I’ve decided that there is so much to see here at Eurobike, it cannot possibly fit into one or two posts, so we’ll break out the bigger brands into their own more detailed features to do them justice. Thankfully today I was given some guidance by our buyers as to what to look out for, so expect some sneaky peaks of new stuff in this whistle stop tour of todays Eurobike!
Checking out the popular new Lapierre Zesty range, the only major change for the 2011 model is this reworked headtube area.
Brompton have some lovely new colours this season - digging this pink and green combo. Alex from Brompton kindly told me about how they have reduced turnaround times, and generally extended the range of avaliable colours in the range.
Plus they have some wicked new S bags with removable / swappable bag flaps - this example is made from recycled firehoses!
We are all loving the long awaited new DMR pedals: thinner, lighter, more pronounced grub screws.
Check out the profile compared to the old model.
The new Giro Xar MTB helmet. In all honesty, no different to the famous Xen (just a new roc loc at the back). Nice colour though!
Some of the Colnagos on display were just stunning. This steel beauty caught my eye.
As did some of the carbon CLX models.
The Evoc stand was particularly busy - definitely a growing buzz around this brand, and look to be challenging Camelbak in this area.
The 10L capacity bags are all compatible with any bladder / hydration system. A Camelbak Mule challenger for sure.
The new all carbon Santa Cruz Nomad is impressive. Look at the extra protection on the down tube.
Fluro green for the new Heckler. Nice!
These Lezyne track pumps just look awesome in a minimalist steel kind of way.
Gore have now sensibly split out their vast range of clothing to make it easier to find the right kind of clothing for different types and levels of riding - more detail on this to come once we digest the press pack!
Osprey have some fantastic little touches in their range aimed at commuters - the straps on this bag fold neatly away into the bag, so you can carry it like a briefcase by the side handle.
Neat little features like the 'Lid loc' (that will fix any vented helmet to the bag) and integrated waterproof covers are great touches.
Plus they make a womens specific backpack, not something you see often.
Coming soon to a bike shop near you. Beautiful. More on these bikes later.
Expect to see this funky new brand of Alpine-esque clothing soon
Ranging from colourful casual garments (this is the womens specific)
To more conventional riding gear. Highlight of the Maloja range has to the cycling specific jean - stretch panel at the back, plus magnetic flys!
Ragley make awesome hardtails with some real innovation in both the frame for stiffness, plus some neat little touches upfront for the mech attachment. Go and find out more about them. I want one.
Final stop of the day was for the Garmin stand, to check out the new Edge 800.
Whats new? Well, this model has a bigger touch screen and is considerably faster than its predecessor the 500, by means of a new processor. This is very noticable: flicking through the data is lightning fast!
Actually, the Charge Bikes stand was our last stop of the day, where the new Cleaver caught my eye, a noticably raked 'hardcore hardtail' sporting the new Splashback tyres.
Well that was day two, I am worn out! We also spent a lot of time with BMC, Cannondale, Fuji bikes, Viva, and Gore (more to come on those) and tomorrow we’ll check out the big boys Trek and Specialized, plus we’ll find out what the rest of the team got up to and what their highlights of the show are. Read about Day 1 at Eurobike Read about Day 3 at Eurobike
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