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Final Randoms: Bike Festival Riva 2024

May 6, 2024 at 7:38
by TEBP  
The European Bike Project is one of our favorite Instagram accounts because the feed is constantly updated with everything from tiny manufacturers to inside looks at European manufacturing. During Riva Bike Festival 2024, Alex is tracking down the most interesting products for you.

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Name a bike festival with a nicer backdrop? 30th Edition of Bike Festival Riva.


Aper Bikes

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Aper KOMPace

Aper Bikes is a start-up bike company from Greece, founded by two mechanical engineers, Nikos Lamprou and Giorgos Kostopoulos. We had a first look at their KOMPace frame last year.

The 160 mm KOMPace Enduro frame is their first project and it comes with their interesting “Rising Pivot Technology.” Nikos' university thesis inspired them to start the project back in 2014. The frame probably has one of the most extreme rearward axle paths out there, the 45 mm of rearward movement at 160 mm travel are difficult to beat.

Nikos and Giorgos decided to machine their frames in-house from 7075 T6 aluminum, a process that is also used by companies such as Pole and Actofive. The halves are not only glued, but also bolted together - just to be safe. They say that a size S1 frame weighs 4080 g.

As the frames are anodized, Aper offers custom frame colours - all colours looked great in real life.

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- Website: https://aper-bikes.com/
- Instagram: @aper.bikes




Andreani Group

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"Pro Impact" tokens by Andreani

Andreani is not only the Italian distributor for brands like Öhlins and BCA brakes, they also make their own suspension products and tools.

Their "Pro Impact" kits include several polymer spacers that you put in the positive air chamber of your fork. The Andreani team says that the Pro Impact tokens help you to adjust the progession as well as the compression and rebound speeds. On top, they also say that it reduces vibrations.

Mostly aimed at suspension shops, tools such as their bushing calibration tool come at a certain price point but look really well made.

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Pro Impact tokens for all riding styles.
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Andreani suspension tools

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The bushing calibration tools looks really refined compared to other ones I've seen.
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BCA brakes.
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Hope

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It's always nice to see how bike products are made.

Hope had a nice display of their carbon cranks in Riva - it's always nice to see how bike products are made. The new carbon cranks are made in the UK, come in 155, 165 and 170 mm lengths and weigh as little as 422 g (without chainring, 155 mm).

The new Hope tubeless valves are a small but nice addition to their lineup, especially since you'll be able to order the nut, valve stem and cap separately for some extra customization.

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Mix and match. The new bronze option on the left, orange on the right - I hate to admit it but I found it difficult to capture.
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A UK-themed Hope valve.

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- Website: https://www.hopetech.com/
- Instagram: @hopetech




Northwave

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Northwave Overland Plus

Italian shoe and apparel company Northwave has been in the game for decades. They have a massive range of shoes and I tried to pick some of the most interesting options for you:

The "Overland Plus" (pictured above) is a classic enduro shoe that's also used by Northwave team riders. It has a stiff sole and a dual closure system that combines velcro with Northwave's own SLW3 dial.

Nortwave's "Tailwhip Eco Evo" (below) is an eco-conscious flat pedal shoe with 100% recycled upper, tongue, laces and lining. The insole footbed is partially made of 86% ReFOAM and the outer sole is made of 26% ReRubber.

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Northwave Tailwhip Eco Evo

Light and yet waterproof and breathable - that's what Northwave says about the Rockit Plus GTX. It's made for intermediate temperatures and adventures when you want waterproof shoes, but not the extra warmth of a dedicated winter shoe.

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Rockit Plus GTX

The Enduro Mid is a burly shoe with a rather special outer sole that's 50% hiking shoe and 50% bike shoe. It's aimed at riders who love bike & hike missions in the Alps and all those who want some extra grip while walking.

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Northwave Enduro Mid

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The Enduro Mid has a rather special outer sole.

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Light and breathable Northwave "bomb pants" and "Edge 2" jersey.




Cybro

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Cybro N°07

It doesn't get much wilder than the Cybro N°07 full suspension E-Bike: 215 mm travel fork, Rohloff Speedhub 500/14 geared hub, Sachs RS motor with 112 Nm and a unique frame design.

The N°07 is usually sold as 25 km/h version, but if customers have their own land or trails they can ride on, Cybro will also sell them a 45 km/h version.

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Ride or drive, that's the question.
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Compared to the N°07, the N°06 hardtail looks pretty normal.





Intend

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Cornelius with the new Infinity EN.

After fooling everyone and announcing their new forks as if it was an April Fool's joke, Intend celebrated the first in-house workshop and “Party to Infinity” last weekend. Of course this wasn’t just a party, but their way to introduce the new Infinity EN fork.

The Infinity EN is the new iteration of their Infinity Downhill fork, aimed at Enduro riders.

It features an updated machined upper chassis including a new, lightweight upper crown. It also has the new Travelizer air spring, which lets you adjust the travel between 160 mm and 190 mm without any tools. Simply attach the shock pump and turn the lower left leg – each rotation equals 1 mm of travel change. The Infinity EN also comes with the new “Optimized” closed damping cartridge.

Details:
- 160 – 190 mm travel
- Wheel size: 29”
- Spring: Air
- Damping: closed cartridge
- Adjustments: rebound, compression, air spring, progression
- Weight: 2475 g
- Colour: black anodized upper, “royal flush” stanchions
- Racing Bros dust wipers, main / current sag indicator
- For regular stems (not direct mount stems)

Intend also had their new “Gym” at Riva Bike Festival, which lets riders experience the performance of their products. Cornelius shows us how it works:

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A look inside the Infinity EN.
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The Intend "Gym" had all sorts of devices that let you feel the performance of their products.
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The new unipiece lowers are first forged and then machined.

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A white CDuro Epona with the new Intend Edge blackline.
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Actofive provided the frame for this all raw bike, including many Intend prototype parts.

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How do you like the new Grace DD (Downduro) stem? It's just 25 mm long and you won't be able to put spacers on top of it.

- Website: https://www.intend-bc.com/
- Instagram: @intend_bc




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71 Comments
  • 141 0
 congratulations to Cybro for making the first adult sized hardtail that doesn't take a bottle cage
  • 1 3
 ...
  • 15 0
 So odd - why in the hell would they design a frame like that? It seems like they put extra tubes inside the main triangle just to look different.
  • 14 0
 And this might be an unpopular opinion for this forum, but that Cybro dh bike design may be a little too extreme for my taste
  • 14 2
 @everythingsucks: Username checks out.
  • 15 1
 @everythingsucks: you spelled f*cking ugly wrong
  • 6 0
 Who needs water when you got a motor putting in work
  • 4 1
 There was one with a wire for a downtube years ago.
  • 1 0
 @Jacquers: actually a brand with an entire range of bikes like that - Slingshot
  • 21 0
 This whole article is like a throwback to the 90s;

Elastomers, YES!
Upside down forks, YES!
KOMPace, the bike Pace should have made.
Over-engineered shoes, YES!
PURPLE, YES!
  • 3 0
 Everything repeats itself in good time.
Next up - bar ends w/ the XTR remote shifter!
  • 2 0
 @NWintheUSA: Shimano is going to re-release Dual Control at Eurobike. you heard it here first-
  • 2 0
 Just need Zap talking about Mexican food.
  • 2 0
 If I had just kept my Halson Inversion fork and toe clips...
  • 1 0
 @Ridebikes4ever:
Elastomer or Air?
I had serial #3 (elastomer).
The air ones “looked” beefy and in color options.
  • 18 0
 Intend stuff is so damn cool. Biggest hang up I have isn't the price, it's price plus fears of serviceability. I DO service my suspension, and I worry that a low volume product coming out of Europe (I'm in the US) might be tough to support. Dropping big cash on a fork that is going to feel like shit in a year because I can't get the right orings/gliderings/seals, etc, isn't appealing.
  • 16 0
 Cornelius us always using standard industry stuff, so people have no problems with serviceability. For example he switched to Racing Bros seals. He is using R.S.P. air fluid, R.S.P. oil, but you can use Fox Gold as well. Often his updates are compatible with older forks. My Nightrider Edge is honestly the best fork I've ever had. Write him an e-mail. I am sure he can assure you, you can service it on your own for a really long time.
  • 5 0
 You've got nothing to worry about bro. I've had the Edge fork for over 5 years and there easy as hell to service at home and never have any issues getting seals ect.
  • 11 0
 This guy is utterly genius he invented the most powerful brakes trickstuff and his forks put into shame the big dogs said by Aston and Dangerholm... He deserves a whole article and much more credit and comparisons for his suspensions...
  • 4 0
 @PauRexs: Love Cornelius and his stuff, but he's not super keen on direct comparisons or reviews these days. If you look into the archives we've done lots of stories on Intend over the years: www.pinkbike.com/news/tags/intend
  • 4 0
 @Spezialeis: I bought an "old age" Edge 2 years ago. It's from 2021 and was lightly used. Still going strong. The higher price is easily "earned back" by being able to do all services and travel changes myself. And yes, a lot of parts and oils are standard
  • 3 0
 I'm running Intend's latest iteration Bandit fork, it's simply amazing....
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: nicee.
good to know... what a marketing strategy... makes think why a genius turned this way...
  • 12 0
 Those Pro Impact bumpers are rebranded DeanEasy bumpers, aren't they? I think it is an interesting concept and would love it if Pinkbike would test them someday. They're different to Formula NeoPOS as NeoPOS uses closed cell foam whereas ProImpact/DeanEasy is open cell foam. So yeah, would love to see a test someday.
  • 15 1
 Imagine spending a shit ton of money on a bike with KOM in the name just to get beat by some 45 year old on a Kona stinky with tires so bald they belong in a road bike.
  • 16 1
 No need to imagine. That describes most of us.
  • 3 0
 Are you saying 45 is old?
  • 5 0
 @lenniDK: Only if you are Leo DeCaprio
  • 16 1
 Is Cybro trying to outugly Redalp?
  • 2 3
 They actually look alright
  • 7 0
 Hold my beer goggles.
  • 2 0
 @zyoungson: yes they do, compared to the Redalp
  • 9 0
 Aper bike + intend fork: my next bike!
  • 9 1
 Intend is my most fav fork I’ve ever had.
  • 4 1
 probably the sickest looking fork as well!
  • 6 0
 I would like to see the rear travel with the seapost down at the Aper. Is there enough clearance to the seat?
  • 1 0
 I am slightly concerned the Aper could, under certain extreme situations, sodomize its user. I've blown feet off the pedals and ended up plowing through rocks with my taint on the top tube before... which for the "Aper" might result in the "r" being re-arranged to the front of that word...
  • 2 0
 @ryanandrewrogers: yeah, I was thinking that the linkage would pinch some sensitive areas.
  • 5 2
 Considering Andreani makes the only vacuum bleeders good enough for the Fox Factory crew, everything else they make is likely top-notch. That bushing tool looks so much more refined that the one recently reviewed on PB.

Although this line from that linked 2020 press release about the magic tokens is pretty bad:

"They are the perfect addition for riders with an aggressive riding style, and also for riders practicing disciplines such as XC/marathon, e-bike, enduro or downhill."

So... that's everybody?
  • 1 0
 Those tube spanners look nice too!
  • 6 0
 As a Greek I now want the KOMPace so badly.
  • 7 2
 Cybro - kill them all with fire. Lots of fire.
  • 2 0
 They look like what you get when you type "generate an image of a futuristic mountain bike" into a generative AI
  • 3 2
 "After fooling everyone, Intend..."

Did they though? The things the announced were all realistic things! Good things! I was more confused about whether they actually understood the idea of April Fools than as to whether those things were real.
  • 1 0
 Those Northwave Mid's look great, but I like the outside of my ankle protected too... I don't understand why more riders don't do a midtop...? Socks don't protect ankles...? And most of the midtops made are are winter shoes so then they can be too hot in summer.

And recently it seems like every time some brand starts making one I like they stop making them by the time I'm ready to get the next pair. (there was that one time Shimano stopped making them for a while and I got two pairs on closeout and added to the third pair I already had I had MTB shoes for YEARS! Smile
  • 4 1
 I wonder how thorough Cybros' background checks are before they sell customers the beefier 45km model?!
  • 5 0
 I imagine they just ask the customer to sign something that ‘attests’ to the fact that they will only ride on their private land. Nudge nudge wink wink.
  • 4 0
 Grace DD stem look intriguing
  • 1 0
 Well shit, I've got a 1992 Scott Unishock with roasted elastomers, and those "Pro Impact" tokens by Andreani look like the answer to my prayers!
  • 1 0
 Those BCA brakes look pretty sexy. The heat-sink fins over the calipers are cool. Pun intended.... With that look, should call them the B-stings
  • 1 0
 Last time they were featured they were branded "Braking" now they are calling themselves BCA
  • 1 0
 I always have to remind myself that Cornelius Kapfinger is just a normal nerd, and not a wild haired mad scientist with a crazy mustache who frequently wears goggles.
  • 1 0
 how is it that Intend makes 190mm dual-crown fork that weighs about the same as the new Rock Shox Psylo?
  • 1 0
 never mind. I see it on those upper mounts. I was looking at that sliding link.
  • 2 0
 Do I like the DD stem or not? Weird but sexy somehow
  • 3 0
 Elastomers are back!!!
  • 2 0
 That intend travel adjust is wild
  • 2 0
 most things they’re doing these days are
  • 1 0
 I do like the Grace DD stem, except for the fact I can't install it without dismantling my cockpit.
  • 2 0
 I reckon that Cduro looks tidy.
  • 2 1
 I dont think ill ever put a myriad of foam inserts in my fork…. Ever.
  • 1 0
 Is that Aper designed around a Pull Shock?
  • 5 0
 No, it is a standard shock, it uses a linear guide, take a look at their website they explain it all there.
  • 1 0
 Correction, Hope made a USA made Bomb Pop stem
  • 1 0
 Some critical pinch points on that Aper, no?
  • 1 0
 That pink and blue looks incredible
  • 1 1
 DownDuro, Bro.
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