Some of the sexiest cycling components and accessories we've spotted so far at the show

We've spent the day scouring the halls of Taipei Cycle and here are some of the coolest looking products that we've spotted so far...

Equinox MiRacle wheels

These stunning-looking wheels (main pic), made from aerospace-grade carbon fibre, are a one piece design, the spokes blending directly into the rims.

We know what you’re thinking: if you crash and do some damage, it’s not going to be a question of simply screwing a couple of new spokes in there. That’s true, but although these wheels lose a few points for practicality, then gain a lot for their super-cool style.



TranzX YSP06 wireless dropper seatpost

Even if you’re a diehard roadie, chances are that you’ve heard of a dropper seatpost that allows a mountain biker to adjust the saddle height via a remote switch on the handlebar. Most existing dropper seatposts are cable-operated but it looks like the next generation will be wireless.

There are a couple of different wireless systems on display here at Taipei Cycle. This one is from JD Components and it will be sold under their TranzX brand.

It’s an inline alloy post with 80mm of travel, using a micro motor controlled by a 2.3GHz wireless transmitter. JD Components are hoping to reduce the size. The YSP06 post will be in the TranzX 2015 lineup.

We don't really see much of a road application, although some road riders have used dropper posts.


Hubsmith R023 hubs

These new hubs make use of Hubsmith’s new ‘one way adjustable gap system’. Do what? If you remove the cap on the end of the hub you can access a grub screw that tightens an adjustment ring to remove any play in the bearings. It’s a really neat design and the hubs themselves look great.



Beto Engineering Easy Hand Pump

This pump doesn’t just look cool, it’s actually very clever. The EZ head engages with a valve easily with one hand thanks to the ‘eight-fingered clamps’ – look carefully and you’ll see what this means. These lock onto the valve stem and squeeze the rubber inside the head to form an airtight seal.

The Easy Hand Pump has a dual valve system for use with both Presta and Schrader.


ControlTech Ti-Mania handlebar

ControlTech offer a whole range of titanium components in the Ti-Mania range, the handlebar actually being a combination of Ti and unidirectional carbon fibre. We’re not entirely sure about the benefit of doing things this way but you’ll get a full-titanium look once you have your bar tape fitted.

The Ti-Mania bar has a drop of 130mm, a reach of 75mm, and it’s available in 40cm and 42cm widths. ControlTech claim a 235g weight for the 42cm model.


Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.


abudhabiChris [691 posts] 4 years ago

Never heard of dropper seatposts before so I don't know what that makes me.

Now that I have, can someone explain why ? I can just about guess that a MTBer might want different heights in-ride when trail riding to going downhill, maybe. But for a roadbike ?

STATO [546 posts] 4 years ago

Any occasion you feel you could do with the saddle slightly lower, maybe on particularly bumpy roads maybe? mostly tho roadies pick them up for cyclocross.

SamShaw [268 posts] 4 years ago

Are the hubs straight pull?

One thing I learned from going on the wheelbuilding course was that straight pull spokes are really difficult to get hold of.

Does road.cc have any indication as to whether that will change? We're seeing more hubs using straight pull spokes and serviceability may be compromised by that system as opposed to the traditional J-bend spoke, which are readily available in the UK.

MKultra [393 posts] 4 years ago

The pump incorporating the push fit connector is clever. It's been lifted directly from plumbing and hydraulic engineering that design has, fingers crossed they are not sued for patent infringement by Hepworth who manufacture flexible hoses for car manufacturers.

DaveE128 [986 posts] 4 years ago

About dropper posts for road use... Hmm, could you get a more aero position for descending? Could that possibly offset weight??

localsurfer [202 posts] 4 years ago
MKultra wrote:

The pump incorporating the push fit connector is clever. It's been lifted directly from plumbing and hydraulic engineering that design has, fingers crossed they are not sued for patent infringement by Hepworth who manufacture flexible hoses for car manufacturers.

It's just a collet, I doubt they have any patent on them.

FMOAB [289 posts] 4 years ago

Don't care if there's any practical benefit to the handlebars, they're cool  16

DrStephens [6 posts] 4 years ago

fairly sure i saw them at the tate last weekend!

fuzzywuzzy [86 posts] 4 years ago

Dropper posts on MTBs make a lot of sense, you generally descend out of the saddle and dropping it means you can move your weight about more without snagging it, also drops your CoG if you do sit down. Can't really see the point on road bikes though, I know some pro teams tested them last year but never understood why myself, a suspension seatpost would make more sense in the cobbled classics than a dropper.

Those handlebars are pretty weird, only advantage I can see is they're probably clampable for clip-on tri-bars which a lot of full carbon bars aren't