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Video: A Hybrid Coil / Air Shock & 3D Printed Titanium Lever - Eurobike 2023

Jun 24, 2023 at 9:39
by Pinkbike Originals  

Matt Beer is back for day 3 of the 2023 Eurobike show. A hybrid coil/air shock from ND Tuned, Trickstuff's 3D printed titanium brake levers and some new tires are all on todays hitlist.

00:30 - Trickstuff 3D printed titanium brake levers
01:40 - ND Tuned hybrid coil/air shock
03:17 - Schwalbe Tacky Chan tire
04:39 - Evoc torso protector
05:20 - Cavalerie gearbox high pivot e bike

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43 Comments
  • 52 11
 downvote me to hell but I really like seeing more bikes with gearboxes!
  • 14 3
 As your upvotes seem to indicate, you can see there is no gearbox hating mob around here. You can openly declare your gearbox love and live in peace.
  • 10 0
 @Uuno: that’s until THEY (the bike industry illuminati) start forcing gearboxes on me. Then I shall start a backlash with my catchy hashtag #wirelessrearclutchshadowderailleursaintdead
  • 2 0
 Derailleurs need to die. Not that they don't work but if gearboxes were as refined and that market as competitive as derailleurs we'd all be riding them / better off.
  • 3 0
 @cougar797:

All XC and many trail riders would probably never ride a gearbox bike due to the downsides, primarily weight and pedaling inefficiency.
  • 1 1
 @cougar797: Not better off at all.
With current developments (e-assist, electronic (auto)shifting, ABS braking, gearboxes etc.) bikes are quickly becoming just like modern cars: yes they are deluxe, but maintenance and repairs needs to be done by professionals. That makes it expensive and as a rider you are dependent on it.

Imaging being in a bike park of during a nice long ride, and your gearbox starts acting up. What can you do? Nothing, you need to get to a bike shop and hope they can fix it.
For me the simplicity, affordability and (self)repairability are very important factors in what makes bikes so awesome. I have a feeling that goes for many more riders, except not all of them fully realize that.
In ten years time, I think many riders will scratch their heads wondering how we let those good things slip.
  • 2 0
 @WhateverBikes: Gearboxes are near fool proof. Id rather have one at the bike park then a derailleur. That being said I'm not an electronics fan myself for the same reason.
  • 2 0
 @cougar797: If my vest had sleeves it would be a jacket....
  • 1 0
 @WhateverBikes: remember when Ford trucks came with a manual that illustrated how to adjust the valves on your new 76 F-100?



Thats because they had to be adjusted every god damn month! Now, as long as youre changing oil every 10k or so, you'll happily get 300k without doing to much.

Now I'm all for repairability, but I'm more for not having to do so in the first place. Engineering solutions require specialist parts and equipment, and that becomes the difficult part for most home mechanics (you know many home mechs with a nitrogen rig for dealing with rear shocks) If you blow youre rear shock at the bike park, you're in the same predicament as youre example, or a wheel, or a handle bar. You'll need a repair or replacement.

I have no need for gear box bikes, but if others want them, all the power to them, but I also lived through the era of cheese der hangers, and mega9 from the 90's when rear mechs, shifters ,V-brakes were hot garbage, I dont want that either.
  • 17 1
 Is anyone else getting a little tired of seeing Trickstuff's 3D printed levers in every video and article from Eurobike?

I get that they're cool, but they're not that cool...
  • 13 2
 How is titanium a better material than aluminum for use in a brake lever? It's heavier and stronger. Stronger means in a crash instead of your lever bending it will now destroy the hinge/housing/master cylinder.
  • 8 0
 @DeeCount: You can also just not tighten the brake lever clamp so tight, so if/ when you crash, the lever rotates instead of bending.
  • 10 0
 @DeeCount: I think it needs to be said. Making things out of titanium just because when it has no practical advantage and actually weighs more is silly to me. $300 dollar Ti stems that weigh more than an equivalent aluminum one look cool but I would never buy one.
  • 6 1
 @DeeCount: strength to weight ratio means you can engineer a lighter lever than an aluminum unit with equivalent strength. And then when you crash it costs hundreds instead of dozens for 9 grams of weight
  • 2 0
 @Bro-LanDog: I have yet to break a Brakelever in 18 Years of riding. How many do have you broken that this would be a Problem?
  • 9 0
 It's not that I'm tired of seeing them, it just feels like...

There's a 12-18m waitlist to buy a set of their brakes right now. If they had them available, for sale, right now, I'd have a set in the mail.

But I refuse to put $1k dollars down in advance for any product made by a small company in the bike industry with a wait time like that, since they could so so easily go out of business way before then. That's an insane wait time.

I'd rather see them focusing on bringing that down to a reasonable time frame like "I place an order and it ships that day or the next day" or even a month out than a stupid titanium lever that's expensive for the sake of expensive.
  • 3 0
 @William42: sorry to ruin your excuse not ti have ordered some yet but they’re owned by DT Swiss these days
  • 1 0
 @RockCrawler: I've broken a couple, doesn't happen often I just can't afford ti parts in general so anything to cope lol
  • 1 0
 @DeeCount: Ti is a better material for 3D printing, not specially for brake levers. Printing aluminium is much harder.
  • 1 0
 @Insectoid: exactly, and it works even better if you grease the clamps.
  • 14 0
 Timecodes to directly skip to the stuff you want to see is good job Pinkbike!!
  • 1 1
 *is (fire emoji) Smile
  • 7 0
 Pinion, Revonte, Intradrive and Cavalerie showing the big boys how to make ebike drive units!
  • 6 0
 Those evoc chest protectors where definitely designed using a LEGO mini figure as the model
  • 2 0
 What are they, chest protectors for ants!?
  • 3 0
 I wonder if the magnets on the evoc armor will hold on during a high speed crash
  • 5 0
 No one knows. All the test subjects went back in time.
  • 2 0
 That's a bunch of stuff I wont be buying. Are trickstuff still on a 12-18 month lead time?
  • 3 0
 Yes. You'd think they'd put their energy toward meeting demand...
  • 1 0
 Stratos did hybrid air/coil shocks in the late 90s. They weren't great. Hope these ones work better!
  • 1 0
 Why no helical gears for this gearbox? Wouldn't most mtb gearboxes be better off with them?
  • 1 0
 $$$$$$$$
  • 5 0
 Helical is heavier, less efficient, put more stress in shafts, and would only makes sense at higher RPM.
  • 1 0
 Cool to see a coil shock without a piggyback to be honest
  • 1 0
 ND copying what Stratos did 25 years ago
  • 1 0
 Hybring coil air? Stratos Helix was ahead of its time...
  • 1 0
 I want a Pham my pack on my poc armor…
  • 1 0
 And I love auto correct…
  • 1 0
 Orders a double espresso. Gets a flat white.
  • 2 5
 The Cavalerie weighs 25 kg and only has seven gears, wtf, are we going backwards?
  • 3 0
 Heavier is better, bro. Also, 12 speeds is useless on an eBike, you never use the easiest gears.
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