No doubt a committed ‘crosser or two noticed many deficiencies in my first cyclocross bike gallery from Eurobike. Never fear – the show is over but my laptop’s hard drive runneth over with plenty of tech still to come. Knowing that ‘cross season is but days away, I kept eyes open for more of the freaky fun bikes we love so much.
The German brand Stevens was right at home in Friedrichshafen. Their top-flight Team carbon bike doesn’t change for 2011. But almost hiding in the booth was a prototype disc-braked version built for world champ Hanka Kupfernagel. With the canti versions at eye level, it was easy to breeze right past the progressive machine.
A Stevens rep said that the bike will not be built for sale in 2011. The UCI’s rule change happened far too late in the annual product development cycle. But the company is building a few more prototypes for sponsored riders and will be looking into the bike as a 2012 model. It’s built with custom wheels, Shimano disc calipers, and a Ritchey mountain bike fork.
The disc’ed Stevens will see race duty when conditions call for it, and the riders will be tapped for testing of possible full production versions to come.