Eurobike round up: part four - BikeBiz

Eurobike round up: part four

The final part of our tour from Friedrichshafen - including Hope, BBB, Giro, Hovding, Easton, Lazer, WeThePeople, Lauf and Colnago
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Lazer 
For quick stops outside a café or shop, Lazer has come up with the Cappucino Lock, a helmet strap combination lock. Though not recommended as a means of locking your bike for any extended periods of time, the device will at least deter a thief from pinching your lid, should they like the look of it. The Cappuccino Lock works by sliding the male part of the helmet’s buckle into the lock on one side and connecting the female part of the buckle on the other side of the lock.



WeThePeople 
BikeBiz hinted in the September edition that WeThePeople was about to drop a saddle dubbed The Smuggler and first sight of it appeared at Eurobike.
As the title suggests, The Smuggler is capable of holding a small stash of allen keys, or whatever it is your customer desires to carry in the concealed zippy rear pouch. These will land with CSG shortly and come in black or camo.
WeThePeople also showed new flatland specific gear, as well as new Eclat label Kolibri cassette hubs and a multi tool.

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BBB 
Choosing to be involved with the design process, dealers have Windwave to thank for a new concise range of bottom brackets debuted at Eurobike. Fitting all the current standards, including Hollowtech, Press Fit, BB30 and many more, the line will offer strong value for money.
A new low profile road pedal in both Cromo and titanium also joins the catalogue.
Rewarding strong design, BBB have handed a job to the university student who has designed BBB’s answer to the need for a phone mount for bicycles. Coming to market with cases for the latest iPhone, as well as a universal design for larger Android devices, the silicone design is vibration free and waterproof.
You’ll also find fresh offerings on the lighting front, with an £159, 800-lumen headlamp and a top-end £199, 1,300-lumen offering, both of which come machined for efficient heat dissipation and supplied with all the mounts needed for bar or helmet use.



Colnago 
The buy in price to Colnago’s road range has come down a notch, with the introduction of the £1,999 ACR. Specced with 105 kit, the frame is based on the more expensive M10’s geometry, so is already has strong foundations in racing. An Ultegra spec is also available.
The Colnago CXO is also worth a look. Labelled as something ‘radically different’, the CXO is for the rider who seeks a Roubaix style comfort bike, that offers stability through a longer wheelbase and can take up to a 700 x 28c tyre. Windwave will stock this build as a frameset, disc ready frameset, or complete Ultegra £3,499.
On the mountain bike side, a territory that Colnago is not admittedly known for, the revamped C29 and Ferrari badged CF11 stole the show with a Sram 1X11 build that looks the part.
An XT spec CF12 utilising an all new 650b monocoque carbon frame was also drawing attention on the show floor.

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Lauf 
You may have spotted an odd looking suspension fork at Eurobike, one that shuns the conventional way of absorbing shocks and almost looks like it’s on backwards.
Lauf’s Trail Racer 29er fork weighs in at 980 grams and does away with any components that may require maintenance. Utilising a 20mm thru axle, the fork offers 60mm of progressive travel, which is provided via two pairs of performance composite’leaf springs’.
According to Lauf: “The initial part of the travel is the softest and most sensitive as it moves slightly backwards. The mid part, and the longest, is almost linear for great handling and comfort while filtering out larger bumps. Towards the end the suspension stiffens up to prevent the Lauf Trail Racer from bottoming-out harshly and help keep all carbon parts safe.
The fork can house a tyre up to 2.35 in width.

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Easton
Boasting an entire line redevelopment, each wheelset in the lin now carries a wdier rim than previously.
The highlight of the bunch? The tubeless ready Easton Aero 55, a wheel sporting a Eurobike Award winning hub and a 55mm deep section rim that is said to have performed above expectations in wind tunnel tests.
The hub is something the engineers are particularly pleased with. Having managed to space the bearings some 95mm apart, the Echo hub claims to be one of the most durable on the market. What’s more, this is the only Campagnolo compatible wheel with such wide bearing spacing at present. Expect a set of Aero 55s to set the customer back £2,500.



Giro
An impressive and comprehensive overhaul of the design philosophy has lead to Giro debuting a deep range of smart casual cycling clothes. Largely logo free, not out of place in the supermarket, but with all the performance qualities of a pricy garment, giro has set its stall out as a go to source for cycling apparel for the rider that doesn’t want to stand out.
In the next to skin range you’ll find merino polo shirts, baselayers with rear pockets and chamois pads in casual briefs, among other things. There’s water repellent jeans too, each carrying reflective strip clad roll up cuffs, something the office worker has been crying out for.
Aaron Gwin has been gifted a signature shoe too. The Chamber series comes in both a high-top or mid cut with a raised ankle section on both to soften crank impacts. The skate style shoe works as either a flat shoe, or has a hidden removable panel for cleat use. Both use a grippy Vibram rubber base.
On the helmet front, the cipher is the new highlight, replacing the Remedy. Packing in the features, this £200 lid has removeable padding all over, including at the temple and jaw. At the rear of the neck you’ll find a discreet headphone channel. Aftermarket Skull Kandy headphones will also be sold to seat within the Cipher. Mounts are included for GoPro or Contour video cameras.

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Hope
As usual, Hope laid on many teasers of projects the manufacturer is working on. It was a 20-inch race bike that had many scratching their heads, however. Hope has taken a welcome step into the BMX hub market with both a street and race hub for 20-inch wheels. In fact, BikeBiz was told that Hope will eventually consider a complete 20-inch wheel built around the production version of the hubs.
Retail price for both the street and race hub is expected to be around £165. The front hub is based around a similar shell to the road going Pro 3 hub, though we’re told the axles will be made tougher to cope with the demands of BMX. The cassette hubs will be based around a 40 tooth, 80-point engagement, with the pawls offset. Stainless steel bearings will feature, though the axle specs, among other things, on the cassettes may still change.
Elsewhere on the stand, we were shown a revamped Tech lever, now dubbed the tech 3 that is more shifter friendly.
Hope also debuted a 500-lumen headlight, dubbed the R1. Powered by a lithium ion pack, the headlamp will have a 2.5 hour burn time on full beam. Adapters for helmet and handlebar mounting will be included in the package.

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Hovding
You’ll have been hard pressed to have missed the Hovding ‘helmet’ prior to Eurobike. The unique airbag system deploys from a scarf as a sensor is triggered, resulting in the airbag enclosing the rider’s head prior to impact.
The news is not the product, but the fact the brand is on the hunt for a UK distributor. For anyone keen to take on the label, which sells its product for around €399 per unit, contact +460703121942.

For more Eurobike news, see the rest of our coverage here.

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