If you were to buy the last bike you were ever allowed to get; one to last you until your knees pack in; one where your partner has no any idea of the price... you might well choose a titanium one. Well, that is what we all decided when talking about bikes endlessly om our motorhome world tour to Eurobike (ok, that might be a slight exaggeration since we only crossed France to get to Germany).
In case you didn't know, e-bikes are big news on the continent. Eurobike is always full of them, but we only ever see a very small percentage of them over here.
Why is that? Well, the e-bike market is built around cycling as a form of transport, and cycling for transport is bigger news across the channel than it is in the UK. Even with the success of the cycle to work scheme getting more people on bikes on a daily basis, the fact that most people are limited to a spend of £1,000 puts most electric bikes out of reach. Most good ones, anyway.
Ridley have had the Helium in their model shed for quite a while where it’s been quite the favourite with riders and racers alike, and it’s just been given a weight-watchers revamp to compete with other companies supermodels. In an unexpected “You need to ride this” moment we were handed the Helium SL off the Ridley stand at the recent Eurobike Demo Day for a quick runaround, and had to give it back just a little bit in love.
Canyon have redesigned their Ultimate CF SLX bike for 2013 so that – surprise, surprise – it’s lighter and stiffer than ever and also, they say, more comfortable than before - which is a neat trick if you can do it. We were lucky enough to bag a ride on the new model at Eurobike last week…