solid range of bikes that rely on your legs to push you around. On the road they introduced a new hi-mod carbon Affair Race disc brake bike last year that debuted a new quick release axle concept developed with Tune, and also came with specs that priced it out of most budgets. But for 2017 they are back with a lower cost carbon layup of the Affair Race, plus a new alloy Seet Race with truly affordable specs to get more riders introduced to the road. And for those of us who feel the need to get the tires dirty, even on a road bike, Haibike has tweaked a version of the aluminum bike into the Seet AllTrack, to venture off onto gravel roads and dirt tracks…

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We know Haibike for producing some of the fastest and craziest e-bikes on the market, but they also produce a solid range of bikes that rely on your legs to push you around. On the road they introduced a new hi-mod carbon Affair Race disc brake bike last year that debuted a new quick release […]

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EB16: Ghost Lector X & Lector Kid – hardtail XC racing for the young or dumb

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OK, so I’m a bit of a sucker for a crazy light XC hardtail, and Ghost’s carbon Lector does a pretty good job of delivering on that. When we first spotted a disguised prototype of it last year on the World Cup circuit, it was the lightest complete XC bike we weighed that season. Now Ghost is coming back with an even lighter build, at less than half the cost. How? The Lector X drops the suspension fork for a rigid carbon deal. As Ghost says, “Comfort is for wimps!” And while bigger wheels have pushed XC racing faster, Ghost has now reworked an XS 26″ version of the bike into the Lector Kid, a race-ready XC bike for young up and comers…

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OK, so I’m a bit of a sucker for a crazy light XC hardtail, and Ghost’s carbon Lector does a pretty good job of delivering on that. When we first spotted a disguised prototype of it last year on the World Cup circuit, it was the lightest complete XC bike we weighed that season. Now […]

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EB16: Lighter, more compact EVOC Photop packs get camera gear deep into the woods

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Many professional photographers have relied on the modular camera packs from EVOC to haul their gear and lenses around on photo shoots. But while we’ve seen some adventurous pros take to the trails to get some great shots with giant EVOC bags on their backs, it was not really a solution for proper trail riding, and certainly not for any amateur photography. But now as high quality cameras have become more accessible, EVOC has taken their security and designed-in modularity to cradle your camera gear like a pro and put it into two new smaller backpacks that can actually be ridden far from the parking lot to get those epic shots. The Photop 16l & 22l will likely meet the needs of both amateur and professional photographers alike, who are looking to get out into the wild with their DSLR and System cameras, plus a bit of ride gear and hydration…

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Many professional photographers have relied on the modular camera packs from EVOC to haul their gear and lenses around on photo shoots. But while we’ve seen some adventurous pros take to the trails to get some great shots with giant EVOC bags on their backs, it was not really a solution for proper trail riding, and […]

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EB16: Edco smoothes the track hub, special wheels for USA & bearing tech talk

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Edco’s Julier Special Edition will be a U.S. only version of the Julier Light that switches to Sapim Super Spokes and a modified, higher modulus carbon mix to save weight. It’ll end up as a sub-1000g tubular and 1,100g clincher climbing wheelset. Shown here is the Julier Light, as they’ll look very similar and the special edition versions were not on display.

The special wheels were built on request of Paul Lew, who joined the company a couple months ago and is already putting some major projects on their roadmap. He walked us through these along with a few other updates and some tech talk on why they make their own bearings…

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Edco’s Julier Special Edition will be a U.S. only version of the Julier Light that switches to Sapim Super Spokes and a modified, higher modulus carbon mix to save weight. It’ll end up as a sub-1000g tubular and 1,100g clincher climbing wheelset. Shown here is the Julier Light, as they’ll look very similar and the […]

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EB16: Lapierre’s 70th anniversary limited edition Xelius SL & Overvolt AM, and more…

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We saw a lot of new 2017 bikes from Lapierre this year, from a new TT bike that snuck its way out under FDJ all the way back in January, to new cross country, road, and gravel bikes over the summer, and even a high-end carbon eMTB that rethought how to get the weight balance right to take an e-bike on some proper trail riding. Now to celebrate 70 years of  building bikes, the French company is putting out a couple of limited editions at two opposite sides of their spectrum of new bikes. The Xelius SL is the lightweight road bike that the FDJ team takes into the mountains and the Overvolt AM is that new carbon eMTB with 140mm of trail riding travel, both of which get the subdued 70th anniversary treatment. We also had a chance to get another look at the most affordable of Lapierre’s new alloy gravel bikes…

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We saw a lot of new 2017 bikes from Lapierre this year, from a new TT bike that snuck its way out under FDJ all the way back in January, to new cross country, road, and gravel bikes over the summer, and even a high-end carbon eMTB that rethought how to get the weight balance […]

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EB16: Trail bikes by women for women with Ghost Dre AMR, Lanao & even e-MTB versions

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Led by design engineer Tina Kutschki, one of the few women shaping the bikes that we ride, Ghost Bikes has debuted a wide new line-up of trail bikes for women. Developed together with their women-only World Cup XC factory racing team and Franzi Meyer of their enduro team, the new bikes add to a range that starts out with simple entry-level alloy hardtails and climbs to the 145mm travel coil-over DreAMR X enduro bike. Ghost has even added a few e-bikes to the women’s mountain line-up for those looking to extend their rides. The overarching philosophy of the new line-up is to bring the same smart suspension and geometry that the boys get over, so the girls can rave about the ride and enjoy the descents too…

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Led by design engineer Tina Kutschki, one of the few women shaping the bikes that we ride, Ghost Bikes has debuted a wide new line-up of trail bikes for women. Developed together with their women-only World Cup XC factory racing team and Franzi Meyer of their enduro team, the new bikes add to a range that starts out […]

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EB16: Lightweight hauling with EVOC Hip Pack Race or new light Climate Control backpacks

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Even though EVOC is based in Bavaria, they don’t shy away from the fact that they make a lot of their packs in Vietnam. They tell us that they actually do a lot of mountain bike kit testing there as well. Riding in that hot and humid environment, far away from home, EVOC have a few new packs that are all about staying comfortable, keeping heavy packs off of your sweaty back, and still hauling all the gear you need on the trail. Their Hip Pack Race takes that to the extreme with a modern fanny pack that carries water, tools, and spares low and securely  around your waist, with a few tricks to make it both more secure when bombing down the trail and well vented on your lower back. The new CC series of bags add more hauling capacity and a more conventional backpack layout, but also get a new design to keep your back cool…

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Even though EVOC is based in Bavaria, they don’t shy away from the fact that they make a lot of their packs in Vietnam. They tell us that they actually do a lot of mountain bike kit testing there as well. Riding in that hot and humid environment, far away from home, EVOC have a few new packs […]

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EB16: Cratoni debuts aero C-Pro helmet, smart C-94 concept & Maxster details

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Helmet maker Cratoni showed off some nice looking full feature helmets for kids just before the tradeshows began this past month with their new Maxster and Maxster Pro. Then they followed that up a few weeks later with the C-Pro, an all new vented aero road helmet for us adults. In the recent trend of the semi-aero helmet the C-Pro cuts down the number of side and top vents to limit drag, but keeps generous forward facing vents that they say gives enough ventilation to make it serve well at the slower speeds on a mountain bike as much as on the road.  At Eurobike we got a close look at these two different helmet lines, plus a new C-94 concept helmet project that would serve the urban rider with integrated smart lighting, crash sensors, and more connectivity…

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Helmet maker Cratoni showed off some nice looking full feature helmets for kids just before the tradeshows began this past month with their new Maxster and Maxster Pro. Then they followed that up a few weeks later with the C-Pro, an all new vented aero road helmet for us adults. In the recent trend of the […]

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EB16: Manitou Jacks up a dropper post, Answer adds wider SL Carbon handlebars & better winter gloves

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Manitou is one of the last major suspension manufacturers to jump into the dropper seatpost market, and they’re doing so cautiously. The new Jack dropper post is an OEM offering only and uses a mechanically operated hydraulic cartridge. Between the shaft and the outer tube is a tri-broach/three key system to prevent rotation and slop. They say they’ve had testers on them for more than a year without developing any excessive play.

The design started as a shared product, but was modified and upgraded by Manitou. The process and testing data will be rolled into new, completely in-house designed posts in the future. Look for it spec’d on 2017 Bergamont bikes to start, likely with other euro brands to add it soon. Check out the details and much more from Answer, below…

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Manitou is one of the last major suspension manufacturers to jump into the dropper seatpost market, and they’re doing so cautiously. The new Jack dropper post is an OEM offering only and uses a mechanically operated hydraulic cartridge. Between the shaft and the outer tube is a tri-broach/three key system to prevent rotation and slop. They say they’ve […]

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