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...
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.
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.
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.
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 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 been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.