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Creative Drivetrain Parts, Locking Handlebars, & Storage Solutions - Taipei Cycle Show 2022

Mar 15, 2022
by Alicia Leggett  
Once again, we're not in Taipei this spring to see it all unfold in person, but we took a spin through the digital Taipei Cycle Show exhibition halls to see what we could see. Here's the first batch of intriguing tech we've spotted so far.



Digirit's new carbon hub


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Sure, this isn't a mountain bike innovation, but it's intriguing nonetheless. Digirit's new carbon hub uses a "special prepreg carbon fiber woven sleeve" and, with embedded metal molding, it reportedly meets all the strength requirements of a track bike hub while remaining lightweight and earning some style points along the way.



C Drive gear ratio amplifier


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This "gear ratio amplifier" uses a planetary gear mechanism between the crank and the belt pulley to emulate the gear ratio of a belt pulley with 2.6 times the number of teeth. When moved, the crank drives the planetary gear, which in turn drives the belt pulley a speed ratio of 1:2.6. The benefit is that, when used on a belt drive bike, such a system would reduce the difference in teeth between the front and rear sprockets, which is said to increase the life of the belt.



B Labs floating guide wheel


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The B Labs floating guide wheel is kind of like suspension... for your derailleur's upper pulley wheel. On a conventional rear derailleur, shifting can be made clunky by the resistance of the chain moving up and down the cassette, B Labs says, and that's exacerbated in the largest gear when the pulley wheel is close to the cassette. B Labs has created a floating guide wheel that uses a rocker arm and a guide groove on the derailleur cage to allow for a bit of movement of the guide wheel, smoothing out the transitions between gears.



KMC e-cargo chain


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This chain is strong AF, and it's being recognized as such with an award at the Taipei Cycle Show. It's reportedly 30% stronger than KMC's e-bike-specific chains and 50% higher than the industry standard for e-bike chains. Both the inner and outer pieces of the chain are wider and stronger than their lighter siblings, so this isn't a product for the weight weenies. Made specifically for e-cargo bikes, it's said to last at least twice as long as a standard chain. And, I'll attribute this to an awkward translation, but it reportedly "gallops with safety first." Whatever that means, I like the sound of it.



Anti-theft locking handlebars


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As we learned in this video, a bike is essentially unrideable if the steering is disabled. This anti-theft device locks the stem, paralyzing the bars and in turn, the bike. It's not unlike a door bolt: turn the key and a piece extends down into the headset and the bars can't turn. Turn the key the other way and the piece comes back up, releasing the bars.



Horizontal / vertical dual purpose bike rack


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The main selling point of this bike rack is its versatility, as it can be used as a standard floor rack or can be reconfigured for vertical storage. It's adjustable to a variety of wheel sizes and seems to be an elegant solution to a couple of different problems. (As someone in a life phase where I'm thinking a lot about storage solutions... neat.)



Shelfie storage system


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And while we're talking about the ridiculous appeal of a good storage system, let me introduce the Shelfie, which can store an adult bike, multiple kids' bikes, clothes, and tools. Hot damn.



That's all for now, but we'll keep digging for the wild and wonderful, so stay tuned for more from the Taipei Cycle Show.

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104 Comments
  • 191 1
 I'm just here to Taipei comment about how underwhelming these products are...
  • 44 1
 You must be pretty Taipei to need an elaborate bike specific rack to make your bike stuff look neat and tidy enough for the garage.
  • 67 1
 They're not what Taiwan-t
  • 36 0
 @HankHank: Formosa the Pinkbike audience, these products are boring.
  • 24 0
 The exhibitors are probably happy for the day to end so they can hit the bar and Taiwan on.
  • 11 2
 Brett Taipei would still make us stoked with his commenting
  • 9 0
 theyre fine by i dont see me wanting Taipei real money for them.
  • 4 0
 The anti-theft locking handlebars look interesting. It would be funny to watch a bike theft struggle with it. I'd bet we would see some funny crashes.
  • 2 0
 @OllyR: Wonder what it will do to the price of bike parts if China invades Taiwan?
  • 121 1
 Disappointing.
I want to see pictures of single crown usd forks and weird-ass electronics integrated into a helmet and random cnc parts in never-before-seen ano colours. I want an ebike motor combined with a gearbox. I want lighter weight longer lasting batteries. I WANT PHOTOS OF NON-CYCLIST MODELS ACKWARDLY DRESSED IN STRANGE VAGUELY CYCLING RELATED CLOTHING PRETENDING THEY HAVE RIDDEN A BIKE BEFORE!

Is this too much to ask? F#*K!

Instead we have hammerschmitt, Ikea's poor cousin and some hubs from 1995.
  • 7 0
 And i want the option to give extra credits. Well done!
  • 3 0
 @ReubenSandwich I guess my subconscious is Aussie
  • 1 0
 Bang on!
  • 2 0
 Welcome to the new boringly diplomatic pb I guess. Compared to past Taipei reviews, this one felt like a fire road climb.. right next to nice singletrack.
Now that’s something I’d pay to read about.
  • 1 0
 @ReubenSandwich 100% this but I'm afraid we'll need a time machine
  • 16 1
 Surprised by the square taper crankset but happy about the new KMC chain. I don't ride assisted but I still stretch my single speed chains way too fast. Easily 1% in a few months. Weight saving is pointless, I'd rather have more durable wear parts like chains.
  • 12 0
 I got a chain stretch checker and I'm actually disappointed in how little my chain stretches. A GX Eagle chain lasts like 250 hours of riding with my weak ass power output.
  • 4 0
 I run the KMC Z1EHX SS chain, and I’m pretty sure I could safely anchor my 20k-lbs excavator to my trailer with it. Perfect SS chain.
  • 1 0
 @dthomp325: Power is only the product of speed and force. Maybe force contributes most to strain and even with a similar power output, you spin a higher cadence on your mountainbike than I do when stomping on my commuter bike. Plus of course, unless you're very fortunate we'd probably spend more time commuting than mountainbiking. So even those 250hrs would go by way too fast.
  • 2 0
 I was also quite pleased about this! I've been running their regular ebike chain and it's pretty solid... will opt for the cargo ebike chain next time!
  • 6 3
 @dthomp325: SRAM is just a marketing machine! Time to switch to Shimano with a KMC chain!
  • 13 0
 Bad quality metals and platings will do that. Chains links don’t stretch, the pins and bushings wear out making the interface between them sloppy and increasing the bitch of the chain eventually.
  • 30 0
 I meant pitch but I like bitch better
  • 5 2
 @vinay you don't stretch chains. The rollers wear due to use and filth and its measured as "stretch." GX chains wear out 2-3x faster than an XO chain due to the superior "hard" wear resistant plating the XO chain rollers receive. My current XT chain is lasting 2x as long as my XO chains ever did... As far as this fancy chain goes... They appear to be comingling 2 different attributes. Strength and "lasting" which interpret as how long it takes a chain to "stretch due to wear" and it starts to destroy your drivetrain. Maybe "lasting" has a different interpretation for e-cargo bikes in Taipei. Maybe e-cargo bike chains fail by pulling apart under tension? I highly doubt that any utilitarian bike user is monitoring chain stretch and replacing before gears are destroyed....
  • 5 0
 @laksboy: I don't think my chain pitch getting too long (whichever way we'd call it) is really destroying gears the way it destroys derailleur-type drivetrains. However I don't like them eating my gears and 1% elongation is the recommended time for replacement. I'm usually well beyond that when I find out it got too long. However the main issue of riding a chain for too long is that I need to shift the wheel so far in the horizontal dropout that the link the cable attaches to (on a Nexus 7sp geared hub) hits my chainguard so that it does no longer shift properly. On the BMX, it is just annoying as the brake pads would hit the tire (and obviously I won't bother adjusting the pads just for chain wear). That said, I don't actually have this issue with the BMX anymore as I hardly pedal (I only use it on the pumptrack these days which is 3 minutes from home) but back in the days I would pedal it on 10km commutes so chain wear was more of an issue.
  • 5 0
 @dthomp325: That's not exactly a long time... I can beat up a GX Eagle chain in like 500 miles. Remember, it's really just miles and cleanliness that effect chain wear. More power on a clean chain on a good condition drivetrain isn't really going to wear it a ton faster, that's part of why chains are so awesome.

Skip the GX, the next level up of Eagle chains, X01 I think, adds a bunch more hardening to the parts, so much better for longevity.
  • 2 0
 @justinfoil: Is it? By that logic riding a lighter gear for the same distance would imply increased chain wear as the chain moves more. However, even though my daughters ride less (probably around 75km per week) and I'm probably riding about double that on this commuter, my chains wear/elongate way more than twice as fast. They're 10 and 11 years old, we're all riding Shimano Nexus 7sp hubs with single speed KMC chains in a closed chainguard (so they're staying equally and fairly clean). So the main difference I can think of is that I just stomp way harder on the pedals. I'm heavier, my bike is heavier, I'm carrying heavier stuff on my bike (including the groceries or kids). I'm not sure about power (product of force and distance or product of torque and rpm), but I definitely think more force on the chain is going to increase chain elongation.
  • 3 0
 @vinay: Plain bearing wear is directly related to load and RPM... all other things being equal like lubrication, cleanliness etc. You should expect your chain to wear out sooner than your daughters' if you are applying more chain tension.
  • 1 0
 @derekr: Are they plain bearings? The rollers do "roll" as they engage cogs...
  • 1 0
 @vinay: It's not an exact science, but despite the chain guard, I think twice the mileage means you're going to be needing to do twice the cleaning and lubing to really keep all the chains in the same state of lubrication an cleanliness.

And yeah, for sure more power is going to accelerate wear somewhat, just trying to say it's minimal compared to the wear caused by dirt and mileage.
  • 1 0
 @dthomp325: Stop cleaning your chain & see how long it will last then?
  • 2 0
 @justinfoil: I'm afraid not... google it buddy! Either way, bearings with rolling elements (like roller and ball bearings) also wear with respect to load and RPM! Merrrrr!!!
  • 1 0
 @laksboy: And worn gears will quickly wear a chain
  • 2 0
 @derekr: with or without the KMC chain (i find Shimano pretty good as well) Shimano is definitely the way to go. It has always been ✌️
  • 1 0
 @emptybe-er: er maybe? I find that a new chain won't even work on worn gears. but if I keep up on my chain replacements, my gears will almost last forever. Or at least thousands of miles.
  • 1 0
 @laksboy: That's because keeping up on chain replacements means the gears don't wear as fast. If the chain pitch and cog pitch match, the rollers can do their rolling and sit down where they're supposed to be in the teeth, and the force gets spread evenly through the entire "wrap" area. As the chain wears, the effective chain pitch changes, and the forces get concentrated on fewer cog teeth, accelerating tooth wear. A new chain on worn teeth means another pitch mismatch, accelerating wear yet again.

(all this is idealized of course: it's not perfect because manufacturing tolerances and because mtb chains are almost always a bit dirty)
  • 1 0
 @justinfoil: you missed the point of my response. But that's ok. I know all that already. I was politely disagreeing with emptybeer. Worn gears won't quickly wear a chain because the new chain won't work from the start.
  • 2 0
 @Dani-P: Ya Shimano chains are pretty good... switched to KMC for the ebike specific chain (for strength and durability... I don't have an ebike). I have broken a fair share of XT and SLX chains though... to be clear though, most recently (in last 5 yrs) chain breaks happened while either bikepacking or hauling my kids up a hill with a cargo bike or towhee.

Shimano does have Linkglide which is designed for ebikes but good luck getting it in North America!! I'll give it a go once it's available.
  • 1 0
 @laksboy: Sorry, I'm late to the party. Our new eCargo chain is a bushing design for durability (reducing wear) and has thicker plates to increase tensile strength.

KMC's new motto: "gallops with safety first"
  • 2 0
 @kmcchain: If you'd make the "most durable and strong regardless of weight" chain, I'd still buy that. For how these bikes are being used, saving weight is irrelevant. Whether the bike has pedal assist or not is almost irrelevant. When riding a heavy (and heavily loaded) bike up a bridge, you're just going to apply the amount of force needed to keep going. If you've got a kid in front of you and one behind and you stall on a climb, you're f*cked because there is no way to jump off. So you're just going to apply stupid amounts of force and you need a chain that's up to that. Saving 100g on a 180kg system weight is pretty pointless.
  • 13 0
 C-Drive looks like Hammerschmidt reborn for boring belt-drive commuter bikes.
  • 1 0
 It looks almost identical to a Schlumpf.
  • 1 0
 Is that what it is? Just a Hammerschmidt with a larger ratio?
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: A fixed gear Hammerschmidt.
  • 12 0
 How many times will the owner of the locking headset forget to unlock their headset before they take it off of their bike???
  • 58 0
 Once
  • 12 0
 - Bob Dylan
  • 3 0
 As he heads off down on Highway 61
  • 7 0
 Holy shit, someone found a way to make a belt drive have even more drag? I hear drivetrains last longer if you don’t ride them, so maybe the feeling of riding in sand will give compounding longevity benefits.
  • 5 0
 There was not much happening at Taipei Cycle this year. The space was half empty, some exhibitors did not even show up and or cancelled last second. There were no visitors and the only traffic was basically exhibitors walking to another booth to visit other exhibitors. Several brands did not even show any product. Taitra, the event organizer announced to have had 15'000 visitors throughout the 4 days. I am pretty sure they counted everyone every single time the went out and back in.
  • 5 0
 The B labs derailleur claims may be about a problem I haven't really been bothering with. But I like the spokeless pulley, because that is always a spot where crud gathers in my derailleur.
  • 1 0
 I'm curious what derailleurs they're for, but I can't seem to find B labs. Maybe they're not on the market yet?
  • 1 0
 I think they might create a problem. As in imprecise shifting... You'd think you'd WANT the chain to be guided to the sprocket, not be able to flop about... Look at the B-screw setting where the pulley is too far from the cassette, the shifting is slow and imprecise. Same as with this setup.
  • 1 0
 @Primoz: With modern derailleurs I'm right there with you - the pulley offset from the cage rotation point handles all this. Mostly just interested to see how it works, maybe they're onto something.

As a sidenote, I can't stand how low modern derailleurs hang toward the ground. There's a hole in the market for a low-profile derailleur that works with wide range cassettes.
  • 1 0
 @aharms: saw this a bit late... I'll give it a think. But I think it might cause some problems with chain length with current cage designs while just having a quick though (as in the cage won't rotate by the same amount and won't follow the cassette like it does now).
  • 5 0
 That lock is pretty sweet. Throw a hexlock in the stem cap bolt and watch bike thieves get all annoyed.
  • 18 0
 I want a stem lock that turns the bars 45 degrees to the left after 10 seconds of riding it!
  • 22 0
 "This is the LockPickingLawyer..."
  • 2 0
 @Jeeef: At least you'd know who likely has your bike
  • 3 0
 @Jeeef: "...And what I have for you today..."
  • 2 0
 Why not just have a wardrobe rail with hooks on it to hang the bikes from on that Shelfie? They could make it a bit taller if needed to accommodate long bikes and a bit wider so you could still hang kit from it too. Then you could slide the bikes up next to each other to get more on the rack and slide them apart to get space to remove one.
  • 5 0
 A gearbox that doesn't shift. Whatever will they think of next.
  • 2 0
 Don't forget the handlebars that don't turn. (Yeah, I know it's a lock)
  • 6 1
 a Walmart shelf with hooks, innovative
  • 2 0
 Well, since no one else is making hooks, especially bike hooks, that fit on those kind of rod & stopper shelving units (and they're been around way longer than walmart), it's actually quite innovative.
  • 2 1
 @justinfoil: if that's an example of being innovative, we have major problems
  • 2 0
 @SACBALLZ: why are you putting innovative on such a pedestal? Does it, like, diminish other "innovations", if simple hooks (which, remember, _did not exist in this configuration before_), can also be called "innovative"?

www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/innovations

Definition of innovation
1: a new idea, method, or device : NOVELTY
2: the introduction of something new

No one is saying it's an earth shattering innovation that will change the lives of every single person that interacts with it, but it is literally a new and novel method or device, by definition innovative.
  • 2 0
 Have people who need non-destructive (rental house) bike storage solutions not heard of 2x4s? Seems like the simplest, cheapest and custom solution. I had to build an extra tall rack for my roommates' XXL Capra and V10.
  • 1 0
 On my dirt jumper there is a groove in the stem that your thumb fits perfectly in. And I thought what if you could lock your bike with your thumb, and once you did you could ride it. Every one said this was a stupid idea. But I am glad this brand made something like it. Pretty smart
  • 2 1
 Did any of these drivetrain part manufacturers actually learn engineering or product design?

Hubs: huge expense for what, 10 grams at most?

Derailleur thing: solution to a problem that doesn't exist

Planetary gearset crank: I heart drivetrain inefficiency and weight. Huge "upgrade"

Locking headtube: better get that crankset so your bike is a little heavier to run off with.

Chain seems ok but hardly anything special.
  • 1 0
 My favourite is the bike specific storage rack that requires you to remove the front wheel (presumable to save height) then adds a storage shelf above your inconveniently shortened bike!

Just truncate the shelf on the left hand side, and hand the complete bike from the highest point. It's horrifically badly designed.
  • 4 0
 Need to make anti-theft exploding handlebars.
  • 7 0
 I'm led to believe carbon fibre explodes when you look at it, could be a start?
  • 4 0
 @boozed: I wouldn't know, "dO i LoOk LiKE A dEnTiSt tO YoU?!"
  • 3 3
 So when does the Taipei coverage with parts we might actually want/care about come out?

Also-following the trend of further deviation from being a mountain bike site....track hubs!? I love track bikes, and would race track in a heartbeat if the nearest velodrome wasn't hours away, but WTF!!

First BMX videos on Fails every week, now track stuff-what's next? Exclusive coverage of Milan San Remo? Unicycle huck to flat videos? Bike polo fantasy league???
  • 6 0
 "Unicycle huck to flat videos? Bike polo fantasy league???"

I'd for sure sign up for that ^
  • 3 1
 @jimbug: me too, just not on Pinkbike!!
  • 1 0
 @jimbug: It isn't hard to find some classic Kris Holm videos.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uPznTbus3g
  • 4 0
 A new way to lock bike! "1 is set, 2 is binding"...
  • 3 0
 Since when do bike thieves ride the bike away? They just throw them in the back of a van or ute and drive off.
  • 5 0
 I watched a guy drag 3 bikes all completely locked down the middle of the street. He probably just lost his keys.
  • 1 0
 I had a trials bike stolen and he rode off with it. I never seen a motherfuka pedal so fast. I definitely woulda caught him but i got fenced out chasing him. damn junkies
  • 2 0
 The gear ratio amplifier is intriguing. Too bad some archaic design was left in the center, square taper axle that is.
  • 2 0
 Looks at Shelfie option and immediately considers a wood build DIY weekend project...with stickers!!!
  • 1 0
 See @woody25's comment before you start building - sliding hooks!
  • 2 0
 You think your bike is safe with a handlebar lock until the thieves learn to ride wheelies
  • 9 0
 But can you do wheelies with handlebars that don't turn? I think we need to get Sam Pilgrim to do a video of it and lose another couple of front teeth
  • 1 0
 Copy is the most sincer form of flattery I guess. There's a whole lot bunch of a**holes copycats (even when things are under patents...) in our industry, It's a shame.
  • 2 0
 The B-Labs floating guide wheel looks interesting. I'd like to see it installed and how it works.
  • 2 2
 I'm trying not to be a negative person, but these products are making that pretty difficult, tbh. Tho the lock thing could have it's uses.
  • 2 0
 Those are great, but where is my AC/ Heated saddle?
  • 1 0
 Are there links for the last to items (storage) around somewhere?
My google skills don’t seem to be sufficient ….
  • 1 0
 same... only find other shelfies and not this shelfie. Though like the poster above, I could build one, but after the time and finding the materials, buying if priced right is very attractive. And a second one for the office.
  • 1 0
 @qbensis search wire shelves. You can get what is shown in the picture above (sans bike hanging attachments) from Target, hardware stores, etc. Not sure about the bike hanger attachments however...
  • 1 0
 I found www.ultrastand.com.tw/portfolio-item/shelfie. Doesn't look like it's purchasable, but at least it's patented! The assembly instructions PDF gives a good look at the proprietary attachments. Seems like you could buy two wire shelves and cannibalize one to build the attachments for the other, haha.
  • 1 0
 @milsyobtaf: Thanks.... this looks like a costo wireshelf and some creative mounting and I'd be done.
  • 2 0
 All those people wearing out drive belts are like, “Finally!”
  • 2 0
 That chain send like the perfect chain for a single speed bike
  • 1 0
 single speed dh bike...
  • 2 1
 My goodness this has to be THE laziest "article" on @pinkbike I've ever looked at...
  • 1 0
 i like to see that pulley thingy in action. it could be a really cool add-on if i think it does what i think it does.
  • 1 0
 Who'd want to pinch that lump of metal that the bars stem and crown is attached to anyway?
  • 1 0
 It's exactly like in the last photo, I always hang the front wheel after each ride.
  • 4 4
 Another high quality post. keep it up outside, quality stuff here.







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