Video: 6 New Products from the Taipei Cycle Show

Mar 27, 2019
by Pinkbike Originals  


While most tradeshows seem to have more in common with a funeral than a bicycle convention in recent years, the annual Taipei Cycle event is always chock full of interesting products and people. Taiwan a long way from wherever you are? That doesn't mean that you can't come along with me on a tour through the crowded halls to see some interesting stuff. We'll check out two hydraulic brakes from Rever, a wild and mega-light carbon fiber chainring, TOR's clever stems and pedals, and a modular foam tire insert system designed to replace the air that you'd normally use.

Okay, when I say "tour,'' I actually mean a blast through just one of the four expansive halls of the Nangang Exhibition Center on a 12" wheeled, battery-powered kids bike with a throttle. No, no fun at all. None. Zero.


Taipei Cycle Show 2019



MENTIONS: @pinkbikeoriginals



90 Comments

  • + 99
 Mike - really like this hands-on format for product introduction/overview.
  • + 81
 Me too. It's fun to do so we'll try to get a few more in before the show wraps up Smile
  • + 8
 @mikelevy: yes great job on the video.
  • + 9
 Put some ape hangers on that scoot and stretch it out.
  • + 1
 ...
  • + 2
 @mikelevy: BEEPBEEP
  • + 3
 Can we get the girl at the Jagwire booth to keep popping out and hiding at all the other booths?
Made me chuckle.
  • + 3
 @bizutch: I'll see if she's game.
  • + 66
 Taipei Show = solutions, looking for problems...
  • + 17
 The carbon chain ring comes to mind here. I never felt like my 32-tooth aluminum ring has been weighing me down. It's like a tenth of a pound.
  • + 21
 @TheR: But does it impress the dentists at the trailhead parking lot?
  • + 9
 Just got a 23€ steel Shimano chainring for SLX7000... it may outlive my bike
  • + 34
 @WAKIdesigns: I picked up an aluminum race face cinch ring for $14 off competitivecyclist.com Normally $60. Apparently no one likes purple. I like any color for $14.
  • + 14
 @daugherd: The Shimano I bought is super trendy black/Ti. adds 30g to the bike in the place where it least matters, will last ages. Simply put, thanks E-bikes and the toll they take on regular bike parts, making companies invent durable stuff with minimal weight increase.
  • + 1
 this comment wins! those inserts look about as hard wearing as a Styrofoam tv packer.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: Back when I was riding with two chainrings (32t and 22t) I always got the steel Deore 32t rings. 9 euro a piece. They didn't last forever though, but I don't know about your bike.
  • + 5
 @daugherd: and if you don't like purple, just spray oven cleaner on it and make it silver!
  • + 2
 @vinay: I had the Deore 32 steel ring on my commuter, it took me 3 years of near daily commute to kill it. Outlived at least 5 chains and 2 cassettes
  • + 2
 @evolvo13: Gotta burn money on somethin!
  • + 2
 @daugherd: One of my DH bikes was getting so mis-matchy that I finished it off that way on purpose and nicknamed it "Skittles"....had all the colors Razz
  • + 37
 I prefer squeezing a sensation over a pinching sensation too
  • + 6
 That tiny stem makes my steertube look big
  • + 2
 @axleworthington: that's why I shave my headset.
  • + 1
 I don't mind a pinch off if it's a clean one
  • + 11
 The insert could be a cool idea, but I'd like a review to see how far off it is from the pneumatic experience. Just seems like it would be dead. How long before you would have to replace them? And also how hard it would be to wrestle your tire over that and the rim.
  • + 3
 I won't be surprised if we see more of these, its basically the same thing as a dirt bike mousse
  • + 7
 I also wonder how you'd go about seating the tire on the rim?
  • + 10
 as a kid I would have been SOOOO stoked to have that little bike. Thank goodness I didn't have that cool little bike when I was a kid.
  • + 8
 As someone who worked in a scrapyard and pulled many car bumpers I can promise you those foam inserts will break and crumble long before you need to replace your tires,if you ride over any rough terrain. The other foams may be more durable but the foam they use for car bumpers is a 1 time deal. It does a phenomenal job absorbing impact but any significant dents or damage will greatly compromise the foams integrity and will create stress fractures through the cellular network. It is very similar to what you find in bike helmets that really should only be used till an impact, and then replaced. Air is free, rim protection is great but I have serious doubt about the applicability of a product like this in serious riding circumstances. If I was a racer and wanted to prevent that one race crushing flat I would definitely be interested. If I was opting for those same benefits but planned on riding my bike all over, all the time simply for the joy of bike riding, then simpler other tire/rim support systems would be just as functional with far less a chance of destruction through normal riding conditions. Just 2 cents from someone whose worked extensively with that specific foam used in high impact events.
  • + 5
 Pool noodles reign victorius!
  • + 2
 so if you know structural foams you will know that EPS and EPP are very different things. EPP used is very durable and does not breakdown over time. EPS yes, it will do that. EPP has many grades and many densities. Choose the right product in combination with other high energy absorbing foams and EPP can have great performance. Also critical to long term performance is the molding process and how the EPP beads are bonded together in the mold. Bad molding, poor bonding = problems of course.
  • + 1
 @dirtstar59: Just check the ocean- lots of it there...
  • + 11
 Ahaha that girl at 7:05- retreat!
  • + 8
 The fact that electric kids bike run by a little (I assume 18V) battery can get a grown man up to speed without hesitation is pretty impressive.
  • + 37
 Nice of you to call @mikelevy a grown man. Smile
  • + 1
 @brianpark: you guys should ask some tyre company to make Levy signature edition 12” tyres. Those tyres look quite fat for the size which reminds me of a doughnut. So my proposal is hipster brown tyre tone (like some city Schwalbies) and knobs in various colors so it looks like sprinkles
  • + 2
 Please don’t call that thing a bicycle. It is a motor scooter at best!
  • + 8
 1:49 dudes in background must be doing the moonwalk
  • + 3
 More kids on E-bikes haha! Not sure about the foam inserts that completely replace air. Wouldn't that have much more rolling resistance? I guess it would make most sense for a commuter bike with electric assist but not sure I'd be putting that on a mountain bike anytime soon.
  • + 3
 Mike,

Really enjoyed your vid reviewing the Tor, Jagwire and other booths at show.

What’s the vibe like at the show? Seems like it would also feature a lot of commuter/work bike for the Asian markets.

Pls make a few more.

DB
  • + 1
 It doesn't feel as busy as previous years but it's still jumping compared to all the other shows. So many e-bikes, of course, and loads of commuter/normal bikes, too. Not too many mountain bikes...
  • + 5
 That carbon chainring sounds expensive, but a Sram Eagle alloy chainring costs $110-140 CAD on Jenson right now. Which is also expensive.
  • + 2
 My brain is stuck on imagining squeezing sensation versus pinching sensation... it's... it's a... great marketing strategy.... let your potential client think and relate your product to something nice... yes... yes... Asstroll on the other hand...
  • + 4
 That E-(kids) Bike is going to f*ck up some kids! How many times have you seen a kid on a PW-50 full throttle that bitch into a fence??? Same scenario
  • + 2
 Chain link fences are forgiving at least.
  • + 5
 Rad video! Got a link or any more info on the Astrol? My daughter would love one of those!
  • + 1
 Check out: stacyc.com same concept and have been around for a couple years now.
  • + 2
 @creativefletch: Hoping for a cheaper alternative that's not always sold out!
  • + 1
 Get your daughter to pedal! That’s a motorized run scooter.
  • + 0
 @JeffWeed: I'm curious about the Astrol too.

I've almost pulled the trigger on one but price is just a bit high for what it is.

I know my 7 and 5 year old would just absolutely love cruising our backyard on one though.
  • + 1
 @bogey: This isn't a replacement for pedal bikes. It would be all about skill building in my opinion. That and pure entertainment. Seems like a better alternative than a Powerwheels jeep to me.
  • + 1
 @heatproofgenie: then it doesn’t need a motor. Kids can rip on run bikes!
  • + 0
 @bogey: I feel like if anyone here knows how to get a kid on a real bike, it's JKW.
  • + 2
 Right. Take a little kid for a bike ride and they'll get down to the end of the street before they're tired. Ask them to climb a hill? Great way to get a kid to hate a bicycle.

These little E-Bikes allow kiddos to keep up with Mom and Dad on the bike, without expending all of their energy doing the pedaling and having some energy left over to balance, steer, and do all that fun stuff we love about our bikes.
  • + 1
 Yes @mikelevy anymore infor on the little bike. The stacyc someone metioned above is too expensive almost $700 harley davidson i think bought stacyc. The astrol looks great.
Also just to note if you have no kids and think this ebalance bike will makenur kid lazy, you are totally missing the points.
  • + 1
 @creativefletch: Just went to that site. Love the product features list. “Pneumatic tires”. ...opposed to what? Foam I guess. Lol
  • + 1
 @cwatt: many strider bikes etc do use a solid tire.
  • + 5
 Quality content there Pinkbike. Keep up the good work.
  • + 5
 Kid e-bike. Just what a video game generation needs.
  • + 2
 It's no different than power wheels though.
  • + 5
 "loose your shit" hahhah comment ever...
  • + 2
 Stem that uses the same clamping system on the steerer tube that we have been using for decades on our seatpost clamps. Hmm, seems innovative for stems, but not very groundbreaking.
  • + 1
 Mike Levy does a great job a this kinda stuff, there ought to be a future for him in TV if he wants it. As to the tire insert, the only way to know about that is to ride around on some for a while, and decide for yourself if its good, bad, or useless.
  • + 3
 Lol little Asian lady at 7:03 OUT
  • + 3
 The real question is can the mini E-Bike do a rice rocket style burnout?
  • + 1
 Probably not with that wimpy little battery. Still looks like fun though
  • + 3
 Levy vs Kazmier on the kids bike at Whistler!!!
  • + 1
 Field Test 2019 to feature only 16” wheel electric kids bikes.
  • + 1
 Why bushings over bearings in a pedal? is there a performance / durability benefit over a very minor weight saving?
  • + 1
 My issue is that I never have to replace the bearings/axle before I've smashed the pedal body to Jesus f*ck. Had DMR Vaults for around a year and the pins are mashed so bad they can't be extracted.
  • + 2
 I want the drill bike! Perfect for getting around the job site
  • + 2
 Lady at 7:00 went from excited to terrified real quick.
  • + 3
 Yes. Yes. Yes.
  • + 1
 good stuff and memory. no way I could remember all those specs without stumbling all over myself.
  • + 1
 It took 732 takes.
  • + 2
 Thats a fun ebike, Mike.
  • + 1
 who left a cheese grater on the blueprint again
  • + 1
 You say heatsink, I say cheese grater...
  • + 1
 Tanks bro, I won't look more)
  • + 1
 Just tell me how it effects my OneUp EDC kit
  • + 1
 The stem is actually a great idea in my opinion.
  • + 1
 Finally a more efficient way to grate my cheese!
  • + 1
 Don't miss out on Wuzhishan trail while there, good time!
  • + 0
 Mike, can you put up the links of the companies which products you showcase ? thks!
  • + 1
 Children
  • + 1
 Yeah
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