Eurobike Day 2: More wonderful, wacky, and weird

26+ tires, removable chinbar helmets, budget priced MTBs, and more

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Here is a little perspective on where we are. In the far distance are the Alps, which run up to the edge of Lake Constance (aka Bodensee), a nearly 40-mile long body of water whose shores touch Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. In the middle of this photo is the Messe Friedrichshafen, the massive convention center that hosts Eurobike. The grounds themselves include 13 halls, a blimp hangar, and large outdoor exhibition area. In total there is roughly 280,000 square feet of booth space. Needless to say it’s hard to see it all.

Here is a little perspective on where we are. In the far distance are the Alps, which run up to the edge of Lake Constance (aka Bodensee), a nearly 40-mile long body of water whose shores touch Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. In the middle of this photo is the Messe Friedrichshafen, the massive convention center that hosts Eurobike. The grounds themselves include 13 halls, a blimp hangar, and large outdoor exhibition area. In total there is roughly 280,000 square feet of booth space. Needless to say it’s hard to see it all.

Meet the new Bell Super 3R helmet with removable chinbar. Updates from the Super 2R are focused on fit. Pads on the upper portion of the shell have been revised to improve comfort. Bell also added a new Float Fit retention system to allow for a more refined fit. The safety certification remains oriented to trail riding rather than full downhill.

Meet the new Bell Super 3R helmet with removable chinbar. Updates from the Super 2R are focused on fit. Pads on the upper portion of the shell have been revised to improve comfort. Bell also added a new Float Fit retention system to allow for a more refined fit. The safety certification remains oriented to trail riding rather than full downhill.

Lazer gets into the removable chinbar helmet game with the new Revolution FF helmet. As you can see in the photo, this brain protector can take three forms. The green ear covers easily snap into place, but the chin bar uses three small screws. Thus Lazer sees this more as a one helmet solution (trail one day, bike park next), rather than a helmet riders will convert mid ride.

Lazer gets into the removable chinbar helmet game with the new Revolution FF helmet. As you can see in the photo, this brain protector can take three forms. The green ear covers easily snap into place, but the chin bar uses three small screws. Thus Lazer sees this more as a one helmet solution (trail one day, bike park next), rather than a helmet riders will convert mid ride.

Shimano launched a host of new products at Eurobike, including a dropper post and its S-PHYRE premium shoe line for road (RC9) and mountain (XC9). The one-piece outer is constructed from supple, stretch-resistant and breathable Teijin Avail microfiber synthetic leather. Perforated dimple vents make the shoes more flexible, providing a glove-like fit, says Shimano. The surround wrap upper also better accommodates a wider range of foot shapes, now enabling up to E+ wide widths in a standard size. Two Boa IP1 dials allow for quick and precise micro-adjustments in 1mm increments. Price for either road or mountain shoes is $400. Purchase includes complementary socks for road, cross-country and cyclocross racing.

Shimano launched a host of new products at Eurobike, including a dropper post and its S-PHYRE premium shoe line for road (RC9) and mountain (XC9). The one-piece outer is constructed from supple, stretch-resistant and breathable Teijin Avail microfiber synthetic leather. Perforated dimple vents make the shoes more flexible, providing a glove-like fit, says Shimano. The surround wrap upper also better accommodates a wider range of foot shapes, now enabling up to E+ wide widths in a standard size. Two Boa IP1 dials allow for quick and precise micro-adjustments in 1mm increments. Price for either road or mountain shoes is $400. Purchase includes complementary socks for road, cross-country and cyclocross racing.

Most North Americans think of KTM as a motorcycle brand, but they also have a massive bike line up mountain bikes.

Most North Americans think of KTM as a motorcycle brand, but they also have a massive bike line up mountain bikes.

Another brand with a different identity on the other side of the Atlantic. Most North American consumers think of adidas as a footwear maker, but its eyewear collection is massive.

Another brand with a different identity on the other side of the Atlantic. Most North American consumers think of adidas as a footwear maker, but its eyewear collection is massive.

Delivering the Eurobike Show Daily is done by bike of course.

Delivering the Eurobike Show Daily is done by bike of course.

Yes, ladies and gentleman, we have a new wheel/tire size: 26 plus! Not wanting anyone to feel left out in the plus sized revolution, companies such as WTB are starting to offer plus solutions for standard 27.5 frame owners who don’t want to (or cant) add a 29er to the collection. This 26x3.0” set-up has the same overall diameter as a 27.5 wheel/tire. The new Ranger tire comes in 26x2.8” and 26x3.0” and is tubeless ready. You can also get your choice of TCS Tough or TCS Light casing. The pictured 26er rims have a 35mm inner width.

Yes, ladies and gentleman, we have a new wheel/tire size: 26 plus! Not wanting anyone to feel left out in the plus sized revolution, companies such as WTB are starting to offer plus solutions for standard 27.5 frame owners who don’t want to (or cant) add a 29er to the collection. This 26×3.0” set-up has the same overall diameter as a 27.5 wheel/tire. The new Ranger tire comes in 26×2.8” and 26×3.0” and is tubeless ready. You can also get your choice of TCS Tough or TCS Light casing. The pictured 26er rims have a 35mm inner width.

Lots of fun color choices in the WTB grips line-up.

Lots of fun color choices in the WTB grips line-up.

Answer has lengthened its DH bar to 810mm with a variety of rise and color options.

Answer has lengthened its DH bar to 810mm with a variety of rise and color options.

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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 Olympics, 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 Mtbr 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 life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.


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