Eurobike 2022: Exciting Products from European Manufacturers - Part 2

Jul 17, 2022 at 6:51
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.


Beast Components / Dinolfo Cycles

Dinolfo Cycles Beast Components
A welcome sight at Eurobike 2022: a proper steel hardtail

After seeing a myriad of small-wheeled "fun" e-bikes, it was a pleasure to spot a proper steel hardtail at the Beast Components booth. Of course the Dinolfo Cycles hardtail was equipped with lots of carbon parts from Beast, including ED30 rims, handlebar, stem and saddle. The bike also sported an Intend BC Blackline Ebonite fork, Trickstuff brakes and a Vecnum Nivo 212 dropper post.

Beast Components also head their coloured components on display. They offer red and blue parts and started to make limited coloured editions earlier this year.

Dinolfo Cycles Beast Components
Shiny Beast ED30 rims
Dinolfo Cycles Beast Components
Dinolfo Cycles don't use headbadges, but have a brass logo at the downtube

Beast Components red handlebar
Beast Components blue saddle







Casco

Casco MTBE 2
The MTBE 2 has several interesting features

The new MTBE 2 comes with a lot of interesting features: It has an adjustable visor and reflectors all around the shell. The dimple-style section of the shell doesn't get scratched as easily as regular options and might offer a small aerodynamic benefit. The helmet also has the "Cascofit" net inside the shell which is said to ensure a good fit and ventilation as well as providing some extra protection against rotational forces in case of an impact.

It can also be made winterproof by attaching a transparent extra shell (which keeps wind and rain out) and it can also be equipped with earmuffs.

The MTBE Fullface helmet is based on the MTBE 2, but has a full carbon shell and obviously a chin bar. It looks sleek and it's not as wide as other full face options. The MTBE Fullface comes with two sets of pads so you can adjust the fit.

All Casco helmets are made in Romania, including all the small parts such as straps.

Casco MTBE 2
Casco MTBE Fullface


Casco MTBE Fullface
Casco MTBE Fullface






Evil eye

Evileye Traileye Pro NG
Evil eye Traileye NG Pro

Evil eye is a well-known Austrian manufacturer that offers sunglasses with some smart features. Most of their sunglasses come in two sizes, have adjustable temples and adjustable nosepads. The temples also have a brake-away mechanism and can be clipped back into the frame.

In case you need prescription glasses, Evileye offers three different options: clip-ins, direct glazing (the full lens is made according to your prescription) and adapter glazing (the middle part of the lens will be made according to your needs).

The new Traileye NG Pro come with silicone lens guards that are available in various colours, so you can change the look of your sunglasses within seconds.

The Peak Sight goggle allows you to use two lenses stacked on top of each other. In the setup they had at the show, a bright lens was the base and the darker blue lens was used on top of it. As the lenses can be clipped in within seconds, this is an interesting feature when you're riding in varying conditions.

All Evil eye products are made in Linz, Austria.

Evileye Traileye Pro NG
Evileye Goggle




Xentis

Xentis carbon wheels Squad 2.5
Xentis Squad 2.5 MTB

One of the most interesting features of Xentis wheels is their fully modular hubs: with the right adapters, you can use them with skewers and a wide range of thru-axles.

Their new Squad 2.5 MTB wheels have an internal width of 25 mm and also a height of 25 mm. The set weighs in at 1289 g and costs 2199 Euro.

All Xentis rims are made in Austria, where the wheels are also built. Each wheel is signed by the person who built it.


Xentis carbon wheels Squad 2.5
Xentis carbon wheels

- Website: https://xentis.com/
- Instagram: @xentis_wheels



Löffler

L ffler Pyce shorts and Flux shirt
The new Löffler Flux jersey and Pyce shorts

So far, most shorts by Austrian brand Löffler were mostly aimed at XC, gravel and tour riders. The new Lando shorts however are aimed at gravity riders and are so long that you won't have to fear the unsightly pad gap.

It has adjusters at the waist, a flexible and breathable fabric at the back and comes with a liner that has a 90 kg density gel chamois.

Löffler gets its fabrics, garments and pads from European suppliers. They are proud to do around 70% of all knitting at their HQ in Ried am Innkreis and the actual sewing of their clothes takes place in Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania and other European countries. Only 1.25% of their products are sourced overseas.

Löffler says that their products are carbon neutral. 72% of the energy comes from renewable sources, including solar panels at their HQ. All emissions which can't be avoided, such as from trucks, are compensated with a certified climate project in Bulgaria.

L ffler Lando shorts
Löffer Lando gravity shorts
L ffler Lando shorts
The Lando shorts come with a breathable and elastic back



Vertical

Vertical dropper
Vertical dropper post

Vertical is a new company that has set out to create the lightest dropper posts out there. While the travel might not be the longest, the weight will be around 300 g, which is impressive.
The design looks very good too, with an air valve that is easily accessible and still lets you mount a seat bag. More details will be announced when the dropper will be launched.

Vertical dropper
Vertical dropper




Alpina

Alpina Stan MIPS Tocsen
Alpina Stan MIPS Tocsen

For those of you who want some extra safety features, the new Alpina Stan MIPS Tocsen might be an interesting option. Not only does it come with the proven MIPS system, but it also has a Tocsen crash sensor. It connects with your smartphone and will send out a message to pre-defined contacts or other Tocsen users who are nearby in case you have a crash.

Alpina Stan MIPS Tocsen
Alpina Stan MIPS Tocsen



Zandona

Zandona chest guard
Zandona offers made-in-Italy chest guads

Zandona is an Italian company from the Venice area that has been making protective gear for motorsports for many years.

They offer a wide range of knee and elbow pads as well as chest guards and full vests. All products are available in various sizes and almost every product has CE Level 2 certification, which means that they offer a high level of protection and impact absorption.

Zandona knee guards
Zandona pads
Zandona chest guards
Zandona offers chest guards for women and men in two sizes




Kindernay

Kindernay hub
Caption

The Kindernay XIV is a gear hub that is actuated with a hydraulic trigger shifter. It can handle up to 160 Nm and the 14-speed version offers a range of 543%.

What makes it stand out from the crowd is the fact that the rim is laced to a cage, so the actual gear hub can be swapped between several wheelsets or bikes. It's available for several through axle standards. The 7-speed version weighs 1750 grams (hub including cage and shifter), the 14-speed version 1950 g.

Kindernay shifters

- Website: https://kindernay.com/
- Instagram: @kindernaycorp



Sour Bicycles

Sour Doublechoc
The new Sour Bicycles Double Choc

Sour Bicycles from Dresden, Germany, had the first prototype of their new "Doucle Choc" full suspension bike at the show. There will be some changes on the production models, but the most important features remain the same: 140 - 160 mm travel in the front, 148 or 132 mm in the back (185 x 55 or 185 x 50 Trunnion shock). Everything seemed to be very well made and especially the rocker was a joy to look at.

Size small bikes will be for 27.5" or 29" wheels, while all other sizes are designed around 29" wheels. All the production will be done in and around Dresden.

They are planning to offer four sizes with a reach of 423 / 455 / 485 / 510 mm. With a 150 mm fork, the Geometry for a 455 mm reach bike will be 64° head angle, 78° seat angle, 100 mm head tube, 443 mm chainstays, 30 mm bb drop and 620 mm stack.


Sour Doublechoc
Sour Doublechoc

- Website: https://sour.bike/
- Instagram: @sour.bicycles



Cercle the World

Cercle the World bike
The most photographed bike at Eurobike 2022

To finish off this article, I'd like to introduce you to Bernie from Cercle the World. With some help from Alex at Portus Cycles, he built this stunning bike that definitely takes bikepacking to the next level.

It's based around the idea of having your own chair, table and bed built into the bike frame. In order to achieve this, magnets are used to hold the two fold-out sides. Whenever you feel like taking a break, converting the bike into chair-mode is a matter of seconds. When you've found the perfect spot to spend the night, the frame and two tent poles help to convert the bike into a tent.

Bernie is planning to build at least two more of these bikes and will start riding around the world on May 1, 2023. A friend will join him and the idea is to have a third bike with them for people who want to ride with them for a day or even longer. Once he's back home, he wants to build more of these bikes. As they use a Pinion P1.18 gearbox and have some very intricate one-off parts the bikes will not be cheap, but you will get a truly amazing bike.


Cercle the World bike in seating mode
Cercle the World bike with tent

Cercle the World bike
Cercle the World bike

Cercle the World bike and Portus cargo bike
Double trouble: Portus Cycles cargobike and Cercle the World




64 Comments

  • 149 1
 Bernie looks exactly like what I would expect Bernie to look like
  • 15 0
 "Burny"
  • 23 1
 Love it! Keep it weird!
  • 28 1
 His bike does NOT look like a Session.
  • 30 0
 I assume a stopover in Portland for ~10 years is on the itinerary.
  • 26 0
 @jakewashere: it kinda looks like a different kind of session, if you know what i mean...
  • 1 1
 You beat me to it, exactly what i came to say lol
  • 8 0
 "Not all those who wander are lost" Bernie probably. Super interesting bicycles!
  • 36 0
 PB review of cercle the world:

Pros: no bike can hold more water bottles, longer and slacker then the grim donut, almost impossible to go otb.

Cons:. Poor performance on tight tech trails, not for those who like climbing, not for those who like decending, some might find standover height a challeng
  • 12 2
 You forgot to mention the lack of high pivot.
  • 13 0
 pros: can have your own trampoline wherever you go
  • 3 0
 It's probably not going to fit the rack also, so no shuttle, possibly not even a train ride
  • 8 0
 @Afterschoolsports: I see a good spot to add a 1200mm idler pulley.
  • 11 0
 Huck to Flat please
  • 6 0
 @threesixtykickflip: It turns into a flat (or small apartment).
  • 1 0
 Might be a bit squirrely in cross-winds...
  • 2 0
 I forgot:

con: no internal frame storage
pro: room for a full sized EWS mechanic toolbox and spare wheel next to your water bottle.
  • 23 1
 Combine that Casco full face with those evil eye glasses and that Zandona full getup and you have peak euro spendy Jerry.

Unrelated: Bernie looks like a good dude to share a J and some stories with... But maybe make sure that there isnt an expectation of also sharing your wife.
  • 17 0
 Why are all the pictures of the Vertical dropper taken while it's horizontal?
  • 18 0
 Why does cargo go by ship, but shipments go by car?
  • 9 0
 @Mtmw: Two men walked into a bar and the third one ducked.
  • 5 0
 Why do you park in a driveway and drive on a parkway?
  • 3 0
 @microwaveric: why are apartments so close together?
  • 1 0
 I am Henry VIII, I am.
  • 1 0
 @emptybe-er: because unlike a house, apartment buildings contain rooms owned separately - or apart - from one another Smile
  • 1 0
 @graham2017: I imagine before they were called apartments there was great confusion
  • 1 0
 @graham2017: phrase of the day: rhetorical question
  • 12 1
 Vertical dropper looks good, nice clean design with outside valve, sometimes its very annoying to get to the valve on regular dropper like oneup.
  • 5 0
 The flip side is that cartridges in OneUp and similar posts are relatively easily and cheaply replaced.
  • 2 0
 I HATE having to take my saddle off to air up my dropper, or for any reason for that matter. Come to think of it, why is it such a pain to take a dang saddle off and back on again?
  • 9 0
 160 nm is a bloody small distance. 160 Nm on the other hand d is a pretty high torque. Just saying...for a friend.
  • 1 0
 Nanometers, yes; nautical miles, no.
  • 10 1
 That Sour is into full "TAKE MY MONEY" territory.
  • 8 0
 Was the Kindernay shifter designed by H.R. Giger?
  • 4 0
 The internal gear hub, 160nm = 117 Ft Ibs of torque, which coincidently is exactly the peak torque of a 1987 VW 2.1L water-cooled flat-4 engine with the 9.0:1 compression ratio pistons.
  • 2 0
 So... we could hook that hub up to a 1987 VW and it would all be ok?
  • 5 0
 Are the Beast ED30 rims stiff, or more vertically compliant?
  • 1 0
 Any chance beast was intentionally setting up this sweet erectile dysfunction joke?
  • 1 0
 @WoodenCrow: it's hard to know
  • 1 0
 Casco has been in EU for a long time but they missed their chance for success. I've been using their www.endurorider.pl/casco-viper for years and I still have it. It wasn't perfect but at that time it was really GOOD. Helmet was very well made and incredibly strong. They tried to update it but fail miserably with outdated product and distribution (at least in Poland)

Nowdays we have multiple great helmets with removable chin protector but I wish Casco doesn't fcuked up their time in history nad made seriously updated Viper without first gen flaws. And they used to be made in Germany. I know that becouse factory was closed during summer so byuing inner pads and net at that time was impossible Smile

I wonder if they will try again with light FF with removable chin protector.
  • 1 0
 I was always confused why manufacturers dont do helemts with such nests or similar .. hard shell directly on the skull is never comfy.. mips kinda solves it but only the cheapest heaviest version with most plastic.. Also the weatherproof features are nice. It would be cool if theyre able to challenge current market players.
  • 1 0
 @GZMS: Costco Canada has MIPs helmets for only $7.95 CDN! Unfortunately only in small size for kids.
  • 1 0
 That Cercle the World gives us a glimpse into what bikes would look like if Rube Goldberg had any interest in cycling........and as far as cycling around the world, it would be interesting to know how much $$ the airlines will want to ship that monstrosity to it's next destination, but I'm betting it will be LOTS.
  • 4 0
 I’d like a double choc full caff no fat latte please
  • 4 0
 Sorry Bernie, Mr. Garrison already built IT
  • 3 0
 Wow that hard tail is incredible
  • 3 0
 The Sour is sweet, sweet and sour.
  • 3 0
 Please let Sam pilgrim try to flair that cercle bike
  • 1 0
 He'll really have to jerk the handlebars.
  • 2 0
 @barp: circle jerk haha
  • 2 0
 Some really nice stuff thanks for posting Smile
  • 3 0
 Hel-Met
  • 1 0
 lets see how goods beasts warranty really is. my ed30 lasted 8 month. and it was neither crash nor rock strike
  • 2 0
 Backed over it with the car then?
  • 2 0
 @Dogl0rd: JDA - just driving along.
  • 3 1
 Harry Potter got himself a bike tent
  • 3 0
 Weekend at Bernie’s
  • 2 0
 I honestly thought I'd gone back to the 1990s looking at most of these.
  • 2 0
 Lot's of intersting stuff there actually.
  • 2 0
 What?
  • 2 0
 great stuff!
  • 1 1
 That Kindernay hub looks like it only has a one sided flange to the hub - ie assymetric power transfer. That can't be good.
  • 1 0
 cable actuated steering? hell naw
  • 1 0
 How exciting





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