Eurobike Day 1: Weird, wacky, and wonderful from Germany

Largest cycling industry trade show kicks off at Messe Friedrichshafen

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Messe  Friedrichshafen is home to a giant convention center — and a blimp garage.

Messe Friedrichshafen is home to a giant convention center — and a blimp garage.

The world’s largest cycling industry trade show kicked off Wednesday at Messe Friedrichshafen, the massive convention center (and zeppelin parking garage) in this small industrial city in southern Germany along the shores of Lake Constance. Mtbr spent the day combing the halls of Eurobike, seeking out the latest and greatest in two wheeled tech. Here are some of the best (and strangest) things we saw.

E-bikes are like opinions, everybody has one. That group now includes Cannondale, which has launched the Moterra, which comes in two builds. Pictured is a 130mm travel option with 27.5 plus tires. There’s also a more burly 160mm version with 2.35” rubber. Propulsion is driven by a Bosch Performance CX 250-watt drive unit, and the design utilizes a torsion box that allows the battery to be positioned in the center and low to the ground. A skid plate protects the motor.

E-bikes are like opinions, everybody has one. That group now includes Cannondale, which has launched the Moterra, which comes in two builds. Pictured is a 130mm travel option with 27.5 plus tires. There’s also a more burly 160mm version with 2.35” rubber. Propulsion is driven by a Bosch Performance CX 250-watt drive unit, and the design utilizes a torsion box that allows the battery to be positioned in the center and low to the ground. A skid plate protects the motor.

Kind Shock is getting oh so close to releasing its wireless LEV Circuit electronic dropper post. The final version pictured here uses Bluetooth 4.0 to power a tiny motor to open and close the valve. Travel lengths will be 100mm, 125mm, and 150mm in both 31.6 and 30.9 post sizes. Exact pricing has not been set yet, but staffers said it will be somewhere between $500 and $600. Availability is set for January.

Kind Shock is getting oh so close to releasing its wireless LEV Circuit electronic dropper post. The final version pictured here uses Bluetooth 4.0 to power a tiny motor to open and close the valve. Travel lengths will be 100mm, 125mm, and 150mm in both 31.6 and 30.9 post sizes. Exact pricing has not been set yet, but staffers said it will be somewhere between $500 and $600. Availability is set for January.

Germany’s Lightweight is lighting up with the night with this very interesting frame integration.

Germany’s Lightweight is lighting up with the night with this very interesting frame integration. Check out the lights in the seatstays.

After a period of all things matte black, colors are making a big comeback.

After a period of all things matte black, colors are making a big comeback.

Sometimes the marketing lingo gets a little lost in translation. Or maybe this bike is actually equipped with a flux capacitor. If so, we’re buying.

Sometimes the marketing lingo gets a little lost in translation. Or maybe this bike is actually equipped with a flux capacitor. If so, we’re buying.

Crankbrothers new Mallet E 11 turns the bling factor to 11 with titanium wings and dual chamfered edges to reduce the risk of rocks strikes.

Crankbrothers new Mallet E 11 turns the bling factor to 11 with titanium wings and dual chamfered edges to reduce the risk of rock strikes.

Following the roll out of a rim brake version of its eTap wireless shifting drivetrain earlier this year, SRAM unveiled a disc-brake equipped group here at Eurobike. It cant be long before we see this technology employed on the mountain bike side of the equation as well.

Following the roll out of a rim brake version of its eTap road bike wireless shifting drivetrain earlier this year, SRAM unveiled a disc-brake equipped group here at Eurobike. It cant be long before we see this technology employed on the mountain bike side of the equation as well.

Italy’s Formula showed the new Selva enduro oriented fork. It comes in travel from 120mm to 180mm for 27.5, 27.5 plus, and 29er. Highlight features include a remote cartridge control that puts high speed compression control on the handlebars with 13 positions from open to locked. This bump absorber also utilizes hexagon-shaped stanchions that are designed to increase stiffness. Color choices include black, white, and purple.

Italy’s Formula showed the new Selva enduro oriented fork. It comes in travel from 120mm to 180mm for 27.5, 27.5 plus, and 29er. Highlight features include a remote cartridge control that puts high speed compression control on the handlebars with 13 positions from open to locked. This bump absorber also utilizes hexagon-shaped stanchions that are designed to increase stiffness. Color choices include black, white, and purple.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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