Cycle Monkey named US distributor, service partner and brand manager for Syntace

RICHMOND, Calif. (BRAIN) — The German component brand Syntace has named Cycle Monkey its U.S. service partner, distributor, and brand manager.

Ritchey sells complete bikes dealer direct in Europe

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — For years Ritchey told dealers asking for complete bikes that it wasn’t going to happen while its OEM component sales represented such a large portion of its business. The thinking is a component maker shouldn’t compete with its customers by offering complete bikes

Eurobike 2016 news and highlights

Eurobike is the world’s biggest bike show and the venue of choice for many of the world’s biggest manufacturers to unveil what’s coming for the following season. BikeRadar are there in force to bring you the latest announcements.

Held in Friedrichshafen, Germany every August/September, the show sees tens of thousands of people in the bicycle trade descend upon a cluster of enormous Zeppelin hangars, packed full of the latest bikes, components, clothing, protective wear, gadgets… If it’s something to do with cycling, this is the place to show a product.

  • 2016 dates: 31 August – 4 September
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The BikeRadar team are hitting the show floor to check out the hottest new gear and give you our thoughts on it. We’ll update this page throughout the show, so bookmark it and keep checking back for the coolest new stuff as we get our hands on it.


ABS brakes and traction control could soon be the norm for e-bikes

Anti-lock brakes could soon become the norm for e-bikes thanks to technology developed by German company Brake Force One. The system, which we spotted at this year’s Eurobike, uses actuators and sensors on a modified version of Brake Force One’s H20 water-filled brakes, and is set to be available in early 2018.

  • German firm demonstrates its forthcoming Anti-lock braking system

Northwave aims to make pressure points “a thing of the past” with new road shoe

  • Italian firm shows off its 2017 road and MTB shoes

The Colnago Concept is your fresh slice of Italian aero

  • Colnago announce Concept aero bike plus 2017 range updates

SRAM Red eTap HRD first ride review

  • Wireless shifting paired with hydraulic disc brakes

Wahoo announces updated KICKR smart trainer

  • Wahoo claims new trainer will be the quietest on the market

Stan’s NoTubes announces new burly S1 series wheelsets

  • Stan’s reworks classic rim to create budget-friendly, strong wheelsets

Luck puts power meters in shoe soles

  • In-sole meters sold for one or both shoes, for road or mountain

Yeti unleashes redesigned SB5 and all-new SB5+

  • New 27.5+ model and more affordable versions

Hands on: Garmin ViRB Ultra 30 action camera review

  • 4K resolution at 30 fps, touchscreen, voice control, broadcasting mode

Canyon creates new versatile Speedmax CF

  • ‘Fastest triathlon and time trial bike in it’s class’

Shimano Pro dips into dropper market with debut Koryak seatpost

  • Stealth-routed, cable-actuated dropper is a first for Japanese component giant

Ridley brings pro-level tech to the masses

  • New women’s bikes, multiple disc platforms and improved componentry from Ridley for 2017

Shimano and PRO roll-out cable integrated bars and pro-tested shoes

Components and accessories behemoth Shimano is – unsurprisingly – releasing a bevy of new products at the 2016 Eurobike trade show, both under its own name and its PRO sub-brand. From shoes to performance handlebars, there’s plenty to tickle the fancy of road cyclists and mountain bike racers alike.
  • New road and MTB tech and soft goods from the component giant at Eurobike

Spotted at the Eurobike Media Days 2016

New Cannondale Slate

Giant TCR Advanced Pro Disc

Rocky Mountain Element

  • Gallery: best road bikes at Eurobike’s Media Days
  • The coolest new MTB kit from Europe’s biggest testing event

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ZIV reports challenging first half for German bike market

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — The first half of 2016 proved to be challenging for the German bike market, according to the latest figures from Zweirad-Industrie-Verband (ZIV), the country’s bike industry association, which includes manufacturers and importers of bicycles, components, accessories and e-bikes. ZIV, which presented the numbers during a discussion panel that kicked off Eurobike Tuesday morning, noted that bike production through the first six months of the year dipped compared to last year, with an estimated 1.6 million units produced. Sales of bicycles and e-bikes declined 5 to 8 percent, ZIV reported.

Eurobike eyes consumers in its 25th edition

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — For the first time in its 25-year history, consumers will be able to demo bikes at Eurobike. The show expects to offer roughly 3,500 bikes for demo over the weekend following the trade-only days, Aug

Pro Bike: Aaron Gwin’s YT Tues CF

YT Industries isn’t a name with a long history in downhill racing, but the German direct-sales brand have hit the World Cup circuit with a bang. Known for offering well designed, top-spec machines at affordable prices, they’ve enjoyed massive success in Europe and have now set their sights across the pond. 

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  • Aaron Gwin and YT Industries will be going downhill together in 2016

They first captured attention in the US by sponsoring freerider Cam Zink and have now stepped things up by signing reportedly the biggest pro deal in mountain biking to take on the inimitable Aaron Gwin. And it’s paid off — Gwin won on his first outing aboard the Tues CF in Lourdes, France, and followed that up with a second victory in Leogang, Austria, placing him at the top of the World Cup leaderboard.

Tougher than the rest

It’s testament to the calibre of YT’s downhill bike that Gwin is riding a completely stock large frame, with no geometry changes, special linkages or offset headsets. On appearances, there’s little to separate this bike from any other Tues CF. The differences come in the set-up, particularly the suspension.


The broader hub and narrower cassette allow for a wider spoke angle, making for a stiffer rear wheel

Watching the American ride you notice just how little the suspension is moving. For an average rider, running air pressures this high and compression damping this firm would rattle them to pieces and make it impossible to weight the front wheel for traction. The former motocross racer has the strength to overcome this and the hard platform allows him to remain neutral and carry speed through holes. Some have said that it’s this suspension set-up that allows the three-time World Cup champ to pull out seemingly impossible time gaps over his rivals.

Gwin’s mechanic John Hall says the base tune for the suspension is decided during pre-season testing. Inside the fork and shock, the shim stacks (thin metal washers used to control the flow of oil) will be set up to Aaron’s preferences. Once on the race circuit they may change this slightly, but mostly it’s a case of fine-tuning things to suit individual tracks. They’ll adjust air pressures by a few psi and tweak compression and rebound damping, running things softer and slower in the wet for more grip.

The bike rolls on stock e*thirteen LG1r carbon wheels fitted with their new seven-speed DH hub and cassette. The broader hub and narrower cassette allow for a wider spoke angle, making for a stiffer rear wheel. Both hubs are fitted with metal-cased Japanese bearings to make them spin even sweeter, while the bottom bracket bearings have been changed for ceramic versions.

Against the odds

The paint job is the same as on the production bike — only the small ‘Aaron Gwin’ sticker and flag give away its pilot

1. No easy ride

2. Up front

3. Crank it up

4. Anchors

5. Contact points

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Peter Sagan to continue with Specialized on German team

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — World Champion Peter Sagan will continue racing on a Specialized as he moves to the German team BORA–hansgrohe for 2017.

Hawley to distribute EVOC bags

LEXINGTON, S.C. (BRAIN) — Hawley is now distributing bike and ski bags from the German brand EVOC

Nicolai Ion GPI – the gearbox MTB of the future?

With the Ion GPI, Nicolai has melded properly forward thinking geometry with a revolutionary drivetrain that does away with the derailleur. So does this add up to a bike that lights the way for things to come? Based on a test day aboard the strange beast, the answer to that question is both yes and no.

Related: Mojo/Nicolai’s GeoMetron plots a future for mountain bike design

We’ve written before about the GeoMetron, the fruit of a collaboration between German frame builders Nicolai and the boundary-pushing boss of Mojo Suspension, Chris Porter.


A 12 speed Pinion gearbox delivers power to the rear wheel via a Gates Carbon belt drive

In a nutshell, the GeoMetron takes the basic outline of Nicolai’s 155mm rear travel Ion 16 and pairs it to geometry that’s slack enough be on the more radical edge of current World Cup downhill bikes despite only running a 160-180mm fork and being firmly designed as a do-it-all trail bike. It also has a much longer reach than most bikes on the market paired to a very steep seat angle.

Utterly different suspension performance

Shifting snags bar the path to greatness

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Cervélo Bigla will be wearing Endura for the 2016 race season

Scottish company Endura is the new clothing sponsor for Swiss women’s pro cycling team Cervélo Bigla, providing the team with kit for the 2016 season. 

Endura has an extensive catalogue of products, producing road, mountain bike, triathlon and custom kit, and pedigree when it comes to producing kit for professional teams. The company is also clothing sponsor for men’s pro-cycling team Movistar, and provided the aerosuit for Australian Bridie O’Donnell’s successful UCI Hour Record attempt. 

“We’re all really excited to partner with Cervélo Bigla. The project is an exciting one and it’s an exciting time for women’s cycling with the establishment of the UCI Women’s WorldTour and more exposure in the media for women’s racing,” said Endura founder Jim McFarlane. “We’ll be using the riders of Cervélo Bigla as an elite group of high mileage performance product testers to help build our range of market-leading performance wear for female riders.”


Cervélo Bigla are currently ranked fifth in the world by the UCI, with the team lineup featuring riders like Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, currently ranked sixth in the world, and former world time trial bronze medallist Carmen Small. 

Endura has introduced a range of new techniques throughout its clothing range as a result of designing products for pro teams and sponsored athletes. This includes using the Drag2Zero facility at the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 wind tunnel to improve aerodynamics, developing a new pad fitting system with German bike fitting experts gebioMized, and making use of climate chambers to test new fabrics on riders that will help them keep cool. 

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