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Eurobike 2022: Exciting Products from European Manufacturers - Part 1

Jul 14, 2022 at 15:18
by TEBP  
The European Bike Project is one of our favorite Instagram accounts and his feed is constantly updated with everything from interesting curios from tiny manufacturers to inside looks at European manufacturing to analyses of the environmental impact of our sport. During Eurobike 2022, he's tracking down the most interesting products from small manufacturers for you.

Actofive Cycles / Cycling Saxony / Qvist.cc hubs

Actofive P-Train CNC
The purple anodized Actofive P-Train CNC

Once again, one of the best looking bikes at the show came from German frame manufacturer Actofive Cycles. The purple anodized CNC machined frame certainly is a show-stopper.

It can be found at the "Cycling Saxony" booth in hall 8. Cycling Saxony is a network of bike brands from the German state Saxony and it's surprising how many high quality bike brands there are in this area.

The bike was kitted out with a lot of interesting products from other German brands, including Oak Components brake levers, Magura brakes, Freeze Components grips, Beast Components carbon handlebars as well as the new Qvist.cc hubs, which we'll take a closer look at in a few days.

The Qvist hubs use a double ratchet mechanism with 64 points of engagement at each side. Only one side is engaged at a time, which means that you get 128 points of engagement in total with all the reliability that a ratchet mechanism offers.

Last but not least, the bike featured some sweet suspension by Formula and Extreme Shox.

Actofive P-Train CNC
Actofive P-Train CNC

Actofive P-Train CNC
Freeze Components grips, Magura master cylinders and Oak Components brake levers all clamped onto a Beast carbon handlebar

Qvist hub
The Qvist.cc hubs feature a neat double ratchet mechanism






Galfer

Galfer floating disc
Galfer had a one-off Rasta floating disc on display

Galfer had their new Disc Shark at the show. Contrary to other options with the "small hole design", their discs have extra cooling fins and small windows that alternate with the small holes, which should result in better cooling and braking performance according to the Spanish manufacturer.

Galfer Shark Disc
Galfer floating disc




Cavalerie Bikes / Effigear

Cavalerie Anakin V2
Cavalerie Anakin V2

We've covered the new Cavalerie Bikes Anakin V2 before, but this frame is just too good not to show it again.

It uses a Effigear 9-speed gearbox, which makes running a belt and designing a high pivot suspension design a doddle. This specific bike is owned by the designer of the Anakin V2, Tom Donnadieu.

Cavalerie Anakin V2
Clean lines on the Anakin V2
Cavalerie Gearbox
A look inside the Effigear 9-speed gearbox


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One-K Wheels

One-K Wheels
One-K is working on a new take on lightweight spokes

One-K Wheels is a start-up company from Germany that wants to make sure all their wheelsets remain below the 1 kg mark, hence the name.

To achieve this, they use unique spokes which are made from a special fibre from Japan. They experimented with carbon fibres, but these turned out to be too fragile. Their first wheelsets will be for road bikes, but it's only a matter of time until their technology will become available for mountain bikes as well.

They are still working on the perfect fibre and spoke technology, which is why the spokes don't look perfect yet.

One-K Wheels
One-K Wheels spoke nipple

One-K Wheels Hubs Erase and Non-Plus Components
One-K Wheels use custom made hubs from Non-Plus Components as well as Erase Components





Lavelle carbon wheels

Lavelle carbon wheels
New 5-spoke carbon wheels by Lavelle

Lavelle is a new company that gained quite a lot of attention for working on a very special city e-bike. However, they are also working on carbon wheels which will be suitable for mountain bikes and e-mountain bikes.

The 5-spoke wheels will be made in Galicia, Spain, and are designed around their own hubs which are also made in-house. The hub uses a roller clutch-style freehub mechanism, which means that it is silent and offers nearly instant engagement. The hubs can be removed from the wheels and use low-friction bearings.

The rear hub can take up to 350 Nm of torque and the 3.5 mm flange makes sure the tires are held in place safely. All rims have an RFID chip that you can scan in order to get some more information about the wheels.

They will soon launch the 27.5" wheels, with the 29" version coming later this year. The weight will be around 1800 g.



Lavelle carbon wheels
Lavelle carbon wheels

Lavelle carbon wheels
Lavelle carbon wheels
On the production models, the flanges will be round and not as sharp-edged as in the photo. These samples were used for impact testing.




3x3 gear hub

3x3 gear hub

3x3 is a new brand by German automotive company HB-Hightech. Their first product is a 9-speed gear hub that is compatible with chains and belt drives. The gear range is 554 % and the weight is around 2 kg. It uses a proprietary disc mount, discs are available in sizes from 160 to 220 mm.

It can handle a torque of up to 250 nm and is lubricated with grease rather than oil. This means that the hub should be literally maintenance-free, as there is no oil that you'd usually have to change in regular intervals.

In 2023, Nicolai Bicycles will offer a flatbar gravel bike with the 3x3 hub. At this stage, the hubs can't be ordered directly at 3x3.

3x3 gear hub
3x3 gear hub


3x3 shifter
For e-bikes there will be a trigger shifter.
3x3 shifter
Regular bikes will have to use a twist shifter for the time being.





Lilienthal carbon wheels

Lilienthal Carbon Wheels
Caption

Lilienthal rims are not only highly customisable, they also use a unique manufacturing process. Instead of laying carbon sheets into the mould by hand, Lilienthal uses an automated process to make their rims. Bands of non-crimp carbon are rolled onto the mould. Rolling the different bands of carbon is a matter of seconds and reduces the risk of human error. The uniform fibre orientation provides a unique look and surface texture. Later, the spoke holes are drilled in-house and the pattern is customized to suit the geometry of the hub.

In case coloured Pirope spokes and custom decals are not custom enough for you, Lilienthal now also offers full custom rim designs in collaboration with renowned designer JMD Designs.

Lilienthal Carbon Wheels
Lilienthal now also offers wild custom designs
Pirope textile spoke
Pirope spokes are available too




Motorex / Foes Racing No. 001

Foes No. 1
Motorex had a truly unique retro bike at their booth

Swiss company Motorex had one of the most interesting bikes at their booth. It's the first serial production frame ever made by US company Foes Racing. It's signed by Brent Foes and sports original components from back in the days. The bike is owned by Stefan from Cycleworks.ch, who has an impressive collection of retro bikes that we'll cover in an in-depth article later this year.

Motorex had three new products at the show: The Bike Protect Dirt Shield is a bike spray that makes sure mud doesn't stick to your frame, which is not only interesting for racers. Apart from a new chainlube they are also launching a new Anti-Seize which is mainly made for aluminum parts.

Foes No. 1
Foes No. 1


Motorex




Pinion

Pinion Smart Shift
Pinion Smart Shift

The Pinion community has been waiting for this release for a long time: Pinion gearboxes can now be actuated with the TE1 trigger shifter. However, for the time being, this technology will only be available for e-bikes. A regular bike would need some kind of small motor in the gearbox to change the gears. Riders around the globe are waiting for such a version of the Pinion gear box, however the twist shifters are better than many people believe. The Smart Shift gear boxes are not the same as the regular Pinion gearboxes and are marked with an "i", such as C1.12i.

Pinion also had their unique "one of a kind" artwork on display, which is basically a carefully disassembled P1.18 gearbox on a carrier plate. They are auctioning this artwork in order to raise money for the local non-profit organisation "Bike Bridge Stuttgart". The auction ends on Sunday evening, the last day of the show.

Pinion Smart Shift
Pinion Smart Shift

Pinion one of a kind




Aska Bike Speed Pedelec

Aska Bike Speed Pedelec
A mountainbiker's commuting bike?

Aska Bike is a company from Belgium that sells a very fast (45 km/h) and sturdy ebike. It has a Formula 120 mm fork and an Öhlins shock in the rear will generate 90 mm of travel. The frame uses a single pivot suspension design.

Interestingly, the frame does not use the usual round tubes, but metal sheets. The Aska team says that tubes provide a great stiffness to weight ratio, but don't make too much sense when you cut them open to insert a big battery. So they looked at different ways to manufacture a frame and came up with this unique technique. Aska Bikes use a lot of parts that are made in Europe, including the Neodrives rear hub motor.

Aska Bike Speed Pedelec
Aska Bike Speed Pedelec




Kamemo GmbH R1 Tionon shock

Kamemo R1 Tinion
The new Kamemo R1 Tionon rear shock has several unique features

Kamemo is a new company from the Black Forest area in Southern Germany. At Eurobike 2022, they launched their R1 shock, which has several unique features.

As you can see, the shock doesn't have a piggyback. However, it has a very large shaft and a big oil volume. The pressures in the oil chamber are said to be very low, which should reduce wear and ensure consistent performance.

The shock has an external shim box which allows you to change the shim stack without opening the shock. Thanks to the mounting points, the R1 can be used as a trunnion-style shock or metric shock. Changing from one mounting standard to the other is just a matter of installing the specific eyelets.

Currently, the shock is only available for OEM customers. The 165 mm shock is available now, other lengths will follow.

Kamemo R1 Tinion
Kamemo R1 Tinion

Kamemo R1 Tinion




Ceramicspeed

Ceramicspeed derailleur cage
Ceramicspeed launches a limited edition of Cerakote-coated derailleur cages (bronze on the left side)

Danish manufacturer Ceramicspeed had their new 12-speed OSPW derailleur cages at the show. They will also be available in different Cerakote finishes: bronze, olive and gun metal. At the moment, each colour will be limited to 100 pieces.

Ceramicspeed spent quite a lot of time experimenting with Cerakote coatings and they found that it improves the longevity of their pulley wheels by up to 15-20% compared to their anodized pulley wheels.

They also say that Cerakote is a great way to coat their carbon cages and aluminum pulley wheels, as the result will look identical on both materials.

Ceramicspeed derailleur cage




Rubena Tyres

Rubena Tyres Highlander
The most aggressive tires in the Rubena line-up

Czech tire manufacturer Rubena Tyres (formerly known as Mitas) made their first bicycle tire back in 1928. Today, they make several products, including ice hockey pucks and air springs for trains. However, bicycle tyres remain a very important product for Rubena.

They are currently working on new, long lasting compounds to make sure that riders can get as many miles as possible with each tire.

Rubena had a big range of tires on display, including everything from road and city tires to DH options.

Their most aggressive options are the 2.45" and 2.6" Monarch tires. As the other tires pictured, they get the Textra sidewall protection. The Highlander is also on the aggressive side of the spectrum and besides the Monarch it's the only tire in the Rubena range with DH SupraMax dual compound that has softer side knobs and firmer center knobs. It's followed by the more versatile Scylla. Most tires are available in 2.45" and 2.6" versions.

Rubena Tyres
From left: Monarch 2.6", Monarch 2.45", Highlander 2.45", Scylla 2.6"
Rubena tyres


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84 Comments
  • 77 1
 Purple is not my thing, but goddam that actofive is tasty. The silver rims look dope on that build - nice throwback to the old days...
  • 12 2
 Came here to say the same thing. Big props to whoever designed that build.
  • 2 1
 @ripridesbikes: @Chippps i agree with both y’all. Only thing it needs is black odi ruffians
  • 8 0
 Agreed, never seen silver rims look so good. I saw that bike in person in Canazei and it looked really cool.
  • 6 0
 newmen evolution sml e.g.30 rims come in brushed silver, and they're absolutely capable of taking a proper beating. see my photo album for inspiration Smile
  • 2 0
 but stick a gold ohlins shock on the ASKA and its a special edition
  • 2 0
 I think the colors should have been blue with a little bit of black. Bike should be renamed to P-Coltrain.
  • 1 0
 Does anyone know what rims those are?
  • 2 0
 @IntoTheEverflow: Red, black, and white... CP Rail Train
  • 3 0
 @nullzwo: hell yeah! checked your album - looks sweet! Will check them out.
  • 1 0
 @nullzwo: those are slick, also what's the frame bag you have on the Moxie? I'd love something like that for my hardtail
  • 1 0
 @daceto817: that's an evoc multi frame pack, the larger version.
  • 19 1
 Those Freeze grips are so... cool. Hehe
  • 15 0
 I want to see the new EXT 170-190mm fork..
  • 7 0
 I'll cover it in the next couple of days
  • 12 1
 Can someone please tell Aska to stop, put down their toys, go sit on the thinking step and reflect on what they're doing. We're not angry with them, we just want them to understand that if they carry on, someone is going to get hurt. It might be an innocent pedestrian, it might be someone else's feelings, or if they keep on being silly, someone might get frustrated and hurt them.
  • 26 0
 Agree. I’ll Aska them to stop.
  • 14 0
 I hope silver/polished hoops come back. Take me back to the BMX days
  • 2 0
 Me too. I've got some silver Onyx hubs and silver spokes on order and it pains me that I have to build with black rims. I only know of velocity blunts that come in silver, but I don't know how great they'd be for me..... Maybe I'll polish my EX511s ha ha
  • 1 0
 Amen. Always wondered what a silver wheel set would look like on a mountain bike, it definitely lived up to the expectations. Bike is insane, well done!
  • 3 0
 Reverse Components has polished rims new for this year.
  • 2 0
 @wake-n-rake: for what’s it worth, I’ve been running velocity blunt 35’s for over 2 years on my stumpjumper and have beat the crap out of them and they are still going strong. The wider rim profile definitely helps with some extra traction, would definitely recommend.
  • 1 0
 @wake-n-rake: check out newman rims, evolution sl eg 30.. they're really good
  • 1 0
 @wake-n-rake: i run silver newmen sl e.g.30 rims on onyx hubs, and in the past 2 years they held up to anything a 240lbs hardtal mosher could throw at them. recommend!
  • 1 0
 @wake-n-rake: polishing is the way to go. Little tip to help remove some anodization is to spray it down with oven cleaner and let soak for awhile. Wash with soap afterwards and a good bit will be removed. Definitely speads up the removal of anodizing. Oh and wear safety glasses and latex gloves, chemical burns suck.
  • 12 0
 Bikes are cool.
  • 1 0
 Yes they are. That retro Foes bike remindes me how far we’ve come. I had that fork and those Cook Bros cranks. Chainsuck was a part of every ride with those things. Bikes are so good these days!
  • 10 0
 Who knew mint dental floss was the future of spokes?
  • 6 0
 The shock clearly says "TIONON" in the photos, but the article says "Tinion". Meanwhile, my eyes keep thinking it should be "trunnion".
  • 12 0
 My brain read it like a Yorkshire lad asking for root veg; "T' onion"
  • 1 0
 @ROOTminus1: Hahaha, you win.
  • 3 0
 „and it's surprising how many high quality bike brands there are in this area“

my words for some years now. A high density of small high end manufactures. And a ton of excellent lightweight design engineers there. If I would run a bike brand I would spend my R&D budget into this region
  • 4 1
 There is a technical error in the section about the pinion gear box.

"Riders around the globe are waiting for such a version of the Pinion gear box..."

Should read

"Tech editors around the globe are waiting for such a version of the Pinion gear box..."
  • 1 0
 It continues with “… twist shifters are better than many people believe.”, which is also a typo.

Should be “… twist shifters are worse than many people believe”
  • 1 0
 @trigger: nah, got a Pinion, the trust shift is the correct answer, no better way to dump a ton of gears in a hurry.

Trigger shifters ain’t so cool for folks with arthritis in their fingers, twist shift is way more ergonomically correct
  • 6 1
 Re: Pinion.... "however the twist shifters are better than many people believe." No, no they're NOT!
  • 2 0
 So how does the gearbox work with an e bike? Is it all one unit? I think it would be cool if they’d make a unit that would bolt into an existing e-bike so you could convert it. You’d have to have some adapters for the different types of motors but that would probably be doable. Here’s my thinking. I probably won’t ever buy a gearbox bike, but I would convert my e bike just to try it out because I think they’re cool. If your ebike was your enduro or DH bike you could swap it for park days or races. I swap my wheels between my ebike and my enduro for example. I know it’s mark complex than that, but it’s not that hard. Second, it would give new life into all the ebikes that are going to be floating around in 3-5 years with shot motors and bad batteries. Eventually it won’t make sense to repair these and they’ll be going into the landfill. Plus, think how many sandwiches you could put where the battery goes. There you go, million dollar idea.
  • 3 0
 Right. I feel like gearbox and igh hub manufacturers are doing their products a major disservice by not offering trigger shifters.
  • 1 0
 To be fair, they could be pretty mediocre and still be better than I believe.
  • 2 0
 @txcx166: a colleague at work is quite far along with a gearbox design that fits shimano ebike motor mounts. Prototypes will be made when we have spare machine time, which might be later this year.
  • 3 0
 As a Zerode owner the grip shift is not that bad. Key is to install the cables in reverse so that your upshift go down like throttle. A trigger shifter would be awesome though. I have looked at the Effigear but it does not have the range of the 12 speed pinion.
  • 2 0
 @Afterschoolsports: that’s cool. Good luck.
  • 2 0
 If I cared enough to buy a pinion, I could have an electronic trigger shift rigged up the same day. I spend all day working with small stepper motors and servos on UAV’s and robotics. We even have the code from another application that is identical to the needs for shifting a gearbox.
  • 1 0
 I test rode a Pinion box at Eurobike. WOW. HORRIBLE. What it needs is a clutch lever. Trying to shift that thing is an absolute nightmare.
  • 1 0
 @93EXCivic: not really, the twist shift is better for dumping gears.
  • 3 0
 Re: Ceramic Speed. I'd never spend that much on a cage but OK, it's there....

However I think it's insane SRAM still doesn't sell full (inner + outer) replacement cages for Eagle derailleurs.
  • 3 1
 Its interesting to me. I know lots of people on PB have been asking for gearbox drivetrains saying that "they are so simple". After watching that Effigear demo..... I think I'm gonna stick with my derailleur.
  • 1 0
 Isn’t that large shaft of the shock a bad thing in terms of friction? I think that’s why Intend builds them very thin like on a coil shock. Nevertheless this reminds me of my first fully from 15 years ago which had an DNM shock. Lot has changed. Luckily!
  • 5 0
 MAKE SILVER WHEELS GREAT AGAIN.
  • 4 0
 That actofive is so clean love the color+cnc
  • 2 0
 I am so torn between the actofive and the foes. would go with both, honestly. love the quality of pictures in these posts as well!
  • 2 0
 I love all this stuff. It all looks kind of like it was machined by hand over centuries by some crazy genius in their man cave, and then brought back from the future.
  • 2 0
 I don't understand the 3x3 hub. I mean, a Rohloff is lighter, proven, and they run 100k+ without much care.
Hope they are seriously cheaper!
  • 3 0
 I am not smart enough to figure out how that gearbox works- that video is crazy
  • 2 0
 @Lilienthal: laying up the carbon layers and then drilling do interrupts the fibers making them very little efficient...
  • 1 0
 the kamemo shock looks super interesting. i would order one but i'm not a company (also i'm broke)

kamemo also makes a fork which looks cleeeeeeeeeean as hell
  • 1 0
 I think I've seen the tread pattern before from other brands. It's weird how tires are like cars. Why not pull out a 2.6 Tioga Comp 3? In gum wall..
  • 1 0
 Hey there @TEBP The shock name you use in the article does not match the shock name on the shock...should it be TIONON not TINION?
  • 3 1
 One-k are making the nickname job pretty easy.. one-kay... Wonkey
  • 3 2
 (Insert fancy prototype)…. but only on e-bikes.
Hope this is not becoming a recurring theme for the next years.
  • 1 0
 Speed pedalec looks sweet. Shame it needs insurance and a license in the UK.
  • 2 0
 One-K wheels. Wonky wheels. Really?
  • 1 0
 HMMM those ratchets on that hub look to be roll formed and have major stress cracks. You might want to fix that.
  • 1 0
 I know ugliness is in the eye of the beholder but come on Aska, you've just created the bike equivalent of Picasso's cubisim
  • 2 0
 "doesn't have a piggyback. However, it has a very large shaft "

Me too.
  • 1 0
 Rubena tires, formerly known as Mitas tires formerly known as.... Rubena tires!
  • 1 1
 A post about exciting products from Europe, with absolutely nothing exciting in it. Just like German cars, over priced, over complicated and unreliable.
  • 2 0
 Anyone know what handlebar is on the Anakin?
  • 1 0
 It is the Reverse Niko vink edition 35mm rize
  • 1 0
 Everything at these shows would make have to take out a second mortgage
  • 1 0
 Cavalerie Bikes, “Just too got”
  • 1 0
 Aska Can You Tell Where Are You Came From?
  • 1 0
 hey Pinkbike, don't miss to mention Kindernay hubs. Pretty cool stuff
  • 1 0
 5 spoke carbon wheels give me the fizz!
  • 1 0
 Foes Racing light years ahead
  • 1 0
 that r1 shock reminds me of an old fox alps shock
  • 1 0
 We need more infos of the shock. Even their website is very undisclosing
  • 1 0
 That Acto5 needs those mags and galfer rotors.
  • 1 0
 gripshift ain’t dead
  • 1 1
 Just.... WHY?
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