The annual Eurobike trade show seems to get bigger and busier every year, and it’s definitely at the fore when it comes to the major bike shows. It’s enormity can be stifling, not only for visitors but for brands too – and many major and minor names do now skip the crammed German halls because of this, preferring to take their own show’s on the road or simply sit out the food fight of Friedrichshafen.
Sure enough there’s lot’s too see, but overall it’s become a game of minor gains and tweaks, with the odd major advancement.
This year e-bikes were once again big news, and things have come a long way on the development side, with smaller and more powerful motors rapidly evolving.
When it comes to true pedal power it would very much seem like a case of just about everybody and anybody chasing each other around the great velodrome of trend rather than thinking outside of the track centre.
Disc brakes and gravel bikes were the scratch markers, with power meter systems and internal wiring following them to the line.
After several well documented, though ‘unofficial’ appearances at race events in the US and Europe, we were wondering if there’d be a surprise launch of SRAM’s highly anticipated wireless electronic groupset. It was not to be and the word is that it’s still a little way off plugging into the market – maybe 2016.