Eurobike 2012 Preview + video

Tell us what YOU want to see and we'll see if we can see it...

by roadcc_admin   August 28, 2012  

Eurobike 2012 demo day - Jo enjoys the view

We're here! it took us a day in the camper van (which is probably best described as 'snug' for six grown men) but now we're at Eurobike and ready to gush and fawn once more over all the new and shiny stuff. And cast wry asides at the more 'esoteric' products that always crop up.

Eurobike is all about bikes…lots of them, a place to see the trends that will dominate in the coming year and also to spot next year's trends in embryonic form. To get us all in the mood here's a gallery of pics from last year's show, and a video we put together last night about what each of the roadcc team out here would like to see at the show.

Last year we saw inboard mounted brakes make the leap from time trial bikes to a road bike - the Ridley Noah Fast, an innovation that Trek have also incorporated on the new 2013 Five, Six and Seven series Madones.

Trek of course have already launched their 2013 bike range and we've also seen big road and time trial launches from the likes of BMC - the TMR01 aero road bike, Cervelo - the P5 and the R5Ca WSD time trial weapon and the lighter version of their already superlight climbing bike - the R5 SLD. Plus we've also had the new Specialized Tarmac Roubaix, and the tweaked Cannondale SuperSix Evo and Slice RS TT/Tri bike. So what else will there be to see? Plenty.

 

Ridley may have wowed us last year with the new Noah Fast but they are promising more this time around too. We've got an invite from Cannondale to the something big tomorrow - it's gonna be the future of cycling apparently (well, that is what the show is all about).

Given that we've seen their road stuff, we're putting our money on something urban - ever since the runaway success of their Bad Boy bikes, Cannondale have been a big player when it comes to urban bikes and higher end city machines in particular. They've got a history of innovation and over the years they've shown off some very radical concept bikes - like the one picured above from 2009 - many of which have made it to market - albeit in limited numbers usually. Last year they also showed us a cool modular luggage system they were working on - not sure that qualifies as the future of cycling mind.

The other area in to which Cannondale have put in a lot of effort in recent years is electric bikes. Two years ago they showed off an e-bike that we'd go so far as to describe as cool - powered by a Bosch motor and featuring a battery that was clevery incorporated in to the seat post. Given that many people in the bike industry reckon that e-bikes ARE the future of cycling it could well be one of those. We'll find out tomorrow.

So what are the bike trends we're expecting to see? Aerodynamics will definitely be a big factor - the last few years have witnessed the rise of the aero road bike to the point that pretty much every major player has one in the range. What we may now start seeing is some manufacturers increasing the number of aero bikes in their ranges with more affordable models coming on stream. Specialized's Venge and Scott's Foil are possibly due for an update.

Integration and electronics have also been big recent themes and we expect to see more of both when it comes to the development of many of the new products we'll going to see over the coming days.

It's not just frames that are getting more aero. Wheels in particular are progressing towards ever faster aero gains. Bontrager, Reynolds and Lightweight will have new wheels in development that follow the current design trend for a bulbous rim shape that is more efficient in a range of wind conditions. Brit firm USE will be revealing their first carbon fibre wheelset, so we'll be hotfooting over to their stand sharpish to take a closer look.

There's another battle being played out between some manufacturers: weight. We've already mentioned Cannondale's even lighter Supersix Evo which we saw earlier this year and Cervelo's R5Ca VWD which we saw at the Tour Focus have thrown their hat into the ring with their lightest ever road bike, the Izalco, going well below a kilo. Are we yet at a point where a manufacturer feels confident to push the weight closer to 500g? We may be some way off yet, but they're nudging closer.

Integration, already championed successfully by some brands, will become a bigger factor in frame design, especially with the increasing use of electronic groupsets. Shimano's Di2 has been out for four years now so it's about time more manufacturers are designing their frames with the wiring and battery in mind. Shimano's seatpost battery option should be coming out soon so we hope to see a lot of very clean frames with batteries hidden out of sight and wires neatly routed internally.

And electronics. We expect to see a lot of Shimano Ultegra Di2 and Campagnolo Athena EPS equipped bikes everywhere we look at the show. While not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, the two groupsets have made electronic shifting much more affordable. As for electronics filtering further down the ladder, well it's probably another year or two before that happens.

What else? Garmin's much anticipated Vector power pedal system has yet to see the light of the day (pretty sure they featured in our things to look forward to at Eurobike feature last year). Its release has been continually pushed back due to development issues so could this be the year it finally becomes available?  We'll soon find out. And we wonder if Garmin will have updated its Edge series? A new Edge 800 must surely be on the cards...

Other things to look forward to here includes new cyclocross bikes from Giant and Specialized - and there's some talk that the latter will have hydraulic disc brakes with integrated shiters. Disc brakes in general are something we expect to see more of and we're particularly keen to see how much progress the likes of TRP and USE - and possibly/probably SRAM - have made in cramming the necessary hydraulic gubbins in to an integrated road bike lever. TRP showed off a very interesting prototype hydraulic lever that was Shimano Di2 compatible earlier this year at the Taipei Show; word back then was that they expected to launch in June or July. We haven't seen anything yet so we'll be keeping our eyes peeled here.

Tuesday is demo day: that means a trip out to the hills to try out a few of the newest bikes. We'll try and sling our collective legs over half a dozen of them today. The good news is that it's warm and sunny in Ratzenreid, and that this year we rode out because we could bring the bikes in the van. The bad news is that Dave got us lost on the way. Argenbühl is the region Dave, not the town

Anyway, we took the time last night to have a quick chat about what we were hoping to see, and committed it to video in a German service station and cut it together in the back of the van. Here it is, there'll be plenty of proper news along before long!

Enough about us, anyway. Tell us what YOU want to see. We'll be trawling the halls looking for the best stuff, but if there's anything you particularly want us to seek out then comment below and we'll go and look for it...

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Those magic bib shorts; slip them on and you instantly have Wiggins speed stamina, Froome climbing and Cavendish turbo sprint legs.

Failing that anything that is not just repackaging of last years products.

It's work I know and someone has to do it, but you-all fun now!

PS who would have thought I could use the names of 3 Brit cyclist at the top of world road cycling how times have changed

THE ONLY WAY IS BIKE

posted by lushmiester [156 posts]
28th August 2012 - 11:52

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New Cervelos!

Well, new paint schemes at any rate.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
28th August 2012 - 12:02

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a wishlist:

progress on road & cx disks - sounds like you may have that covered but I'd like to see details on what disk specific road wheels are looking like - rims and spoke patterns etc.

modern steel road and cx bikes - not retro vintage style stuff

esoteric handlebars

internal gears - hub or BB mounted / gearbox style

any slightly stylish high vis clothing out there?

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posted by joemmo [877 posts]
28th August 2012 - 12:17

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Recumbents and pedal-based power meters !

posted by zoxed [63 posts]
28th August 2012 - 12:22

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new Canyon Ultimate CF SLX pleeeaaazzzee .....

posted by Karbon Kev [682 posts]
28th August 2012 - 13:09

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zoxed wrote:
Recumbents and pedal-based power meters !

+1 ANYTHING Recumbent for me Wink Especially any velomobiles as thats my winter project this year

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posted by Gkam84 [9000 posts]
28th August 2012 - 14:06

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As said by others disc braked road bike of the Audax/Sportive flavour. Light weight cable road disc brake calipers that are easy to adjust with top install pads so you don't have to take the caliper off.

Mudguards and mudguard eyes designed to be away from the disk caliper.

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posted by bikeandy61 [396 posts]
28th August 2012 - 14:28

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I'm with joemmo in wanting to see what modern steel turns up (can't wait for your Cyfac review).

Anything from non-big-3 groupset manufacturers also always of interest, as is (for me) anything new in the way of non-electronic gruppos.

posted by steff [81 posts]
28th August 2012 - 15:31

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Any new, free/cheap software that can analyse TCX power files in a meaningful way for a relative layman.

As above, pedal-based power meters!

Puncture proof tyres that roll properly....

posted by ploughclose [19 posts]
28th August 2012 - 15:34

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I'm in the market for a new bike...can you find me one please?. gotta be plastic, sorry carbon ( got enuff steel/aluminium) stiff and not necessarily comfortable, good for 2/3hr blast round the local hills. Doesnt need mudguard mounts or anything like that . Prefer SRAM brifters/mechs etc if poss, will go to shimano but not campag. Wheels that are tubeless/clincher compatible would be a bonus. Around the two grand mark price wise. Oh and I'm kinda fussy when it comes to colour/decals..ta.

Big Grin

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posted by Fringe [1083 posts]
28th August 2012 - 18:09

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Some pics of the new Wilier Zero.9 please!!!

posted by iamelectron [112 posts]
28th August 2012 - 18:29

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Recumbents. I want to see ALL the recumbents. And any of those sandals with cleats, I like them too.

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posted by Sarah Barth [1035 posts]
28th August 2012 - 19:50

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Wellies with cleats...yes/no?

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posted by Fringe [1083 posts]
28th August 2012 - 20:24

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Could have done with some of those today when I went down a road that turned out to be a farm track. Didn't look like it on the map. And one of the hills I had to ride up wasn't on it either Thinking

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8388 posts]
28th August 2012 - 20:30

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Ooh ooh, and Aero Road Helmets too please.

Kask and Lazer especially.

Coolio

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
28th August 2012 - 21:19

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zoxed wrote:
Recumbents and pedal-based power meters !

If it's less than about 22 lbs Wink

(looks at lardarse Speedmachine in corner...)

posted by JonD [199 posts]
29th August 2012 - 0:55

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Animals on unicycles

posted by bigant [39 posts]
29th August 2012 - 4:54

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Check out SRAM's new G8 8 speed internal gear hub. Also are they still planning a 7 speed IGH as well? This was mentioned last year at Taipei.

posted by RobinC [8 posts]
29th August 2012 - 9:16

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I forgot to say. If you want to see a road bike with disc's. Volagi are there, check them out Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [9000 posts]
29th August 2012 - 16:49

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Anything that isn't black (or, worse, matt black), preferably titanium - anything new on the Van Nicholas stall - they've been promising goodness but no news on their site or social media gubbins.

posted by amazon22 [157 posts]
29th August 2012 - 16:51

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Heard some good stuff about the 2013 Raleigh range. First glimpse of their Militis range?

posted by billsdon [29 posts]
29th August 2012 - 19:15

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bigant wrote:
Animals on unicycles

Unicorns on unicycles surely?

posted by amazon22 [157 posts]
29th August 2012 - 19:18

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