We like a bit of european leftfield loveliness here at road.cc. And when at Eurobike one of the best places to go is the Kraftstoff stand. One of Eurobike's most local bike brands - just round the corner of the Bodensee from Friedrichshafen, in Austria - They always come up with some very interesting machines.
This year was no exception. For a start, check out the Carbon concept bike that makes do with just one chainstay and one seatstay, linking the two together via a Rohloff Speedhub. It didn't have a belt drive at the show, but it would certainly negate the need for any kind of split seatstay: Kraftstoff have simply done away with that frame member altogether.
The meat of Krafstoff's range is sensible stuff - trekking bikes, mountain bikes and E-bikes, that sort of thing - but they always complement that with some fun bikes. Last year we were wowed by the Edelbock and that was back for 2011, as well as a pair of urban machines with downtube shifters and swept bars, complete with esoteric decals. Take a couple of minutes and have a look what the Austrians are doing...
Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.