Eurobike 2022 Mega Gallery: Tech highlights from the show
Eurobike's new Frankfurt setting boasted four fully subscribed, two-story halls packed to the hilt with all the latest cycling tech from around the world. Spanning everything from road and gravel to mountain biking, there was something for every kind of cyclist. We spent two full days scouring every corner of the show in an effort to bring you the very best in the latest cycling tech - but all with an off-road-specific twist of course.
While there were loads of bikes on display - we covered this in our Eurobike 2022: Best Bikes from the show gallery - there was also a cornucopia of componentry, clothing, e-MTB-specific paraphernalia and lots of carbon-fibre doohickeys from the Far East. As you can imagine, it's hard work pacing through the halls but we've managed to distill all the pertinent news and package it into the mega gallery below.
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The headliners for us were undoubtedly all the bikes on display - both pro bikes from the mountain bike world and fresh new ones from the industry. As we expected, the Nicolai Nucleon 16 hogged the limelight while IntraDrive's prototype gearbox drive unit with Gates belt drive and new Shimano EP6 and EP801 drive units were all naturally very popular with the international cycling press. Other then that, there were some cool enduro onesies by iXS and chamois cream from a company called Ass Magic. Yep, you read that right.
There's loads more you can read about below but before you scroll any further, make sure you grab a coffee and get comfortable. Enjoy.
Eurobike 2022: the bikes
Nicolai Nucleon 16
The showstopper of Eurobike 2022 was undoubtedly this high-pivot design mountain bike from Nicolai. Dubbed the Nucleon 16, the frame utilises a 64-degree head angle and 78.3-degree seat tube angle coupled with a 490mm reach figure on a medium frame - which is pretty lengthy, even for an enduro bike. The drawcard here, however, is the wild-looking Supre Drivetrain configuration - the derailleur is tucked between the chainstays while the chain is threaded through the high pivot assembly, which - in theory - should keep the chain tension supertight.
Orange Switch 7
This interesting design from Orange foregoes the brand's trademark single-pivot design for something more revolutionary - dubbed 'STRANGE Power Link', the working bits are nestled within the rear swingarm, allowing the shock to actuate from for a lower position. Like the Switch 6, the Orange Switch 7 incorperates a mixed-wheel platform, with travel rated at 170mm front and rear.
Basilisk Pinion gravel bike
Designed as a durable option to tackle some of the most demanding races and terrain in the world - events such as the Tour Divide, Silkroad Mountain Race or Indian Pacific Wheel Race - the Basilisk Pinion takes a titanium frame and blends it with a Gates Carbondrive belt drive. While there's some cable faff at the front, the brake hoses are fully integrated. The bike is built around 700x32mm tyres but can run sizes of up to 55mm depending on the terrain. There's also a SON hub-based dynamo to power the Supernova lighting system.
Eurobike 2022: new Shimano Di2 for e-MTB
Shimano EP600 drive unit
Shimano announced new Di2 groupsets, and automatic shifting a few days before Eurobike 2022 kicked off and we managed to get up close and personal with it at show. The Shimano EP600 is a completely new motor, which claims to bring the same performance levels as the EP801 but at a cheaper price point. At 3kg, it produces 250W and 85Nm of rotational force.
Shimano XT Deore Di2 rear derailleur
This comes fresh off Shimano's announcement of two e-MTB-specific Di2 shifting platforms - an affordable 11-speed Linkglide system and 12-speed Hyperglide option, the latter of which brings electronic shifting to the current M8100 XT mechanical groupset. Named Deore XT Di2 Linkglide (LG), the 11-speed option actuated the chain through an 11-50T cassette (LG700) that shaves 200g off the outgoing LG600 sprocket.
Shimano Di2 M8150-R/IR shifter
This cool thing about this shifter is its compatibility with both 11- and 12-speed Shimano Di2 e-MTB groupsets. It's hardwired to the battery, boasting better performance and improved shifting response.
Shimano Cues Linkglide rear derailleur
Shimano's new commuter-based Di2 system - Cues - was also on display. Built around offering durability, the Cues Di2 system can be had in both 1x10 or 1x11 formats. Bith options employs a medium-cage derailleur which can accommodate a maximum rear sprocket size of 43T and 50T respectively.
Eurobike 2022: components
Maxxis Forekaster tyres
Designed with the downcountry rider in mind, the Maxxis Forekaster's new tread pattern was designed to give riders more confidence when cornering through high-speed berms. All tread blocks feature a single siping, enhancing the Forekaster tyre’s ability to harvest all available grip when rolling across rocky or rooty terrain.
Hayes Dominion T4 calipers
These new stoppers from Hayes - the Dominion T4 - are 100g lighter than their predecessor. At 276g, these four-pot calipers are now more in line with rival options from SRAM (Code) and Shimano (XTR). Tweaks to the brake levers are also significant thanks to input from sister company Reynolds who specialise in carbon fibre construction.
iXS Enduro onesies
Considered the skinsuit equivalent for mountain biking, the onesie is proving massively popular - especially on the enduro scene. There was a host of onesie options on display at Eurobike but this particular range from iXS, features a neutral, pastel colour palette that should find favour with those who prefer riding incognito. Ugly? Maybe.
Classified Powershift hub goes mainstream
While previously only available on complete road bike builds, Classified is now catering for a broader demographic including the burgeoning gravel bike space. With partnerships with wheel brands such as Enve, DT Swiss, Mavic, Reynolds, Spinergy and Fast Forward, Classified's two-speed Powershift hub is poised for a gravel debut soon.
Stan's M-Pulse freehub
Born out of a partnershiop between Project 321 and Stan's, the M-Pulse freehub favours a magnetic pawl system over a traditional pawl-spring design. Six hardened steel pawls are fitted with neodymium rare earth magnets which pull the pawls into position rather than push. Both companies claim this system drastically reduces drag and friction while retaining super-reliable engagement properties.
Leatt Hydradri Monosuit
Not quite a onesie but South African brand Leatt has dropped the covers off its new mountain bike clothing range called Hydradri. The Hydradri range comprises a raft of monosuits, jackets and pants boasting a new waterproof material that comes in three different levels. We're looking forward to testing some come winter time.
Velospring wooden mudguards
While not everyone's cup of tea, these wooden mudguards are without a doubt a great talking piece and represent a fresh take on the concept. Some might argue they're the greener choice when compared to the petroleum-based plastic fenders on the market, but a tree or two would have been sacrificed somewhere a long the way to make these... You decide.
Ass Magic chamois cream
This one brought a lot of smiles at the show but company Ass Magic has created a chamois cream that's actually very good for your bum. As cyclists, chafing is a big problem - espcially when spending hour upon hour in the saddle - but the team at Ass Magic has created a fomula with 'superior anti-chafe and anti-bacterial properties'. The lanolin-based cream is made with a secret blend of essential oils meaning it shouldn't cause any discomfort for those who suffer from skin allergies.