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Showstopping bikes from Cannondale, Colnago, 3T, Mason, Ritte, Santa Cruz and more

Colnago shows proto aero road bike and much more from the first morning of Eurobike

Eurobike 2016 has officially begun. We managed to get a sneak peak at some of the bikes yesterday, but this morning we started our annual trawl of the huge exhibition centre to see what’s new and interesting. Without further ado, here are some highlights from day one.

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Colnago has been busy. It's showing this brand new aero road bike that it is simply calling the Concept. It's a much more radical looking aero bike than the V1-R aero road bike that came out a few years ago. 

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It's got all the design features we've rapidly come to expect from a bike designed to cheat the wind. The seat tube is wrapped around the rear wheel, the rear triangle is compact due to the low mounting position of the seatstays, and the seat clamp is integrated into the top tube.

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There are three water bottle mounts. Why? The idea, according to other brands that do it, like Pinarello with its Dogma F8, is that the lower mounting position places the water bottle into an area where it causes less drag. Fine if using just one water bottle, of course.

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We talked about aluminium options in our Eurobike preview, so here's the new Colnago A1r.

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It has shaped the top tube and down tube, flaring the end of the tubes to create a bigger junction at the head tube, in order to increase the frame stiffness. There's also internal cable routing, smooth welds and a press-fit bottom bracket.

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This is the first public appearance of the new Mason Bokeh, an 'AdventureSport' bike. It's pictured here with new Mason x Hunt 650b wheels. It's loosely based on the existing Mason bikes but the geometry features a longer wheelbase and taller head tube. 

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Charge Bikes have produced a limited edition Plug for the Grinduro, an enduro gravel event that takes place in California in October. It'll only be available in the US, unfortunately, and in very limited numbers. 

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Nice matching Fabric water bottle as well. 

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Mind your eyes! This is the Santa Cruz Stigmata cyclocross bike in Gloss Yellow, with a SRAM CX1 and Enve build.

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Ritte gets an award for this flowery themed paint job, using its carbon fibre Ace frameset as a canvas. 

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What do you think?

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Cannondale's SuperSix Evo is now available with disc brakes. If you're a regular reader, you'll have read our exclusive first ride on the new bike a couple of months ago. If not, the key details are that the frame has been modified to cater for disc brakes and it's using a new fork with a 12mm thru-axle, but interestingly it has retained the regular quick release rear axle. There are flat mount Shimano hydraulic disc calipers and this model sports a Di2 groupset.

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New wheels as well. Cannondale has partnered with Stan's NoTubes to use its technology to produce these deep section carbon fibre wheels. Expect to see them feature on more Cannondale bikes in 2017. They're tubeless, of course, and pictured here with Schwalbe Pro One tyres.

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No new road bikes from Bianchi - we've already told you about the Italian company's new Oltre XR4 - but it was showing this Edoardo e-bike. It's still a prototype at this stage and details were scarce, but it shows the direction e-bikes are rapidly heading in, with the battery hidden inside the bulbous down tube. The name? It's after Bianchi founder Edoardo Bianchi, of course. 

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Basso, an Italian brand, always produces road bikes that turn heads at Eurobike, and this year was no different. There are certainly some brands being a bit more playful with colour and design this year.

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You've read Mat's review of the striking 3T Exploro aero gravel bike, now you can buy the Pegoretti edition. It' a unique one-of-a-kind bike, and was produced when the company approached Dario Pegoretti, who is famous now just for his frame building skills but also his unique and eye-catching paint jobs. We doubt he's ever had such a big canvas as the Exploro provides with its massive aerodynamic down tube.

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3T has managed to get Dario to produce five frames which it's taking orders on now. 

Be sure to check out the gallery at the top of the article for more bikes from the show, and we'll update this article with more showstoppers soon.

David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of 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, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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Nick T | 7 years ago
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That Ritte paint job is a bit special

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