The Outdoor Demo-ish - Taipei Cycle Show 2018

Oct 30, 2018 at 7:11
by Mike Levy  


When I was younger, I couldn't wait for the Interbike special issue to show up on the shelves of my local grocery store, which is exactly where I would plant myself while mom went off and picked up the important things that kids don't need to think about. To me, all of the important things were either anodized, made of titanium, or had a load of speed holes drilled in it. That was a very different time, and also a very different time for trade shows. Back then they thrived, and not even more than seven or eight years ago you could pretty much guarantee there'd be something wild, something never before seen, or some reason to run through the halls like an idiot.

The two big shows these days, Interbike and Eurobike, are still around, and although the former is looking more like a wake than a celebration, and the latter is getting quieter, neither will be disappearing anytime soon. What's largely gone are the days of seeing new products, which makes complete sense... I mean, if you had a product to debut, why would you do it at a show where it has to compete with a zillion other plus-sized tires or the fifty different dropper posts that all use the same inexpensive cartridge and cable actuation? Yawn.

But thank the good lord for the Taipei Cycle Show.

The 2018 Taipei Cycle Show kicked off yesterday with their own outdoor demo. Sort of. Held at a campsite of sorts in the heart of Taipei, and apparently having something to do with the 'Camping Association of the Republic of China,' which sure sounds like a hoot, their outdoor demo made Reno's look like a massive event. But what it lacked in size, it more than makes up for in kookiness. And you know who likes kooky stuff? Me. And hopefully you as well.


Taipei Cycle Show 2018
Camping in Taiwan, and especially in the middle of Taipei, a city of 2.6 million people, is a little different than what I picture a camping trip to look like. Probably fewer animals, too, but at least you can Uber to your fave restaurant.


And here I've been using my feet to get around shows like a dumbass, unlike this hypebeast who's obviously got his program dialed.


The Taipei show is a big deal. So big, in fact, that Mr. Ralph Wiegmann himself was there for the awards ceremony and press conference.


While I could've listened to Ralph's dulcet tones for hours, there actually were a few products to check out as well. KS had this 200mm dropper post in their booth that looks ready for action, but it's intended for folding city bikes that have very short seat tubes. Internally, it's very similar to their standard droppers, but with more material to account for the extra leverage and a beefier and longer outer tube.


Taipei Cycle Show 2018
You know the Bold Cycles Linkin Trail and its integrated KS dropper post? Here it is out of the bike.


Taipei Cycle Show 2018
The show's outdoor demo area was, er, grassy. But they did have these slippery little bumps everywhere that made setting a new course record on an electric scooter quite difficult. To be fair, the focus of the outdoor demo was on city bikes, and especially city bikes with motors, so there was no need for real singletrack.


Sure, we might have nearly flipped this four-person bike at the roundabout, and I may have dropped and then ran over my phone, but this contraption did prove that sharing steering duties makes about as much sense as sharing chewing duties at dinner: Fun for a bit, but then it just gets awkward.


Speaking of awkward, it was super weird when this electric downhill bike (????) had its front brake caliper rattle off while I was trying to ride it up a set of stairs. My bad.

Okay, so there wasn't much to see at the outdoor demo beyond "bikes" with motors and two goofs hooning around on a four-person contraption. It was slim pickings today, but we're heading into the halls of the Nanjing International Exhibition Center tomorrow for the first proper day of the show, so stay tuned for plenty of anodized bits, a bunch of titanium, and plenty of things with speed holes. Maybe.


100 Comments

  • + 203
 That electric DH bike. Klein in the front, Ellsworth in the back. Beautiful.
  • + 21
 Yeah and some old school mongoose mag wheels
  • + 18
 I'm getting Redalp Asian knock-off vibes
  • + 30
 Don't overlook the fact that it folds.
  • + 23
 and a kick stand
  • + 24
 Chain looks a bit on the long side though.
  • + 11
 @BenPea Someone get BenPea home before he does something he will regret forever. His beer goggles have steamed over. She may be a 10 at 1am but a 1 at 10am.
  • + 13
 Complete with front derailleur...Brilliant!
  • + 4
 1990's are calling and want there DH Bike back..................
  • + 12
 @fullfacemike: oh it folds alright.
  • + 2
 The mark of The Beast!
  • + 5
 Very aggressive tread pattern.
  • + 2
 Kill it with fire
  • + 4
 Hmmm.... I wonder if those tires have foam inserts for pinch flats or if they are just standard tubeless.
  • + 6
 @Boardlife69: like in any other walk of life, the bike world must have its share of perverts.
  • + 11
 A bit of a stretch but I feel like that derailleur when trying Abi's routines.
  • + 10
 Klein in the front, Ellsworth in the back. Sounds like some euro porn
  • + 3
 @BenPea: Even ugly bikes deserve to be ridden.
  • + 6
 @vhdh666: Mike is not a kickstand!
  • + 3
 rear shock looks neat too
  • + 3
 26 for life
  • + 2
 And a chain that is clearly not short enough!
  • + 1
 But where do I put my water bottle?
  • + 2
 @vhdh666: my dad would be proud of this fact. Bitched at me my whole life that none of my bicycles had kickstands.
  • + 1
 99 marzocchi shiver is that you ? i miss u
  • + 1
 200mm up front.. 80-ish out back.. makes sense
  • + 1
 It's a folding frame?!
  • + 80
 Best PB article in years.
  • + 56
 Cool Vacation pictures Mike
  • + 23
 Agreed. Any photos of dogs to share? That would be more exciting to me than the DH bike with the motor.
  • + 10
 @IamTheDogEzra: No but he is wearing some 5-10 prototype flip flops for you to chew up.
  • + 10
 @IamTheDogEzra: I always have so many dog photos
  • + 6
 @mikelevy: Put your treats where your mouth is and make the next article have at least 3 dog photos. I heard you won't.
  • + 1
 @IamTheDogEzra: WHO'S A GOOD BOY!?!!?!!
  • + 47
 "KS had this 200mm dropper post in their booth that looks ready for action, but it's intended for folding city bikes that have very short seat tubes"

These guys really know whats up!! Ive been wanting to huck my Brompton off all the loading docks on my commute, but my 150mm drop seatpost is not confidence inspiring enough to chunder my way through the g-out!!
  • + 3
 Well you're not taking into consideration that some people might have a usage scenario for that. I see myself running it on my Cannondale Hooligan.
  • + 3
 200mm? Pfftt.. I've got 270 on mine!!
  • + 48
 Interbike ‘18: This place sucks, what a joke.
Taipei ‘18: hold my beer...
  • + 27
 Man, this looks like a painful show to cover.
  • + 21
 Photo coverage from a cycling show on a biking forum:

1) entrance arch photo
2) camper van photo
3) photo of photographer taking another photo
4) photo of man at podium talking
5,6) two photos of dropper posts
7) yard w/ small ramp photo - no bike hitting jump
Cool photo of pedalling car
9) electric DH bike w/ walmart wheels & tires photo

Please tell me you got the flight for free on points?! Because it seems this trip was a massive waste of time and money haha.
  • + 14
 Or it's a great way to go on vacation to the eastern Asian islands and use this detour to get at least part of your travel costs covered or written off
  • + 1
 @showmethemountains: well duh.... I'm saying why is Pink or whoever sponsored the trip paying for this haha
  • + 22
 I Halloween Happy!!! You Halloween Happy???
  • + 18
 KOOKS ONLY NO LOCALS
  • + 3
 Kind of like Outerbike!
  • + 12
 Anyone wanna wager that 666 Coolrun E-DH Bike is Rat's new whip?
  • + 3
 That thing is 11/10 would send
  • + 6
 I was there. TBH, the offroad test track is not really that bad, but I'll call it CX. It does have two or three steep climbs which are suitable for E-MTBs.
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Among those 2.6 millions of residents in Taipei, I would guess less than 1,000 of them ride offroad. That is also why it is tough for us to get a proper MTB park or route to demo real MTBs.
We make bikes, but only a few people ride them. Frown
  • + 1
 So THAT’S where my old Stratos forks went to! CoolRun took over distribution! I also see their cutting edge technology of running just a couple of coils on the shock to save weight! As the wine cooler ad guys used to say - “Brilliant!”
  • + 4
 this is called "Rampage is over...what the heck can we use for content now?"
  • + 2
 we just hibernate until the DHWC starts again
  • + 5
 Love you writing style Mr Levy! Funny shit!
  • + 4
 Please give that side by side bike to Jackson Davis and Dave Mcmillan, the world needs to see this
  • + 2
 When you see the 4 person bike, does everybody else think “Nitro Circus” too? Travis would send it! Probably flip that sucker too!
  • + 2
 I would like to see it at the next Megavalanche.
  • + 1
 @sledMXer: Actually thinking Jackass.
  • + 2
 Look at that "DH" bike: It clearly shows the number of the beast, right in front of you: 666. Please send it back where it belongs: to hell!
  • + 1
 I'm not sure they used the proper Eagle Drive train installation instructions...Check out that rear mech on that DH rig. Have them bring it by and I'll get it sorted out for them.
  • + 4
 @mikelevy - you look like you stopped eating donuts. What the hell man?
  • + 14
 Peer pressure from Rude...
  • + 1
 I was hoping he was setting the Roadies over at bikeradar up for a new dad diet ... Womp
  • + 1
 Fad*
  • + 14
 Nah, I discovered that it’s way easier to buy baggy shirts than it is to lose weight or quit donuts.
  • - 1
 @mikelevy: you aren't fooling anybody I can see your calves and cheeks. You lost some pounds. Too much volume. You need to build some meat along the spine, around shoulders and scapulas like Richie. After all it is the bulk up season! What the hell man! We already lost Kazimer to roadie science! His skinny members, his Eagle and no strive for acceleration.

Troll diet: donut flavored protein shake al'day loun'!
  • + 1
 Is there 29er fat tire version of this electric folding DH bike? And I certainly don’t want to open pandora’s Box but will it be boost or non boost?
  • + 3
 I can't believe this is your job. Amazing.
  • + 1
 21 special edition rims and cable actuated disc brakes. Might have to sell some more plasma to make sure this is in reach come springtime.
  • + 3
 Speed holes? Maybe the old Flanders-mobile could use some.
  • + 3
 Man, a COOLRUN CR-1! THEY DO EXIST! So stoked.
  • + 1
 i have to convince my dentist friend to buy a bold with daves linkage fork and that ks dropper- full integrated stealthmonster
  • + 3
 Ralph Wiegmann got robbed, he definitely deserved a better score.
  • + 1
 @mikelevy your expression while holding that DH bike is perfect--very Bill Murray.
  • + 2
 Pinkbike's Taipei cycles recap: A Roast.
  • + 1
 Why even covering this show? I rarely see anything interesting that does not scream 99c store.
  • + 2
 Why would you ever need an electric DH bike?
  • + 23
 For riding up stairs, obviously.
  • + 1
 The midwest
  • + 1
 The best commuter. Or in place of a tow on a huge stunt.
  • + 1
 You've never seen the Top Gear with the HPC Revolution?
  • + 2
 to send it uphill, bro
  • + 2
 Electric. Downhill. Bike. Nope.
  • + 2
 So good. Loved the article.
  • + 2
 This show looks uhhh electrifried
  • + 1
 I think Coolrun's eccentric wheel should get a mention....WTF?!!
www.coolrunbike.com/en/technology.html
  • + 3
 No uplifts ??
  • + 1
 electric and folding DH bike ?
  • + 1
 600mm chain stays ... you could manual that thing up a mountain...
  • + 2
 The show is LIT!
  • + 1
 It’s called braking bad karma
  • + 1
 Looks like #doubledumbass.
  • + 0
 Some shitty droppers and walmarts new line of "dh" bikes. What a waste of time article.
  • + 2
 that ellsworth tho!!!
  • + 0
 To quote 40 year old virgin. "you know how I know youre gay"? side x side tandems..
  • + 1
 Well played Mr. Levy - well played...
  • + 0
 New for 2019 , soysauce tubeless sealant and tiger balm re-bar sticks...go through rubber super smooth and stay in place!
  • + 0
 Levy - did you ask Bryce Harper where he intends to sign next season?
  • - 2
 look, Jackie Chan!!
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