Eurobike always promises to be a massive showcase of the latest cycling related products available to the public next season. Probikekit will be there in force looking for the latest products, technological advancements and cycling trends. With Eurobike 2012 just round the corner, we take a look at the products which are likely to draw in the crowds.
SRAM Red Disc Brakes
Hydraulic disc brakes were a hot topic at the end of last year. Disc breaks on cyclocross bikes had been cleared by the UCI back in 2010, and ever since there has been speculation of manufacturers developing a road variation. With Magura announced as one of the sponsors of Garmin Barracuda (now Garmin Sharp Barracuda) at the start of 2012, the debate of whether hydraulic brakes had a place in road cycling was once again ignited on the internet. A few months later Magura released the RT8 TT hydraulic rim brake aimed at the time trialists and triathlete looking for a extra bit of control on the saddle. This sparked a wave of curiosity in the cycling community, so much so that British Cycling began to receive enquiries about whether road disc brakes would be legal for competitions and races. With Formula displaying their hydraulic disc brake on a beefed up Colnago C59 in March and the leaking of a SRAM Red hydraulic disc brake system expect to see plenty of focus on this area at the bike show.
SRAM – hall/stand no.: FGO-312
If you thought the launch of the Tacx Lumos handlebar light set had turned traditional bike lighting on its head, wait until you see the Globars. The designer, Mitchell Silva, an industrial designer from Boston, MA, saw a problem with conventional bike lights and looked to improve on current designs. Mitchell stripped sections out of a pair of traditional drop handle bars and installed plastic tubing containing LED lights. This lighting system is still in the design stage and some concerns have been raised surrounding the structural integrity of the bars at this stage of the design process, however, definitely keep an eye out for the finished product.
11 Speed Zipp Wheels
With Shimano redesigning their top level Dura Ace Di2 groupset for 2013, updating it to 11 speed and bringing it into line with mechanical Dura-Ace, wheel manufacturers were always going to look to follow suit. One of the biggest names to do this is Zipp. Starting in October, Zipp will be shipping all 2013 wheels with 11 speed compatible freehub bodies. They’re also planning on offering a retrofit service and/or parts kit to upgrade 2012 Beyond Black and Falcon Gray 188 hubs to 11-speed too. Those hubs have already been able to convert to 11-speed Campy freehub bodies. Keep an eye out for the complete 2013 Zipp wheel line up at Eurobike!
Zipp – hall/stand no.: A3-201
POC Time Trial Helmet.
Despite not managing to finish on the podium during the Olympic time trial, the Swedish team’s helmets created quite a stir. The distinctive looking aero helmets are the first venture into road cycling by the Swedish helmet makers, POC, who are more known for their snow board and mountain biking helmets. Despite resembling something you’d find in a Super Mario video game, the iconic shape of the aero helmet is a brave first step by POC but one that has one us over. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the road range produced by Poc.
POC – hall/stand no.: B2-103
Endura Helmet and Bike Luggage
The renowned Scottish clothing company, Endura, are set to launch their first range of road and mountain bike helmets. The development of these helmets has come from extensive rider input as well as the latest computer mathematical modelling techniques. According to the company, ‘the results are outstanding in terms of both looks and performance.’ Endura bike luggage is another exciting product category launch on its way at Eurobike 2012.
PRO TeXtreme Disc Wheel
PRO works very closely with several big names in the pro peloton, the most notable being Team Sky. Working along side these professional cycling teams, PRO have developed a wheel that is lighter and more aerodynamic than PRO’s current wheels. By using the TeXtreme Technology and a carefully selected resin system, PRO was able to keep the weight below 1kg. Despite the artwork looking like an industrial fan, there is definitely something about this wheel that has caught out attention. However, with limited technical information, we’ll just have to wait until Eurobike to see the complete disc line up.
PRO – hall/stand no.: A5-210
BikeSuit: One Piece
BikeSuit is an all in one suit designed for when the weather takes a turn for the worst. Designed to protect you from head to toe, the BikeSuit conceals your shoes and clothing against all weather conditions and dirt while commuting or touring. The suit features nylon, YKK water repellent zippers and reflective striping. Strategically placed zippers give comfortable and controllable ventilation. A great addition for any hardcore commuters out there.
The Smart Products Company – hall/stand: B5-103
So there you have it. A little look at some of the products that have caught our eye already. Are you off to Eurobike? What are you looking forward to most? As usual let us know in the comments section below.