Coolest and Craziest Bikes from 2017 | |
To say that the Eurobike show is huge is an understatement. It’s arguably the biggest gathering of bike people on the planet, with over 1300 exhibitors spread over 13 massive trade-show halls. Last year the show attracted over 46,000 visitors to check out the newest bikes and gear. This year the show had just as many exhibitors and people, but a much different feel. Rather than showcasing the high-end road and mountain bikes, the show seemed to be a venue for everything electric assist. That said, the manufacturers used this incredible platform to unveil the projects they’ve been working on all year, pulling the white sheets back on some of the most exciting new bikes and products of all kinds. Whether it’s sophisticated technology or even just the newest version of a cargo-carrying fat bike, the Eurobike show has it. We set out to discover the newest technology we’re all going to be riding next year, and we weren’t disappointed. This is what we found.
Storck Rebel Nine Pro: Storck is a company known for pushing the envelope when it comes to building lightweight carbon frames, and the Rebel series shows us just that. The new Rebel Nine also comes with a new, muted, but sweet-looking, frosted green tea color.
Bionicon Tyke: The Tyke comes with 130 millimeters of coil-sprung travel and 29er wheels. It’s coming soon from the German-based company.
Stevens Whaka ES: This 150-millimeter-travel trailbike is available with a full-carbon construction, sleek-looking lines and a low standover height. Stevens is a Euro brand based in Hamburg, Germany.
KTM Prowler: This is KTM’s new all-mountain/enduro machine—the Prowler. It’s available with 140 or 160 millimeters of travel with options for either 27.5-inch or 29er wheels.
Richie Rude’s replica: Yeti came with this new SB-6 model that uses the exact same parts package that Enduro World Series champion Richie Rude uses. It will set you back a pretty penny at nearly $10,000, but if it’s good enough for Richie, it may be worth the price of admission.
Pivot Mach 5.5 anniversary: To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Pivot’s launch, they unveiled this very special version of the Mach 5.5. Geez, has it already been that long?
Stoll AG: As another Eurobike award winner, this was one of the coolest bikes we saw all week. The bike has a claimed frame weight that’s less than 800 grams, which makes this thing lighter than most road bikes.
Monstrosity: There is no shortage of weird bikes at this show, and this was one of them. The BHT prototype has a monocoque carbon design and a look only a mother could love.
The real deal: The big surprise at the Pivot booth was their new electric bike dubbed the Shuttle. It’s a full-carbon, pedal-assist bike that sports a weight that’s a claimed 7 pounds lighter than most any other electric bike out there. It sports a unique battery design that streamlines the mounting system inside the downtube to reduce weight and bulk. Owner and founder Chris Cocalis was happy to show it to us. Unfortunately, it is only available in Europe—for now.
Gwinny’s bike on display at the Onza booth.
Moustache e-bikes: This UK-based company had some of the slickest-looking electric bikes at the show. They are electric only at the moment, and their range includes mountain bikes like these, but also commuters, cargo bikes and road machines.
Conway WME 627 Alu: Conway is another German company that you likely won’t ever see in the USA. Their WME 627 comes to the trail with 160 millimeters of travel and a full aluminum or carbon construction, depending on how much you want to spend.
Steve Peat’s Spitfire V-10: Santa Cruz had this beauty painted up for Peat’s final World Cup race in Vallnord last year. The paint symbolizes his “last orders” as a soldier of the Santa Cruz Syndicate team.
Rocky Mountain Powerplay Carbon 70: Rocky won a design award with their new electric bike. The bike comes with their proprietary suspension design and full-carbon construction. What sets this bike apart is the motor, which Rocky designed themselves rather than taking an off-the-shelf one and simply bolting it on.
Whatever this thing is, it caught our eye.
Corratec Inside Link 120 Z: Corratec is a brand that was founded in Bavaria 27 years ago. Their Inside Link 120 Z sports 120 millimeters of travel—although it, too, takes a back seat to all the other electric bikes that were on display in the booth. We actually had to do some digging to find a bike in this booth that didn’t have a motor.
Jack Moir’s weapon: This prototype Intense 29er DH bike is one of the fastest bikes on the planet, and it was on display at the SRAM booth, complete with some very cool custom graphics.
BMC Trailsync: BMC has a very unique idea with their Trailsync system. It works to synchronize the use of the dropper post with the suspension with the use of only one lever. When the post is in the high position, the suspension is firm. When it’s down, the suspension is plush. It makes sense to us.
Maybe the coolest bike at the show—or not?