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Next year's coolest bikes now… and some of this year's (Lar's Booms - pave beating Bianchi) + mighty gallery of pics

Eurobike 2014 is go - there are new bikes from Cannondale, Bianchi, Felt, Storck, and lots, lots more. First off we'll look at the bikes that caught our eye on our initial canter round the halls - we'll be returning to some of them in more detailed separate stories but for the moment, let's look at some cool bikes, shiny stuff, and nifty innnovations. 

Strock Aerfast

Storck wowed the Eurobike audience with the disc-equipped Aernario at last year’s show, this year they’ve pulled the covers off their all-new aero road bike. The frame employs the same ‘sectional aerodynamic shaping’ for the tube profiles as the Aernario, but there the simialarities end. Storck have kept the front brake in the usual place, but relocated the rear brake underneath the chainstays, and given the frame an aero seat post

Cannondale had a stand full of interesting bikes - one that instantly caught our eye was this Synapse Alloy disc with colour co-ordinated mudguards as part of the build, and SRAM Rival hydraulic disc brakes. One of the few (and possibly the only metal road bike we spotted on our first wander through the halls with hydraulic disc brakes).

No word on whether this model will be available in the UK (we hope so and we’ll find out). On one level it looks like a super practical performance all rounder - with the bonus of the Synapse’s famously comfortable ride. On the other hand while internal routing protects your cables from muck and rain there is some debate at the as to how user friendly internally routing is when the time comes to change a cable. Plus while those mudguards might look the biz the tightness of the clearances is surely going to restrict tyre width choice and you wouldn’t want to get a twig stuck in there.

Even so, on looks alone we’d find it a place in our shed.

As you’d expect Cannondale had a whole raft of Synapses - both disc and non-disc  mainly spec’d with Shimano groupsets. Just next door to the Synapse Alloy Disc was the carbon Synapse  Ultegra disc - note Cannondale have gone for 140 Shimano Ice rotors front and back (as have Bianchi on the Infinito CV - more on that later). If you’re wondering the ’71’ refers to the year Cannondale were founded - with the launch of the Bugger (insert cheap joke here).

Lars Boom's Tour de France Stage 5 pave busting Bianchi Infinito CV

If you’ve got it - flaunt it. Bianchi had Lars Boom’s Tour de France - Stage 5 winning Infinito CV on their stand - literally put in a bag at the end of the stage and saved for posterity mud, sector notes, water bottle and all - we’ll have more on this in an upcoming story.

New bikes from Felt…

Felt F FRD. Felt first introduce the F-series road model way back in 1990, and the reckon the 2015 incarnation is the “lightest and stiffest road bike Felt has ever produced.” Well, they would say that wouldn’t they. Part of the reason for that claim is the TeXtreme carbon fibre weave they use in the layup of the frame, something no other manufacturer is using, that we’re aware of anyway.

Felt Z2 Disc. Felt teased us with an Instragram snap of a new Z-series road model with disc brakes shortly before Eurobike, and well here is the brand new disc-equipped bike. The Z-series is their tag for sportive/geometry models, basically a taller head tube and short top tube to create a more comfortable riding position. All the cables and even the hydraulic hoses for the Shimano hydro disc brakes on this model are routed internally. Check out our gallery for more detail shots on both the Felts.

That’s the new FSA SL-K chainset, basically using similar technology to that we first saw in the K-Force chain set. It’s a five-bolt design, with the fifth bolt concealed behind the crank arm.

Chris King ‘Sour Apple’ limited edition colour. Chris King were showing their new ‘Sour Apple’ colour scheme, a limited edition option, available on their hubs and headsets

 

Lapierre Sensium 500. We featured this bike in our recent roundup of disc road bikes the other week, and Mat was told about it at the company’s bike launch a while ago, but this is the first time we’ve actually see it for real. Quite a decent looking bike, based on the regular Sensium, a sportive/endurance model, with Shimano’s hydraulic disc brakes

Look retro track bike. Just in case there was any risk we were zoning out with all the carbon disc-equipped road bikes at the show, Look plonked this stupendously beautiful steel-framed track bike on their stand offering a bit of respite from all the plastic fantastic. Ooh, look at those polished lugs

Giant PropelAside from all the obvious trends we’ve been discussion for the past couple of days, is the subject of colour and that has occupied our thoughts. It’s too soon to say if one colour is the flavour of Eurobike 2014, but we reckon Giant have nailed it with this Propel. Paint aside there are no significant changes to the aero road bike for 2015.

Giant TCR. There are also no changes to the TCR for 2015, but given they’ve just launched the Defy, and hte Propel is just two years old, we reckon this bike must be next in line for an update.

Ah, the new Pinarello F8, the Italian company’s aero road bike launched to much fanfare immediately before the Tour de Crashes. Good to see Pinarello offering it in a few more colour options for 2015, but for now here’s the Team Sky edition model, with the same build kit Chris Froome is riding in the Tour of Spain at the moment

Norco Threshold. The Threshold is a familiar name - it's a cyclocross bike that's been in their range for a few years now, but this is the disc-equipped model, and interestingly it was one of the few carbon disc bikes with mudguard mounts. We know there are plenty of readers wanting disc mounts even on carbon disc road bikes, so here’s one to add to the list. It's coming in to the UK and we want one. 

Click here to read all of our stories from Eurobike 2014 - the world's biggest bike show.

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.

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belgravedave [268 posts] 1 year ago
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Not sure why but those Propel frames just look beautiful, shame the paint job and graphics can't match them. An all black or white Propel with s/record and some Lightweights would look amazing!

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bikebot [1753 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm looking at the Look, I'm easily drawn to shiny things.

The description of the Norco makes it sounds as though disc's are a new addition to the Threshold, when they've had them for years on their CX bikes.

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SamShaw [265 posts] 1 year ago
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A big yes for the Cannondale Synapse Disc Alloy. Everything I want for winter riding (with the exception of the ability to fit CX tyres... though that would hopefully prevent me from breaking my face in an embarrassing low-speed off-road flop).

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parksey [343 posts] 1 year ago
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Yeah, liking those coloured-coded mudguards on the Alloy Synapse. Shame they didn't launch it last year as I would've been quite tempted.

That Scott camo TT bike is a bit of an assault on the eyes though!

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mrmo [2064 posts] 1 year ago
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Look.... steel does not compute. Are they releasing a road version...... kit it out with Athena Alloy,

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 1 year ago
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disc brakes everywhere!

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dodgy [178 posts] 1 year ago
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Something's wrong with the pictures for this story, many of them aren't loading.

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J90 [308 posts] 1 year ago
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Discs are coming, strong and fast. Once the pros make the switch, that'll be it!

No mention if any of them have modified the weave of the fork or chainstays/seatstays like Lapierre have though. Due to the higher heat produced by discs. I think it's an important thing to think about.

For my winter bike build, I was looking at discs but I don't think I'll make the switch quite yet. I'll end up getting a Kinesis T2/TK3 frameset because it's proven for winter riding and I'm not sure there's actually a better base to build around?

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truffy [653 posts] 1 year ago
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J90 wrote:

No mention if any of them have modified the weave of the fork or chainstays/seatstays like Lapierre have though. Due to the higher heat produced by discs. I think it's an important thing to think about.

I know that Bianchi sell disc-specific versions of their frames, and read of other manufacturers paying special attention to the additional stresses involved. Whether they all do, who knows? But I would certainly only make a purchase knowing that it had been included in the design.

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Ham-planet [112 posts] 1 year ago
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Couldn't agree with you less on the Propel's paint: I'd take that colour scheme over another red-black-white bike any day of the week.

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fukawitribe [1576 posts] 1 year ago
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Ham-planet wrote:

Couldn't agree with you less on the Propel's paint: I'd take that colour scheme over another red-black-white bike any day of the week.

Have to agree - it wasn't until I saw that and the De Rosa that I realised I could possibly lust after an orange bicycle..

..and it would clearly go so well against a Ritte Vlannderen (complementary colours and all that).