Not so much big news at Eurobike this year if you ask me. 10,000 electric bikes (9,997 of them ugly), in general very nice (mostly understated) graphics and lots of 650B mountain bike wheels and bikes “because we don’t really like it but we don’t want to miss the boat”.
Two of the smartest things I’ve seen so far are very small:
Syntace showed a really clever solution to having a quick release on their X-12 thru-axle. Instead of having a quick release lever both fornt and rear, they have a small allen key that stores inside the axle when not used.
It locks in tightly, so you won’t lose it during your ride, and when you need it you simply pull it out and use it for your front or rear axle. Or for our seattube collar or any other bolt on your frame of that size. It’s quite light (around 30g) with a very clean design. Brilliant.
With so many bottom bracket standards, press fit bearings come with sleeves in a gazillion widths. That means that when you need a replacement, chances are your store doesn’t have the right one. Rotor now offers a one-size-fits-all solution, with a harmonica design. Very clever.
That’s it for now, too many meetings here at Eurobike to write too much. Enjoy the weekend.