More Bikes and Oddities from the Eurobike Outdoor Demo 2014

Aug 26, 2014
by Richard Cunningham  
Zero Flats 2014

Zero Flats was pretty confident that its sealing system could retain air...although I doubt the tire would fare as well if the screws were removed. Zero makes a range of tubeless conversion accessories.

BH Lynx details 2014

BH is better known for its Belgian inspired road racing bikes, With some help from Dave Weagle, they released the 150-millimeter-travel Lynx 6 alloy XT enduro machine. It looks good.

BH Lynx details 2014

Lynx 6 details: Shimano Deore XT two-by-ten transmission, A rocker-driven single-pivot rear suspension that floats the lower shock mount on the swingarm through a seat tube tunnel (a-la Commencal). Split Pivot rear dropouts and internal; cable routing.

Shimano Torbal Shoe

Shimano was showing off its M200 Torbal enduro/trail shoe. The Torbal sole is carbon reinforced nylon and molded to allow some twisting and also to be more flexible at the toe area to enhance control on the bike, as well as on the ground. A combination of a ratchet buckle and protected lacing gives the rider a custom fit. The cleat slots are moved rearward to facilitate a more gravity oriented foot position over the pedals.

My Boo bikes

My Boo bikes uses the Calfee organic joining technique to build bamboo framesets for road and mountain applications.

VP blade tki pedal and robot

VP pedals had a robot constructed from pedal and other components from its product range. We still marvel at their cast-titanium Blade pedals.

Stephens Cycles Whaka

The 150-millimeter Whaka from Steven's Bikes is pretty much a copycat design, at least in profile, of the most popular suspension bikes presently vying for the Euro enduro market. Gotta love that name though.

SRM s new wireless power meter for SRAM XX1 cranks 2014

SRM developed a compact power meter that sets between the spider and the chainring of SRAM mountain bike cranksets. The wireless, blue tooth enabled system is charged using a magnetic link similar to Apple computers. The Powercontrol PC8 brain includes a number of GPS functions and an easy-to read display with large characters. SRM power meters interface with computers and smart phones for downloading and uploading data.

Ion male and female trail kit 2014

ION's clothing and gear stood out from the usual garish gear on display at Euro-Demo. The fabrics were breathable and comfortable and the vibe there was equally chill. The sales information included a statement that ION also uses synthetic, animal-friendly materials where leather would normally be found.

Ion knee and elbow pads 2104

ION's knee and elbow pads are offered in hard-reinforced and soft-cup versions. The shapes, feel and fit were very comfortable. We will be reporting about them in depth later.

Ion gloves 2014

ION gloves are made from synthetic materials and styled to shout without offending. Colors and graphics match ION's shorts and jerseys.

Crankbrothers triangle tool kit 2015

Crankbrothers' shop quality Y-tool uses a number of magnetic and snap-fit latches to keep the pointy bits protected from your body, and the contents of your pack or pockets. A magnetic socket and Allen tip allow the user to one-hand either tool, or lock in the chain tool or hex bits, wich are stowed in the triangular-shaped plastic case. Bits include all the Allens and Torx sizes popularly used, a valved Co2 inflation head, two tri-wrenches, and a chain breaker. Yeah, it's cool.

Crank and cassette

Cap:o is a small Austrian bike maker that offers a modest range of stanless steel hardtails. Capo also reconfigures road racing Shimano Ultegra Di2 front and rear derailleurs to shift SRAM wide-range eleven speed cassettes. When we tried the system, the electric shifters popped through the gears perfectly. The main alteration was a different B-tension screw on the rear mech. Capo devised simple under-bar adapters for the Di2 road-bike shift buttons that look good enough to have been stock items. Who knew?

Kilo linkage fork 2014

Kilo of Germany does a remake on the 1990's era AMP linkage fork with a more sophisticated damper and bonded carbon fiber lower tubes. Reportedly, the Air Force Kilo 100mm fork weighs only 1170 grams.

Borealis Yampa carbon fatbike 2015

Fat bikes were swarming the demo area, and a number of them were carbon. One of the nicer looking fatties was the Borialis Yampa.

Bergamont Straitline Carbon DH bike 2015

Bergamont's Straitline DH bike was impressive, although there may be a few issues with its proper name. The high-pivot single-pivot rear suspension is beautifully executed. Bergamont's aluminum chassis uses a concentric rear dropout pivot and a beefy forged link to drive the shock without dramatic leverage rate changes.

Bergamont Straitline DH bike 2015

A look at the Bergamont's direct mount stem and heavily reinforced head tube area. The low-leverage ratio rear suspension occupies most of the room in the front section of the frame. Concentric dropout pivots and a SRAM X01 transmission.

Alpinestars body armor 2014

Alpinestars showed a very lightweight and breathable full body suit, but the star of the show was its lightweight spine protector that attaches much like a form-fitting hydration pack. A shirt style spine protector was also on display.

Abus helmet crash testing 2014

Breaking things is always a hit at bike shows and Abus was on hand to do the honors at outdoor demo. Abus made its name selling locks to protect bikes, and now set its sights on protecting riders. The Abus head basher slams a 300-millimeter log at 20 kilometers per hour. Reportedly, the head-form weighs 25 pounds (about 11kg). Ba BOOM! That's gotta hurt! Abus had boxes of helmets on hand for the show.

View entire Eurobike 2014 Product Gallery Here


  • 167 10
 that linkage fork is even uglier than a lefty...
  • 19 2
 It looks like a fork with a rear shock and a thudbuster attached...hahahaha
  • 14 0
 more bearings to replace! for the bearing god! suspension and hubs are not enough!
  • 40 0
 I think I have an AMP F2 in the garage. Before the damper shat itself, it was a decent fork when compared with a Mag21. Yes, I'm that old.
  • 5 3
 Personally, I REALLY like it! Looks stiffer than what we have now, and should be just as tunable(depending on damper). That low weight is killer too!
  • 21 0
 "We had shocks, you got shocks ? How many shocks you got "
  • 7 8
 I have one question about the fork: why?
  • 24 4
 It is a very proven concept (Amp Research in the 90's), designed by the legendary Horst Lietner. The head angle does not change as much as a telescopic fork when it goes through it's travel, and it also translates hits into forward momentum. It is also lighter and stiffer! I happen to think it looks pretty rad too Smile
  • 15 7
 Seems like we someone is secretly breeding it after we killed it years ago.
  • 5 0
 It does look pretty cool, linkage or girder forks have been around on motorbikes since early last century, and made a comeback on MTB's in the 90's (Amp/Girvin/Look etc). I'm not so sure they were any lighter, but they are stiff and seem to have good small bump sensitivity, so probably good for XC.
  • 9 0
 I don't think the kids know the signifigance of this link design. Designed by Horst Leitner, the man behind the Horst Link, later bought by Specialized, now flying under the name of FSR. It's good to see it back as it is a brilliant design.
  • 2 1
 Four by 4 knolly inspiration?
  • 13 0
 If I'm not mistaken the linkage fork was made to address the fact that while rear suspension has all sorts of linkages that redirect pedaling and braking forces away from the shock, we're still using a very primitive system when it comes to forks. Of course, some makers, like rockshox, have come close to perfecting a compromise that limits brake dive and pedaling compression and let the fork sit high in its travel while taking abuse. However, this detracts from low speed sensitivity. A fork with a linkage, which as someone pointed out above, has been used in motorcycles (like BMW), if it's working correctly, should not respond at all to braking or pedaling forces and only to bumps the wheel encounters. Imagine grabbing the brakes and not having your bike dive forward. That's what drives people to try all these crazy-looking linkages out.
  • 4 0
 I'd totally roll that fork if it's stiff.
  • 1 0
 I like the idea of having matching front and rear shocks. Shame it's a bit ugly looking.
  • 3 0
 The German:A (A Stands for answer) Fork is on The market Since ages by now. As Long as I know they were Great performing forks but only for xc racing. I agree The Design still Looks a wallmart item. Here are some more funny products of them...
  • 1 0
 I rode an old Amp Research bike from the 90s (I'm also that old) and the thing felt great when it was brand new, but with all the pivots (and the mile-long chain stays) it was a flexy bendy mess within a few months. Fork was the same way. The other problem with the fork like that is when you put all the suspension mechanics between the wheel and the head tube, you end up with a huge axle to crown with only 100 mm of travel.
  • 1 0
 Google "Bimota Tesi" if you like bonkers suspension fork designs on bikes or motorbikes :-)
  • 60 4
 ION: 'Animal friendly...' 'Love animals...' My leather ass!!! They love nature so much they want to poison what's left of our choking planet with chemical production of cheaper synthetic material, rather than use natural leather, found in abundance out the back of any abattoir... Then get some cynical marketing f*cks to pass it off as some kind of admirable, conscientious decision and sweeten the pill with some good old yogurt-style graphic design. Up yours ION!!!
  • 10 1
 Though the gloves and pads look pretty cool Big Grin
  • 11 0
 At least most of there stuff has a Bluesign certification. Better then a LOT of other companies out there who don't give a f**k about how their stuff is produced (child work and other crazy stuff)...
  • 8 21
flag ownix (Aug 27, 2014 at 8:14) (Below Threshold)
 As long as it is made well, i don't care if its child labour. Children want to make some money too after all.
  • 12 1
 I like steak
  • 3 2
 Most tree-huggin companies are suspect in some way.
  • 33 1
 I hate going on pinkbike at night then get stoked to ride and boom... there's school tomorrow Frown
  • 157 3
 Just wait until work ruins your life.
  • 29 46
flag Freewheel46 (Aug 26, 2014 at 20:35) (Below Threshold)
 Work is way better than school ever was
  • 51 1
 With work, at least you get money. That you can then spend on bikes. tup
  • 6 0
 You're an inspiration
  • 17 1
 What if you work at a bike shop?
  • 3 0
 At least with school you can have hope for a good job and not have to pay back your school loans yet.
  • 9 1
 school, work, homework, pinkbike, sleep, repeat.
  • 11 0
 You forgot to ride! Shame... shame Frown
  • 3 0
 Where do you squeeze in riding?
  • 3 0
 weekends and whenever I can use the excuse of Highschool team practices in place of work
  • 4 1
 Make sure you do your school work and make wise choices so when you do work you make enough to spend on cool bike stuff.
  • 3 0
 @freewheel, do you work on strip club or what ??
  • 1 0
 Try having a job, AND going to school... Wink
  • 4 0
 I work as a nurse. Its great. Almost all of my colleagues are girls. I have three day weekends almost every week. I get to ride to work every day, and hit the trails on the way home. If its dark no big deal strap the lights on go for it. Here in NC its never really cold so its how i live year round, no need to worry about what to do during an off season
  • 25 3
 If you gave me everything pictured I'd put 98% of it in the trash.
  • 2 0
 I'm curious to try out the Bergamont though
  • 2 0
 But what about that CrankBrothers multi-tool? Looks nice. When CB's new tools came out last year I thought they had downgraded but now I can see they were waiting to release this... glad I've waited (procrastinated). Dear Santa...
  • 2 1
 With an exception of the Borealis I completely agree...garbage. Surely PB can provide me with better free coverage to Eurobike than this.
  • 19 1
 When you make a homebrew studded tire always remember to put the screws on from the inside
  • 10 0
 Did you think What the Hell or Hellraiser when you saw the tire?
  • 4 0
 I think Alice Cooper Bed of nails song
  • 3 0
 I thought: "Those are some badass studs!"
  • 2 0
 I thought Kerry King from Slayer.
  • 6 1
 Always good to see new things, but that Crank Brothers tool looks like you will lose half of it after you have to break it out on the trail, and that Bergamont looks like the original Wilson
  • 6 1
 Exactly. Half the point of a multitool is that it's everything you need on ONE TOOL. No effing way would I carry all those little pieces around. More stupid stuff from Crank Bros.
  • 2 1
 Also, good luck fitting it in the tool pocket of any pack that has one.
  • 1 0
 I'm a happy owner of the M17 tool. I like the idea of the C02 head being clipped into the tool rather than fishing for it in the bottom of my bag when changing a flat. But that's all completely offset by the fact that I will lose all those little pieces immediately. Does it have a beer opener?
  • 5 1
 Anyone else think that these bamboo frame bikes are a wank? They look horrible, and the idea of riding a bike with mega-lugs off-road seems like a bad idea. Hard to believe they would be durable with all the rattling. p.s. did I mention the looks?
  • 1 0
 I always thought the Calfee mtbs looked kinda sexy, but they at least attempted to make the lugs look somewhat sleek. The ones in this article were downright hideous.
  • 1 0
 Just looks like prototype.
  • 4 0
 Cap:o makes a small line of stanless steel hardtails....what have they got against poor Stan's?
  • 3 0
 That Ultegra rear der. I knew it could be done. but I'd have used a RAD cage, instead of bottoming a B screw. Cool regardless.
  • 4 0
 Belgian inspired bikes? I thought BH was from Spain... surely they can find other Spanish bikes to be inspired by. (Orbea)
  • 2 0
 I only have one beef with the stainless Cap:o, it has a 10-42 cassette, but with 2 chainrings! WHY!?! Also surprised that there is no mention about the carbon FSA/Gravity cranks, they look pretty sweet Smile
  • 4 3
 One or two sandy, mucky rides on that Lynx 6 and I think the rear shock is gone. The exposed slider is just going to be shot peened by debris unless they have some sort of fender planned. Might run into the same problem with the Kilo fork.
  • 2 1
 I have to say that you assumption is legitimate but not necessarily correct. Take a look at all the pre-2013 Scott Genius. They all have an exposed shock. The same goes with all the Scott Ransom. Another bike that has pretty much the same linkage system as this lynx is the Mondraker Foxy. And yet you can see these bikes still being ridden with the stock shock, especially the Scott Genius.
  • 2 2
 That's not a shock it's a rear fender similar design to this
  • 1 0
 @FlowMasterO - What are you on about? What's not the shock? Also, the Foxy hasn't always had a rear fender protecting the shock.
  • 1 0
 Exactly snowytrail. The lynx is a horrible design for use in muddy climates. There are plenty of ways to design frames and suspension that don't put the shock piston precisely where it will get coated in mud and grit.
  • 1 0
 that lynx 6 enduro bike, can imaging there will be some wear and tear on that rear shock as its right in the firing line to catch all the crud and dirt thrown off the rear wheel, at least most other bikes have the seatpost to block most of the crud.
  • 1 0
 Looking at replacing my DX shoes, the M200 looks like it could work... much prefer lacing with cover, and have the cleats on the back slot, maybe these new shoes will be a bit stiffer underfoot ?... just wondering how much they will be ;-)
  • 3 0
 I love to have a look at stuff you can not buy over here.
  • 2 0
 "KILO from Germany" is in reality "German:a" or "German answer"
The model name is just KILO...
  • 1 0
 "Crankbrothers' ......... to keep the pointy bits protected from your body, and the contents of your pack or pockets." makes sense
  • 2 2
 lots of enduro and dh racers are going to be wearing those shimano shoes. and that kilo reminds me of the old school Amp forks.
  • 2 0
 The robot is kind of cool
  • 2 0
 Those blade pedals look badass. But I'm sure the price tag isn't.
  • 4 2
 Is it bad when PB deletes your post?
  • 5 1
 Nah. Truth hurts
  • 2 0
 @dirtdoctor - Your comment wasn't deleted. It was negative propped by other users until it was automatically moved to the 'Below Threshold' section at the bottom of this comment thread. You can click on the link below to expose it.
  • 1 0
 What I don't get is how the comments are seeded... can never tell where it's gonna pop into the jam once you hit submit. ....
  • 1 0
 You can select to sort them by either score or time with a link at the top of the comment section. It sounds like your's is set to score, which would make things look odd.
  • 1 0
 Funny the things you see everyday but never notice. .
  • 2 3
 That Kilo fork isn't an Amp remake... the Amp F-4 had the linkage under and behind the crown not forwards and they had coil over thru-shaft shocks on both sides not a single air/oil shock on one side.
  • 2 1
 The Stevens a copycat of which bike? Name it, so we can better flame you for it.
  • 1 1
 Canyon I guess
  • 1 0
 "although I doubt the tire would fare as well if the screws were removed." BHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • 1 0
 Dear Ion, No need to worry about being friendly too cows. They will die anyways...I need my burgers and Fillet Mignon....
  • 1 0
 My eco-friendly bamboo cutting board wraps really really bad after just one wash, will this bike wrap bad if got wet?
  • 1 0
 That spiked tire is a 100/10 buy, for sure.
  • 1 0
 I can't imagine the linkage on the Kilo fork being particularly stiff
  • 2 0
 It may be stiffer than you think... More so than a U shaped arch.
  • 1 0
 KILO - making good german engineering look over-engineered since 19xx
  • 2 1
 The word Whaka in Moari is pronounced like Fucka.. haha
  • 1 2
 Dude... It's Waka (no H) Meaning a traditional canoe), and if you think its pronounced like f*cka then your accent is pretty out there because I cant work that one out in my mind. Its pronounced more like whacker but with emphasis on the A and dropping the R.

Not trying to spread any hate or rudeness, just thought I'd help with a wee Maori (Please note the spelling of that too) lesson.
  • 1 0
 Dude... im not talking about a waka haha. Im a kiwi bro, for anyone else not getting the joke...
  • 1 0
 that Bergamont look so sexy. Sweet colors.
  • 1 0
 I can just picture Fred Flintstone riding one of those bamboo bikes.
  • 1 0
 What the hell is suspension???
  • 1 0
 Yer my hero, mike
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