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Eurobike 2019 gallery: Day 3's must-see highlights

Castelli's bib-shorts with pockets, Poc's electronic sunglasses and SRM power with adjustable cranks, it's been an interesting show

Peter Stuart
7 Sep 2019

Eurobike 2019 gallery: Day 1's must-see highlights  
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Eurobike 2019 gallery: Day 3's must-see highlights  

Eurobike 2019 has showcased some fantastic new gear, with electronic bikes and gravel proving to be one of the hottest sectors. However, there have been some great innovations too, starting with British brand Hunt's new wheels.

Coming in at a stunning 1295g for a pair, Hunt has teased a new set of aerodynamic carbon wheels with a set of carbon spokes.

The prototype carbon spoke wheels also showcase a 36mm filament wound rim, a new production technique for the brand, and one they suggest we may see on many more wheels in the coming seasons. The rims have a 20mm internal width and 26mm external width, so will favour versatile road use but are skinnier than Hunt’s 48 Limitless wheelset.

The spokes are mechanically held, rather than the carbon being bonded to the rim. That is a largely unseen method and has obvious advantages in terms of bike maintenance.

Hunt’s testing suggests the spokes are 30% stiffer than steel, and owing to the almost infinite elastic life of carbon compared to steel, the spokes show negligible permanent deflection.

Castelli Unlimited Gravel kit (bib shorts with pockets)

Castelli have unveiled its brand new Unlimited gravel kit, which boasts extra practicality, following the trend for bib shorts with pockets, as well as increased protection from impacts for the rider, and snags for the fabrics.

The shorts use Protekt technology, an inner layer and an outer layer of lycra that can slide against each other, to reduce road rash. That’s also being rolled out on Castelli’s high--end road shorts.

Information was a little thin on the ground at the stand, and we’ll be chasing up more details this week, so it wasn’t clear whether the pocket was a bi-product of the Protekt technology. However, with several pouches at the base of the bib straps too, it seemed that the shorts were targeting extra cargo capacity that has become very popular amongst gravel riders.

The shorts were accompanied by the unlimited jersey, which also have more durable fabrics to offer protection on the back and sleeves, which are the areas most often snagged while riding off-road.

SRM meets Miche

SRM has proved to ramp up its innovation this year, having been seized on by a host of competitors in the power market.

The brand is now making much of its own cranksets to lower cost, and using Miche as a partner to offer a stunning £1,249 SRM unit. That’s half what we may have seen a few years ago.

Miche is also making some interesting new wheelsets, echoing Hunt’s filament winding production method for the rim. Miche also has its own large-range cassette system, and has followed the trend of mildly outdoing the infamous Sram Eagle 10-50 with a 10-52 cassette.

For SRM, perhaps the most interesting development is the new spd power meter, which we cover in more detail here, but I was also very excited to see SRM licensing Look’s ZED crank design, with an adjustable dropout to change crank length.

The dropout can be rotated between three positions to change the functional crank length from 170mm to 175mm, a huge advantage for power users eager to test power gains and losses at different lengths, and a crucial money-saver should a rider need to switch crank length compared to buying a whole new crankset.

Wilier e-road bike

Wilier’s Cento10HY comes in at an astounding 10.2kgs, making it only marginally heavier than middling disc brake road builds. It uses e-bikemotion’s motor system, which is low on weight but also highly regarded for its electric assistance.

Wilier also showcased its new Jenna Hybrid gravel e-bike, with its own brand bar-stem combo with a unique forked cut-out. Both bikes on show were equipped with large-range cassette 1x systems, which seem set to become standard for gravel builds.

Poc marked safety

Poc has always been a stalwart of safety in cycling and this year has come to the show with new tech that could really make a difference.

First is a new safety system on the Ventral Air, which includes an NFC (Near Field Communication) chip in the helmet to identity unique medical conditions which emergency response may need to know.

While it may seem purely practical, Poc’s new Poc Aid Solar Switch glasses could prove extremely helpful to safety when light conditions change rapidly (descending through tunnels). The glasses use a row of solar panels to instantly change the tint of the sunglasses.

Elsewhere the brand has returned to some of its traditional high contrast fluoro orange colourways, and released some new super lightweight water-resistance outers for on and off-bike.

A more practical innovation can be seen in the new range of women’s shorts that have been designed with a specific mesh at the rear to offer enough elastic while being stretchable enough to allow for nature breaks without removing the shorts altogether.

Open, 3T and Park Tool

Open hasn’t released any new bike at the show, but its Open Wi.DE was a major attraction as it showed a new full-length front and back Ass Saver design.

While 3T targeted visual splendour by framing its Exploro and Strada frames, justifiably so.

On the maintenance side, a new Park Tool bike stand design has some significant changes to the stablished tubing shapes, folding mechanism and bike fixture.

A brand new enormous electronic mechanical stand dominated much of the stand’s floorspace, complete with in-built USB chargers for the array of electric components now affixed to bikes.

Much smaller, but no less significant, was a very neat new design for a wheel stand that could be clamped to a worktop. Park also had a brand new toolbox, perhaps not cutting an entirely different figure but boasting some impressive volume.

Finally were a few visual delights such as an incredibly coloured oversized jockey wheel amongst the Taiwanese stands at the back of the main hall, which we’ll give some more coverage in the coming days.

Bont also unveiled a rather handsome new Riot shoe with a velcro fixture system in place of the conventional Boa dials.

Future bikes – Vaaru

Finally, though perhaps the stand with the most intrigue for titanium enthusiasts, comes UK brand Vaaru. Having just been bought by Australian Additive Manufacturing giant Titomic, the brand is experimenting with entirely new material printing processes.

For now the result has seen a carbon-ti composite frame using printed titanium lugs, but the brand promises that the future holds some incredible new designs which will challenge design conceptions altogether.

For now, at the very least, Vaaru had some of the most stunning paint schemes of the show, the pictures really can’t do them justice. We’ll be watching eagerly to see how the once tiny UK brand can expand with an engineering giant behind it.

Eurobike 2019 gallery: Day 1's must-see highlights  
Eurobike 2019 gallery: Day 2's must-see highlights  
Eurobike 2019 gallery: Day 3's must-see highlights  

That’s it for our broad coverage of this year’s show, although we’ll be honing in on a few smaller stories in the coming days. Watch out for in-depth reviews of all the most exciting products in the coming months too.

Photography: Peter Stuart

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