Friday Randoms - Eurobike 2013

Aug 30, 2013
by Mike Kazimer  
  Kona had their full lineup on display inside a Wild West themed booth, complete with swinging bar doors. The Carbon Operator looked ready to rally, with a RockShox Boxxer RC fork, Kage rear shock, Avid Code brakes and shod with 2.4" Maxxis High Rollers.

  We're suckers for interesting bike names, and even without the bright yellow paint job the Centurion Trailbanger would have caught our attention. It's a 26" wheeled bike that uses a dual short link style linkage to control its 160 or 170mm of travel.

  "Enduro specific" was a cringe-inducing buzzword at the show, but luckily Bianchi makes no such claims about their Methanol 29.1 Team Replica. This is what a modern XC race machine looks like - full carbon frame, a non-dropper carbon seatpost, and a handlebar mounted lockout lever for both the front and rear suspension.

  Troy Lee Designs was showing off a new color for their popular A1 helmet, a polar opposite from the limited edition (and no longer available) gold flake edition. This battleship grey all-mountain lid retails for $139 USD.

  Morpheus decided to join the wheel size fray with their Loki 27.5. Constructed from 7005 series aluminum with a carbon fiber rocker arm, the bike has three travel settings: 116mm, 121mm, or 126mm. The frame only will go for $1795, and the complete bike runs $4100 USD.

  Green with envy at how cool half shell helmets look when paired with goggles? Or maybe you need a fresh pair to match your new Carbon Operator? Adidas' Pinner goggles might be just the ticket. $109 USD.

  Big Brother is watching. This radio controlled helicopter was buzzing throughout the cavernous conference center halls documenting all the bicycle-related madness on a GoPro.

  The Industry Nine booth is always a good spot to find a splash of color, since the North Carolina based company offers their spokes and hubs in nearly every color imaginable.

  Chromag's Scarab pedal measures 110x105 with a concave shape and rounded profile to provide a solid, no-slip platform. Chromag's newest pedal, the Contact, was designed by Brandon Semenuk, with a 15mm thick platform that extends inboard to provide extra control during bouts of mid-air trickery.

  If we had to guess, we'd say that this jumble of wires powers a handle bar mounted Etch-a-Sketch. There wasn't anyone around at the Corratec booth to dismiss our theory, so we're sticking with it.

Bliss is a relatively new company with an extensive line of downhill and enduro race protection. The pads use Armourgel, a flexible material that hardens upon impact. The 1.0 LD Top Comp (left) is also offered in a version without the chest protection for better breathability. The 1.0 LD backpack is fully waterproof with a removable back protector, and the Minimalist Knee pads do as the name implies, covering the knees with just a minimal layer of Armourgel for protection that's easy to pedal in.

Halo's new Vapour carbon rims have a 24mm inner and an a 28mm external width, following the trend of rim diameters gradually getting wider. Intended for cross-country or trail usage, the rims will be priced at £375 each.

  Skid marks.

2014 Cube Stereo
The Cube brand might not ring a bell in North America, but they have a strong Eurpean presence, and their exhibit was constantly packed with jostling show attendees. The Cube Stereo weighs in at a ridiculously light 10.9kg, especially considering that the 27.5" wheeled bike has 160mm of travel. MSRP: €5199

2014 Cube Stereo
  The Stereo uses a true four bar suspension design, and has a full carbon fiber swingarm to keep the weight down, along with internal cable routing.

  SDG's line has undergone some updates, including the new Fusion style color option that adds Kashima coat coloring to several different seat styles. For 2014 the Bell Air 2.0 (top right) gets a wider nose and slightly less padding combined with a deeper center channel.

  Orbea's better known on the road side of the cycling world, but they have a large mountain bike line as well, including this 26" all-mountain / enduro race bike.

  "I wear my sunglasses at night..." The slider in the center of this helmet from ABUS retracts the integrated sunglasses up and out of the way.

  KOM killers. ABUS helmet not included.


  • 159 8
 Was never a huge Kona fan... But.... Lately they sure have so SEXY ass bikes!!! Good job Kona
  • 81 86
flag Health-and-Safety (Aug 30, 2013 at 15:17) (Below Threshold)
 I have a stinky and I mist say it's still the best bike I've ridden. Things bombproof
  • 109 36
 LOL. bombproof no, and you've never ridden any other DH bike then.
  • 64 17
 Mate I've just sold a demo 8.... I'm 6ft 7 and weigh 18stone... Trust me the things bombproof lol
  • 65 4
 Love the look of the Operator! Wish Kona would've named their carbon bike the "Carbanzo".
  • 10 7
 It's going to be my next bike either that or a Norco aurum. Undecided....
  • 21 13
 Aurum hands down !
  • 11 8
 Hmm the aurum is a nicer looking bike. They've gone on sale in the uk too but I dunno I think I've got a soft spot for konas lol
  • 10 5
 i would go with the operator. @Health-and-Safety
  • 7 2
 should be getting one next month! soooo excited!! spec is siiiick for the price!!
  • 1 1
 anyone know the weight and price of the operator?
  • 2 5
  • 5 1
 im saving up for an Operator carbon nxt summer.
  • 11 17
flag Health-and-Safety (Aug 30, 2013 at 16:29) (Below Threshold)
 I thought you Canadians would all be riding norcos by now lol
  • 56 39
 i thought you americans would all be going to war for no reason now lol
  • 40 0
 I don't mean to be rude but does the British flag next to my name not give it away that I'm British.... Lol it's cool though. Norcos are nice I've got a nitro 9.2 xc for fitness and I love it Smile
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flag viatch (Aug 30, 2013 at 16:43) (Below Threshold)
 oh shoot my bad lol. usually its the stupid americans that makes those kinds of comments. and the flag has the same colors so sorry again mate. i got a flatline currently but a vivid air or DB air doesnt fit thats why i wanna get a different frame or bike next season
  • 3 1
 It was supposed to make you smile. I obv failed lol. I can't decide what to do I really am stuck between kona and Norco. The aurum has had it's price slashed from about £4000 to about £3000 but as I said earlier I'm in love with kona. I always like bikes that are different and stand out.
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flag viatch (Aug 30, 2013 at 17:01) (Below Threshold)
 i dont think you can go wrong either way, but personally im biase towards the carbon aspect of the '14 operators. its gonna be $4K Cad here. and did i mentioned its carbon ?
  • 6 2
 so am i, it may be childish but carbon is cool. and the operator is awesome looking.
  • 4 7
 there you go !
  • 2 0
 Kona is 4,000 usd, the aluminum framed version with the domain fork and some other shittier components is 3200.... the carbon is much much better value.
  • 1 1
 how much is the frame
  • 2 1
 Rode an Aurum at Whistler last year, hands down best bike I've ridden. Have not tried a Operator yet, but it'd be tough to convince me to get one over an Aurum.
  • 3 1
 One billon dollars...
  • 3 2
 Yeah the operator is beautiful but that orbea is superb on many next levels.
  • 3 3
 totally love how all the kona haters are now turning into kona d!ck riders.. typical though.
  • 2 2
 i have always wanted a kona without a direct mount stem....
  • 2 1
 the kona is around 34 lbs with an air shock.
  • 1 1
 Yes, the bike looks great. Just bring back the old logo,
  • 1 8
flag TugboatComplex (Aug 31, 2013 at 17:46) (Below Threshold)
 Seriously looks like a trek session
  • 2 2
 ummm.... NO!!!!!
  • 1 1
 Probebly coming from a kona hater...
  • 1 2
 Whereas cube have decided to go damn ugly.
  • 25 3
 Kona really has changed there game up in the last few years, never thought i would be thinking of buying one..
  • 5 15
flag gunners1 (Aug 30, 2013 at 20:11) (Below Threshold)
 Don't, had mine for 9 months and the frame broke above the front deraileur, Kona would not replace it. Buy something else
  • 4 0
 Buy it, have the operator for rental at work. And after have tried a few brands i can say the operator is the best bike we ever had in our bikepark, low maintance and such a fun bike. punding day after day with peoples that are to big and have no idea of what they are doing. Only downs is the 180mm rear disc.
  • 8 1
 Gunners1 not sure what you did to the frame for them to not warranty it but I find that hard to believe. I've been riding Kona since 2000 and that is one of the reasons I will always ride one is because they have always taken care of me and anyone I've known that have had a issue. Plus why where you running a front deraileur on a Operator?
  • 1 0
 its not an operator. go look at his pics.

i dont feel sorry for him tho.. you must have had to really F something up to break it there, or not be the OG ownder.. and hes still running a F der. chuck that POS in the garbage and maybe, just maybe you might get some sympathy from me.. just dont count on it. Wink
  • 1 0
 Not the original owner, so I knew getting a frame replaced was questionable in the first place. Thought I'd try though as my buddys trek frame was replaced even though he wasn't the original owner. Bike was practically new when I received it though. Ive had kona hardtails previously and they've both been great which is also why I went with the Cadabra in the first place. Won't buy another Kona though
  • 23 2
 That Orbea looks dialed! On a side note, I'm not a huge fan of XC but that Bianchi looks fast.
  • 14 1
 I'm not a big XC fan either, but that Bianchi does look amazing!
  • 5 0
 would definitly swap my superfly for it any day - that thing is sexy
  • 5 0
 Yeah the 80 degree head angle is bang on the money.
  • 1 0
 Thought exactly the same! Wrrrrroooooooaaaammm fast bike! The Bianchi Wink
  • 16 3
 Come on though, that Stem on the Operator?
  • 4 1
 it's because of the lesser expensive Zee/X9 build (I think). my friend has one with X9 9 speed that comes with a normal stem as well, straight from the factory
  • 2 6
flag Bennyy4x (Aug 30, 2013 at 15:18) (Below Threshold)
 Traditional on Kona's isn't it hahaha
  • 12 1
 Trailbanger... Hahahaha
  • 10 0
  • 7 1
 Unlikely. Their particular 4-bar layout would conflict with that ridiculous (but still valid) US Patent that Tony Ellsworth managed to get for the ICT crap. How common 1950s dragster suspension design and knowledge is eligible to be patented because its now applied to a bicycle instead is simply proof that patent examiners aren't hired for their intelligence.
  • 2 0
 What a sexy bike...
  • 5 1
 Lame. I'd ride a stereo in a heartbeat.
  • 1 0
 sexy looking rigs for sure, but gotta question how strong they are to be built up that light i reckon. did anyone else see that dude who snapped the seatstay clean through at one of the early EWS rounds? (i think it might of been nico lau?)
  • 1 0
 I remember that broken stays and got disapointed when I sow it. Its amazing light
  • 2 0
 I wouldn't be so sure, 60/70% of all our warranties are cubes... they're well specced for the money but the frames and build aren't as good as they seem...
  • 4 0
 I didn't expect to see the ADIDAS pinner goggle on here, i have a pair and they are a wicked goggle and only adidas seem to have a decent prescription option for their goggles. Perhaps if more people rode in them they'd release more lens options. only complaint i have is that the tear offs blew off on the first run shortly after fitting. Second one lasted until near the bottom of the run before blowing off.
  • 4 0
 like the way bike graphics are going across all the brands. and that etch-a-sketch thing is a booster module that sends you into hyper-drive wherein you time travel to exactly 10 years from now when you can afford the whole bike it's attached to, but it's a one way deal. you can't bring the bike back.
  • 3 0
 Yes. That or a display for their data logger?
  • 5 1
 rockshox kage ? Frown well the suspension is pretty much the only thing i would swap, and this bike price is very nice for what you get.
  • 3 0
 I have both a kage and a vivid for my scalp and i notice very little difference between the two. Other than the damper shaft never cracked on the kage. If your buying a kage specced bike at kage specced price chances are you'd be happy enough
  • 3 0
 when you are used to rc4 or dbb tunability and a dorado fork the kage / race setup just doesnt make it thats why im sayin that. but hey its a very good price so im not complaining just saying id swap the suspension. Even by doing that that bike would cost less than every other carbon rig out there.
  • 5 0
 Did anyone else look at the Bianchi XC 29er and think, "Stay off the Meth"?
  • 4 1
 FYI: "dat Orbea' is actually the Orbea Rallon R3 which is now discontinued... I only know because I am looking at the exact same frame clamped in bike stand right now Smile
  • 5 1
 No direct mount stem on that kona?
  • 2 3
 Good find, but I doubt that's the one they actually plan on selling, just showing it off. I mean if someone is dropping so much on a carbon bike (nothing against Zee components) but i'd rather spend the few extra to get saints. Along with a nicer wheel set and brakes, I've ridden with the guy who had the first debut of that frame (the one with the bullets that caused a little riot on pinkbike) and it's dialed. So yeah i'm sure they just put it together to display, and will sell the bike either with better components or frame only, or both!
  • 10 1
 That bike is the LOW SPEC CARBON OPERATOR ( and for 4k is pretty nice ) and there are some parts that are personal like stem, bars, pedals and seat. ( so why pay a lot more money for a "good" stem if you will change ? )
  • 3 3
 Not everyone likes direct mount stems. I HATE THEM! And it is nearly impossible to find a used fork now with a long enough steerer to fit a non direct mount. I HATE THEM
  • 5 0
 nononono, the lower spec kona dh bikes have never come with direct connects. the kona dh stem is a short freeride stem that they make in house. i rode mine for a whole season before getting a direct mount, it works fine.
  • 1 0
 why would anyone hate a direct mount on a DH bike? makes no sense to like something that is more inferior!
  • 3 0
 Trying to decide on a new operator or an entourage with a lyrik and vivid air
  • 2 0
 either way, youre going to have a lot of fun! cant wait to finish my operator
  • 1 0
 The entourage with the lyrik is a awesome bike.
  • 5 2
 375 for a single rim? LOL NOPE
  • 2 0
 375 pounds, that's about $500 USD. Which is actually very well-priced considering that Enve rims are almost twice as much (not really, but they're pricier and use proprietary nipples).
  • 1 0
 i get the conversion and all that, it just seems like a lot of money for just the rim.
  • 1 0
 Not if you consider the price of other carbon offerings out there.
  • 4 1
 All right! An A1 helmet I would actually buy!
  • 2 0
 yeah, i wasn't a fan of the other colors. also wasn't a fan for the price premium for some of the colors. oh wait, looks aren't supposed to matter. oh well.
  • 3 0
 I wish those Crank Brothers wheels performed as good as they look....
  • 1 0
 In the past year or so, as I understand, they've got someone else manufacturing the spinny bits so they should be pretty killer. I've always liked their look.
  • 1 0
 Golden Palm to Corratec's Etch-n-sketch.

Looking for data logging device? See PARAY's BDL.
  • 2 0
 Ill take the new tld A1 lid for sure I don't need all that bling from the earlier "limited edition" gold flake helmets.
  • 2 0
 Cubes carbon is shite and so is there after service/warranty, you have been warned. Shame 10kg 160mm sounds sweet
  • 2 0
 Snapped the 2013 model a couple weeks ago and there replacing the frame no questions asked...
  • 2 0
 I'd never heard of the Centurion brand so I thought "Centurion Trailbanger" was a new Kona model. Weird.
  • 2 0
 i want those Chromag/Semenuk Pedals ! I saw them over there and fell in love with them
  • 1 0
 Dat Bianchi! Damn that I would feel like that about an xc bike.. That Operator's headtube angle seems rather steep to me
  • 1 0
  • 4 2
 Welcome back kona! I prefer the nra edition paintjob tho...
  • 3 0
 skid marks !
  • 1 0
 My favorite picture and caption. Hard to resist the temptation sometimes.
  • 1 1
 Wow Orbea. Everyone else comes out with new stuff and your still stuck on your base model bike that not many people ever bought, your going places for sure
  • 1 0
 Finally a TLD A1 that isn't Liberace inspired. Looks awesome but ridiculously priced.
  • 1 0
 Kona is the best, but I prefer it with Fox or Marzocchi suspensions, brakes and gearbox Shimano Saint...
  • 2 0
 Dat Orbea!
  • 3 2
 centurion trailbanger is pretty much the best name for a bike ever.
  • 2 0
 I am partial to the Cove G-Spot.
  • 1 0
 The other orbea behind the one showed looks way sexier!
  • 1 0
 Never heard of Cube but damn that thing is slick!
  • 1 1
 !!!!!That Kona!!!!!!! I like Kashima but l would Never buy that seat and l use a Ti Fly kevlar seat!
  • 1 0
 The orbea looks absolutely amazing!
  • 1 2
 Those rims are priced very well for being carbon. ALOT cheaper than ENVE's and I am sure they are just as good.
  • 1 1
 I like konas,but they cant Be dirty
  • 1 1
 i dont like that hole under the seat on the kona it ruined everything.
  • 1 3
 After Trek made the frame with floating shock all others frames with the shock bolted to the frame looks very old and not active when braking.
  • 1 1
 Really happy you see kona going to a short link
  • 3 4
 Tld helemt $139.
Do it yourself $0
Materials from the garage:

-Bmx helmet
-visor off moto style helmet
  • 1 1
 Who left the skidmarks? Maybe big brother caught it
  • 1 3
 But the big news??? Did anyone notice that derailleur on the Bianchi XC bike?
  • 2 4
 Bianchi looks like a Rocky Mountain Element
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