Eurobike 2022: Exciting products from European manufacturers – Part 1

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The European bike project is one of our favorite Instagram accounts and its feed is constantly updated with everything from interesting curiosities from small manufacturers to inside looks at European manufacturing to analyzes of the environmental impact of our sport. During Eurobike 2022, he unearths the most interesting products from small manufacturers for you.

Actofive Cycles / Saxony Cycling / Hubs Qvist.cc

Once again one of the best looking bikes at the show came from the German frame manufacturer Active cycles. The purple anodized CNC machined frame is certainly a sight.

It is located at “Saxony by bikestand in hall 8. Cycling Saxony is a network of bicycle brands from the German state of Saxony and it is surprising to see the number of high quality bicycle brands in this area.

The bike was equipped with many interesting products from other German brands, including Oak Components brake levers, Magura brakes, Freeze Components grips, Beast Components carbon handlebars as well as the new Qvist.cc hubs, which we’ll take a closer look at in a few days.

Qvist hubs use a double pawl mechanism with 64 points of engagement per side. Only one side is engaged at a time, meaning you get 128 total points of engagement with all the reliability that a ratchet mechanism provides.

Last but not least, the bike featured smooth suspension from Formula and Extreme Shox.

galfer

galfer had their new Disc Shark at the show. Unlike other options with the “small hole design”, their discs have additional cooling fins and small windows that alternate with the small holes, which should result in better cooling and braking performance according to the Spanish manufacturer. .

Cavalry / Effigear Bikes

We covered the new Cavalry bikes Anakin V2 before, but this frame is just too good not to show it again.

It uses an Effigear 9-speed gearbox, which makes running a belt and designing a high-pivot suspension design a breeze. This specific bike belongs to the designer of the Anakin V2, Tom Donnadieu.

One-K wheels

One-K wheels is a German start-up that wants to ensure that all of its axles stay below the 1kg mark, hence its name.

To do this, they use unique spokes made from a special fiber from Japan. They experimented with carbon fibers, but these turned out to be too fragile. Their first wheelsets will be for road bikes, but it’s only a matter of time before their technology is available for mountain bikes as well.

They are still working on the perfect fiber and spoke technology, which is why the spokes don’t look perfect yet.

Lavelle carbon wheels

lava is a new company that has garnered a lot of attention for working on a very special city electric bike. However, they are also working on carbon wheels that will be suitable for mountain bikes and e-MTBs.

The 5-spoke wheels will be made in Galicia, Spain, and are designed around their own hubs which are also made in-house. The hub uses a roller clutch type freewheel mechanism, which means it is quiet and provides near instant engagement. The hubs can be removed from the wheels and use low friction bearings.

The rear hub can handle up to 350Nm of torque and the 3.5mm flange ensures the tires are held securely in place. All rims have an RFID chip which you can scan in order to get more information about the wheels.

They will be launching the 27.5″ wheels soon, with the 29″ version coming later this year. The weight will be about 1800 g.

3×3 gear hub

3×3 is a new brand of German car manufacturer HB-Hightech. Their first product is a 9-speed hub compatible with chain and belt drives. The speed range is 554% and the weight is about 2 kg. It uses a proprietary disc carrier, discs are available in sizes from 160 to 220 mm.

It can handle torque up to 250nm and is lubricated with grease rather than oil. This means that the hub should be literally maintenance free, as there is no oil that you would usually have to change at regular intervals.

In 2023 Nicolai Bicycles will offer a flat bar gravel bike with the 3×3 hub. At this stage, the hubs cannot be ordered directly from 3×3.

Lilienthal carbon wheels

Lilienthal the rims are not only highly customizable, they also use a unique manufacturing process. Instead of laying carbon sheets in the mold by hand, Lilienthal uses an automated process to manufacture its rims. Crimpless carbon strips are wound on the mold. Rolling the different carbon strips is a matter of seconds and reduces the risk of human error. Uniform fiber orientation provides a unique surface appearance and texture. Later the spoke holes are drilled internally and the pattern is custom made to match the geometry of the hub.

In case the colored Pirope spokes and custom decals aren’t custom enough for you, Lilienthal now also offers fully custom rim designs in collaboration with renowned designer JMD Designs.

Motorex / Foes Racing #001

Swiss company Motorex had one of the more interesting bikes on their stand. It is the first mass production frame ever made by an American company Race of enemies. It is signed by Brent Foes and features original period components. The bike belongs to Stefan from Cycleworks.chwhich has an impressive collection of retro bikes which we will cover in a detailed article later this year.

Motorex presented three new products at the show: Bike Protect Dirt Shield is a bike spray that prevents mud from sticking to your frame, which is not only interesting for racers. Along with a new chain lube, they are also launching a new anti-seize which is primarily designed for aluminum parts.

Pinion

The Pinion The community has been waiting for this version for a long time: Pinion gearboxes can now be operated with the TE1 trigger shifter. However, for now, this technology will only be available for e-bikes. A regular bike would need some kind of small motor in the gearbox to change gears. Riders around the world have been waiting for such a version of the Pinion gearbox, but the shifters are better than many think. Smart Shift gearboxes are not the same as regular Pinion gearboxes and are marked with an “i”, such as C1.12i.

Pinion also exhibited his one-of-a-kind artwork, which is essentially a neatly disassembled P1.18 gearbox on a backing plate. They are auctioning off this work to raise funds for the local non-profit organization “Bike Bridge Stuttgart”. The auction ends on Sunday evening, the last day of the show.

Aska Speed ​​Pedelec Bike

Aska’s Bike is a Belgian company that sells a very fast (45 km/h) and robust electric bicycle. It has a 120mm Formula fork and an Öhlins rear shock will generate 90mm of travel. The frame uses a single pivot suspension design.

Interestingly, the frame does not use the usual round tubes, but metal sheets. The Aska team says the tubes offer a great stiffness-to-weight ratio, but that doesn’t make too much sense when you cut them down to fit a big battery. So they looked at different ways to make a frame and came up with this unique technique. Aska bikes use many parts made in Europe, including the Neodrives rear hub motor.

Kamemo GmbH R1 Tinion shock absorber

Kamemo is a new company from the Black Forest region in southern Germany. At Eurobike 2022 they debuted their R1 shock which has several unique features.

As you can see, the shock has no piggyback. However, it has a very large shaft and a large volume of oil. The pressures in the oil chamber would be very low, which should reduce wear and ensure consistent performance.

The shock has an external shim box that allows you to change the shim stack without opening the shock. Thanks to the mounting points, the R1 can be used as a trunnion type shock or a metric shock. Switching from one mounting standard to another is simply a matter of installing the specific eyelets.

Currently the shock is only available to OEM customers. The 165mm shock is available now, other lengths will follow.

ceramic gear

Danish manufacturer ceramic gear had their new OSPW 12-speed derailleur cages at the show. They will also be available in different Cerakote finishes: bronze, olive and gun metal. At the moment, each color will be limited to 100 pieces.

Ceramicspeed has spent a lot of time experimenting with Cerakote coatings and they have found that it improves the longevity of their pulleys by up to 15-20% compared to their anodized pulleys.

They also say that Cerakote is a great way to coat their carbon cages and aluminum pulley wheels, as the result will look identical on both materials.

Rubena tires

Czech tire manufacturer Rubena tires (formerly known as Mitas) made their first bicycle tire in 1928. Today, they make several products, including ice hockey pucks and air springs for trains. However, bicycle tires remain a very important product for Rubena.

They are currently working on new durable compounds to ensure riders can get as many miles as possible out of each tire. In addition, they look into the recycling of inner tubes and – more importantly and also more difficult – tires.

Rubena had a wide range of tires on display, including everything from road and city tires to DH options.

Their most aggressive options are 2.45″ and 2.6″ Monarch tires. Like the other tires pictured, they have Textra sidewall protection. The Highlander is also on the aggressive side of the spectrum and, aside from the Monarch, it is the only tire in the Rubena lineup with a dual DH SupraMax compound that has softer side knobs and firmer center knobs. It is followed by the more versatile Scylla. Most tires are available in 2.45″ and 2.6″ versions.

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