Eurobike Randoms I - Eurobike 2018

Jul 9, 2018
by Paul Aston  
Tune Prince and Princess Hubs

The Princess front hub uses straight pull spokes and only one external flange to save weight. The non-driveside body is drilled and the axle needs to be removed to insert the spokes. A bonded carbon band is used to reinforce the hub shell to stop the spokes pulling through at the absolute minimum weight.


Tune are based in the Black Forest and focus on extremely high-end parts with every detail to the extreme. The front Princess and rear Prince hubs weigh a mere 84g and 180g respectivly. They are priced at a whopping €400 and €700, and there is a CeramicSpeed bearing upgrade option for another €500.


Smaller torque forces are applied to rear hubs than the front under braking, so they could remove some material from the Centre-Lock splines.


On the XD-driver body they managed to remove a few more milligrams with clever machining the curved cutouts behind the the cassette connects to the driver.


On the standard freewheel version, the freehub body is drilled to save weight. And because mining drillium is a national past-time.


"Born in the Black Forest to enjoy nature"
"Power to those who ride Shimano and SRAM"


Need more freehub driver standards in your life? It turns out that XD-drivers for road bikes are slightly wider than for MTB and are called XDR.
We spotted the Linientreu last year in a prototype form, now the laser gear hangar aligning tool is in full production and costs around 200 euros.



Unior

In conjunction with Trek, Unior now have a black workstation and pro mechanic kit with red tools.


Another addition to the catalogue is a telescopic derailleur hanger alignment tool. Normally these tools are huge one-piece affairs that are only suitable for a permanent workshop, but this telescopic version should be good for mechanics on the move.


There is a new range of 1/2" drive sockets for every bottom bracket on the market.


Digital torque wrenches are also a new addition.


For shop mechanics, the Pedal Genie is a useful tool to make tuning up new bikes easier in the work stand without having to thread in a pedal every time.


The bearing press and puller kit was available in takeaway version, and now as a tool tray ready to fit in the workbench drawers.



Portus Lumberjack



The Lumberjack from Portus Cycles. Alex, the owner of Portus built this Pinion equipped machine to help builders access trails with ease. It uses a hub drive motor with a battery stored in one of the faux petrol cans on the panniers. The can on the driveside hides a coffee machine and gas burner, along with providing an support for a BBQ grill. There is also plenty of space for attaching tools, and of course, a chainsaw.





Intend



The Intend Infinity fork has been updated to Boost standard and has lost a few more grams. It should be the lightest downhill fork in the world at 2450 grams for only €2050. Travel can be adjusted down from 200mm in 2mm increments using spacers, 27.5" or 29" wheels and now in 110mm hub width. The brake adaptor is Boost or non-Boost so if you don't want to change your whole hub and wheel, just change the hub spacers to Boost and use the correct adaptor

The negative air spring has been increased to 13cm which Cornelius Kapfinger claims to be the longest in the world, giving an almost perfectly linear curve. Though a tiny company, they almost achieved a World Cup podium in Val di Sole with a 6th place from Nina Hoffmann in Elite last weekend.








The Aero disc is the latest product from Intend. There are six versions, 160mm,180mm, or 203mm sizes each in a 2.25mm or 1.85mm thickness. The thicker disc is for more aggressive riding as it can absorb more heat. The 203mm rotor has 700 drilled holes which gives it around 40% more surface area than an average disc which leads to better cooling. It is said to give similar benefits to a Hope vented caliper, but that only works with the correct Hope caliper due to its extra thickness, where the Aero will work with any calipers. The laser cut disc is said to be the only disc produced entirely in Germany including the laser cutting and drilling. Intend admits they are not cheap at €99-€105.


The Rocksteady cranks are the next challenge, but Cornelius admits three versions have broken every time in the test bench, a "never-ending story" that he can't solve in the way he wants to.



Peaty's


Peaty's first product was their blue-glitter tubeless sealant that is said to be 100% biodegradable and non-toxic, even the blue shinies will disappear. Their next products include foaming bike wash and drivetrain cleaner as well as valve stems and chain lube.

The link-lube uses a triple distilled base oil which means its a searching oil that will find its way inside the chain links. This helps to drive out the moisture, grit, grime and old oil. The waxes and lubes they selected will mix with the base oil when shaken, which will be carried in by the searching oil.

If using with on an old chain, it will push put dirt and grime out of the innards over the first few rides and look dirty, but should stay clean after the grime has gone completely. Its not a wet or dry lube, but more of an all-rounder. Tom Makin explains that if you look at metal under a microscope, there will be a rough surface with tiny pits and troughs. The size of the wax and grease particles they use should fill these holes and give a well-lubed chain. Of course, Peaty didn't work out of all of the tribology himself over an ale in a Sheffield pub, they worked in conjunction with Wickens and Soederstrom who did the science, and Peaty and the crew did the real world MTB testing as their part of the expertise in the deal.


[PCAPTION]They also have new tubeless valves which are all metal and come with a dust cap that can be used to remove the valve core. The price is around €16 for a pair, but they offer a 'valves for life' program which means they will repair or replace them indefinitely.[/PCAPTION]



Cavalerie Does a Carbon Gearbox Frame?



Cavalerie bikes and Effigear have been working on an all-new carbon frame that is constructed using what they say is an all-new method. Their new carbon frames should be going into production in France, if this prototype goes to plan, and uses a 3D printed mold that will have the carbon wrapped around it. They wouldn't let on any more of the process details than that except it could be competitive with Asian manufacturing (we've been hearing this a lot recently, time will tell), but designer Davide says as soon as it is ready to ride he will be jumping in the car to show me the complete machine.


The guys from Cavalerie and Effigear have also made an expanding bar end plug called the OpnBar, so you can pop beer bottles with ease trailside.


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111 Comments

  • + 106
 Cornelius Kapfinger will always be the greatest name in mountain biking. He sounds like a Bond villain.
  • + 8
 I bet he also has the gadgets
  • + 0
 @daweil: and some on mtb news might say: also the ego
  • + 0
 More like a Beavis and Butthead alter ego character
  • + 71
 The Pedal spinning tool is the peak of Western decadence.
  • + 7
 It's been around for a while...
www.parktool.com/product/threaded-dummy-pedal-dp-2 (the new version)
  • + 2
 If you've got a completely destroyed pedal (but still with a good pedal thread) you can remove the pedal body and just use the axle. It will be smooth enough to spin in your hand while you rotate the crank.
  • + 8
 Peak? We still have roads and terrestrial cars...
  • + 7
 I made my own out of one of those cheap plastic pedals that come on expensive bikes. Cut the pedal cage down to just the axle housing section. Add some handlebar tape for...decadence/padding
  • + 5
 @Rasterman: All of that takes a back seat when you’re spinning a pedal-less crank with a finger and said finger gets sucked into the chain and teeth.
  • + 1
 Well, at the end of the day this really is a pro mechanic tool. Someone who needs to tune a bike without actually putting on the pedals. And then put them in a box to send them off to the buyer or the bikeshop. Obviously for us end consumer, it makes sense to just use the actual pedal. You're going to ride it like that too.
  • + 2
 Not even close, this one is fully machined and runs sealed bearings. It makes the new build process that much sweeter. One of my favorite tools.

www.endurobearings.com/products/tools/pedal-dummy-tool-ct-010
  • + 54
 Frodo called—he wants his hub back
  • + 2
 I had to scroll back up for that.... was worth it.

+1 (more if I could)

Ya big nerd.
  • + 6
 The One Hub to Rule Them All!
  • + 1
 @ugez: one hub to roll them all
  • + 25
 Who the hell carries bottled beers on their ride? That's just irresponsible! Shaken beer is alcohol abuse!
  • + 4
 unless you hand it to a chatterbox
  • + 19
 Hey guys -

Just a correction. The black cabinets and red/orange tools are available to anyone that wants them, not just Trek-sponsored teams and dealers. Holler at me if you want to know more.
  • + 4
 They should totally fix this in the article.
  • + 3
 Corrected, sorry about that. We just got excited about spraypainting all the things.
  • + 18
 Cornelius from Intend deserve some massive credit for one - admitting that their stuff does in fact break and two, showing off that crank with the terribly buggered preload cap.
  • + 9
 He is one of the most honest dudes in the industry. He will give every detail and not hold anything back, even if it means he might be doing himself out of business/money in the future. Zero BS, straight to the point – that's actually why I have featured him so many times, he makes my life easy!
  • + 17
 Is it me or is Eurobike much cooler than Interbike these days? I've never been to either but there is soooo much coverage at Interbike and it all looks boring. Some pretty cool stuff coming out of Eurobike it seems (and from other sources online/youtube).
  • + 12
 To be fair that was always the case, simply because there is a huge number of botique brands in EU
  • + 7
 Eurobike is the main exhibition for the bike industry every year. I guess Interbike has got better coverage because it is in Nort America.
  • + 12
 Innovation on Eurobike,hype on Interbike.
  • + 2
 MTBing in Europe is more widely accepted than in the US. Plus, their XC, Enduro, DH races are gigantic, popular, and televised for much more exposure.
  • + 0
 @aliikane: MTBing in Europe is more widely accepted than in the US.

seriously?
I always thought that in USA it's much much way more spread accross the country.
  • + 3
 @ka81: just look at the UCI calendar locations...
  • + 0
 @Stylexxx: what is UCI about here??!
I was posting for quote about MTBing, IN GENERAL!
  • + 1
 @ka81: Ho Sorry I though that if all the major competition are in EU that ment something for the MTB in general, must be wrong then!
  • + 1
 @ka81: not nearly as big in the US as in Europe. We like our football, basketball, and nascar and they like 2 wheel sports more so over seas. Cyclling, mtb, sportbike racing, etc is all way more popular over there than here in the US. Just look at the where all the races take place and where the riders are from. Not to many US peeps. It is finally starting to take off in the US tho but still no pro races really in the US Other than sea otter.
  • + 15
 I really like Effigear because they use trigger shift on they're gearbox system and I feel that is a huge step forward in the drivetrain market once gearbox bikes become more affordable and have aggressive geo I would love to buy one!
  • - 18
flag thesharkman (Jul 9, 2018 at 11:41) (Below Threshold)
 You should just say goodbye to your dream gearbox bikes ever being mainstream.
  • + 11
 @thesharkman: that's what they said about suspension. And disc brakes. And dropper posts.
  • + 2
 I would love to have a gearbox bike too... Almost no maintenance. But Effigear's range is only 444%. It need to be updated to the new 500+%.
  • - 1
 @thesharkman:You got downvoted for being right,weird.I love the technologie behind the gearbox but it just wont happen.Maybe in the gravitysegment but never in XC.Too heavy and a lot of energyloss.
  • + 2
 @onemind123:Who said that?Also,30 years ago they predicted people would fly their cars to work.Those cars exist,still not mainstream.
  • + 8
 Ugh 3D printed molding means WASTE WASTE WASTE. Carbon fiber sucks for the environment. Makes me sad.
  • + 2
 Meant to upvote, they really should make those buttons bigger...
  • + 1
 Who knows ? Maybe it's 3D printed reusable wax just like a few millenaries ago ? Would be ironic :p
  • + 2
 You are assuming this waste is not environmentally friendly...
  • + 1
 @demo811: It doesn't matter. When you machine something to be thown away, it's almost always worse that machining something permanent. Your binned item could be 100% bio-degradable, but it still takes energy and other resources to create. And these add up fast.
  • + 7
 and now we have one more thing to open bottles with. what a great time to be alive!
  • + 7
 Jagermeister holder though...
  • + 2
 Sees bike with beer in the holder.... "Here hold my Jager!".
  • + 6
 So Tune products are forged in Mordor?
  • + 2
 They wish ... in fact their products are made out of chinesium ... always prone to failure ...
  • + 2
 @Euskafreez: Dude, come in the Blackforest and visit us, you will see that we make our stuff ourselves. You 'll also see how the products are getting tested + trails are nice in the area Smile . Arthur, from Tune Production Division.
  • - 2
 @ArthurFr: I bet I'm not the first person calling the company you work for out. With all due respect, chinesium doesn't mean your products are made in China. It means they are made out of bad alloy.

Of all the high end hubs we work with, the one from Tune are by far the less reliable. To the point we don't want to sell your products anymore. Our customers need more than one-off race only products.
  • + 1
 "pop beer bottles with ease with the end of you handlebar trail side".... Yeah because everyone carries bottles of beer for that mid ride "pop". Can we stop with the adolescent beer bottle openers on everything bullshit yet? If they ever were cool it was 25 years ago... maybe try cutting half the bulk and weight from your gearbox.
  • + 3
 I love everything Alex from Portus builds. I wonder whether the Krowd Karl bikes have already been delivered to their customers, really loved that one.
  • + 5
 I wanna see a pro shred that lumberjack bike down vallnord
  • + 3
 I would reject those hubs if they come off the production line in my factory, the chatter marks are horrid.
  • + 1
 "The 203mm rotor has 700 drilled holes which gives it around 40% more surface area than an average disc which leads to better cooling." - someone please explain this to me. Until then I call BS.
  • + 3
 What don't you get, the 40% claim, or the better cooling claim?

Pretty simple math on the 40%:
Approx. braking surface area of 203mm rotor, assuming 20mm depth = π*101.5^2 - π*81.5^2 = 11500mm^2
Now assume the holes are 1mm diameter (just an arbitrary guess), and 2.25mm thick rotor, then the area of all the 'holes' = 700*2.25*π*1 = 4950mm^2
4950/11500=43%

As for the cooling, it's common knowledge that cooling rate is increased with more surface area -- that's why heatsinks have fins.
  • + 1
 @marky-d: I think this is the first time I've seen math used sarcastically
  • + 4
 That Lumberjack is the best bike I've ever seen.
  • + 1
 More overpriced stuff marketed to the weekend warrior Lawyers and doctors out there.

1700 quid for a set of hubs?

I'll take that tool box though, that sucker would be money well spent.
  • + 5
 Weekend warrior lawyers like to shred too.
  • + 2
 If you need a special tool to open a beer you should probably shave your legs and stick to riding pavement.
  • + 2
 Thos Unior tools look sooooooooooooooooooooo sick. I need that hanger alignment tool
  • + 2
 Nothing yet about the new 1x13 speed drivetrain with 520% range (from Rotor)?
  • + 3
 @mikelevy put out an article about that yesterday... www.pinkbike.com/news/rotor-13-speed-drivetrain-eurobike-2018.html
Just a bit down the homepage. Smile
  • + 2
 @mtbikeaddict: Thanks, completely missed that!
  • + 2
 @vinay: No worries, glad to help... I'm all too frequently on the "missed it" side of things...
  • + 2
 Just dont get your pinky stuck in the bottle opener and come off the bike......
  • + 3
 The fork is called infinity, edge is the single crown.
  • + 2
 I thought Trek Factory Racing was sponsored by Park Tool and Silverline. Did they drop those or did they just add Unior?
  • + 3
 I'll take the tool box and its contents you can keep the rest.
  • + 1
 I'd love some one to build those hubs with enve rims an give em to me for a test. An see thier face as I hand em back after a coupled hours, smashed to shit
  • + 3
 WHAT DID YOU DO?! YOU JUST SMASHED $4,000 WORTH OF COMPONENTS! THAT'S MORE THAN A COMPLETE BIKE!!! lol Make sure to use the Intend fork...
  • + 2
 And the Gemini bar/stem ... and...
  • + 3
 tune has actually apretty good reputation for holding up. the former german national DH champ raced all that lightweight stuff on worldcup courses for about 1.5 decades...
  • + 1
 I'm glad that you suggested we should spray paint our very expensive Unior tools hahahaha
  • + 2
 Please can I have an e bike with a gearbox?
  • + 1
 I fancy that Peaty's Tubeless Sealant 5ltr Workshop Pump Tub. That's a big tub, mate.
  • + 1
 We have one at work, we thought it was rad too untill we used it about 4 times and realised Peatys Sealant is utter shite so we went back to using sealant that actually works and a measuring cup
  • + 2
 USD forks without guards is like errrrr....USD forks without guards.
  • + 1
 Could they make those bar plugs with a slightler larger OD than the grip? A little flange to push against.
  • + 2
 Isn't unior in conjunction with devinci not trek?
  • + 2
 Laser DAG, Laser DAG, does whatever a reg DAG does.
  • + 1
 I feel like I'm in a bad dream at this point in time. When did everything become so extra and fancy? Jesus.
  • + 1
 "..axle needs to be removed to insert the spokes." Yeah, cause that is convenient for maintenance.
  • + 1
 I want to buy that bar end bottle opener
  • + 1
 Sell sell sell !
Good little retailers.
I’d like some shit that lasts.
  • + 1
 With forks eliminating stearer tubes, will we see axleless hubs
  • + 1
 £1600 for a set of hubs!?!?! JFCTASRDMFOT
  • + 2
 Tune for the win
  • + 9
 I may need to invest in those hubs. No matter what else I bolt to my bike, these hubs alone make my bike so light the XC racers will just step aside as I float past.
  • + 2
 Can I use the new xtr with them?
  • + 3
 @vinay: I remeber that in mid 90 one of local guys came to our riding spot with Tune hubs. It was in Poland and soon after Communism went down. I still remeber that shock. They were light, colorful and perfect. They are still too expensive Smile
  • + 0
 everybody needs a Jägermeister bottle on his bike! thats inovation Smile
  • + 0
 well...that was definitely european as heck. that's for sure.
  • + 7
 Not enough "make America great again" hats huh?
  • - 1
 Drink...drink...drink... "only €2050" ... PFFFFFFFF! *sprays liquid across room*
  • + 1
 Edit: Also applies to the €1100/1600 hubs
  • + 8
 I mean a Fox40 Factory is 1500euro on the bottom end. From a company that produces in much much higher volumes.
  • - 2
 Best Product at the show is the Beer Bar End Opener~ This year seems to be a bit of a sleeper.. next year should be brought back up to speed!
  • + 0
 That fork looks like a 1990s rst with a bad diy spray job
  • + 0
 Is the bottle opener installed upside down?
  • + 1
 Nope
  • + 1
 Cavalerie exists ?..
  • - 3
 Where’s the proper coverage, I know Orange have a stand, show us some of that and some cool bikes, not just ebikes and stuff built in sheds
  • + 4
 But then that wouldn’t be random. This stuff is clearly random! #randomnotrandom
  • - 1
 @ preach: you're phraseology is American as hek.
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