Eurobike 2012 is here, and all the heavy hitters have brought their newest 2-wheeled creations to the tiny town of Friedrichshafen, Germany for everyone to see. The show kicks off tomorrow, but we were lucky enough to find a sneaky way in to grab some spy shots of the newest bikes. Check them out:
We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the Gambler downhill bike a few weeks ago, but it's always great to see when a manufacturer puts a bike through the wringer before they release it. As you can tell, this bike has seen some hard miles on the world cup circuit this year already.
Whether you're looking for a 26er, a 29er, or something in between, Eurobike has you covered. Many brands, especially those that are primarily available only in Europe, have started to offer different wheel size choices for similar models.
The Stereo by Cube is available as a 6-inch travel bike with 27.5-inch wheels, or a 5-inch travel 29er. Either way, the bike sports a carbon frame, nifty internal cable routing, and a suspension design very similar to Specialized's FSR link.
Rockshox ever-expanding lineup is always exciting to check out. We'll be sure to check back for more news from the boys at SRAM later in the week. By the look of their booth, they are planning for a huge year with plenty of drool-worthy products we can't wait to get on the trails.
It's unreal to walk the halls of Eurobike and realize how many bikes are out there. Especially because many of these beauties aren't readily available in the states. Here, the BH Ultimate is a mean race rig that looks like it has borrowed some of the high-tech bits from their successful road lineup. Check out the integrated seat mast and radically shaped seat tube. This bike looks fast even when it's still.
Get the joke? It's a Pivot with no pivots. This wild orange colorway caught our eye right off the bat. We also caught a quick glimpse of the carbon 429, but it was quickly wheeled out of our camera len's reach. We will be stopping by to see what Chris Cocalis and crew have been up to. We wouldn't be shocked if they had a few tricks up their sleeves this week.
We would love to see KTM bring their lineup to the states. For now, we must settle for drooling over them at the show. They have a full lineup of carbon and aluminum full suspension bikes.
This gravity bike is called the Aphex, and it uses an adjustable link to achieve the 8 or 9 inches of rear wheel travel.
Cannondale is showing Marco Fontana's Olympic bronze medal winning hardtail at their booth this week.
Custom Paint For Marco:
Printed on the top tube of his bike is the phrase: "Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting." That's hard-core.
Down but not out:
Cedric Gracia doesn't have much use for his custom Santa Cruz V10 while he recovers from a broken pelvis he suffered earlier this year. But his bike will certainly draw some attention to the Leatt Brace booth. Leatt is showing a whole new line of protective gear (not just for your neck) that was not yet ready for photographs. Check back for more details later this week.
Star Spangled Kit:
Nice choice on the colors to Oneal. Makes us a little homesick for the US of A.
Somebody is playing with electricity:
This was a tricky shot to get, as cigarette smoking union workers at the show decided that we were not allowed to be in this booth with a camera. Can you guess which company has this sweet little integrated spot for Fox's electronic suspension system?
Check back with us this week as the Eurobike show kicks off. With everything we've seen on the first day, it's sure to be a huge year for bike technology.