We spent the weekend at the Berliner Fahrradschau, one of the most interesting bike shows in the world. We'll be showing you a whole load of different bikes and bits over the next few days, starting off with these diverse designs…
Greece’s Coco-Mat makes wooden bikes for men, women and children. This is the women’s model and it’s not just the frame that’s wooden but also the mudguards, handlebar, front rack and saddle.
I gave the gent’s version a quick spin around the test track – not long enough to make a proper assessment but it certainly wasn’t the boneshaker that I expected. It actually felt pretty smooth, believe it or not.
It uses a coaster brake and you’re looking at a price of €1,500.
Festka Doppler Nespresso
You know about Nespresso, right? You whack a little aluminium pod into the front of the machine and a cup of coffee magically appears at the bottom.
Well, Nespresso takes some stick for the waste involved in all of those single-serving pods, so it got Feska to demonstrate that the aluminium is recyclable by asking the Czech Republic brand to turn it into tubes for a bike frame.
How many Nespresso pods did it take to make this frame? 995. Honestly, we asked.
Brik Brut Women
This idea behind this city bike is that there’s no chain to get rusty. Instead, it uses a shaft drive that is said to be maintenance free.
The range is designed and built in the Netherlands and covers various different frame styles including both men’s and women’s models.
Ahooga folding bike
The Ahooga folding bike is a clever design with the rear wheel pivoting forward to slot down the centre of the dual down tube.
It’s available in both electric (13kg) and non-electric (10kg) versions and is about to get distribution in the UK.
Vulpine’s August Mr & Mrs bikes
These two bikes have been handbuilt by August Bicycles for Vulpine founder Nick Hussey and his wife Emmalou to celebrate the clothing brand’s fifth birthday.
The chainstay bridge is designed to give the appearance of red polka dots to the rider behind.
Ever seen those Campag thumb shifters before? They’re actually time trial/triathlon bar end shifters.
The Caferacer is built around a lugged frame with Tange Prestige tubes and a cromoly butted Tange fork. It’s available in various different three, seven and eight-speed versions.
This Man Ltd Heritage version comes with a Shimano Nexus 8-speed hub, a Brooks Cambium C17 saddle and a stainles steel bottle.
The Biomega Oko is a carbon pedelec bike with an integrated 36V battery and a 250W front wheel. Unusually, the mudguards are moulded along with the frame/fork rather than added afterwards.
It is belt driven to minimise maintenance.
Ruff Cycles Ruffian
This is another e-bike, handmade in Germany and powered by the Bosch Performance Line CX system.
The Ruffian isn’t light, hitting the scales at 29.5kg, but we get the feeling that looks are a far higher priority than weight here.
The SmartBike is equipped with GSM and Bluetooth tracking and VanMoof says that if your bike is stolen it will send out bike hunters who will find and return it, even if that means travelling internationally. VanMoof says that its four bike hunters have already successfully reunited several bikes with their owners.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, 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 past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.