Future Bike: Award-Winners At Eurobike 2016

Eurobike in Friedrichshafen, Germany, is among the world’s largest bicycle shows. We traveled to this showcase of future bike gear this month for scoops and a look at 12 award-winning products, highlighted here.

Lumos Next-Generation Bike Helmet

The Lumos Helmet integrates braking, turning and illumination all into a smart protective package for the noggin. Both the front and rear panels have integrated yellow, white, and red lights. A wireless remote mounts to your handlebars — you can signal turns that blink the left or right side of the helmet. The helmet senses when you are braking and automatically illuminates the brake lights. $170 (pre-order for $150).

Floating Bike Roller

Italian company Elite SRL’s Quick Motion roller provides a more realistic floating system to aid balance during spin training. The roller’s three parts tuck away when not in use, making it easy for travel.

Transforming Enduro Helmet

The Uvex “transformable” Jakkyl HDE helmet offers increased comfort on the uphill via a detachable chin protector. The chin guard drops into place for the descent, making it truly an all-mountain hard hat.

Giro Better-Fitting Bike Shoe

Striving to find a middle ground between laces and Velcro, Giro’s Techlace system includes a pair of Velcro tabs to secure the lace system. It replaces the common D-rings (and the discomfort sometimes associated with the rings). Giro licensed Boa to buckle the top of the foot securely in the shoe. The Factor Techlace will run $250.

Stem With A Twist

Want an easier way to box your bike? The tool-free Stem Twist SDS rotates 90 degrees in either direction and returns to square in seconds. Open the quick-release and depress a locking bolt to turn the handlebar either way. Unlock it and return the stem back to riding position to ride away in an instant.

Manage Pedal Power

Rotor’s two-side power meter measures each leg’s performance, revealing more data about the rider’s pedaling efficiency. The 2INpower analyzes a rider’s maximal force, aligning the chainring’s most powerful gear ratio for optimal output. It’s pricey for this data ($1,600).

Sticky Carbon, Less Clamp Force

Bike Ahead Composites developed a synthetic rubber-type material that’s mounted to the carbon touch points during the curing process. The No-Slip-Application (NSA) is applied to the clamping areas, like seat tubes and stem bars, and it reduces clamping forces by 60 percent, the brand cites.

Integrated Controls

Supernova’s switches are integrated into the brake lever clamps to provide lighting control without letting go of the grips. The Supernova light’s switch housings are sealed for weather protection, and its waterproof connectors install tool-free.

Most Advanced Tri Bike

Parlee introduced the first disc-brake time trial frameset on the market. The bike was designed from the ground up around the brakes for optimized performance. The results? The 2017 TTiR ($6,300) shows clean lines and ferocious good looks that compliment the deep aerodynamic ride.

Customized Brakes

At the core of SRAM’s HyrdroHC hydraulic disc brake platform ($500) are customizable levers, tunable to match individual hand sizes and personal braking preferences. The brakes are paired with SRAM’s wireless shifting technology — its recently-released Red eTap system — and housed under ergonomic hoods. Regardless of hand size or brake-set preferences, SRAM‘s HydroHC levers are developed to meet your ergonomic needs.

Plus-Size Slicks

Tire juggernaut WTB mixed plus-size traction with riding performance in its all-weather tire, the Horizon Road Plus ($68). A herringbone pattern siphons water while providing sufficient traction on mixed terrain, the brand cites. With the same diameter as a 700 x 28-30mm road tire, the 650b tire will fit your cross bike and road frame.

Gravel Racer

Oversized tubes help make 3T‘s first-ever frame a build for speed. Cervelo’s founder Gerard Vroomen had a hand in designing the rig, so you know form follows function (and function means speed). The “Squaro” tubes are engineered to direct air drag from the tires around the frame of the bike. The dropped drive-side chain stay allows a range of tires to fit in the frame, from 700c slicks to 650b knobbies.

Green Award: Rice Husk Pedals

Every year Eurobike recognizes one brand that developed a unique and sustainable product. This year, CKC took the green with its khaki pedals, which are made primarily from rice-husk waste from the Taiwanese farming industry. Manufacturing processes paid particular attention to reducing carbon emissions. Bonus: The pedals give off a pleasant scent of rice crops.

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