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New perspectives open up for cycling sports - with and without the "e”

26/07/2017
Trends in the mountain bike and racing bike segment

Friedrichshafen - E-bike technology is here to stay in the sports bike segment, something that will be apparent at the upcoming Eurobike, which takes place from August 30 to September 2. The bike industry is opening entirely new perspectives for bike sports. But even for models without an "e” in their name, there are plenty of exciting new things to discover at the 26th International Bicycle Trade Exhibition.

Do racing bikes with electric motors have the same potential for success in the market like e-mountain bikes did when they were introduced? Anyone who stops by the Focus Bikes stand and takes a closer look at the racing bikes in the company’s experimental Project Y line will answer "yes.” The bike manufacturer from Cloppenburg combines a compact, centrally-mounted motor made by Munich start-up Fazua with a lightweight battery that is completely enclosed within the bike’s carbon frame. The result is a remarkably impressive and visually appealing e?racing bike that weighs only 12.5 kilograms.

The brand name Fantic has really got motocrossers’ tongues wagging since it decided to conquer the e-mountain bikes market from its home base in Veneto, northern Italy. With the new XF1 Integra model that Fantic will present at the Eurobike, the chances are good that its plan will be successful. The new bike will roll into stores equipped with the latest generation of the Bosch drive from Germany, which is regarded by mountain bikers as a real powerhouse.

With its new PowerTube batteries, Bosch has opened new possibilities for system integration on e-bikes. The new e-bike batteries, which can be completely integrated into the bike frame, have been perfectly applied by Austrian bike manufacturer KTM and others. This is evident in the 2018 edition of the Macina Kapoho E-MTB, whose 160 mm spring travel gives the new model away as an all-mountain bike. What is interesting is that, for the first time, KTM has combined different wheel sizes on one bike. With a 29-inch front wheel, the Macina Kapoho rolls over obstacles and stays on track, while an extra-wide 27.5 plus rear wheel promises traction and stability.

Grenchen, Switzerland is not only the home base of several exclusive Swiss watch manufacturers, it’s also where BMC designs and manufactures its racing bikes and mountain bikes. Perhaps one needs to know that to understand the retail price of the premium brand’s first e-mountain bike. The asking retail price for the top version of the new Trailfox AMP model that BMC will introduce in 2018 is 12,000 euros. For that, the Swiss manufacturer not only equips the full suspension e-mountain bike with nearly every expensive, high-quality component possible, but the carbon frame is practically custom made to be form-fitting for the e-bike drive components from Shimano. The battery and the motor disappear within the twin hollow core carbon tube, which is light yet also offers a lot of stability. With its short rear triangle and flat steering angle, the bike’s geometry offers maneuverability on narrow trails but also very smooth operation in fast stretches.

When a manufacturer names their new model "Pride,” you can expect a very exceptional bike. The Vorarlberg-based bike developers at Simplon completely live up to this expectation. The new 2018 model combines a lightweight design with aerodynamics and wins over even the hardest sceptics with a number of innovative features like the quick-release axle for disk wheels and a cockpit concept that integrates every cable into the frame, thereby offering the lowest possible wind resistance. Prices for the exceptional racing bike start at 5,299 euros.

Of course, in light of the fact that there will be 1400 exhibitors at the Eurobike, the new models presented here are just a small selection of the extensive number of innovations that will be shown at the Eurobike. Visitors to the show will be able to get a complete overview from Wednesday, August 30 to Saturday, September 2. Whereas the industry trade show in Friedrichshafen will be open to industry professionals and media in its first three days, on its final day the Eurobike will open its doors for all bicycle fans. More information is available at: www.eurobike.show.com.
 

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