Eurobike 2014 product highlights
Our best product picks from the massive Germany tradeshow
Eurobike, held each year in Friedrichshafen, Germany, is the ultimate bike junkie gear fix, with its many halls packed to the gills with each company’s latest and greatest widgets. This year we kept our product updates limited to our Instagram feed–but since the show is over and we still have images to share, here’s a Eurobike wrap-up gallery.
Schwalbe’s Procore system was a huge hit at the show. The dual-chamber system is designed to allow low tire pressures, while protecting the rim with a road tire-like high-pressure inner chamber. The beads of the inner chamber also lock the tire bead into the hook, virtually eliminating tubeless burping. Procore adds about 200 grams per wheel, but Schwalbe claims that a lighter tire can be run to make up the difference.
The Black Diamond hubs from Absolute Black use powerful magnets to engage the ratchet rings. They claim that since the system does not rely on steel springs, the engagement force doesn’t reduce over time. We had a feel on the show floor and the ratchet feels very solid. How it’ll hold up on the trail remains to be seen. The rear hub goes for $385-$395, depending on freehub style, and can be pre-ordered from the Absolute Black website today.
German-made Lupine lights are some of the most compact, yet powerful on the market. The 55-gram Piko 4SC makes an unbelievable 1,200 lumens and can be purchased starting at $375.
Scott Sports was showing the World Cup-winning bike of its star XC athlete, Nino Schurter. Nino won the last World Cup in Meribél, France, on his Spark and took second place overall for the 2014 World Cup title. Check out Nino’s unique setup: seat far forward, stem slammed and bars flipped for an uber-aggressive position.
The e.thirteen Guidering M 104 fits standard mountain cranks and uses a dual-width tooth pattern to manage the single ring’s chain retention. Available now in black, red or blue in even tooth numbers from 30 to 38.
BMC has been known to price its bikes into the stratosphere, but the company is working at pricing its models competitively. The Speedfox SF01 29 sports a full carbon frame, 130 millimeters of Fox-dampened travel and a SRAM XX1 group for $7,000–significantly less than a similarly spec’d Specialized or Santa Cruz.
Are you a wealthy masochist? If so, this ENVE rigid carbon fork just might be right up your alley. Despite its lack of boing, the fork has several cool features including adjustable rake, integrated fender (not shown) and clean brake hose clip.
The feature is Giro’s first mountain-bike helmet to incorporate the MIPS protection liner. Giro’s parent company recently acquired a minority share of MIPS and is using the technology in multiple helmets, so the volume has helped keep prices low. The Feature retails for less than $100.
Don’t like prancing around the forest in plastic-lugged shoes with stiff carbon soles? Scott’s Trail EVO Gore-Tex shoe is an intriguing mix of hiking boot and clipless pedal race shoe all wrapped up in one. BOA closure, Gore-Tex membrane and grippy rubber soles make these kicks as versatile as any true mountain bike shoe should be.
The ThirtyFive fork from Formula is ready for ‘enduro-ing’ with its beefy 35-millimeter stanchions, compression, rebound, lockout and lockout threshold adjustments, and internally adjustable travel. Price: $1,250.
Cannondale’s answer to the enduro-coverage helmet trend: the Ryker all-mountain lid. The 290-gram half-shell comes in three sizes and six colors and retails for $130.
The P&K Lie Special 250 wheel truing stand is likely the most beautifully constructed and precise of its kind. For the most serious of wheel builders and tool snobs, this machine is built to absolute perfection. $2,250
In addition to the much anticipated release of its SB6c, Yeti had John Tomac’s iconic drop bar C-26 on display, arguably getting just as much attention.