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The best of Eurobike 2017: All the must see products

Cyclist magazine
1 Sep 2017

We've scoured Eurobike 2017 for the best products, and here's what we found

It's that time of the year again, Eurobike 2017 is here. The world's largest bike exhibition, all the top manufacturers use this festival of cycling to launch their newest and most innovative products. 

Rumours circle about what the biggest release will be and what the cycling world's focus will be on for the next twelve months. 

Amongst the big releases are new shoes from Giro, new helmets from Oakley and new wheels from Zipp. 

Keep you eyes peeled on this page as it will be constantly updated as soon as we find all the latest and greatest gear here in Germany.

Find all the best releases from this year's Eurobike below:

Easton EC90SL power crank

Eastons EC90SL carbon Cinch Power crank houses the strain gauges in the BB30 bottom bracket axle, and you’d barely know it’s there once the end cap cover is in place.

Bont Helix

Check out the latest shoes from Bont. This all-out racing shoe is lighter than the previous Vaypor S and also boasts an integrated BOA cable moulded in the carbon. 

The biggest highlight from these shoes is the design. Coming in red, blue, black and white, these new Bonts will certainly catch the eye. 

Lake CX332 shoe

Lake’s super shiny chrome/hollowgram finish on its top end CX332 shoe will certainly turn some heads, as well as burn out some people’s retinas if you catch them at the wrong angle on a sunny day.

Selle Italia Novus Boost saddle

Selle Italia’s new Novus Boost saddle is a completely new shape. A wider and shorter, split front portion with a dipped nose, aims to appeal to a wide audience, just as likely to appeal to MTB as road and time trial.

Knog PWR light

Knog’s new PWR range of front light systems are a stroke of genius. The light body is effectively just a power pack, and it will simultaneously charge computer head units or phones via USB whilst offering varying levels of lumen output.

There are five potential options to pick from, but a clever modular format means it’s easy to pair the light head (and therefore output) you require with run time (determined by the power pack size) appropriate for your needs too.

Wout Van Aert's Felt FR disc 

Sram Red etap, Zipp 404 Firecrest wheels, Quarq Red DZero power metre, custom paint job. Cyclocross world champion Wout Van Aert's bike is the real deal. 

Yasujiro Cameo

Probably the most beautiful bike on show. Handmade in Taiwan and brought to the UK by Stanton Bikes, these steel frames are fully customisable from tube length to paint scheme.

3T Strada

3T had lots of new products on show, but the Strada road bike was the standout piece.

It’s a highly innovative, and possibly fairly divisive concept, entirely designed around a 1x groupset, offering no option for a front mech to be fitted, and optimised to be disc brake only too.

Aero tube profiles and a frame design that hugs its 28mm tyres closely in a way previously only seen on time trail machines, is suggestive of the where 3T is heading with this new bike – fast and clean.

The lack of a front mech frees up the lower portion of the seat tube to be more aero and slimming down to a single chainring also means less disruption of the airflow.

The fork crown is hidden up inside the head tube, and the flat mount front disc calliper is concealed as much as possible behind the fork leg, for further aero gains.

The key to the 1x success is offering a brand new cassette, which has a 9t lower sprocket, making it possible to increase the gear spread to 9-28t. That’s a potential game changer for the future of 1x groupsets on the road.

Pearl Izumi Pro Leader shoe

Pearl Izumi has updated its innovative PRO Leader shoes, with these 4s taking over from last year’s 3s.

The sole design negates the need for a lasting board so stack height is just 4mm, while the dials have been shunted outboard slightly to improve the fit of the upper aroud your foot.

Pearl Izumi P.I black

Pearl Izumi’s P.I. Black range attempts to showcase the upper limits of what the company is capable of. The no-holds-barred approach has produced some interesting and highly technical apparel like this speedsuit, which Pearl Izumi assures us is very aero…

Giro female range

Giro is investing heavily in its women’s line-up to make sure it is as comprehensive as it’s mens. The effort invested really shows in the women-specific Synthe and Empire shoes: their design is stunning.

Giro Prolight

Giro's Prolight shoes weigh 150g per shoe. That means a pair is lighter than just one shoe from many other brands. PLus they come in this striking red, which is guaranteed to make you faster anyway.

Ridley Noah SL Disc Aero+

 

This is Ridley’s latest Noah, the SL Disc Aero+. We’re told it is so new that no one really knows anything about it. Its not exactly helpful but a little mystery never hurt anyone.

Scott RC shoe

Scott has redesigned its entire range of top-end shoes. These RC Ultimates use the same HMX carbon in their soles as Scott’s premium bikes and have a woven upper reinforced with Carbitex bands.

Scott’s RC SL’s are all about light weight. Carbitex - a carbon fibre-based cloth is used more readily on these compared to the RC Ultimate’s, meaning the weight can get down to around 250g per shoe.

Bianchi Specialissima

How to make Bianchi’s Specialissima frame that bit more special: give it a limited edition paint job in homage to Marco Pantani, of course.

Kuota Camo 

Kuota’s new Khydra Disc bike is an aero road machine with some heavily sculpted tube shapes. We’d like to see the mold that came out of.

Lauf True Grit

Lauf’s new True Grit is a distinctive, forward-thinking machine. It has an updated version of the Icelandic brand’s suspended fork and is ideally run one-by.

Which handily means you can fix a bottle opener on the redundant front mech mount.

Chpt.3 by Castelli

Chpt.3 by Castelli is cycling kit how ex-pro David Millar wants it to be. Styling is muted but sartorial: this JJ jacket uses a unique triple-layer construction to keep the rider warm even in the grottiest winter conditions.

Campagnolo Centaur

Centaur has been reintroduced at Campagnolo’s entry level, to compete directly with 105. It comes in matt black but also silver to preserve a classic aesthetic, but one with 11-speed functionality. 

Suplest X Maap

Swiss cobblers Suplest have partnered with Australian apparel brand Maap to produce a funky collaboration on Suplest’s Edge/3 shoes

De Rosa

The tube shapes of De Rosa’s new Protos have been toned down compared to its last iteration, but the paint schemes have gone the other way.

Pretty paint covers the Italian brand’s whole range this year: this King’s blue paint is lustrous whilst the SK Disc looks particularly seductive in dark red.

Miche groupset

Miche’s Supertype components are the Italian brand’s top-tier designs. Despite rarely being specced on frames, they are comparable to the weight and stiffness stats of Shimano’s Dura-Ace design at a much lower price.

Selle Italia SP-01

Selle-Italia’s striking SP-01 saddle uses an innovative leaf-spring design to save weight yet improve comfort.

Poc Crave

Worn by Tour de France runner-up Rigoberto Uran, the Poc Crave

Lightweight Wegweiser

Lightweight’s Wegweiser wheels use some machinated production processes so are a bargain compared to the German brand’s £6599 Fernweg Disc wheels.

Easton’s EC90 SL

Easton’s EC90 SL crankset is one-by specific, mkaes use of direct mount chainrings and is super light at 442g.

Willier Trestina

Wilier’s paintjobs on its latest crop of road bike are top-notch.

This ‘Romato’ colourway is particularly beautiful, perfectly matched with chrome finishing kit. Apparently the Romato paint is hugely difficult to apply: one mistake and everything must be redone.

The electric blue and fluoro yellow on this other Cento10 Air gives the Romato colourway a run for it’s money however.

Wilier’s newest frame, the Cento10NDR, has a more relaxed geometry but the brand still stress that it is a race bike, just for the less flexible among us. 

Wawa's polka-dot Giant

The polka-dot paint scheme on Warren Barguil’s team bike from this year’s Tour de France is very cool. There would have been no mistaking the King of the Mountains.

New from BMC

BMC currently undertook a hefty redesign of its top-end race frame, the Teammachine SLR01. Beautiful new paint scheme compliment the sleeker, new frame design.

Hydraulic disc one-by set-ups are certainly gaining popularity. BMC shows they need not be reserved for gravel bikes though, as this build on an Teammachine SLR01 race bike attests. 

Vincenzo Nibali's Merida

The shark of Messina is currently busy trying to win the Vuelta a Espana. That didn't stop bike brand Merida bringing his custom painted gold bike to Eurobike. 

Also check out their camo Reacto!

Garmin 1030

Garmin launched their new falgship computer with the 1030. Amongst the perks is an extended battery life, better navigation systems and a large 3.5" screen. 

Rotor Aldhu crank

Rotor’s modular new crank system is its lightest ever at sub 600g and it’s a slick looking piece of kit, both in terms of its structure and its more sophisticated aesthetic.

The chainrings are CNC machined as a single unit and mount to the crank arm via a spline, a little like Cannondale’s Hollowgram SiSL2 cranks, and are available in the most common denominations (50/34, 52/36 and 53/39).

Of course there’s the option to have Rotors Q ring format as well as round rings too, so there’s no shortage of available options.

The modular format means you simply select the crank arm lengths, ring specification and axle standard to suit your bike’s requirements.

If you’re interested, the name is a shortened version of Alpe D’Huez, where Rotor scored its first ever Tour stage victory with Carlos Sastre in 2008.

Lazar Bullet custom

The all-black Lazar Bullet was unveiled at this year's Tour de France yet the Lazar is already looking at the next steps. 

This could be custom decals for the top of the helmet, with a possibility of using your own design. Watch this space.

Sportful R&D Celsius

Sportful’s R&D range is all about innovation, trialling those ideas that mightcome to nothing, but could equally become evolutionary and roll out into the mainstream.

The Celsius is a short sleeve, lightweight jersey that aims to be capable of dealing with a much broader temperature range, despite its scant, racey feel.
The key feature of the multi-panel, multi-fabric design is an innovative 3D open-mesh inner layer inside the front of the jersey, to trap body heat for additional warmth, whilst maintaining an extremely high level of breathability.

Available February 2018 as part of the spring/summer collection.

Fulcrum Disc Brake wheel range

Fulcrum is a perennial aftermarket favourite for riders in the market for a wheel upgrade, so it has now increased its appeal by offering a disc brake versions of its wheels at a range of price points.

All the wheels use aluminium rims whose design suits the modern trend for wider tyres and all use Fulcrum’s ‘2-way fit’ technology, meaning the rim beds are sealed (the spoke nipples are guided into place with magnets) so the wheels can be run tubeless.

None of the wheels are outstandingly light but look to follow in the same vein as Fulcrum’s older mid-tier wheelsets: good value and super reliable.

 

Limar S9 sunglasses

Besides providing Astana with helmets, Limar has entered the market with a range of ultra-light, rimless sunglasses. The range will come in a selection of colours, picked to match the helmet range. 

These promise to be a fraction of the price of their competitors and supposedly look good on any head, regardless of width!

Bianchi for Scuderia Ferrari

We first heard about this two companies joining forces in July. Bianchi and Ferrari have come together to release SF 01, in this meeting of two of Italy's most famed companies. 

Ferrari has previous of working bike brands, having released bikes with Colnago in the past. These have a distinctive difference with little to reveal it is Bianchi besides the crest on the seat tube. 

No prices were revealed however, it will undoubtably be expensive. Of the the red and black designs they had on offer, they were built with Campagnolo Super Record and Shimano Dura-Ace respectively.

Colnago v2-r

The v2-r is the second iteration of Colnago’s monocoque race frame.

The v2-r seeks to address the few minor issues raised about the v1-r - the back brake is now mounted in the regular seatstay position as opposed to under the BB, it is lighter (a medium weighs 835g) and it has clearance for up to 28c tyres.

Aside from that, the tube profiles have been refined to increase stiffness compared to the v1-r and also make it, if it were possible, even more desireable.

Kask Valegro

Where Kask’s recent designs have focused more on aerodynamics, the Valegro’s top priorities are light weight and ventilation, which is why you will have seen many Team Sky riders opting to use the lid on the hottest stages at this years Tour and Vuelta.

The helmet boasts 36 air intakes which Kask claims allows for minimal head-to-pad contact - up to 70% less than some of its competitors.

Yet it is more about the way the air is channelled inside the helmet, Kask spent time in a wind-tunnel working out how best move the air over the head for the best cooling.

A happy side-effect of the helmet’s minimalist structure is its impressive light weight: a medium weighs just 180g.

Giro Vanquish

New from Giro is the Vanquish, a helmet they claim to be their fastest road helmet ever. Drag has been reduced and efficiency increased to make this 7% faster than the Air Attack and 13% faster than the Synthe. 

Coming with the usual MIPS technology, the Vanquish can also boast a magnetic visor progressive layering to help with impact. 

The Vanquish will retail for £239

Giro Empire e70 Knit

Photos of this product hit the web yesterday and went almost viral very quickly. The original Giro Empire was a defining shoe, with its classic design and lace fastening.

Now, Giro have taken the Empire one step further introducing the Empire e70 Knit. 

Constructed from nylon and polyester, the Empire Knit is different to the running shoes we have seen previously, offering a structured upper that protects the foot.

Additionally, the shoe is BWR coated allowing water to run off of the material although it is not fully waterproof. 

Another catalyst for this design, rather than just aesthetics, is waste management. Using the knitted fabric, waste is reduced massively unlike the more common leather options.

This also reduces cost with the Empire Knit expected to retail at $200 when released in December. 

Lake CX1

American found, Dutch owned shoe brand Lake are celebrating their 35th anniversary this year. To do so, they have reworked one of their first ever shoes with the retro lace-up Lake CX1. 

Available in ten colourways, these old school style shoes dropped last month but this is the first time we have seen them in the flesh. Resembling an 70's football boot, Lake has hit the nail on the head with this product, especially with it only retailing at $199. 

CeramicSpeed UFO drip chain coating

CeramicSpeed’s new lube is unique in the fact that it is applied in liquid form yet hardens to form a coating over the chain.

Apparently, this new coating has been independently proven to have 20% less pre-ride friction than its nearest competitor, which increases to 83% when tested after the ride.

CeramicSpeed claims the unique change in consistency is achieved via a formula of 10 ingredients: a blend of waxes, oils and ‘friction modifiers’.

The lube solidifying should mean it picks up less road grime and it lasts a normal amount of time too - CeramicSpeed claims you should be able to ride a minimum of 200km between applications. 

Topeak Pakgo X bike box

It seems that Topeak saw that video of those easyJet baggage handlers just like us because it has just released the Pakgo X bike box.

Its hard outer shell is made from Makrolon polycarbonate and reinforced with aluminium, so Topeak claim it is the toughest bike case you can get.

We’d also say it is one of the biggest, so it should be no problem to fit all you need in the case for your next cycling holiday.

Parlee TR time-trial bike

Parlee’s TR frame has been around for a while but the brand doesn’t shout about it’s aerodynamic designs - its founder, Bob Parlee, says that the rider is so bad aerodynamically that the bike hardly matters. 

Despite that, Parlee says this TR bike measures up well against its competitors, particularly at wider yaw angles.

Bob Parlee’s personally designed this paint scheme but isn’t inspired by anything - he just wanted something that looked awesome.

Power2max NG ECO power meter

This is the newest offering from the German power meter brand. Almost every part is made in Germany yet the brand can bring this meter to market, with FSA Gossamer cranks, for just €490.

Power2max claims features aren’t affected by the aggressive price - it is accurate to within 2%, automatically controls for temperature (meaning no manual offset is required), and has no external magnets for its cadence measurement - so its just plug in and play.

 Fizik R1 Infinito Knit

 

This is Fizik’s 5th year in the shoe market and the brand claims that experience helped inform it’s new R1 Infinito Knit shoe, which is a step on from the brand’s previous top-tier design, the R1B.

The lower Boa dial follows an updated closure path for better fit around the toe box, while a band of Microtex around the midfoot helps the shoe hug the foot, providing arch support.

The biggest update is the large woven panels that cover the shoe: the brand says they are super light and breathable

 Oakley Aro helmets

Sunglasses giant Oakley has decided to expand their market in the cycling world with the introduction of their very first helmet range. The Oakley Aro will come in three styles, offering everything from a lightweight climbers helmet to a full time-trial option.

The Aro 3 will be Oakley's climbing option, with increased ventilation to keep the head cool at all times. Additionally, the outer shell sits noticeably pronounced from the head leaving plenty of room for the air to get through. This will retail at $180

The Aro 5 is the $250 sprinter's option, designed to be fast in whatever head position the rider has. With vents throughout the helmet, air is sucked in and pushed out of two small vents at the back. This creates a votrex-like effect that supposedly makes you faster. 

Lastly will be the time-trial specific Aro 7. Retailing at a mighty $500, the helmet will come with an Oakley prizm and clear lens as well as a carry bag. Oakley has followed the trend of no tail with this release, hoping to create a more aero helmet whatever your position. 

One aspect that did stand out with these Oakley helmets are their closing system. BOA has provided the rear dial completing the system with a thin nylon lace.

Oakley says that this will reduce pressure on the head and make wearing glasses more secure.  

Basso Diamante SV Disc

Not much new from Italian bike brand Basso except the addition of disc brakes to their Diamante SV. Acting as their aero choice the SV, Basso manages to encompass the Italian flair and style we are accustomed to whilst also producing a fast, aero frame. 

Not much has been changed to the bike with its addition of discs, yet we think this a good looking bike that is worth a look. 

New Fizik saddles

Fizik has built upon its already-comprehensive saddle catalogue with the new Open range and the redesigned Versus Evo range.

Fizik collaborated the University of Boulder in order to design the Open saddles, which feature a cut-out primarily included in the name of pressure relief.

The Versus Evo’s remit is now to provide an truly adaptable saddle no matter the shape of your anatomy.

The shell is now a more flexible carbon composite, the foam is higher density and the Microtex cover has been tweaked to make the saddle more flexible and comfortable for a wider range of riders.

Poc Clarity

Poc has released a new line of sunglasses with different lenses specific to different riding conditions.

Road, MTB and Urban each get their own dedicated set of lenses, which claim to filter out certain light frequencies while increasing the tints of others, improving the ‘clarity’ with which you see your riding environment.

For example, Clarity Road manipulates light frequencies to increase the contrasts on road surfaces, making the road and its irregularities easier to read.

Poc Spin technology 

Poc was one of the first brands to partner with MIPS - the brand behind the protective insert that attempts to reduce the rotational violence experienced by your head if you crash.

However the Swedish brand has now released its’ own version, called Spin.

Spin differs from MIPS in that it is actually the helmet padding - a fabric outer ensures it is comfortable against the skin and sweat is dealt with while the gel core can shear in any direction, reducing rotational violence by allowing the helmet to move independently of the head in the event of a crash.

 

 

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