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Eurobike 2022: Unreleased Shimano S-Phyres, Endura’s 3D-printed chamois, recycled Sidis and more

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18 Jul 2022
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Cyclist’s first gallery from Eurobike covered the show’s gravel-related highlights so, for balance, in the second we make the switch over to a curation of kit that’s more road-oriented.

The bike industry’s apparel sector is one of its most diverse (read: crowded) and as such there was plenty of hall space at the recent Eurobike show given over to kit, helmets, shades and shoes.

A consequence of the segment being so competitive is that if you look hard enough you’ll find there are a few brands incorporating innovative production and design techniques that make them stand apart from the masses.

Here is a selection of those brands and their products on display.

Shimano S-Phyre RC903 shoes

The S-Phyre RC903 shoes aren’t slated for general release until around October this year but they have already has been spotted on the feet of Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert has been sporting a custom-painted pair at the ongoing Tour de France and they were on Shimano’s stand for all to see at Eurobike.

Aside from obvious superficial changes, such as the reintroduction of a mesh vent on the forefoot and a switch to fabric anchor points for the lower Boa cable routing, not much has been confirmed about the new design. The current generation was released less than two years ago so an update so soon is somewhat unexpected.

That said, it has been widely recognised that Shimano altered the shape of the previous-generation RC902s significantly – they are much narrower in the toe box, for example.

Such a deviation from Shimano’s usual fit has not been well received so Cyclist has it on good authority that the RC903s rectify the RC902’s misguided shape shift.

100% S3 2022 Peter Sagan Limited Edition Collection sunglasses

As if their general designs weren’t bold enough, typically around the Tour de France each year 100% produces limited edition collections for Peter Sagan to promote while he rides around France.

This year 100% has gone for a tie-dye design that it says is very loosely derived from Team TotalEnergies logo colours.

Apparently, it ‘represents Peter’s colourful journey with his new team... and echoes Peter’s unconventional and eccentric personality and riding style.’ Okay then.

Whichever way 100%’s marketing team wants to justify the collection, it wouldn’t be unfair to say that what the brand has created is fun and strikingly good looking.

Three models are included in this collection – the S3, S3 and Speedcraft – and in each a purple-tinted multilayer mirror lens sets off the tie-dye frame nicely.

We think it is one of the most broadly appealing 100% limited edition collections to date.

Endura Pro SL 3D EGM Matrix bib shorts

Endura runs what it dubs an ‘Ergonomistry Project’ with biomechanist Phil Burt, which it says is a collaboration to improve performance through optimising apparel comfort and support.

The project has focussed on producing garments to reduce the incidence of saddle sores in female riders and now the riding comfort of men has been taken into consideration in the Pro SL 3D EGM Matrix bib shorts.

The new bib shorts use 3D-printed inserts embedded within the chamois construction.

Endura says aside from improving comfort, this design boosts breathability while reducing weight too.

Jack Wolfskin 3D Aerorise backpack

Jumping from bib shorts to backpacks while staying on a theme of 3D printing nicely demonstrates the versatility of the new technology.

Jack Wolfskin has included 3D printed panels on a range of its new backpacks. The brand says it can tune the composition of each panel to provide optimum level of support depending on where it is supposed to contact the wearer’s back.

A happy coincidence of the material’s open lattice structure – but nonetheless an important feature in any backpack design anyway – is the panels’ level of breathability, which Jack Wolfskin says is far better than conventional foams more commonly used.

Northwave Extreme Pro 3 shoes

Details were scarce on Northwaves new Extreme Pro 3 shoes, but the design looks to have been given a considerable overhaul compared to the current Extreme Pro 2s.

The upper appears to be made of a thinner material not unlike the Synchwire mesh used on top end Giro shoes. That, plus the simple, clean lines of the shoe in general suggest that light weight was a focus.

The cable routing pattern of the lower SLW3 dial has been simplified too, and it is unclear whether Northwave has chosen to retain it’s ‘XFrame 2’ construction that claimed to cinch the upper around the foot rather than simply down on to it.

Look out for more coverage on the shoe after it has been officially released.

Shimano S-Phyre 2 sunglasses

Alongside the new S-Phyre shoes on Shimano’s stand was a revision of its S-Phyre glasses too. Updates have been made more to the shape of them than to the materials and construction.

The previous design was very sporty and angular, whereas the new models are more contemporary with a larger, more relaxed shield lens.

The old S-Phyre glasses were available in either frameless or framed options, whereas these will be offered initially only in a semi-frameless format.

Sidi Shot 2 DZero Eco road shoes

These shoes have a lot going on, not just in terms of the chaotic Italian slang slapped all over them, but also in terms of their sustainable design.

The DZeros feature an upper made of pre-consumer recycled content, are finished with a Bio Veg resin made of corn-starch and the insole combines natural cotton with 95% recycled polyurethane.

They also now come in FSC-certified packaging with vegetable dyes.

But what really makes these interesting is that Sidi says the entire product is now 100% recyclable, from the shoe’s upper all the way down to the box it comes in.

HJC Bellus helmet

The Bellus is HJC’s latest helmet and is the brand’s first to use its proprietary ‘SLID’ (Sliding Layer Impact Distribution) technology.

As the name suggests, SLID is HJC’s solution to mitigating rotational forces experienced by the rider’s head in the event of an impact, and works in a broadly similar way to MIPS.

HJC already deploys the mechanism in its motorcycle helmets so say it was logical to carry it over into its road cycling helmets too. HJC plans to roll out the technology into all of its road helmets before too long.

Uvex MTN Classic CV sunglasses

The MTN Classic CV sunglasses are Uvex’s newest model. They use a classic aviator-esque silhouette but pair it with modern performance features, like a lightweight Grilamid plastic frame and detachable ‘side protection’ panels.

The brand says these panels provide a modicum of wind protection, but we can’t see them being much help to a rider’s peripheral vision, so making them detachable was perhaps a smart move.

Lazer Strada Kineticore helmet

Lazer’s new Kineticore rotational impact mitigation solution was debuted in the Vento KinetiCore, which is being raced at the Tour de France currently and retails for £259.99.

KinetiCore is a series of EPS blocks that line the underside of the helmet shell. These blocks are designed to deform, allowing the helmet to move independently of the rider’s head under impact.

A more accessible application of the technology exists in the Strada however, which is priced at £99.99.

Despite costing less than half as much, the Strada boast many of the same features as the Vento, such as the new Scrollsys retention system.

Lazer says the Strada isn’t quite as aero normally but does come with a pop-on Aeroshell cover, if being efficient in the wind is more of a concern than optimal ventilation.

Isadore Alternative apparel

Isadore is at the forefront of sustainable garment production in cycling and is only looking to develop that further in 2023.

The premise of its Alternative collection is that it uses recycled fabrics to produce greener kit that doesn’t skimp on performance, and the brand is expanding its AW22 collection to include jackets and bibtights, which will all come in appropriately earthy tones.

Bell XR Spherical helmet

The XR is Bell’s latest helmet to incorporate Spherical Technology, a version of Mips exclusive for use in Bell and Giro helmets.

The traditional Mips slip plane liner mechanism is created using two helmet shells, one inside the other, as opposed to being an additive layer in a single helmet shell.

The two parts of the helmet can then move independently of one another, articulating much like a ball and socket joint.

Bell says the Spherical design has been created to offer a best of all worlds situation for road, gravel and MTB riders.

Its design is apparently lightweight, airy and sleek but is still rugged, with minimal exposed EPS, for durability too.


Photos: Sam Challis and Emma Cole

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