Randoms Round One - Eurobike 2015

Aug 26, 2015
by Mike Kazimer  
Eurobike 2015

Cannondale Bad Habit

The Bad Habit is the 27.5+ version of Cannondale's Habit, and shares the same geometry and 120mm of rear travel, but it gets a Boost 148 rear end in order to have enough clearance for 3.0" wide tires. The aluminum Bad Habit 1 pictured above retails for $3200 USD and comes spec'd with Cannondale's Lefty 2.0 up front, and a RockShox Monarch RL in the rear. Shifting is handled by a 1x SRAM GX drivetrain, and the voluminous 3.0" WTB Bronson tires are mounted to WTB's Scraper i45 rims.


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DMR Deathgrip

Designed in collaboration with Brendan Fairclough, DMR's Deathgrip lock-ons use a single bolt to clamp them to the bar, but the internal plastic sleeve is tapered to give a more secure purchase. Once the grip compound is finalized, the Deathgrip will be available in two different widths and a wide array of colors for £12.99 (US pricing is still to be determined).


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SRAM's Wireless Electronic Drivetrain

Although SRAM's Red Tap drivetrain is for road bikes, it wouldn't be unreasonable to imagine that an off-road oriented version of the system is in the works. The electronic rear derailleur is completely wireless, weighs just 239 grams including the battery, and according to SRAM, "has a built in encryption algorithm that's more secure than any cash machine." The derailleur's battery is housed in a compartment just above the limit screws, and can be removed for charging without the use of tools. A full charge is said to only take 45 minutes, and on the road riders have gone more than 1000km without needing to recharge. Of course, all this technology isn't cheap - the derailleur alone retails for nearly $600.

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Merida One-Twenty

Merida's One-Twenty trail bike gets a carbon fiber front triangle for 2016, a move that sheds 400 grams off of the frame's weight. Depending on the size of the bike, the One-Twenty is available with either 27.5" or 29" wheels, and has its geometry adjusted accordingly. The bike uses a floating rear shock, and according to Merida has a very linear suspension curve that's minimally affected by pedaling forces. As shown, the One-Twenty retails for € 5149.


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Maxxis' was displaying a number of tires that had their new Double Down casing, which is aimed at riders who are looking for more puncture resistance. The dual-ply, 120tpi casing does add over 150 grams of weight versus Maxxis' EXO casing, but the end result is still around 200 grams less than the same tire with a DH casing.


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Maxxis also had samples of two upcoming 27.5+ tires, the Rekon + (left) and the Ikon +. Both tires will be available in a 2.8" width with a 120tpi casing next spring.


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Looking for a belt driven, gearbox equipped fat bike? German-based Bees Bike has you covered.


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The world's fastest bike commuter? No trip to Eurobike would be complete without seeing one of these speed machines parked outside the exhibition halls.



125 Comments

  • 159 1
 "has a built in encryption algorithm that's more secure than any cash machine." I guess this solves my problems of people hacking into my rear derailleur...
  • 32 1
 Just give me 5 minutes.
  • 124 1
 hackerman could get in that bitch in 27.5 seconds
  • 7 2
 Blonde moment... I thought the prospect of having ones mech hacked was a joke. Why would you need a 'secure' rear mech?
  • 11 2
 I prefer 26
  • 8 1
 Hackerman, he's the greatest hacker of all time.
  • 17 0
 Well hopefully no one starts hacking into them during finals and ruins someone's run...
  • 23 0
 Until my bike auto updates my facebitch status and emails my boss as to my disappearance from work you guys need to add more chips to these bikes asap.
  • 16 2
 don't even need to hack it, the battery is removable without the use of tools!
  • 54 0
 I love the idea that electronics will bring about sabotage. Like the villains never figured out how to clip your shifter cables or pop your tires or shove raw chicken down your seat tube*, but as soon as there's a circuit board they're finally going to get you.

It's adorable.

*uhh, I never did it, I swear...
  • 104 0
 Actually, I store all my Ashley-Madison account info on my bike components. That sh*t better be secure!
  • 6 2
 what's great about it is the team managers can switch gears for their teams if they think they aren't pushing it hard enough. I wonder if it's going to be legal for professional racing seeing as you could optimize shifting for different road conditions
  • 2 4
 Bet the Ashley Maddison hacker could get in there in .26 seconds
  • 3 1
 So other roadies don't mess with your gears. I can imagine chase cars trying to mess up the competition
  • 6 1
 Then when you update your firmware the third time, you'll feel sluggish shifting, lagging.
  • 5 0
 Now these internet thugs can hack my bike!!!! I about to download into my bike shorts.
  • 4 0
 So if should in theory be possible to jam it still, by just overpowering the frequency it is communicating on with noise. Hmm. Expensive, but possible.
  • 7 0
 Envision this: final moments of a tour stage. The sprinters are being lead-out. Mark Cavendish is poised to win yet another stage when all-of-a-sudden his rear derailleur gets hacked by a 12 yo with a smartphone and he gears down from 12 to 25 ... the peloton blasts by him.
  • 6 0
 It would be funny if one rider only had the power to change gear for everyone simultaneously in the TdF
  • 3 0
 I see a solution.. Ban smartphones for 12yr olds lol.
  • 2 0
 @jaame call it the new syncro shift Razz
  • 3 0
 @owl-X Raw chicken?! Don't make me laugh while I'm drinking. Almost destroyed my ederailleur.
  • 3 0
 Sadly, cash machines aren't a very good sample to measure against, they're notoriously insecure.
  • 2 0
 That'll come in handy when you have someone riding next to you in a comp with their laptop out trying to screw you on a steep climb.
  • 2 0
 Why not put in automatic gear shifting and launch control while we´re at it
  • 8 0
 you buy this and there's nothing in your atm account to get at anyways
  • 2 0
 Thanks @groghunter I was about to say the same thing. My wife works as a software developer for a bank... And man these stingy f*cks don't even spend money on their own in house security, so why worry about cash machines...
  • 6 0
 @drummuy04 you can remove a QR seatpost, insert a hot dog or hard boiled egg or some shrimps or the aforementioned raw chicken part or a turd or whatever, and then boom replace the seat and walk away whistling in like five seconds flat. It's the kind of thrill everyone should try at least once.

I lived in an apartment building where people would lock their bikes to a handrail that interfered with access for some of our older tenants. Usually a note would do, bolt cutters were rare. There was one bike that didn't give a f*ck, and after a couple of notes it got the raw chicken treatment. Prepped it by letting it sit outside overnight, surely getting some fly eggs: "if that bike's still there tomorrow morning, we penetrate it with poultry."

I imagine it'd be a slow burn. Guy's riding the bike around, catching whiffs of hot garbage dumpsters...or so he thinks...bike's leaning against the wall in the corner of his apartment...what's that smell? Smells like dead animal...maybe something died in the crawl space...

...a week later he can't reach the pedals: the pressure of decay has built up inside and it's pushing his seatpost out of the frame...

I can't decide whether it blows open inside his apartment, raining maggots all over the room, or it THOOMPs up his anus at while he's riding it.

but um yeah you gotta try it for sure.
  • 3 0
 sram learned from fiat...
  • 1 0
 Next DefCon @ Uci Worldcups...
  • 2 0
 i still can't figure out how i can get £250 cash by shoving my credit card into my rear derailleur. whou?
  • 2 0
 @Finnjet2208 hahhahaha here have my up vote
  • 1 0
 thank you. also, eww
  • 1 0
 Eww?
  • 47 2
 I didn't think you could make a fatbike look any uglier and heavier. But now your telling me the germans made this? My pretty little conservative mtb world is falling apart!
  • 30 5
 Welcome to Eurobike... Interbike + Eurotrash
  • 5 18
flag focofox37 (Aug 26, 2015 at 20:21) (Below Threshold)
 That bike was so German rice that it dug up Paul Walker just to kill him again
  • 5 0
 Where is the shock??
  • 2 0
 with all the new fads being passed around, all our bikes will probably look like that in 5 years due to several "advantages"
  • 1 0
 LEGO BIKE!!!
  • 3 0
 Even more troubling is the eBike located directly behind it.
  • 30 0
 We all live in an or-ange submarine...
  • 24 3
 the cannondale: perfect name for any + size bike or the bike industry in general


the grips: thats how I call my girlfriend insert forever alone picture here.


the deraiuller: ohhh thanks god getting my bike hacked was my first concern when buying an electronic group


the merida: I actually dont completely hate it, but guilty of boost till proven the contrary.


the tires: yaaaay +size tires just what I wanted


the fat bike: BUT WHY????? seriously WHY??


the orange dildo looking thing: meeeh
  • 21 0
 looking for a belt driven, gearbox equipped fatbike? said nobody, ever.
  • 1 0
 made out of mecano.
  • 16 1
 After destroying my rear derailleur and cassette and chain with it and then almost crying about the $260 to replace it all, I don't even want to think about a $600 rear der. F that.
  • 3 0
 Rebuildable? ah what am I thinking...never.
  • 2 0
 On rear derailleur number three in the last 12 months. On my trailbike. Both that detonated were zee (not shimanos fault, just riding debris) which is a pretty low pro bomber part. I bought a third. Long live replaceable parts.
  • 17 1
 No no this seems totally legit. An MTB derailleur is definitely not prone to any damage (just like pedals and rims) so making an electronic one, especially at $600, should be just fine. You buy just one, and it will last forever since it is never in harms way. Can't believe it took so long for such a clever idea.

Oh wait, hold on a moment, a unicorn just jumped into my backyard and it's now farting rainbows and crapping gold coins.
  • 7 1
 Amazing that we can have electronic, and now wireless shifting, but no one can make a decent, cost effective gearbox. Or maybe a certain couple companies could but it would put a real damper on their shifter, derailleur, and cassette sales.
  • 2 0
 ^And their ongoing sales as gearboxes wouldn't need replacing as often.

I am sure sram and shimano have developed gearboxes but don't want to release as it will have a negative affect on sales...
  • 3 0
 shimano has nexus and alfine, so I think they know how to build a proper gearbox.
  • 1 0
 Out of interest, how did you manage to wreck your cassette and chain at the same time?
  • 1 0
 Thats probably why they haven't brought it to mountain yet. Destroying derailleurs on road bikes is a much more rare event.
  • 1 0
 exactly; I'm looking to spend less on what is essentially a disposable component...
  • 13 4
 Thanks a lot Cannondale. I've spent all day complaining about 27.5+, then you turn up with that.. And now I want it. Sheeesh.
  • 2 0
 About that...

"The Bad Habit is the 27.5+ version of Cannondale's Habit 29er"

@mikekazimer I thought the Habit was 27.5? I remember because that's why I didn't want it. Is there a 29 version too?
  • 2 0
 On a related subject, I'd love to see a photo of a 29" wheel and tire side by side with 27.5+. I'm of the understanding that they fit in the same forks given lateral clearance, but it would be valuable to see how they overlap and compare across given changes in tire size. Not yet sure whether I should think of them as functionally interchangeable or not - i.e. swapping between wheelsets for different trail applications.
  • 3 1
 You could easily put a 29er wheelset into most 27.5+ frames... Change things up depending on the riding you are doing...
  • 3 0
 There's also the Beast of the East hardtail.
  • 1 0
 @deeeight
What do you mean bud? My bro had a M800 Beast of the East with Pepperonis and those crazy little brake pulley things. But that was time ago...
  • 2 0
 I'd like to recognize manufacturers who understand that 27.5 plus bikes are going to need to be mid-level to sell. A lot of the price-points we are seeing are alloy, mid-grade bikes for around $3,000. Kudos (starts slow clap and nobody joins)
  • 19 9
 27.5+ can go die
  • 7 1
 Yes, I too hate more options for the next bike purchase I make.
  • 5 1
 Yes bikes that are fun are never a good thing for consumers...
  • 4 1
 Could someone remind me one more time why I want a 120mm travel bike with 3.0 tires. I will have to apologize for my stupidity ahead of time. I should also mention it does not snow or rain here and I don't plan on long sunset rides on the beach.
  • 2 0
 I have a genuine question here: Are Cannondale's good bikes? They always look high quality and plenty of thought goes into the engineering, but are they any good? I'm about to buy a new bike, is it worth considering a Cannondale?
  • 5 0
 Yes.
  • 2 4
 I tested the Jekyll on my local trail. The bike is ok to take descents, a little unpredictable on rocky drops but it was ok. On the uphill section is whre i didnt like it i got really tired, then i tried the Trigger 29 which is definitely a conpromise in the descent but i also got tired on the uphill. Thats a trail that i've ridden with Fuel Exs, Stumpjumpers and Trances and never got that feeling before. I felt like i was riding my DJ bike. So cannondale is a no no for me. And it is too bad since my lbs sells them.
  • 1 0
 Its the best time to be purchasing a bike, most brands make seriously legit bikes these days, just need to find the right one for you. I personally love the Lefty fork and have had a few Cannondales from XC to Enduro rigs so IMHO, they are good bikes.
  • 2 0
 "The dual-ply, 120tpi casing does add over 150 grams of weight versus Maxxis' EXO casing, but the end result is still around 200 grams over the same tire with a DH casing."
So the thing weighs 150grs more than their EXO casing, and 200grs more than their DH casing.
Wait, what?
  • 2 0
 soon theyll have fat-e-bikes with gearboxes and electronic gears, and 5 inch tyres, and full suspension, and slick tyres, and 1000cc engines, and leather jackets, and sawn-off shotguns...

hang on a minute, that sounds familiar...

(at least they won't be made out of meccano)
  • 3 1
 Someone apparently needs to inform PB that the 'bi' in 'bike' means two, as in TWO wheels. Pedal-vehicles with 3 wheels are called fricken TRIcycles, as in the thing you rode when you were 12 months old
  • 1 0
 Nice use of fricken'
  • 1 0
 If you check out the Bees Bike website, (which is realy only pictures) you will see that the bike is apparently adjustable via its bolt together structure. Hard tail, soft tail, head angle, exct. I think its kick-ass, but would probably fail under my fatness.
  • 1 0
 I really can't understand why you would want to convert a full susp to a hard tail. You won't lighten the load so what's the benefit? A bit of give so the back wheel can roll over things easier works as well on the climbs as it does any where else. If you can pedal even half decently all this fixation on a completely solid rear for best power transfer is BS. I never lock my fork out or use the pedal platform on my Felt Virtue 920.

I rode the Lapierre Spicy and Zesty Ei bikes and neither pedaled better or faster than my felt without it. It didn't always open when I wanted it to on the climbs. I wouldn't pay the premium for Ei or this convertable. If I wanted to do rides with a hard tail I'd want to do the whole ride with a simpler lighter hard tail.
  • 2 0
 Seems like Maxxis realized they were manufacturing those reinforced, but not yet dh, tires for another company with great success for ages.
  • 1 0
 which brand? CST owns Maxxis and also makes Bontrager tires. I'm sure there are others.
  • 2 0
 cst makes probably 60% of tires in the world. they own all the plants. just like giant owns all the frame building factories. so that list just got longer
  • 1 0
 Maxxis' mothercompany produces Speci tires and I'm talking about the Grid versions. Which are exactly what Maxxis showed at EB.
  • 3 0
 Finally Maxxis is making a thicker casing trail tire! Can't wait for these...
  • 2 0
 lets make a race series, that the audience can change the gears and seat height.. wirelessly and randomly... brilliant, and fun Smile
  • 2 0
 on a 4x track
  • 2 0
 remote control shock lockouts too.
  • 3 0
 Hey @Maxxis I don't need thicker casing, I need wider Minions in 27,5. (Oh, and that "semi slick")
  • 3 0
 that sram should auto charge as you keep biking, no re charging req
  • 3 0
 Introducing Red Tooth technology from SRAM
  • 2 0
 I would of never thought the Cannondale Habit would be speced like that and still be almost $3000.
  • 1 0
 that tire casing weighs 200 grams less than the 2ply until all those textured flames and ribs collect enough dirt to even it out
  • 1 0
 one of my bikes is Merida 150, older one. Great frame. Good for Merida to keep that line evolving, they are great all-rounders!
  • 1 0
 Now we only need someone to make wireless electronic suspension lock out and brakes like in f1 but wireless and we´ll have no cables what so ever on our bikes
  • 1 0
 snippets about the wireless SRAM drivetrain were being published as early as May 2014 ... keep up pb !

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Yn_U7vcB4g
  • 7 7
 WIRELESS IS SO COOL !!! imagine the day were we won't have cables on a bike anymore !! Wireless for seatpost, for shifting, for braking, it will be so perfect !
  • 10 2
 wut, then you forget to charge your battery pack.
  • 5 3
 NO.
  • 3 0
 I got to play around with it today, it was pretty cool and the wireless works upto 100 feet away so there's no need to not go wireless
  • 12 2
 All of my bikes have wireless mechs. They use cables.
  • 4 1
 Wow you guys just can't take productive innovation.
  • 3 1
 Can't wait wireless pedals
  • 2 1
 @RedBurn I'm with you. People seem to forget the issues cables can bring. Just this year I've had 2 derailleur cables break on 2 separate bikes. I'm not quite ready to do wireless braking but the move the a shifter/seatpost is a great 5 year plan.
  • 2 1
 How old were your cables?! I have never ever had a cable break in all my years of biking.
  • 2 1
 What's the point of having a wireless dérailleur if everything run internally? I will keep my $600
  • 2 0
 $5149 Euro? What does that even mean??
  • 5 0
 It means 4 months of hard work without eating.
  • 1 0
 My point was they attached two different currencies to one number. $ ≠ €
  • 2 0
 SRAM's new electronic wireless derailleur - "Does It Has Strava's"
  • 2 0
 Somebody needs a smack in the mouth for building that fat bike.
  • 2 0
 Can't wait to try those maxxis double down casing tires on my trail bike
  • 2 1
 That Bees Bike is the most ugly thing I've ever seen in my life, this week....
  • 2 0
 Id take that orange thing before that hideous fat bike.
  • 1 0
 Anyone that wants a wireless derailleur hasn't used a wireless mouse before.
  • 1 0
 Those tires on the Cannondale Bad Habit are WTB Bridger tires, not Bronson!
  • 1 0
 shame Merida, so close yet so far! Good looking frame - let's put the worst color scheme of all time on it...
  • 4 3
 That lefty fork is a bad habit.
  • 1 0
 Yes....Its all good an all...But...Is it Boost Compatible?
  • 1 0
 the fat biek looks liek something i wuld maek out of mecano
  • 1 0
 Because most people want electronic shifting and not gearboxes.
  • 1 0
 Merida = clean design
  • 2 4
 this makes me sad I have no money. Dammit those are some sexy bikes
  • 11 0
 well except for most of them, I was referring to the one sexy bike
  • 1 0
 Which one were you referring to?
  • 5 1
 the Merida one-twenty
  • 2 0
 Mmm...

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