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Olly’s Eurobike top five

| Blog, Mountain Biking Uk | 09/09/2013 16:55pm

With exhibitors from all corners of the globe, Eurobike’s position on the trade show calendar means it’s also one of the first chances to get up close and personal to some of the latest and greatest gear coming our way in the next few months.

As the new guy here at MBUK towers and after three days of currywurst and excellent German hospitality (and beer), I thought I’d share some of the shows more interesting points…

Easier said than done with seven gargantuan halls and with no space spared, Eurobike was once again a smorgasbord of bikes and more. Here’s my top five and in no particular order:

The drivetrain revolution!

The demise of the front derailleur is still a relatively new concept, but one that‘s gathering even more momentum thanks to Sram’s XX1 and the arrival of their marginally cheaper X01 groupset.

While Sram are leading the charge, it’s the arrival of the “narrow wide” chainring design that I think will really put this concept on the map and allow those of us on a budget to quickly upgrade our bikes.

While the design supersedes the mountain bike, this fresh approach to the humble chainring is certainly another nail in the front derailleur’s coffin and another step towards simpler and more efficient bikes for all of us.

A splash of colour is good for you!

Once the bastion of black and grey, the MTB market has gone colour crazy for 2014 and what a treat it is for weary eyeballs.

While bright colours have been making a gradual come back, there has been some hesitation for some to fully embrace it, but 2014 is about way more than just neon with almost all the manufactures experimenting with the new and exciting colours and finishes.

The Giro Cipher full-face helmet

After over a decade, Giro have have gone back to the full-face helmet drawing board, with all new Cipher.

With modern materials, aesthetics and a nod towards the aggressive trail and enduro market, the Cipher should also grab your attention with an amazing price point of £150! Stay tuned for a review…

Tweener Wheels – 650b or 27.5?

What ever you want to call them, they were the talk of last years show, but this year, there was less talk and more action with 27.5in bikes everywhere and with more coming.

From brands dropping 26in bikes from their trail and XC line altogether to more tyre manufacturers offering more of their range in this fabled new answer to what we need to be riding. 2014 will be the year more of us make the step from what we’ve known for so many years…

Leatt DBX 5.5 Neck Brace

Neck braces have thankfully become an important item of kit for the aggressive rider and Leatt have certainly earned their position in the market place.

2014 heralds a major jump for Leatt with the arrival of the DBX 5.5, the first major design departure since they entered the market place nearly a decade ago.

The all-new DBX 5.5 is easier to set up, maintain, clean, transport and is available in a variety of colours to keep even the fussiest rider happy!


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