A Barely-There Glove, an Ultra-Adjustable Enduro Bike, & a Technical Flat Pedal Shoe - Eurobike 2018

Jul 12, 2018
by Mike Levy  
Eurobike 2018

Giro Rivet CS Glove

I'm pretty relaxed when it comes to most mountain bike clothing. It has to be comfortable, of course, and I'd prefer lowkey colors, but I'm easy to please besides that stuff. Except when it comes to gloves. If it's not too cold, I only wear the thinnest, most invisible gloves that I can find, which describes Giro's new Rivet CS. With a Cool-Skin palm that's just 0.6mm thick - that's roughly half as thick as some other materials - the new CS version of the Rivet is all about getting that gloveless feel without worrying about tearing up your palms when you go down.

There's no hook-and-loop strap at the cuff because the CS is all about minimum everything, and the top of the hand is covered with a mega-breathable, compression stretch woven fabric that's designed to feel like a second skin. There's mesh along the sides of each finger, too, and it all adds up to Giro's lightest, most breathable full-finger glove.

Expect a $35 USD price tag when the Rivet CS hits the shelves this coming September.
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Lone Bicycles Beretta

Lone Bicycles soon to be released Beretta is all about letting you run whatever wheel size you want, with a load of built-in adjustability that sees the 160mm-travel bike able to fitted with 27.5, 27.5+, or 29'' wheels. But it's how they do it that's interesting.


Eurobike 2018
Eurobike 2018


Rather than different shock mounting positions that can drastically effect geometry and suspension performance, Lone Bicycles has moved most of the adjustment to around the bottom bracket. It's down here that you'll find a nifty, but not exactly lightweight looking, eccentric and adjustable bottom bracket pivot, kinda like what you'd see on a tandem to adjust the tension of the timing chain. This setup, along with its slotted dropouts, allows the Beretta's geometry to be tweaked to best suit each wheel size, and a few pinch bolts keep it all in place.

On top of all that, it's also compatible with both traditional and Metric shocks thanks to an adapter that configures the rearward mount as required.



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Northwave Clan

The Clan is Northwave's new flat pedal shoe, and it's about as far from a warmed-over skate-style shoe as you can get. The outsole uses what Northwave calls 'Gecko Compound' that's said to be extremely sticky, and the tread design is a bit smoother where your pedal will end up - under the ball of your foot - but rougher everywhere else for traction when you're on your feet. It has some extra support at the arch, too, but most of that is coming from TPU shank that runs about three-quarters of the shoe's length. It's not just a piece of stiff plastic, though, with differently shaped cutouts along its length to increase rigidity in one direction but flexibility in the other - the reliefs run length-wise from the ball of the foot backward but are aligned across the shoe forward of that.


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Eurobike 2018


An EVA cushioning layer sits above the shank, and if you were to cut the sole open, you'd see that it also has dimples molded into it to get the best possible absorption. The upper looks a lot like many other flat pedal shoes, but it's designed to be breathable and quick-drying.


65 Comments

  • + 62
 Barley there gloves sound like a suspiciously familiar condom add......
  • + 46
 For a more intimate bar feel!
  • + 13
 Do you have to hold the tip when you slide them on??
  • + 18
 I could honestly use these gloves as a condom....the pinky part
  • + 6
 @Ryanrobinson1984: im sorry dude
  • + 6
 @shakeyakey: Just the Tip(pie)
  • + 1
 If those gloves are as terrible as they look then I would direct you to your closest motocross shop. Exhibit Ehhy! Fox glove fall apart from 2 days of riding, digging, and shooting. For some odd reason I have a pair of MX fox gloves that lasted over a year. Real carbon knuck MX gloves have lasted 10 years and going ,,, for $50????
  • + 3
 Ribbed... for your pleasure!
  • + 1
 @Ryanrobinson1984: what a shocker!
  • + 17
 All I want in a flat pedal shoe is sticky rubber on the bottom and Velcro/ratchets on the top. It's been four years. Need to quit my job and start making them FFS.
  • + 4
 I wouldn't mind an ankle gasket as well but I hear ya...not asking for much. Seems like all the designers assume folks using platforms value street styling above all else.
  • + 0
 @Mtmw @ecologist Vaude Moab Tech will have you covered buddy, too bad the journalists of PB didn't bother speaking of them. And on top of that they are the only eco-friendly flat shoe on the market if not making our planet worth is of any interest to you Smile
  • + 1
 @Balgaroth: unfortunately vibram isn't sticky and leather isn't eco, but at least they are trying!
  • + 1
 @papapopeye: New model coming out next year, Boa closure, syntethic upper, Sup traction rubber which is better than vibram, much better shoes all together.
  • + 1
 @Braindrain: Vibram is no more, actually vibram is sticky but for some reason they don't allow shoe makers to use their good rubber (climbing rubber). I climb with vibram only which is far better than 5.10 rubber but those rubbers are not allowed to be used for MTB, bad decision from vibram. As for leather, Vaude only use teracare leather which is made in Germany, without bad chemicals. You'll never find leather in the ocean because it's bio-degradable but if you prefer plastic the new Moab Tech and Moab Syn both have a full synthetic upper at different price point, both recyclable.
  • + 18
 "Barely-there gloves" = gloves that probably fall apart in three rides...
  • + 2
 Eh, my old rivets held up pretty admirably, tbh. The best thing about them to me was their all weather versatility, it never felt too hot to wear em, and they kept my fingers from getting cold down to about 40 degrees. Weak points are the stitching and mesh, not the palm or back material.
  • - 1
 The worst part is, your hand moves around inside the glove like crazy because it's structure is weak.
  • + 2
 like most gloves...
  • + 0
 @HARv379: so you buy them as tight as possible....then they rip...
  • + 2
 Gloves seem to use worse materials every year. Years back I paid a whopping £40 for some troy lee gloves. Full real leather palms, lasted years, new version use the fake leather, lasts about one crash. Fox Sargent shorts used to be double panel on the bum, new version single layer of material, again lasted a few months but they cost the same as the previous well made pair. You want clothing that will last and sensible prices then buy anything not branded for cycling. General outdoor clothes better value. I currently use MX gloves by icon at least they have decent palms.
  • + 3
 My Giro Rivets have held up way better than I expected... and "feels like i'm wearing nothing at all".
  • + 1
 I'm very disappointed in modern bike gloves. Have a pair of Pearl Izumi from about year 1998 or so, have some holes and tears and such but can still use occasionally, yet my newest Giro Xen in almost as bad shape after probably just 20 short rides. Not likely to spend $30 plus on cycling specific gloves any more.
  • + 1
 I've had great luck with 100% gloves. My airmatics lasted a full season of riding and the palm never really got loose
  • + 1
 @slimjim1: Yeah, the Rivets have been far and away my favorite gloves for the past several years. They've (mostly) held up, even through some pretty gnarly crashes. Couple of minor palm tears from sharp rocks, but they still work fine.
  • + 11
 Concentric BB main pivot on anything meant to pedal (not a DJ) is an interesting choice. Perfect for people who love lockout levers on the shock.
  • + 2
 Actually it pedals well from what i heard Oh and the news forgot to tell about the easy shift transmission
  • - 1
 @payze: Find someone that took an intro engineering course to show you why chain torque is going to compress the rear shock with this setup. Transformer chainring thing is just going to make that even worse. I guess the ability to run it as a singlespeed is cool though?
  • + 1
 Construction is more important than thinness. A one piece palm is critical to good feel, and of course fit. Those are the most important things to me when buying gloves.
100% gloves works great for me, and they've taken a beating.
  • + 1
 No velcro strap? Say it ain't so! What keeps the glove on your hand? Seriously, go to ebay, find some last year's MX gloves for about $12 shipped, wait, wear, and forget about gloves. They are merely protection for the hand from blisters and scratches from the trail surroundings. It's not rocket science, even Mechanix gloves are fine. Get over yourself. Get out on the trail and wear out your tires, brakes, and self.
  • + 4
 I’d prefer those NW shoes have the mid sole design constant throughout the length of the sole. But, whatever. Still cool.
  • + 12
 Purple makes me look fat, so I'll pass...
  • + 2
 Looks very well constructed, pricing and anything but purple please
  • + 3
 They're incredibly ugly but actually seem well thought out. I'm interested
  • + 2
 Looks like they're blue not purple and also come in grey and black, looks much better in grey imo
  • + 1
 @src248: I would definitely grab the grey joints but ???? $$$
  • + 1
 @fecalmaster: $150 expected
  • + 1
 Thanks , definitely keeping these in mind.
  • + 1
 finally someone made a shoe like this. however being that 'someone' turned out to be NW the upper is a non-starter. Can I just have BLACK without the Batmanny logos?
  • + 0
 Anyone else seeing that the soles of the clan shoes look like little triangular hoods?
  • + 2
 I would totally buy NW shoes if they wern't designed by the blind - actually that's not fair to blind people...
  • + 1
 @spinko: Hahaha wondering was cicus freaks in Taiwan make the other shoes we use.
  • + 0
 I really like the multi functionality of several products this year like the Lone bike that can fit multi size wheels. Sunrace is doing it apparently with 10 through 12 speed clutched rear derailleurs that do 46t cogs and work with both Sram and Shimano shifters. Rotor while I dont care for the idiotic continuation of the cog race with 13 or a hydraulic based system has made one system that works across road and MTB drive trains. Microshift also does both road and MTB shifters for their 11 speed system and we have that multi discipline shift system that converts any cable system to wireless electronic shifting... are you listening Shimano?
  • + 4
 In before comments that the Beretta Bike won't do 26"
  • + 0
 I don't like that. "Whatever wheelsize you want." There are brands that do a better job at that.
  • + 3
 Hot dang! I want that Beretta bike! Between its looks and it's name, let's be honest... that bike is badas bike porn
  • - 1
 That looks like a rocket ship, finally a concentric/eccentric pivot.
  • + 1
 Yes good idea to make bikes that can take 27.5, 27.5+, or 29'' wheels but seems that is still a bit of a limitation why stop there?
  • + 2
 Apart from the colour, that looks like a great shoe. Someone needs to step into the Post Adidas void that 5:10 have created.
  • + 1
 Bikes should come with a giant flip chip on the BB to adjust high/low or front centre/chainstay length. Im sure it could be done.
  • + 1
 Yes it can be, but a giant flip could make BB adjusting process more complicated, and a round, welded eccentric BB housing is easier to control the stability of manufacturing process.
See adjusting process without removing shock or components here: www.facebook.com/LoneBicycles/videos/969992939826832
  • + 1
 Why are they introducing a summer weight glove as the fall & winter approach? We get to wear them a couple of times & put them away until next spring.
  • + 1
 Maybe it's because i live in california, but a minimalist glove is plenty warm all year when i'm pedaling. Even in the snow. Thin gloves are the best!
  • + 1
 I only wear summer gloves too
  • + 3
 Actually digging the northwave shoe! Smile
  • + 2
 diggin the berretta's play on the old school gios rear dropout, smart.
  • + 2
 Can someone tell Northwave that their 1993 wants it’s logo back?
  • + 1
 Reminder of the DangerMouse logo.
  • + 1
 The final FINAL Randoms from Eurobike, eh?
  • + 1
 But no report on the alloy Slash that Trek has just released?
  • + 1
 Technical Flat Pedal shoe...still has laces. No thanks, I'll pass.
  • + 1
 all that adjustability: Aint nobody got time fo dat
  • + 1
 mechanix got gloves in 0.5 mm
  • + 1
 Handup Gloves rule

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