7 New Bike Products You Should Definitely Know About
There’s a lot happening in the cycling world right now. Most eyes will be turned to France and the most important race of the year, the Tour. (That’s the Tour.) Rightly so — the race kicked off only days ago and has already provided plenty of spectacle: three-time defending champ Chris Froome crashed into a field during stage one; Peter Sagan donned the yellow jersey after a stage two win; BMC bested Team Sky in the stage three team time trial by four seconds.
There’s a second gathering of bike lovers happening concurrently over in Friedrichshafen, Germany — Eurobike. It’s the world’s largest bicycle trade show, and it brings together brands, enthusiasts and industry insiders from across the globe. It’s also a common launchpad for the newest bike products that will be released by companies over the coming weeks and months. Like the Tour de France, Eurobike is only a few days into its full duration, but there’s already plenty to be excited about. Here are a few cool things we thought you should check out between stages.
CeramicSpeed Driven Drivetrain
CeramicSpeed’s Driven drivetrain has already won the Eurobike Award, which commends design within the bike industry. The system eliminates the chain and opts for a shaft and bearings instead. In reality, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but the key takeaway is that there’s a lot less friction in the system — CeramicSpeed claims it to be the most efficient drivetrain available. In fact it’s 99 percent efficient. That’s compared to Shimano Dura-Ace with CeramicSpeed parts that comes in at 98.5 percent efficiency. That may not sound like a lot, but at the highest level, that half percent is the difference between the yellow jersey and the middle of the pack.
Elite Fuoripista Trainer
Eurobike is a good venue to encounter the unexpected, like this trainer by Elite that’s part modern art, with the idea being it’s pretty enough not to hide in a garage or crammed into a closet. It’s wood, glass and aluminum and pairs with Zwift and other training software.
Giro Aether Helmet
The Aether officially launched ahead of the show last week. It represents a big step for helmet tech — check out our full preview here.
Wahoo Expands the Kickr Training Product Family
Wahoo is expanding on its popular Kickr indoor trainer in more than one way. First, there’s the Headwind, a sensor-controlled smart fan that’ll adapt its speed as you pick up the pace. Then there’s the Kickr Core, a pared-down version of the original model.
Crane Creek eeSilk Seatpost
As gravel riding continues to increase in popularity, so does the docket of specialized components that enhance the experience. Crane Creek designed this seatpost to mitigate some of the bumps and vibrations encountered on such a ride.
Lezyne Mega GPS Computers
Who says bike computers should be small? Lezyne’s Mega GPS computers focus on user-experience with bigger screens that can display more information and best-in-class batteries.
Last but not least, a super-light water bottle cage made of aerospace-grade titanium. Yes.