As usual, there’s simply too much to see at Eurobike to stop and talk with everyone about every product. So as we’re dashing through the halls, we’ll snap things that catch our eye for roundups. Not that they’re any less cool than the brands we dedicate full posts to. On the contrary, there’s often quite a bit of ingenuity to be found in the recesses and shared 10×10 booths. Here’s the first of many roundups to come from Eurobike 2014.
The Bpeople Unica saddle is a simply gorgeous melding of premium, vegetable dyed Italian leather and carbon fiber. Saddle weight is claimed at just 138g. The frame is 4K woven carbon fiber, shaped with a center relief channel on a 263×140 shell.
From ESSE Design comes two groups of saddles built on the same platforms. If you like a little color, the Pantono collection gives you a choice of eight colors. The Arts collection takes Keith Haring’s simple drawings and puts them under your butt. We particularly like the “Ciclyng” design. All colors and designs come on your choice of gel padded commuter style saddle or a lighter, slimmer “fixie” saddle. The Pantono collection is also available in kid’s bike seat versions.
For under the saddle, Xerpa’s minimalist XP1 hardshell case holds a CO2 cartridge and inflator. They also offer a blinky light attachment that fits underneath it. It’s sold separately, but it’s really designed to go with the…
…XP2 water bottle cage. The lower section holds an inner tube and short tire levers, so combine the two kits and you have everything you need to get rolling again after a flat. While it looks like the lower section threads into the bottle, in fact it attaches to the cage, freeing you to choose whatever bottle you want. The cage comes in black and white, with matching bottles included.
The Ergotec stem takes a unique approach to angle adjustment. A first clamp attaches to your steerer tube and has an integrated horizontal round section. The stem’s body clamps to that on either side, letting you rotate it however you want. The slight forward position of the stem’s axis could let some riders get their handlebars really low (short riders on 29ers?) and still clear the headset. It’s also decidedly sportier looking than their standard commuter-style adjustable stems, and should hold the position a bit better for more aggressive riding.
If that’s not enough (and mountain biking’s not in your future), the Speedlifter has a few options to customize your fit. Shown above is the TwistPlus, which allows three different adjustments: overall height, stem angle and stem rotation. The first two are designed to get your fit dialed. The last one frees the stem to spin around without turning the wheel. For those carrying their bikes up stairs or parking it in a cramped apartment, say hello to an extra foot or more of space!
That grip is the amazing Velospring walnut grip with built in suspension.
The product is from BySchulz, a German company, as is this:
The G.1 Light parallel suspension seatpost. It has three different spring options to suit different weight riders. Weight is 580g, and it’s available in 350mm and 400mm lengths and 27.2 and 31.6 diameters.
They also have these analog clocks for both A-head style headsets and their Speedlift stems.
Thread the base plate in first to get your steering system snug, then snap the clock and outer ring into place.
If that doesn’t dress things up enough, Woodie’s fenders. You can customize them to get the width, length, color and wood you want. The bottom layer is aluminum, which keeps the crud from ruining the wood over time, and the upper is a real wood from FSC-certified sources. They’re even protected against UV light.
More color, you want? How ’bout this assortment of lightweight alloy stem caps and derailleur jockey wheels from XON? Best I could tell, they’re mainly a supplier to other brands and was simply displaying what they could do, but if anyone knows the website for them, leave it in the comments.