Being There: Eurobike Tech Report, Day Four

September 5, 2011
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Bianchi Bicycles was an early adopter brand by the fixie movement with their elegant Pista model, “the frame that launched a thousand fixies”. This sweet looking Pista Sei Giorni model, not currently available in the USA has an oversize aluminum frame and carbon fork.

Bianchi’s 2012 Cavaria cyclocross bike is a full carbon fiber offering that has gotten good reviews from mudmen and is spec’ed with SRAM Force this season.

Many stars of cycling were on hand at Eurobike to sign autographs, like Erik Zabel, here at the Canyon stand. But with tough economic times ahead and little innovation on show this year, may expect the international bicycle market to be at best flat and at worst 10% down in 2012. As for the Eurobike show, competition from the new mid-August show in Munich (which focuses on the emerging electric bike sector) and on-going problems with local traffic and lodging may put paid to the long-term future of Eurobike.

Already world renowned for their huge variety of super-light, super exotic carbon parts, the German carbon brand AX-Lightness rolled out at Eurobike with a new S1 frame. The frames are custom made to measure with tube to tube construction. AX claims the a medium frame weighs 745 grams – wow! AX-Lightness S1 complete bike is equipped with their wheels, saddle, bars & stem, brakes and crankset.

AX-Lightness new S1 frame has their unique Helios fork which they claim weighs only 250 grams. AX-Lightness says the wide stance of the fork blades actually reduce drag.

Influenced by legendary German ultralight bikes and parts, Hans Christian Smolik and Stefan Schmolke created the first carbon fiber handlebars almost 20 years ago. Used by Jan Ulrich in the 1996 Tour de France, this validated carbon bars and launched Schmolke Carbon. Although the Schmolke Civitanova looks somewhat dated now and is out of production, they still use it as a display platform for their
light carbon parts.

Oh, Oh Mario! Aptly named “Speed”, the new track bike from Italy’s MCipollini (yes that Cipollini) is a brutal looking pista powerhouse built in T1000.M46J carbon fibre with Monocoque construction.

The stays on this MCipollini track rig say it all: Speed. No word when the Made In Italy carbon may make it stateside.

Stuck in a display case in the Basso booth, this intriguing frame set is a reproduction of the legendary Milano marque Pogliaghi. Absorbed by Rossin in the 1980’s, which was then swallowed by Italian brand Basso who not only have have recently decided to relaunch the Pogliaghi bike brand, but word is that Basso will be back in America soon as well.

DedaStrada is the frame brand of renowned Italian tubing maker Dedacciai and the firm makes frames for many top names in the industry. Their house brand DedaStrada is not currently available in the USA, but Luca Locatelli tells Road Bike Action “we are coming”. One model that will certainly attract attention is the Super Scuro, a monocoque frameset made in high modulus IM600 carbon fiber with a load of 30 tons, a 3K finish, internal cable routing and integrated aerodynamic Seat Mast.

DedaStrada’s Lorenzo Altissimi told Road Bike Action “our Assoluto RC has all new graphics and colors for 2012 and has been improved with a 31.6mm seat tube and new internal rear brake routing, plus it’s Di2 compatible.” Like the Super Scuro, Assoluto RC is a monocoque frameset made in high modulus T800 carbon fiber.



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