Eurobike is the world’s biggest cycling trade show and its cavernous halls offer an embarrassment of riches for the tech-hungry cycling nerd.
With everything from tiny OE manufacturers to mega-brands exhibiting 500+ different bikes, navigating the Escher-like Frankfurt Messe is a challenging task.
Mercifully for you, our dear readers, BikeRadar has a team on the ground to pick out the most interesting tech from this year’s show.
Here’s our pick of some of the highlights – and make sure you head to our Eurobike 2022 hub to find all of BikeRadar’s coverage.
Day 3 highlights
Tektro E-Drive 9 groupset
The Tektro E-Drive 9 is a new e-bike specific 9-speed mountain bike groupset.
As far as we are aware, this is the first mountain bike drivetrain from the Tektro group to carry the Tektro name.
The brand is historically best known for its brakes, though TRP, which is also owned by Tektro, already offers the TR12 groupset.
Consisting of a rear derailleur, cassette and shifter, the new groupset is designed to be a harder-wearing alternative to conventional 11- and 12-speed groupsets.
SRAM’s EX1 8-speed e-bike groupset offers similar functionality but is rarely seen specced on complete bikes.
At the premium end, Shimano has also this week launched a Di2 electronic groupset for eMTBs.
WheelTop EDS OX Series drivetrain
Sticking with the drivetrain theme, we are more than a little bit intrigued by WheelTop’s $365 wireless electronic drivetrain.
The system has been in development since 2019 and is now available to buy direct from the brand.
Head to our full story for more info.
SON Edelux DC 170 e-bike light
Available in four different colours, the handsome light features the same optics as seen in its Edelux II dynamo lights.
Weather Goods Imbris poncho
Sweeden’s Weather Goods has done the seemingly impossible in designing a rain poncho that we actually want to wear.
Available in three lovely different colours, the fully-waterproof PFC-free poncho is seam-sealed and available for €139.
Stages Dura-Ace R9200 and Ultegra R8100 power meter cranksets
The internals are the same as previous generation models, with claimed +/- one per cent power accuracy but the challenge, Stages says, was to redesign the system so it fitted with the new symmetrical crankset designs.
We’re told that this time the job was easier, thanks to Shimano dropping the previous asymmetrical design of the old right-hand crank arm.
Lezyne Digital Travel Floor Pump
US accessories brand Lezyne was showing off some new nifty gadgets, including an updated travel pump with foldable legs and a digital pressure readout.
The pump can deliver up to 160psi (11 bar) of pressure, and features an aluminium barrel and steel piston.
Lezyne also says the hose length has been doubled too, making access to a valve a touch easier.
Lezyne Tubeless Pro Plugs
Lezyne had some new tubeless plugs on show, claiming they provide the closest imitation of a permanent tyre repair.
A pack provides one 4.5mm-wide plug, and two 3.5mm and 2.5mm plugs each, plus a miniature scuffer and rubber cement to help secure the seal.
Lal Bikes Supre Drive
Alternative drivetrain technologies always get us excited.
While there was nothing quite as extreme as the CeramicSpeed Driven concept bike from a few years ago, the Lal bikes Supre Drive immediately caught our eye.
There’s a lot to go over here, so head to our full story for more info. Could this kill off the rear derailleur as we know it?
VirtuPro indoor cycling platform
There was a lot of indoor cycling tech on show at Eurobike, but the still-in-beta VirtuPro jumped out from the crowd.
The graphics are the best we’ve seen from any platform thus far, and on the stand, demonstrators were showing off the ability of the platform to simulate a real race.
You can interact with your virtual team, steer, swing off the front of a train and look around you, among a host of other fun additions.
It’s set to launch this autumn – we’re told initially with a free subscription model before integrating paid premium options.
Day 2 highlights
Vaast R/1 endurance road bike
Vaast had its new R/1 alloy road bike on show. The difference compared to most alloy frames? This one’s made of magnesium.
Said to be much kinder to the environment thanks to the recyclability of magnesium, the Allite Super Magnesium technology employed here means it weighs a claimed 1,250g.
It also features a Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation coating, which the US-based brand says eliminates any concerns around material corrosion.
You can have one with SRAM Force AXS as pictured, or with Shimano Ultegra or 105.
More Schwalbe tyres
Schwalbe has extended its comprehensive range of rubber at Eurobike 2022 (beyond the handcycle tyres below).
The brand has launched a new Marathon Efficiency and Marathon Plus Tour option for touring bikes, covering off speedier and grippier ends of the touring spectrum respectively.
For bikepacking gravel adventurers, there’s the G-One Overland with a hardier carcass compared to the recently launched G-One RS gravel race tyre.
And, there’s a Johnny Watts 365 tyre for mud and snow, complete with metal studs for when normal tread just won’t cut it.
This is the world’s first-ever 3D-printed chamois. It’s called the N3X the pad is made by the Italian brand, Elastic Interface.
The material is said to be more comfortable and breathable than a traditional chamois, and the introduction of 3D printing to bib shorts makes sense considering the proliferation of the tech in bike saddles.
The technology is patented by Elastic Interface but the brand supplies many companies with pads, so it’s likely we’ll see this it pop up in the marketplace very soon.
Lezyne Airtag accessories
If you wanted a neat solution to tracking your bike in the event it’s been stolen (or for peace of mind), then Lezyne has brought some new accessories that can hold an Apple Airtag device.
The three accessories comprise of a bottle cage with an Airtag holder discreetly built into the underside, an Airtag-holding adaptor that fits between your existing bottle cage and frame, and an Airtag mount that fits directly onto your saddle rails.
They’ll be available from September 2022.
Scott Spark RC Hypersonic
On display at the Scott booth of Eurobike was this custom-painted Spark RC Hypersonic.
The bike is designed by Gustav Gullholm, otherwise known as Dangerholm, who makes custom designs for Scott.
This design has exposed carbon, pink bars and anodised silver components.
On the one hand, it’s clearly about looks. But Scott says the bike packs “all the features expected on a modern XC bike while keeping the weight incredibly low” at a claimed 9.19kg.
Pro Vibe Superlight bar and stem
Shimano’s in-house component brand Pro has launched the Vibe Suyperlight bar and stem.
The bar and stem feature a superlight carbon layup and Pro says the handlebar is the lightest in its range.
The synthetic fibre Innegra is used in critical areas to improve impact resistance and prevent disintegration during a crash, according to the brand.
The bar weighs a claimed 180g in a 42cm width.
Challenge Criterium RS tyre
Challenge has launched its new Criterium RS road tyre at Eurobike.
The tyre uses a new rubber compound which the brand says is 50 per cent more puncture resistant than leading competitors and makes the Criterium RS “one of the lowest rolling-resistance tyres on the market”.