Eurobike is back! We’ve been hitting the (many) halls and getting up close and personal with some of the coolest and newest off-road bikes and tech. Here are some of the highlights.
The Msisle electric hardtail made its debut in the little Yorkshire corner of Eurobike,
featuring Shimano’s STEPS EP801 motor and a 630Wh battery for plenty of range. It’s in a mullet setup and uses Orange’s trail-honed geometry for an agile but planted feel on the
Orange Switch 6
Newly updated for 2023/24 is the Switch 6, Orange’s mullet-wheeled all-mountain bike. It
now includes an Orange SAFE (Store Accessories, Food, and Equipment) for those mid-ride Yorkshire puds and improved suspension kinematics to name a few upgrades.
This New Zealand brand produces bike racks designed to work with any bike frame, but
particularly aimed at off-road riders. The universal fit means they sit level on any angle of seatstays and don’t interfere with seat posts, making them ideal for bikes with
Camelbak released a selection of bikepacking bags, including a frame bag (with integrated hydration pack), a handlebar bag, two rear saddle packs, and a snack pack. Also new for 2023 is their hydration vest aimed at gravel riders which comes in both men’s and women’s fits.
Old Man Mountain
Old Man Mountain wants to make the bike you have suitable for adventures, so you don’t
have to go out and buy a whole new frame just to head off the beaten path. There are a
few different rack choices, and new for this year is the addition of bags to use with the
Ever wanted a way to talk to your mates walkie-talkie style while on the bike? These
innovative devices fit on your helmet straps so you can still hear everything around you,
but you can also talk to others who use the Punks and listen to music.
Keeping your rear mech, hanger, and wheel safe from rock strikes and the like is made
simple with Branchy Protection. It works by clamping to your chainstay in front of your
derailleur. It may not be for everyone, but if you’re worried about damaging your bike, it’s a
Whyte E-Lyte 140 Prototype
2023 Whyte E-Lyte 140 Prototype (2).jpg, by Liam Mercer
Debuting at Eurobike this week was the full-carbon Whyte E-Lyte 140 Prototype, a new
lightweight eMTB (16.9kg of lightness) powered by Bosch’s new Performance Line SX
motor which we saw launched earlier in the week. It has 130mm travel in the rear and
140mm up front, and should be available later this year.
The Italian brand has been busy launching new gravel and bikepacking-specific bits of kit
this year. The Gera EDG and Gera Curvy forks were on display and can work in
conjunction with dynamos which is good news for bikepackers and ultra riders.
Selle San Marco
Selle San Marco Regal Short saddle (2).jpg, by Liam Mercer
More gravel-focused tech with Selle San Marco leading the gravel saddle charge with their redesigned Regal Short. It contains more flexibility and padding for off-road riders, as well as extra comfort on the nose for riding uphill. It will be available late this year.
2023 Selle San Marco bikepacking bags (2).jpg, by Liam Mercer
The brand is also branching out into bikepacking bags – in conjunction with the fellow Italian brand, Miss Grape. There is a full selection of bags including frame, saddle, and handlebar.
Thok showcased its newest e-enduro bike called Gram. It’s the brand’s first full carbon
e-mountain bike frame and comes with T-Stopper, T-Ribs, and T-Front frame features. It’s
powered by a Shimano EP8 drive system which provides up to 85Nm of torque.
New for the 2023 year is the Powerstage RR limited edition enduro e-bike. It’s clearly
inspired by Ducati's MotoGP connections, with the livery and component choice reflecting the motorsport links. It’s powered by the Shimano EP8 drive system and 630Wh battery so plenty of range and torque on offer.
Revised for 2023 is the Factor Lando XC bike. It now features Fox suspension and this
particular show model had a striking golden bronze and dark grey colourway – perfectly
complementing the Kashima coating if you ask us.
Challenge showcased their new gravel Getaway XP tyre this week. It’s available in 40mm
and 45mm widths, and for the first time, will come with a black sidewall option. It’s also
been designed with improved puncture protection and is hookless compatible.
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