The Pinkbike Awards are in full flow and the latest nominations to hit the front page were for 'Innovation of the Year.'
2015 saw a whole bunch of new(ish)
things hitting the market to many peoples' dismay: voluminous tires, wider hubs, electronics, cageless water bottles, and there was probably a press fit bottom bracket standard or two hidden somewhere.
There's only a finite amount of things designers and engineers can progress when it comes to a bicycle, it's a fairly simple contraption constructed from a few tubes, suspension bits and bobs and some rubber contact patches. When it comes to keeping things rolling over and fresh for the new year's products, making something 7.5358mm wider might be the only option after changing the colour.
Will we see 12-speed cassettes, more hub widths or wheels and tire sizes? Do you think standard swapping will stop only to see actual refinement, perhaps with the addition of more electronic aid and integration? Will modish materials continue to cut weights or will genius geometry and svelte suspension hit the headlines? Maybe gearboxes will wedge their foot into a door or finally get one open? Finally, god-help-us if another discipline arrives now that the 'enduro specific
' drum skin has worn through.