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Eurobike gallery: More tech goodies from Friedrichshafen

By Dan Cavallari • Published
Knog’s newest multitool looks a bit like a folding knife at first. But it’s a simple piece of equipment that’s meant to work with the two included bits that stow within the tool when you’re not using them. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
There are two magnetic tire levers, two bits, and the main body that pulls several duties. It can even open your beer. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Spinal Tap may get theirs to 11. Campy even goes to 12. But Rotor goes all the way to 13. Yep, 13-speed drivetrains have arrived for mountain and gravel riders. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
The cassette is lighter than a SRAM XX1 cassette, according to Rotor. And all of the shift indexing is in the rear derailleur. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Yep, you guessed it: you’ll need a new hub in order to make 13-speed work for you. Fortunately, Rotor also makes 12-speed cassettes that can work on a Shimano-style freehub body, so you can still take advantage of the rest of the new drivetrain components. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
The shift lever is super simple, since all the indexing components are in the rear derailleur. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
The Z20 is an evolution of what was once called the Zephyr. That helmet became notable due to its bifurcated construction — in other words, there were two EPS shells bonded together. Now, Bell offers the Z20 in an aero version too. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
This one’s meant to be slippery. Given how little venting there is, however, we’d be willing to bet it’s kind of toasty. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Still, internal channeling that funnels air over the top of the head and out the rear exhaust ports should be sufficient to make the Z20 Aero competitive with other aero road helmets on the market. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
It’s a fan. Yes, just a fan. And yes, it’s expensive at $250. But, it also syncs with your Kickr trainer to adjust the wind flow based on your effort. It’s also super quiet, so if you live in an apartment or have a family with sensitive ears, this may very well be worth the coins. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
The updated Kickr has a lot of nifty new features, but the big advantage is noise: There ain’t much of it. The Kickr is incredibly quiet, significantly quieter than previous versions. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
This was definitely one of the top paint jobs we saw at the show. Computer programmers, commence nerding out. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Parlee’s paint job celebrates cerebral nerdery indeed, but it masks a nifty bike, too. The Chebacco is versatile, pulling duty as a commuter, gravel bike, or even a road bike depending on how you set it up. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Computer chips. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Bikepacking bags had a strong showing at this year’s Eurobike. Restrap makes some mighty fine ones. The UK-based company makes all its bags in Leeds, except for a few minor components. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Notio showed off its Konect device at last year’s Eurobike show, but now it appears ready for prime time. It connects several of your sensors and provides a real-time drag coefficient reading. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
If you need headset spacers, this is a snazzy way to do it. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
There’s no doubt that gravel bikes were one of the top trends at Eurobike 2018. The burgeoning segment now seems to be catching on in Europe. Basso’s Palta was one of many attractive offerings from European brands looking to grow the audience around the world. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Not that he needed another one, but Peter Sagan appears to have a new pair of shades to show off. The Glendales look awfully similar to some of 100%’s other offerings, but in a slightly wispier design. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Crema’s bikes were some of the prettiest on the showroom floor. Even the kiddies get a bike with a sense of style. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
One of the most notable facets of everyday life in the towns surrounding the halls of Eurobike is the immense amount of bicycle traffic. Kids, parents, professionals, the elderly — everyone commutes by bike. This was evident within the Eurobike halls too, with offerings like this double child carrier bike from Crema. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Don’t be shy. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
While heavyweights like Park Tool and Pedro’s get a lot of the attention (for good reason, of course), Birzman is making headway into the market with some quality tools that look super cool. The attention to detail on this derailleur hanger gauge was impressive. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
It was refreshing to hear that Ergon developed a saddle for its pro women before it tackled a men’s version. The SR Pro Women’s Carbon comes in at $190 and was developed to offer relief for sensitive areas as they relate to female anatomy. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Once the women’s saddle was developed, Ergon created a men’s version. The Orthocell gel padding is placed differently on the men’s saddle to accommodate the areas where men are more likely to have discomfort issues. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Bont didn’t make any structural changes to its Vaypor S and Helix shoes, but the company did offer up a new color that’s highly reflective. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
You may not have noticed, but Lezyne has been making some nifty computers for a couple years. The Mega C and the Mega XL mark a clear advancement with refinements that place Lezyne toe to toe with the big boys. The Mega C features a full color screen, and both units offer GPS capabilities, maps, and plenty of data. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Even cooler: you can download sections of maps through the Lezyne app and access all that information without using your phone data. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
You have to hand it to the innovators: Motion is looking to do more with the incredible shock technology already at our fingertips. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
This looks fast and fun. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Ace Pac wins the award for having the coolest Eurobike booth. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
Raise your hand if you’re going to make one of these this weekend. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com
It’s worthwhile to walk through the small booths full of vendors from various parts of Asia. Once in a while you stumble across something super cool, like these Sapience pedals with some killer artwork. Photo: Dan Cavallari | VeloNews.com

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