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Bike Ahead Biturbo Cargo ultralight ultra-strong 6-spoke monocoque carbon wheels for cargo ebikes, 20" & 26" combo by Kvirder
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German carbon specialist Bike Ahead Composites has two new versions of their iconic monocoque 6-spoke carbon BiTurbo wheels. 1 for heavier riders, ebikes & eMTB and the other for cargo bikes, believe it or not! Plus, all-new lightweight carbon XC bars for mountain bikers hunting the sleekest integrated electronic shift setup on the planet…

Bike Ahead Biturbo X & X.E carbon wheels for ebike & eMTB

Bike Ahead Biturbo X or X.E, 6-spoke carbon MTB wheels for enduro, ebike & eMTB
(Photos/Bike Ahead)

Bike Ahead had already adapted their classic ultralight 6-spoke monocoque carbon Biturbo wheels for heavier use applications all the way back in 2017/2018 as the biturbo-E. But they’ve updated the concept with updated rim & spoke shapes for increased strength and much wider internal rim widths for modern tires. Plus, there are now lighter X & extra-strong X.E versions that cover everything from heavier riders, lighter ebikes, and the more bulky full-power long-range eMTBs.

Bike Ahead Biturbo X or X.E, 6-spoke carbon MTB wheels for enduro, ebike & eMTB, rim detail

Now, these new 24.5mm deep tubeless Bike Ahead Biturbo X wheels grow to 33mm internal for 29ers or a full 35mm for 27.5″ wheels. The standard Biturbo X features a generous rider+gear weight limit of 115kg/254lb. Bike Ahead says that’s perfect for taller & heavier riders, plus riders on the latest crop of lightweight eMTBs. The Xes weigh about 330g more than the ultralight Biturbo RS XC wheels. But are rated for smashing much rougher trails.

And if you ride a heavier full-power, big battery gravity ebike, there’s also a Biturbo X.E version that adds another 300g of carbon reinforcement. Those X.Es up the weight limit to 130kg/287lb.

Bike Ahead Biturbo X or X.E, 6-spoke carbon MTB wheels for enduro, ebike & eMTB, DT Swiss hub internals

Pick from 12×100, 15mm Boost & Lefty Ocho spacing up front, and standard or Boost thru-axle compatibility out back, all with standard DT Swiss Hybrid ebike hub internals.

Bike Ahead Biturbo X or X.E, 6-spoke carbon MTB wheels for enduro, ebike & eMTB, 27.5" or 29"
Biturbo X & X.E in 27.5 (l) or 29″ (r)

Weight claims for complete wheelsets range from 1530g for Biturbo X 27.5″ or 1580g for 29″, up to 1830g for Biturbo X.E 27.5″ or 1880g for 29″ variants. Both Bike Ahead Biturbo X & X.E, made entirely in Germany, retail for the same 3600€.

Biturbo Cargo ultralight, ultra-strong carbon wheels for cargo bikes

Bike Ahead Biturbo Cargo ultralight ultra-strong 6-spoke monocoque carbon wheels for cargo ebikes, by Kvirder, mini bike
(Cargo bike photos/Kvirder)

The Bike Ahead Biturbo Cargo project has been running for a few years. Together with custom cargo bike shop Kvirder in Frankfurt. Back then, Kvirder asked Bike Ahead founder Christian Gemperlein if he would consider making a cargo version of the Biturbo. And he jumped at the idea. By 2022, they’d built a wheel tough enough to pass DIN testing for heavier cargo bikes and high-speed cargo pedelec ebikes. And shed a lot of weight vs. conventional alloy cargo bike wheelsets, often over 2kg for a set.

Bike Ahead Biturbo Cargo ultralight ultra-strong 6-spoke monocoque carbon wheels for cargo ebikes, 20" + 26" pair

Now the ultralight, ultra-strong Biturbo Cargos are ready for you!

The Bike Ahead Biturbo Cargo wheelset pairs a 20″ front wheel to a 26″ rear wheel. Bo both with a 26mm hookless tubeless internal rim width. Bike Ahead designed them for especially heavy loads, rated for up to 220kg/485lb – including rider, bike, AND cargo. But they are still really lightweight. The 6-spoke carbon front wheel is just 635g, the rear 900g, for a complete wheelset of only 1535g.

Bike Ahead Biturbo Cargo ultralight ultra-strong 6-spoke monocoque carbon wheels for cargo ebikes, detail

Bike Ahead says their design with most of the rotating mass located near the center of the wheel is especially well suited for the start-and-stop riding dynamic of a cargo bike. They go as far as to say that upgrading to these wheels “not only saves leg power, but also battery capacity on e-bikes“.

Bike Ahead Biturbo Cargo ultralight ultra-strong 6-spoke monocoque carbon wheels for cargo ebikes, by Kvirder, complete long john

Wildly light full-carbon monocoque cargo bike wheels made in Germany don’t come cheap, though. They sell for the same 3600€ as many of the other Biturbos. But, there’s probably no way to make your cargo bike as cool looking. At least, not without sacrificing load carrying function than these sick wheels!

Bike Ahead Wonderbar integrated carbon mountain bike bar

Bike Ahead Wonderbar integrated carbon XC mountain bike handlebar

Developed for mountain bike riders looking for a cleaner cockpit setup and more cable integration. The carbon Bike Ahead Wonderbar is then a zero or negative-rise XC bar for the discerning mountain biker. According to Bike Ahead it was created “in close cooperation with [their] community” to integrate some of the latest and most advanced electronic shifter solutions, like: SRAM Blips, Zirbel Twister, or CyberGrips.

Bike Ahead Wonderbar integrated carbon mountain bike flat bar, grip wiring groove

The Wonderbar uses recessed cable grooves with holes at the grip areas. There’s also a pass through hole at the stem to allow for hidden internal wire routing. And it uses Bike Ahead’s patented ‘NSA rubber coating’ at the clamping areas for low torque grip without the need for friction paste.

Bike Ahead Wonderbar integrated carbon mountain bike bar, backside details

The matte UD finished Bike Ahead Wonderbar sells for 269€. It features 8.5° backsweep, no upsweep, and a 0mm/-9.5mm ride depending on how you flip it. The bar is 720mm wide with a 31.8mm clamping area, and a claimed weight of just 144g. Max rider weight is 105kg/231lb (including any rider-mounted gear).

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Stefan Vis
Stefan Vis
7 months ago

Damn. The 90’s are back!

fabiano
fabiano
7 months ago

di2 handlebar come back

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