Day 2 Randoms - Eurobike 2019

Sep 5, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

White tires haven't been seen outside of retro builds since the turn of the millennium, but with skin walls making a mini come back, Kenda decided it was time for some bleached rubber too. These two prototype tyres are aimed at slopestyle and dirt jump riders and at the moment, are only being tested in 26 x 2.25 sizes, but Kenda may expand the range after testing is completed.

The 3-Sixty is a park and dirt jump tire with a minimal tread.
The Booster Park, on the other hand, is aimed at slope or pump track riders who will be taking on bigger obstacles or riding on less reliable trails. The tread is based on Kenda's XC race tire, the Booster.

Kenda also officially released its Gran Mudda mud tire that has been tested by athletes on the World Cup circuit all year. The Mudda has already enjoyed some racing success under Tracey Hannah, who has run a cut down version of it for the more dusty tracks on the circuit. It's a dual compound tire with reinforced sidewalls and tall knobs for wet weather performance, which will only be available in 2.4" width for both 27.5" and 29" wheel sizes. Prices are expected to follow shortly.

The small tread 'paddles' will apparently improve braking performance when the tire is submerged.
Steps on the centre knobs are cutting marks for if you want a more versatile tyre.


Alongside its new drivetrain, TRP was displaying this 223mm rotor that World Cup riders have been using this year. Not only is it wide, but it's thick too. At 2.3mm, it's 0.5mm thicker than a standard disc. With 29" downhill bikes going faster than ever before, riders needed a thicker, more durable rotor that was better at shedding heat than TRP's standard offerings. This rotor was originally designed for e-bikes but proved to be a good fit for World Cup racers too.

SQ Labs

SQ Labs 711R

SQ Labs had a wealth of new product on offer for XC riders, including bib shorts, grips and a saddle that will be coming up soon in another round-up. The 711 R grips are silicone, push on, and slightly flared for a more comfortable riding position. They weigh 60 grams for the pair and will cost €30.



Bulls had an updated version of the Wild Ronin SL that could best be described as "very 2019." Alongside the new carbon frame and updated geometry, you get a wireless drivetrain, an all-in-one bar and stem and, of course, some oil slick components.

The €640 Gemini Kastor bar and stem is 810mm wide with a 20mm rise, 5° upsweep and 7° backsweep. Stem length options from 10 to 50mm are available. This build uses the 30mm option. Weight lies somewhere between 235 and 245 grams, depending on stem length.

Oil slick hubs front and rear.

We're starting to see AXS specced as standard for top of the range bikes now.


The iconic WD 40 red straw has now been superseded by this flexible version for accessing more hard to reach places. The new straw was released back in May but was deemed innovative enough to be given a Eurobike award in Friedrichshafen.


Things got pretty wild at the Castelli fashion show.


Rotor's new 13-speed drivetrain was definitely the star of their booth but this new power meter was also on display. Rotor now offer three different power meters: the INpower measures at the axle, the 2INpower that measures the axle and the crank and this INspider, sits in the middle of the range and measures from the chainring.

The meter uses four strain gauges to give a combined left/right reading, but it won't give you a split reading like the crank and axle-mounted 2INpower model will. The INspider can be used with Rotor's own app to analyse the data and now can be linked up to Strava too. The ring and meter combo costs €649 and weighs a claimed 149 grams, with the unit being 49 grams of that weight.

Pearl Izumi

The D30 padding is visible in the Elevate pad.

Pearl Izumi have brought out their first-ever mtb protection range with two new lines and both offer elbow and knee pads. The Summit is a simple trail pad, while the Elevate should offer a bit more protection for more burly riding. The prices are: Summit elbow - £59.99, Summit knee - £79.99, Elevate elbow - £79.99, Elevate knee - £119.99

The fit and sleeve of the pads are based on Pearl Izumi's popular leg and arm warmers for road cycling.

This cut out in the back of the pad is designed to improve comfort.



  • 34 4
 E-bikes are bad enough...but e-bike helmets? Someone please explain the difference.
  • 11 1
 There is none
  • 67 55
 It's just like making clothes for the fat girls, someone had to do it!
  • 34 2
 This whole article is troubling. When the highlight is WD40, there's a problem.
  • 52 6
 Maybe they are just trying to raise awareness to the fact that ebikes are not mountain bikes and riding them should not be confused with mountain biking.
  • 42 33
 @lancifer: Don't be a POS. Let's keep this to riding and leave fat shaming for frat boys.
  • 12 33
flag splzed (Sep 5, 2019 at 14:01) (Below Threshold)
 @warmerdamj: Pedal assist bikes sure look and ride like mountain bikes.
  • 6 0
 @BenPea: If you use WD40, this is insane news.
  • 5 0
 @scott-townes: sure, my comment wasn't a reflection on this iconic brand. I'm just not that excited about thick disks.
That didn't sound right.
  • 14 1
 The "not for motorcycles" tag must have been confusing too many e-bikers
  • 16 1
 @BenPea: tip from an ex bike shop employee: 50% of revenue generating shop maintenance is spraying WD40 on shit and the other 50% is fixing flat tires.
  • 1 0
 @dthomp325: Spot on!
  • 3 0
 I've always used gt85 instead of wd40.. When's gt getting the new straw??
  • 3 0
 These E-bike helmets make sheep noises Baa baa!
  • 2 0
 @mackster23: Hey man, don't blame me, just saw an "unfortunately overweight" young lady sporting a large t-shirt that read, "Fat and Proud"! With that visual in mind, I think that shame has left the building.
  • 24 1
 Know how I know that summer is over for most of you?
"rabble, rabble, rabble, we hate everything on pinkbike!"

Srsly tho, where do I find that WD40 with that straw? My local Canadian Tire doesn't have it...
  • 21 0
 Seriously, Bulls need to make a bike called the Hit....
  • 4 0
 Always thought they should make a bike called the eye...
  • 12 1
 This oil-slick/jet fuel obsession just reminds me of garish BMX parts from a couple of years back. Looks cheap IMHO
  • 4 0
 I've been thinking the same thing. Generally I think the MTB world could learn a lot from BMX (standards, KISS, pricing, how to nose into a landing), but instead we get this *facepalm*.
  • 9 0
 Oil slick and tan-treaded tires! Looks like MTB is getting all of the BMX fashion trends from 2013. Just wait for colored tires in a few more years.
  • 3 0
 Yep waiting for the camo tires to hit next season. Also on the lookout for huge tire hot patches.
  • 7 0
 those pearl Izumi pads look like a great way to store some dust and dirt...
  • 3 1
 I imagine it would be great under downhill trousers though
  • 3 1
 based on knee and arm warmers? They should be great for protecting my wrists and ankles then.
  • 1 1
 @Stanley-w: you have some serious confidence then....or you ride mellow trails when wearing downhill “trousers” as you call em.
  • 1 1
 @unrooted: D3O can provide really good protection.
  • 9 2
 What’s an E-bike helmet ffs? Enough already!
  • 19 0
 It has a revolutionary inner lining that is able to wick away shame, allowing for a greater guilt-free riding experience while smashing those plebeian Strava K.O.Ms.
  • 14 10
 These one piece stem/bars need to die quickly!
  • 13 2
 Why, what is wrong with them?
  • 10 6
 @hmstuna: nothing. They look pretty slick in my opinion.
  • 13 4
 @hmstuna: they're useless because they can't be rolled to suit the rider depending on the bike's headtube angle and the rider's own preference. You can't adapt a rider to a bike or the components, it just doesn't work that way.
  • 3 1
 @thesharkman: Surely though you know what bar/stem setup you want ie bar sweep stem length etc and can pick the right integrated bar. I find that once I have my cockpit setup I don't really change it. Of course if you can't find the setup you want in an integrated bar then what we really need is more options to suit different riders. There is also the advantage of being able to run a shorter stem than usual, such as ten mil option above to counteract a super long reach, and the advantage of weight.
  • 2 6
flag scar4me (Sep 5, 2019 at 16:23) (Below Threshold)
 Haha, I literally just took a punt on a pair off AliExpress. Will see how they go. 760wide, 40mm reach, 8deg back, 7up. Look exactly like the ones above, just 600euro cheaper!
  • 11 1
 @scar4me: I'd be scared of riding chinese carbon bars, especially ones are a bar and stem together.
  • 12 1
 @scar4me: We want a follow-up post on the quality of those bars, and also chinese dentures.
  • 6 0
 @thesharkman: Of course you can. I have seven different mountain bikes and two road bikes. I can guarantee that not one of them is the same, and I can ride them all. Humans, a pretty adaptable bunch since way back...
  • 2 0
 @enki: well I did snap another Chinese set crashing my DJ bike not long ago. So I have got form for not being gentle on my kit...
  • 2 0
 @handynzl: Yeah We all know humans can adapt to anything but,¿are you still ridding the same bar/seat post/seat/stem/controls position the bike come stock?I would said probably you move all them to suit you on that particular bike. I´m not saying you cannot adapt to those bars,but it is a very limited product...Every bike is different is obvious,like all the humans who ride bikes.
  • 3 0
 "Unlimited Bibshort" had just gone straight in at the top of my list of fictional band names
  • 3 0
 "The €640 Gemini Kastor bar and stem"

  • 1 0
 Wait, wait, water is wet? Damn! And the 3 sixty loks like a schwalbe city tire.
  • 2 1
 Yay! bigger rotors, now I wont glaze my brakes while squiding my way down the double blacks!
  • 5 6
 My opinion is that if you are a squid "trying" a black or double black you should have to forfeit your brakes at the beginning of the run, so you will be forced to carry momentum.. just last weekend I had to jump over someone, ride off the edge of a drop when the rider in front of me puckered at the last second, and bank off the trailside when someone's kid decided to stop & look around on the blind side of a trestle arch. Speed is your friend on advanced DH trails people! I'm all for discovery but damn, I'm no pro and half the challenge is not steamrolling the lookyloos
  • 3 1
 @skidrumr: twas but a joke me boy. for even the biggest of rotors will still glaze if you drag them down a double black.
  • 2 0
 And they wonder why Interbike went out of business.
  • 1 0
 That Bulls bike must surely be a night shift variant of the 2020 Orbea Oiz? Looks like the exact same shape and colours..
  • 1 0
 Plenty of E-bike Helmets on the trails already.....
  • 3 6
 How can we get this through people's head...the color is JET FUEL not oil slick.

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