Some of the coolest stuff I saw at the show didn’t have a big product story. Alchemy displayed bikes seemingly less to talk about their carbon fiber construction prowess than to show off just how good their paint shop is.
The number of coordinated elements in this Atlas, with accent pieces painted to match was staggering. The bar, stem, spacers and more were all painted to give the bike a super stylish presentation.
Even more impressive was this Arktos. Matched to the frame are the rims, fork, hubs, grip locks and stem. The bike has an incredible 60 hours of work in just the paint.
Silca has brought back the Pista pump. It is, of course, a bit updated to reflect all the work that has gone into the brand since it’s purchase and move to the U.S. The base is sturdier, the plastic handle replaced with Ash wood and a more accurate gauge (+/- 3 percent rather than +/- 5 percent). Plus, many of the parts are backwards compatible with the old pump.
Abus is gradually becoming known in the U.S. as a company that produces safety products rather than just locks. While this new helmet, worn by the Movistar team, looks fast, and is fast (according to their wind tunnel research, it is the fastest helmet on the market). It’s called the Game Changer and features eyeglass ports that face both front and rear. It’s not yet available here in the U.S., but stay tuned.
This cargo bike from German manufacturer Riesse and Müller definitely caught my eye. The box features two harnesses to hold kids, or if there are no kids, you can load up with groceries, or a keg of beer.
Rather than a simple seatbelt of just shoulder straps, Riesse and Müller decided to spec a five-point harness, which will help keep the kids safe should the bike fall over, or something worse.
The bike comes with a Bosch motor, mounts for two batteries so a rider can have a longer range. It has suspension to help smooth the ride. There’s also a pin lock for the rear wheel to keep it safe.
Some of you are likely to have heard that Donnelly Cycling has ended its license agreement with Clement. The big driver was that the royalty payments were choking development of new product. This is what the new hot patch looks like.
Arguably the coolest new tire I have seen at the show, the tire I’m desperate to ride, is the new Donnelly CDG. The airport code for Charles de Gaulle in Paris is CDG and this tire was designed for Paris-Roubaix. The CDG will come in a variety of widths from 28mm all the way up to 40mm in 700C plus 650B versions and, eventually, a tubular version. The grip on this tire, thanks to all the little nubs, is as sticky as duct tape, but doesn’t have to resort to a soft compound to generate grip.
I ran across the $29 pouch from Spurcycle, the bell people. It has a zippered closure and is big enough to hold an iPhone 7+ plus more. What makes it particularly interesting is that it features four snaps on the backside that allow it to be folded either lengthwise or widthwise.
My brain still hasn’t adjusted to the idea that I won’t see Bell, Blackburn or Giro at this show.