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EB18 Roundup: Bikes from Mercedes/Argon 18, Voodoo, Ceepo, Kona, & Scott

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There were a lot of bikes at Eurobike, and it always feels like we’re just scratching the surface. Aside from the continued proliferation of e-bikes, there didn’t seem to be one category that was represented more than others, but there were plenty of interesting bikes as usual.

If you’re into “Mercedes-Benz Style”, you might be interested in the newest collaboration between the legendary car maker and Canadian based Argon 18. Simply called the ‘Mercedes-Benz Style Endurance Bike’, the first result of the partnership will launch this Fall. 

While it certainly has MB flare, the bike seems to resemble the Argon 18 Krypton series which are available in various trims.

The MB Style Endurance Bike is coated in a special silver paint and will be available in 6 sizes with either Shimano Ultegra or Ultegra Di2 builds. Supposedly a second version is in the works which will “integrated connectivity and performance software technology”. The bikes are part of a four year partnership with Mercedes-Benz in an effort to reinvent mobility where it pertains to the human-bike connection. No word on the price, though if we’d have to guess it will be fairly high.


Voodoo Viento gravel

For something a little more attainable, Voodoo has a new gravel bike in the works called the Viento. Compared to the titanium JUJU, the Viento relies on a carbon frame and fork with internal cable routing and clearance for 700c x 40mm tires. The complete bike will be available with a SRAM Force or Rival kit, but pricing and availability is still TBD.


Ceepo Shadow R

Even though we posted this bike just as the show started, I couldn’t resists taking a look at it up close. The Ceepo Shadow R and its SideFork puts a wild spin on the traditional fork in hopes of finding aero gains along with a slight ride quality improvement.

We’re assuming this access door at the front of the “fork” is to help route the brake hose around the tight corner.

Along with the flat mount brake caliper, a thru axle keeps everything tight.

Everything is as close as possible to eliminate drag, but the frame can still run a standard fork – as it will be offered in a lower price point.

As crazy as the fork is, the rear is also interesting with a seatstay-less design. You’ll also find a built in tool compartment, Bento Box, and a reversible seat post.



Kona 2019

Kona just took the wraps off the new Carbon Process 29, but there were a few bikes on hand that we were seeing production versions of for the first time. Keep in mind that these are likely the European spec, so the bikes for us on this side of the Atlantic may look a bit different.

The Process Carbon 29 joins the Process 29 in aluminum to offer a choice of materials when it comes to the big wheels.

The big wheels are also on the new Operator 29. The bike looks to have the same adjustments and features as the prototype we saw at Sea Otter, but with a completely different finish. 

Kona’s e-bikes were also looking a bit more polished with the new Remote CTRL trail bike and the E-Ute. Both use versions of the Bosch power system with the Remote CTRL going with the internal Powertube battery.


Nino Schurter’s Retro Scott Spark

Last, Scott had a special bike for Nino Schurter made up in homage to Scott’s first mountain bike.

Other than the colors and graphics, there’s very little in the way of technology that the two bikes share.

Nino’s race bike has a bunch of touches to give it a retro feel but all the modern Spark performance he’s used to. As Red Bull Bike reported, the look even extended to Nino’s kit with special shoes and a helmet.

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5 years ago

That Spark is wicked cool

Indy Bagral
5 years ago

Can’t believe the conventional fork model of that Ceepo is using cable disc brakes…WHY??

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