Eurobike Day 1: Weird, wacky, and wonderful from Germany

Largest cycling industry trade show kicks off at Messe Friedrichshafen

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Messe  Friedrichshafen is home to a giant convention center — and a blimp garage.

Messe Friedrichshafen is home to a giant convention center — and a blimp garage.

The world’s largest cycling industry trade show kicked off Wednesday at Messe Friedrichshafen, the massive convention center (and zeppelin parking garage) in this small industrial city in southern Germany along the shores of Lake Constance. RoadBikeReview spent the day combing the halls of Eurobike, seeking out the latest and greatest in two wheeled tech. Here are some of the best (and strangest) things we saw.

Following the roll out of a rim brake version of its eTap wireless shifting drivetrain earlier this year, SRAM unveiled a disc-brake equipped group here at Eurobike. It cant be long before we see this technology employed on the mountain bike side of the equation as well.

Following the roll out of a rim brake version of its eTap wireless shifting drivetrain earlier this year, SRAM unveiled a disc-brake equipped group here at Eurobike. It cant be long before we see this technology employed on the mountain bike side of the equation as well.

Eurobike is always filled with race winning bikes. This year’s highlights include three rigs from Scott. Pictured here is Nino Schurter’s Scott Spark RC 900, which delivered the Swiss star to Olympic cross-county gold in Rio last month.

Eurobike is always filled with race winning bikes. This year’s highlights include three rigs from Scott. Pictured here is Nino Schurter’s Scott Spark RC 900, which delivered the Swiss star to Olympic cross-county gold in Rio last month.

One more race winning rig from Scott, this is Matthew Hayman’s Paris Roubaix-conquering Foil aero road bike.

One more race winning rig from Scott, this is Matthew Hayman’s Paris Roubaix-conquering Foil aero road bike.

Scott doubled down at the Olympics, also grabbing gold in the women’s XC race. This is Jenny Rissveds race winning Scott Spark RC 700.

Scott doubled down at the Olympics, also grabbing gold in the women’s XC race. This is Jenny Rissveds race winning Scott Spark RC 700.

And this is unwashed dust from the Olympic XC course.

And this is unwashed dust from the Olympic XC course.

After a period of all things matte black, colors are making a big comeback.

After a period of all things matte black, colors are making a big comeback.

What kid wouldn’t want one of these helmets?

What kid wouldn’t want one of these helmets?

E-bikes are like opinions, everybody has one. That group now includes Cannondale, which has launched the Moterra, which comes in two builds. Pictured is a 130mm travel option with 27.5 plus tires. There’s also a more burly 160mm version with 2.35” rubber. Propulsion is driven by a Bosch Performance CX 250-watt drive unit, and the design utilizes a torsion box that allows the battery to be positioned in the center and low to the ground. A skid plate protects the motor.

E-bikes are like opinions, everybody has one. That group now includes Cannondale, which has launched the Moterra, which comes in two builds. Pictured is a 130mm travel option with 27.5 plus tires. There’s also a more burly 160mm version with 2.35” rubber. Propulsion is driven by a Bosch Performance CX 250-watt drive unit, and the design utilizes a torsion box that allows the battery to be positioned in the center and low to the ground. A skid plate protects the motor.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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