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What's Dropping at Eurobike
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This is a great time of year! Companies around the globe are launching products at Eurobike and giving us all a glimpse of what to expect for 2020. Here are six unique products that you will be seeing in the pages of Peloton and in your bike shops very soon.
WAHOO KICKR BIKE
It’s here! The new KICKR BIKE from Wahoo is fully customizable and adjusts at six touch points to precisely mimic your outdoor bike and offers fully customizable gear ratios and shifter configurations and actually raises and lowers to match the terrain on a variety of online training platforms. All fit and setup is handled through the Wahoo app and your phone camera. The goal of the KICKR BIKE is to create a seamless indoor, outdoor experience. The BIKE will retail for $3499 and be ready for US delivery in October 2019.
More info: wahoofitness.com
FOR THE PEOPLE: GIANT REVOLT 2020 ALUMINUM SERIES
This is an exciting offering from Giant as it will allow more people entry into the growing gravel market. The Revolt 2 features a lightweight, ALUXX aluminum frame and composite fork, integrated componentry, disc brake ready and tire clearance up to 45c. The Revolt 2 also features integrated frame and fork mounts for racks and accessories for longer adventures. The Revolt 2 comes in $1,000.
More info: giant-bicycles.com
SMART UPGRADE: TWO NEW BARS FROM ZIPP
Zipp announced two new bars this week: The Service Course 70 XPLR and the lighter Service Course SL 70 XPLR. Both bars are designed to help you go faster by placing your hands in the optimal position for mixed-terrain riding and backcountry adventure. The bars focus on outsweep and flare and feature shallow and wide drops. The SL version will retail for $110 and the standard version for $55.
More info: zipp.com
BRING ON THE MAGNESIUM: VAAST A1
A brand-new company and the first bike company to utilize Allite Super Magnesium–a specially formulated, high strength magnesium alloy that reportedly weighs 33% less and offers 20x greater shock absorption than aluminum, weighs 50% less and is 56% stronger than titanium and is 100% recyclable. That is worth checking out! The A/1 is VAAST’s hallmark model and will retail for $2,499.00. VAAST launches as the latest addition to parent company United Wheels Limited — joining the strong presence the company has in the bicycle industry with Huffy Corporation, Niner, Batch Bicycles, Royce Union, and Buzz E-Bikes which collectively ship more than 5 million bicycles annually in 40 countries.
More info: vaastbikes.com
NEW KICKS FROM SHIMANO AT A GREAT PRICE
The new RC5 and RC5W (SH-RC500) mid-range road cycling shoes inherited key trickledown innovative design and functional features from Shimano’s popular World Tour-proven SPHYRE road footwear. The most dramatic change of the all-new redesign is the new seamless midsole (integrated sole and upper construction) that elevates the levels of fit, stability and weight reduction. This seamless design that first debuted in S-PHYRE footwear lowers the stack height by 3.3mm to maximize power transfer and efficiency. The best part? All of the design and functionality of the RC5 for only $150.
More info: bike.shimano.com
Salsa Vaya GRX: $2299
Salsa just announced a new steel “any-road” bike, the Salsa Vaya GRX, equipped with (you guessed it) Shimano’s new GRX groupset. The $2299 Vaya GRX also comes with Teravail Cannonball 700c x 33mm tubeless-ready tires giving this bike more versatility and options for bike packing trips or local gravel loops.
More info: salsacycles.com
THE 525 FROM THE CHAMP
In case you need a history refresher, Eddy Merckx won 525 races but there’s more, “It’s a number that amazes you in every single way. To beat his Grand Tour streak (11 GT victories), you’d have to roll Vincenzo Nibali, Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana into one. And if you want to find a Classics rider as good as Eddy Merckx, you’d have to combine Tom Boonen, Fabian Cancellara and Philippe Gilbert.” Any questions? The new 525 is designed to offer an all-around great riding and racing experience with some additional comfort built in. Don’t be surprised to see the riders of AG2R LA MONDIALE utilizing the disc version on certain race days.
More info: eddymerckx.com