Randoms - IAA Mobility 2021

Sep 11, 2021
by Ralf Hauser  
Once known as IAA, the International Automobile Exhibition (or Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung in German), added the word 'Mobility' to its title, and there were bikes and all other sorts of transportation concepts on the ground.

Austrian company Simplon Bikes was one of the few companies that showed new 2022 models without a motor. Kudos. The Rapcon with 29" wheels and HPMC Hot Melt Carbon frame is available with either a 150/150mm or 170/165mm travel setup. The Rapcon comes in four frame sizes, S, M, L and XL. The 150mm version has a head angle of 65 degrees and a super steep seat angle of 79 degrees (the 165mm version takes a degree off of both).

Another company that's added a down tube compartment to their list of features, and that's a good thing. Just flip the lever and it's off.

The 150mm travel all-mountain-oriented version of the Rapcon.

The new Cirex SL features the same geometry as their Cirex (100mm or a down-country version with 116mm travel option) but saves another 200g of weight due to the use of an even lighter carbon mix. I wasn't able to get info on how much that comes to, but a reasonable estimate would be that their lightest build option should get you to a weight below 11kg for total weight.


Yeah, you know you want it. There's going to be a limited edition package with Pit Vipers in the same design as iXS' Trigger AM helmet (or is it the other way round?). Only 500 will be up for grabs worldwide, so you better get your order in quickly.

Most of iXS' clothing is made from recycled PET fibers. Organic cotton with a hint of stretch elastane is their latest eco-minded approach.
The Carve Digger Hooded Jersey was designed for riders in mind that also like to spend time trail building. A built-in neck warmer and hood that fits under helmets will also come in handy on colder riding days.

This one is so new, they didn't even have a sample with them. The Flow Light Knee & Elbow Guards use a tubular lightweight design that wears like a base layer. The Xmatter protective foam is removable from the moisture wicking, breathable and anti-bacterial material. Shown here is the elbow version.

New green color option for protective gear.
From left to right: Flow Windbreaker lightweight wind protection, Carb AW all-weather jacket and Carb Zero insultated jacket (for the really cold and wet days).

iXS' Tech Tee is one of their bestsellers, so they added them to the women's lineup as well. The colors span over both the men's and women's category.
The Flow XTG pants are a lightweight, stretch crossover product.


In 2019, Muc-Off set the goal to reduce 30 tons of plastic within their production by 2023. By July 2021 they already managed to eliminate 94 tons, setting a new target of 200 tons by 2023. Their brand-new Punk Powder is the next step in achieving that goal.

Just mix the Punk Powder granulate with water and you get a 100 percent comparable formula to the original mixture. The sachets are made from paper and they used food coloring as ink, so you can just throw the empty packet onto your compost.
You can use the original Bike Cleaner plastic bottle or invest in the aluminum Bottle for Life for refills.

If you can't keep your bike running smoothly with this assortment, nothing can.
The corona-inspired disinfectant line.

8-bit heaven.


There weren't any products from SRAM that we haven't seen yet, so they stuffed their booth with some exquisite pro rider's bikes. Here's Jolanda Neff's Trek Supercaliber Factory Racing Olympic-winning ride.

If it gets the job done …

Maybe to avoid battery mixups?
RockShox SID SL Ultimate and SRAM Level Ultimate brakes on there.

Vali Höll's Trek Session, straight from the Lenzerheide World Cup.

Of course she's running the new thicker discs.

25% progression setup for Vali.
Ummmm ...

Isabeau Courdurier's Lapierre Spicy.

No way to forget your start times this way.
Size S frame with coil shock hidden underneath the protective cover. She was seen running a version with lockout option for her shock at some races.

Nino Schurter's Scott Spark RC from the Games.

Some marker magic.
It says there is a RockShox Nude shock in there. We can't confirm this, I guess.

Nino of course is running TwinLoc.
Hey Levy, I touched Nino's bike …


I doubt that you could pack in any more features into a helmet. Cratoni's Madroc Pro comes with a removable chin guard (push buttons on the side to release the catch), a communication unit, two Bluetooth speakers and wind protected microphone. A walkie talkie-like function lets you communicate with a second unit within a range of 500m. You can also connect the helmet with your phone and accept phone calls. Battery charge lasts for about 15 hours. There's also an integrated crash sensor in the Madroc Pro. You can set various emergency contacts in an app who get notified in case of a crash. It fulfills the ASTM F1952-15 norm and only weighs 680g.

You can open the chin strap simply by pulling on the strap.
Available in S/M or M/L, also in black matt for €399.95.


Nothing brand new from Canyon at the moment, but since Fabio Wibmer has been on the injured list for quite a while now, he won't be missing his bike anytime soon.

Signature SQlabs bars.
Can't wait to huck that thing to flat.


New for 2022 from Deuter is the large 25 + 5l Rotsoord commuter backpack. It's using Deuter's Airstripes carrying system for a comfortable and secure fit, with multiple organizing pockets.
Plenty of mountain bike specific packs to choose from.


Again, not a mountain bike specific product (but they might or might not be working on something in the future), the Commute A.I.R. Pro 18 from Evoc is your airbag in a backpack to be used in an urban environment. A Liteshield Plus back protector is also integrated. The system inflates within 0.2 seconds. The sensor is sitting in the front strap. By closing the Fidlock Snap Buckle, the system is activated. When you're not on your bike you shouldn't forget to deactivate it, as running up and downstairs might cause similar forces as crashing. That should be interesting.

You can fold the airbag back into the shoulder straps after activation. The air cartridge is replaceable and recyclable.

Bonus Oddity

I found this while roaming the more car specific halls. It's the Royal Bees indoor trainer. I assume you could put a riser bar on there …


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 I wish Muc-off could consider no longer including a useless keyring flashlight in every box of lube as part of their plastic reduction goal.
  • 27 0
 I wish they'd consider producing a sealant that actually works. Had to toss a full liter of their worthless pink goop that couldn't even plug thorn punctures. It eats adhesive on Stan's rim strips and takes forever to clean out of rim cavities as added features!
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 @Veloscente: this is one of this comments that needs a "megaprop" button. Possibly the crappiest bike product known to man.
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 @Veloscente: Iam running Muc Offs hassle since two years... first bike with contis the stuff is still in there and works fine. 2nd bike with maxxis also great! my customers also like it. schwalbe´s stuff is absolut horrible and after 1 year you can throw the tire away cause its to much work to get the stuff off
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 @Zany2410: Sorry, I had the misfortune of buying two bottles of Muc Off b/c I heard it would go months without evaporating in my hot garage. What a mistake: it does not matter how slowly it evaporates: you can add 5-6oz per tire, and it simply will not flow to a puncture to seal it, even if you rotate puncture to bottom and add air to assist. I put that worthless goop in 3 wheelsets, did not seal one single puncture on trail. Took me over an hour to remove the sticky filth it left all over everything, and when I got done, I discovered all three wheelsets needed retaping. NEVER AGAIN.
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  • 12 1
 Comes with an integrated bird bath. Simply brilliant.
  • 3 0
 I thought it was a thermos for soup
  • 18 1
 So now I need to charge my ebike, helmet, dropper, derailleur, Garmin and cell phone to go on a ride!?
  • 25 0
 don't forget to replace the air cartridge on your life vest
  • 16 1
 Did someone leave Nino’s stem out in the hot sun too long?
  • 13 2
 Who the hell puts hood under a helmet?
  • 15 0
 guy named joey
  • 6 0
 Someone have to check spelling , it's Jolanda Neff not Yolanda at SRAM section of this article.
  • 14 0
 Jou’re Yoking.
  • 1 0
 @ODubhslaine: No, he is sompletely cerious.
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 ‘Neff with these puns now.
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 No one else notice the 2 valves on Vali's rear wheel, or am I seeing things...
  • 4 0
 maybe something similar to "Schwalbe Procore" – high pressure tube on the inside of the tire, low pressure tubeless on the outside.
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 Tube and tubeless custom setup. If you tear a tyre the tube should hold the air. If you pinch the tube the tubeless tyre should hold the air.
  • 1 1
 @ben-cathro: If that's the case, why not just have one valve (the one for the tube)? What am I missing here?
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 @ben-cathro: ahhhhhh thats fkn cool cheers for the insight mate.
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 @ben-cathro: A question about that, is the "inner tube" more like an inflatable rim protector or is it just a normal inner tube. Also, would Vali's rim be a custom version with 2 valve holes or do they just drill new holes into alloy wheels (I'd assume not bc thats a bit dodgy)
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 I've been wondering when someone would start to make a system like the evoc bag, will be interesting to see how this develops. It could be a real wsy to prevent serious injuries, unlike pads which just seem to prevent superficial ones.
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 It's basically a development of off piste avalanche bags. I can see this thing working well in an urban environment where it'll protect nicely from flat tarmac or even a car panel I guess. But with pointy rocks, maybe won't work so well off road. And I came off 4x on my last enduro race. Would have been really annoying to finish the stage with a flappy bit of torn fabric round my ears. That then would be no use until I recharged it.
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 @mountainsofsussex: I think Alpinestars or Shoei, not sure who, but someone makes a similar jacket for motorcycle riding. I think it has a strap that you wear on your wrist similar to a safety strap on a treadmill. If the strap breaks, it will arm the jacket and deploy an airbag after a fraction of a second.
  • 3 0
 marker magic on Ninos tire – why?
"Aspen" is a tire made by his sponsor Maxxis, so that's not it.
Edit: looks like the tire has a new Graphic (Font/Colors…)
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 Question- There is a big Line on the Brakedisk of Valis Trek Seassion. So she didnt use 100% of breaking power because a smal part of the brakepad is not on the disk?
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 It's just that she was running the 215mm rotors since the 220mm are backordered until next year.
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 Comment of the year @deciduous:
  • 3 3
 That sounds very negative mate! you don't know the reason why it's like that, could be on purpose!
  • 2 0
 I'm still biking on this planet....
  • 2 0
 Looks likethe IAA was the better Eurobike
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It’s the 40deg lever connector banjo Magyar offer for the MT and HS33 brakes
  • 4 3
 Pinkbike as a cycling website shouldn't be supporting IAA.
  • 2 0
 Simplon means fool in spanish
  • 1 0
 it is a mountain pass down here.. would assume that is where the name comes from?
  • 1 0
 I wonder how that Evoc Airbag would combine with the Hövding inflatable helmet?
  • 1 0
 That IXS manikin is horrifying. Not sure if it's real or fake
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 Manikin(?) named Anakin?
  • 1 0
 It’s OK. Manikins aren’t real.
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 I'm more curious about the recycled PET fibers, where does one donate their PET? Does it get you a discount? Are all PET's accepted? What quantifies a PET? You see, I got this neighbor...
  • 1 0
 I was surprised it wasn't mentioned earlier.. it is horrendous.. rather get my head smacked than wearing that =)
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 That Royal Bees indoor trainer looks nice and stiff.
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 Where is Ninos dropper post remote?!
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 In his grips
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 Looks like there is a wire and custom button under his grip.
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 Nino controls his dropper with his mind
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 What is that 90° connection of the brake hose on Fabio's MT7?
  • 1 0
 I want that! I love my MT7's, I hate that the hose goes straight out forward!
  • 1 0
 @maddin looks to be the same hose end connector on the caliper side. I forget what they're called.

  • 1 0
 The Simlpons are simply sexy
  • 3 0
 They decided to save some money and made one carbon frame for everything so you end up with 79° seat angle trail bike. Ridiculous.

I love 78.5° on my enduro bike, but I wouldn't want anything steeper than 77° for my trail bike
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 @pakleni: so slide the rails back or get a dropped with an offset head?
  • 2 2
 Nino's stem doesn't look very excited...

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