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EUROBIKE is once again in
international pole position. The 27th edition of the show sees 1,400 exhibitors
from 50 countries presenting all facets of the bike world. “We are seeing more
and more that it is by no means just about bikes themselves. The industry is
increasingly offering new solutions for the whole issue of mobility. This is reflected
by the EUROBIKE trade show,” says CEO Messe Friedrichshafen Klaus Wellmann.
From 8 to 10 July, the exhibitors include some 100 new market players – from
start-ups to automotive industry brands.
“The EUROBIKE is underlining its
position as the leading trade show and is offering a wide exhibition of
sportive and increasingly sustainable and urban mobility products. Cargo bikes
will be a central theme at the show. Bikes for transporting loads now come in
all shapes and sizes, both for private and commercial use – and increasingly with
electric assist,” explains EUROBIKE project manager Dirk Heidrich.
Many of the new trends were presented in advance at the press conference:
The three-wheeled Tender from Urban
Arrow comes in two sizes: big and bigger. Its 300-kilo load capacity allows you
to move comfortably and emission-free around town. Showing for the first time,
this electric-assist cargo alternative to the pickup van has a 107 x
155 cm load area (think 12 crates of beer) and a further 250 litres in a
large closed compartment (5 crates of beer). Despite this, the Tender is still
half a metre narrower and just 15 cm longer than a Smart. Meanwhile, the Urban
Arrow Shorty is the perfect solution for the weekly family shop.
A further trike, the Chike e-kids
reflects two important trends on the cargo bike market. Its compact design
makes for easy riding, storing and transporting. In addition, thanks to their
tilting technology, trikes benefit from additional riding dynamics and can take
full advantage of e-motors. The high back rests and five-point seat belts
provide better safety and comfort for kids. And it’s possible to mount a baby
For the 2019 season, German premium
e-mobility manufacturer E-Bike Manufaktur is also presenting its first cargo
bike. The e-assisted, front-loader FR8 has comfortable low step-though entry
and a number of new technical details, including a Continental Revolution Motor,
Gates belt drive and spacious 60 cm-long load area.
Further proof that cargo bikes are
on the rise is the research project “Ich entlaste Städte” (“Taking the load off
cities”) conducted by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Transport
Research. It provides private companies and public organizations across Germany
with the opportunity to test 150 cargo cycles for commercial use. Europe’s
largest cargo bike test pool includes 23 different models – from speedy pizza
delivery bikes to large heavy load transporters. Over half of these models are
on display at Eurobike 2018.
And when it comes to road bikes,
things are also moving, e-bikes are making inroads here too. The Cento1 Hybrid
is redefining and raising the bar for the usability of high-end road bikes.
This futuristic e-racing bike combines all the characteristics of a Wilier
Triestina bike, but with assisted pedalling. The result is a genuine flyweight
e-road bike that weighs just 9.9 kg with better responsiveness and a longer
Sporty styling, robust quality and
minimal maintenance – welcome to the new Koga Pace series. At its heart is a
frame with hidden welded seams and fully integrated gear and brake cabling.
Wide gravel tyres and suspension forks with 80-millimetre travel ensure optimal
performance whether on forest trails or asphalt.
There are also plenty of
innovations without electric assist. System integration is the name of the game
with the Bold Unplugged Enduro mountain bike. In addition to the protected
internal dampers, rigid rear section and lowerable seat post, this bike also
has computer chips in the rear axle and bearing shells. They allow the rider to
customise the chain stay length, bottom bracket height, steering angle and all
standard wheel and tyre options.
For style-conscious commuters, who
have been previously put off by longer journeys to work by bike, stylish urban
e-bikes now offer a real alternative to the car. The Homage low step-through model
by Riese & Müller is an everyday city e-bike with mountain bike riding
characteristics. This is made possible by the combination of optimised front
suspension, active rear swing arm, optimised front wheel suspension and
co-sprung carrier. The result: back-sparing riding comfort and better road
holding and safety at high speeds. It is also available with optional dual
battery for greater range.
The Cooper E-Disc is the solution
for style-conscious city commuters. With its Gates carbon belt drive, oily
chain marks are a thing of the past. The Shimano hydraulic brakes offer optimal
safety at all speeds. And the bike comes with a 250 watt Zehus motor unit in
the rear hub and a classic steel frame.
Shopping by bike is fun again?
Maybe it’s because of the Electric Boda Boda. The pedelec cargo bike offers
exactly the right amount of electric assist for a natural feel under the feet.
On top of the Shimano system components, hydraulic brakes, LED lights and many
other features, there are optional add-ons such as a front basket, child seat
or bike bags.
In addition to numerous other bike innovations, there are also new drive systems, new battery technologies and new digital solutions and services, as well as innovative clothing and accessories. “This year, we are providing a prominent platform for start-ups. They are important innovation drivers in the industry,” explains EUROBIKE the project manager Dirk Heidrich.