There’s no doubt that 2018 marked the toughest year for the bike show calendar when
Eurobike promoters wreaked havoc on the bike industry with a host of ill-conceived date and protocol changes. In their footsteps came Interbike’s equally ill-conceived move from Las Vegas to Reno (for what became the very last IB show).
Luckily, for 2019 the EB peeps came back to their senses and put the show back at its regular date and lakeside location. As usual, despite all the gloom and doom predictions made by so many industry pundits, as well as the continued abandonment by all the biggest brands, the show went on and still managed to fill more floor space than any other show ever has.
Here’s just a speck of all that we saw under the roofs of the seven massive exhibition halls.
Until now the Supacaz name has been best known for making handlebar tape (as used by Peter Sagan), but now the brand is branching out in a big way with a wide array of products including these sweet, rainbow-licious shoes that should sell for $420 early next year.
Thanks to their holographic polyurethane uppers, the shoes have a look unlike any others. We were told that Peter Sagan will be using the shoes next year…which is a pretty tall order & a bit hard to believe until you find out that company founder is the son of Mike Sinyard, as in the guy who founded Specialized.
If there was one “hot” category at Eurobike this year, it would be the explosion of indoor trainers. Both Stages and Wahoo rolled out impressive bikes with other brands like Tacx joining the fray. The Stages Bike has a host of cool features and will sell for $2800. www.stagescycling.com
British wheel brand Hunt has been on a tear of late introducing a flurry of new wheels including these new Carbon X2 that speak to the filament wound carbon rim and spokes which are not bonded and use standard nipples. Not yet officially released, the weight is sub-1300 grams with a price soon to be announced. The X2s have a 20mm internal width. www.huntbikewheels.cc
This eye-catching Rodeo Labs gravel bike was attracting attention along with the beautifully crafted, Italian made Selle Repente saddles that surrounded it. www.sellerepente.com
Well, well, well…look who we ran into but former Tour de France champion and true “man of the people” Greg LeMond. Greg was still talking bikes and e-bikes and we were happy to listen.
Speaking of Greg LeMond, prior to arriving at EuroBike we stopped by the new Scott Bike headquarters where we found this old win ad with LeMond rockin’ the Boone Lennon designed aero bars that he used to beat Laurent Fignon for the win by a mere eight seconds.
The Ridley booth was chock full of some beautiful bikes that were made all the prettier owing to their custom paint program. www.ridley-bikes.com
Giro unleashed a new Agilis helmet that was impressive looking with 32 vents, integrated MIPS, and Roc-Loc retention, but best of all with a price of just $80.
If there’s a version in red, well, of course we have to show it!
One of the best colorways seen on a shoe at Eurobike belonged to Giro’s Empire SLX lace-up shoe. A pair will weigh 280 grams and cost $375. Available in sizes 39-48 w/ half-sizes and also black and white, but really! www.giro.com
Nothing was more satisfying than to end the long day in the halls enjoying a cool Aperol Spritz at the Look Cycles booth. In addition to the drinks there was the usual collection of new bikes from the legacy French brand, as well as plenty of pedals of course. Merci Look!