'Integration' is key trend from major players at Taipei Cycle

Topeak's Jango is a concept bike, aimed at displaying Topeak's myriad of clever bicycle accessories, but it's also set to be a standalone bike brand.
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The bike was unveiled today at Taiwan Cycle. It joins a small, but growing number, of bicycles with 'integrated accessories'. Giant also unveiled a new bike with integrated accessories, the City Storm, co-designed by artist/designer Michael Young of Sunderland.

The Jango took pride of place at the front of Topeak's stand, revolving on a turntable to the sound of many digicam clicks.

It's a feature-packed bike, with consumers able to choose which of the accessories to fit at the point of sale, similar to the way car buyers accessorise their new cars.

The Jango accessories include a built-in rear LED, rechargeable front light, integrated u-lock, cycle computer, pump, 18-piece mini-tool set, and a built-in name tag for personalisation of the bike. This name tag is bolted to the bike, it can't be unscrewed.

There's also a Jango trailer.

The Jango bike features 'ports' for the Topeak accessories to click in to. The bike has been a Topeak development project for eight years. There are plans to market a range of Jango bikes, although details have yet to be finalised on models available or launch dates. The Jango can be seen in a YouTube video on Quickrelease.tv.

Giant's City Storm is an integrated bike which features a front light built into a sculpted headtube. There's also an integrated combination lock and a cycle computer integrated into the handlebars.

However, where the SRAM Smartbar handlebar was sweeping and futuristic, the City Storm's handlebar is minimalist. There are pix of the City Storm on the website of design company Michael Young Studios.

Cannondale isn't displaying at Taipei Cycle but it's also big into integration, as seen from this video shot at last year's Eurobike.

There's a short video of some of today's highlights here.

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