This mega-random roundup of latest tech, bikes, and bits from Eurobike 2022 covers lots of classes, for street, gravel, mountain, commuter, and loads of bikepacking.
The Bold Cycles Linkin mountain bike isn’t truly new, that is the bike that launched last fall together with your alternative of 135mm or 150mm rear journey. But, hiding behind that wall was a virtually blacked-out room of their new proprietor Scott Sports’ sales space with one thing that seems to take a seat between this and the just lately launched 2022 Scott Spark, which has 120mm of journey.
The key distinction, moreover journey size, between the Spark and the Linkin is the rear shock’s orientation and linkage construction. The Scott makes use of a normal higher rocker arm to drive the shock downward, in a vertical mounting setup.
The Linkin makes use of a decrease linkage-pushed horizontal shock, which connects to the linkage contained in the body, retaining the complete rear shock shielded from the weather.
So, that teaser bike may very well be the subsequent Scott Genius. The present Genius is five years old, has 150mm journey, and appears ripe for an replace. My visible cues (the bike was actually exhausting to see) recommended a 140-150mm journey fork, utilizing a body structure just like the Spark. With the Spark RC having the identical 120mm rear and bumping to a 130mm fork, a 140-150mm with an up to date suspension structure and geometry makes lots of sense.
Benno Bikes DemiDemi
Based off the smaller RemiDemi, the brand new Benno DemiDemi gives an prolonged rear finish and twin battery capability. Add on any of their wide selection of equipment and you may flip it into a child hauler, grocery getter, scholar commuter, or no matter you need. Check them out at BennoBikes.com.
Ortlieb upgrades their luggage
Ortlieb has streamlined and tapered their prime tube bag. The authentic was, truthfully, actually dangerous…it was too extensive, and exhausting to open, particularly whereas using. The new one makes use of a tapered design that’s thinner on the rear to clear knees, and has a deep protection magnetic flap prime that’s straightforward to entry whereas using, however nonetheless maintains wonderful climate safety for its contents.
A brand new saddle bag makes use of their bolt-on mounting base to permit you to securely carry this outsized possibility. With a roll prime and removable shoulder strap, it’s a fantastic commuter possibility that pops on and off in a flash.
Their group kits are designed particularly to suit into their pannier luggage and hold your garments, gear, and even a laptop computer completely located. New is the toiletries equipment (left, backside, proven open) that features a small mirror, and the clothes equipment (middle) with a detachable plastic folding information that will help you get your shirts completely folded to take up much less house (and have fewer wrinkles).
Their handlebar mounting equipment works with all kinds of baskets and luggage, which are available in a ton of colours. On the underside middle (inexperienced) is a brand new flip-prime bag with clear prime that’s nice for metropolis errands and even bikepacking. Slide your telephone or a map underneath the duvet and also you’ll have the ability to see it whereas additionally retaining it shielded from the weather.
Aeroe bikepacking frames
Aeroe’s bikepacking frames and luggage are distinctive in that they will simply regulate the place of your luggage to clear ankles or be extra aerodynamic. They’ll clamp onto your chainstays, fork legs, or handlebar, on nearly any bike, even full suspension mountain bikes. Check out their newest mannequin to see the way it works.
Above, they have been exhibiting off that their racks work nice for attaching nearly any type of small bag, backpack, or hip pack, too.
Zefal aero dry bag
I suppose technically you might do that with any spherical, tube-like dry bag with loop mounts, however it seemed cool, so I took a pic. It truly is a handlebar roll bag that comes with a compressible sleeve that straps to your handlebar, however I kinda like the concept of constructing that extra aerodynamic by strapping it to aero bar extensions.
Check out Zefal’s full line of body luggage and common fenders at Zefal.com.
Evoc’s framebag setup
Cory has a full story approaching this, however I actually appreciated the seems to be of their new assortment, so I assumed I’d share.
Ergon’s Sport/Fitness Saddles
Ergon’s new SF (Sport Fitness) saddles are designed for informal lovers and commuters. If to procure a motorcycle through the pandemic and are nonetheless using it for enjoyable and train, that is for you.
Optimized aid channels for each women and men, plus two sizes for every gender on every mannequin, present loads of match choices. They use an orthopedic foam, with a gel-enhanced mannequin additionally accessible, to distribute strain higher than typical “performance” bike saddles. Retail is $/€49.95 for the SF mannequin, and $/€69.95 for the SF Sport Gel.
Selle SMP “compact” saddles debut
Selle SMP is the most recent to enter the “Short Nose” saddle class. They’ve taken two of their fashions, the VT30 Gel and VT20 and added a V30C and V20C possibility, the place C=Compact. Both fashions get a normal and Gel possibility, with the latter including a skinny layer of gel padding over prime that helps it mildew to your physique form whereas using, however rebounds completely afterward.
The key distinction between fashions is the form, one’s a bit flatter than the opposite, and one will get nearer to Selle SMP’s trademark wave-like profile. Both are 155mm extensive, however the Compact fashions trim nearly 30mm off the entrance. Available with chrome steel or carbon rails, they each look actually good and have me extra within the model.
They’ve additionally launched new bar tape, with and with out gel. I’d advocate the gel tape except you want very skinny bar tape. They say it stretches simply sufficient to offer a fantastic set up, however not a lot that you just’ll find yourself stretching it too skinny and dropping the advantage of that gel padding.
I additionally although it good that they make fenders that thoughts the hole of their saddles, since you positively don’t need a moist spot down there.
Rotor provides common 1x chainrings
Rotor has added new 1x direct-mount chainrings for his or her gravel and mountain bike cranksets which are appropriate with the most recent 12-velocity street and mountain bike chains from SRAM and Shimano. And nonetheless appropriate with 11 velocity, too. They weren’t giving up the main points on their tooth profiles that permit this, however did say it took a bit of labor.
That “13 speed” icon refers to compatibility with their UNO drivetrain, and (sadly) not the Campy Ekar group.
Below that, they’ve new GRX crankset-appropriate oval and spherical rings that use Shimano’s 110/80 BCD for double chainrings.
Spur Cycle’s lovely rearview biking mirror
In improvement for years, the Spur Cycle Rearview Mirror ought to lastly launch subsequent summer time. Two variations might be provided – a clip-on model that works with any biking cap, and a glasses mount model.
They’re nonetheless finding out the precise folding design to good the place and adjustment vary, and will but add telescoping functionality. MSRP might be a really affordable $40 and embrace a common visor that can match most any helmet. Look for this to be the stocking stuffer of Christmas 2023.
Out Of Optics depraved gentle, auto-change sun shades
Out Of has been making sun shades that drop effectively beneath 20g for some time, however their newest BOT mannequin (left) takes issues to a brand new stage with battery-free digital tinting that routinely adjusts to ambient gentle.
Using a lightweight sensor with photo voltaic panel, it will probably sense a change in gentle (like once you go out and in of tree cowl) and regulate their darkness in lower than a second. It’s not so dramatic a change to be distracting, however it’s sufficient to make it simpler to see once you go right into a tunnel or path.
What’s wonderful is that there’s no battery or charging required, so that they’re capable of make them simply ~30 but capable of maintain a cost for as much as a yr. They are critically spectacular. Coming later this yr.
TwoNav is for off-grid bikepackers
TwoNav is a Spanish model that makes GPS mapping gadgets targeted on orienteering. Their new Terra (left) and Trail 2 Plus operate as biking computer systems, taking in knowledge out of your energy meter, HR, and many others., however give attention to offering prime-notch detailed navigation.
They include terrain maps and TomTom Road navigation constructed-in, plus entry to their pc-primarily based routing software program, so you possibly can create extraordinarily detailed plans in your subsequent journey. Or simply see the place you might be once you’re out within the wild. Combine that with among the largest screens of something designed to suit on (or in entrance of) your handlebar, and also you’ve acquired an excellent excuse for not getting misplaced.
Northwave will get extra excessive
This September, Northwave will launch completely new variations of their prime street and MTB footwear. The new Extreme XC2 (prime) and Extreme Pro 3 (backside) remove the overlapped higher and reroute the retention cables to additional cut back strain factors. Already a few of my favourite footwear, I’m trying ahead to attempting these out.
The Freeland is a brand new flat-pedal bike path/gentle MTB/commuter shoe with a single, central retention dial with a intelligent contact. Just pull the strap straight as much as loosen them and simply slip your foot out. And then again in. Also coming in September.
The Tailwhip Eco Evo is a brand new, environmentally pleasant model of their prime freeride shoe. Using a brand new higher, liner and laces manufactured from RePet (recycled water bottles), the footbed makes use of 86% ReFoam (recycled polyurethane foam).
The Michelin rubber outsoles are made with 26% ReRubber (rubber scraps from the manufacturing course of). Available in black, blue and forest inexperienced, they’ll retail for €110 after they launch in February 2023.
Vaude commuter footwear
These Vaude Dualflex city cycling shoes are designed as a lot for all-day consolation and strolling as biking, and simply look the half on the workplace or cafe. A carbon plate on the ball of the foot gives strong energy switch when pedaling and clean roll off when strolling.
A stiff nylon shank overlaps with that barely and runs to the again of the foot to create a stiff-sufficient shoe for environment friendly pedaling. And a TPU foam makes them extra comfy for strolling.
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