Self-driving technology isn't solely the domain of cars and trucks – bikes are getting in on the act too. We spied the latest example at Eurobike in Germany, where CoModule showed a smartphone-controlled, three-wheeled e-bike prototype. The concept is designed to stimulate a conversation about the sorts of practical applications this technology could find in the real-world.
When most of us think of a cycling multi-tool, we picture something that
goes in a jersey pocket or saddle pack. Seoul-based company Leeman,
however, is looking at things a little differently. Its Kickstand Pump
mounts on the bike, and serves not only as a kickstand and pump, but
also a tire lever and tail light.
Ever wonder why you don't see things like recumbents in the Tour de
France? Well, it's because of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI),
which is the world governing body for bicycle racing. Among other
things, the UCI places unwavering restrictions on the design of racing
bikes. While this is intended to keep some racers from having an unfair
advantage, many people feel that it also holds back the evolution of
bikes designed for non-racers. That's why Specialized’s Creative
Director, Robert Egger, created the fUCI concept bike. It's a speed bike
designed without UCI restrictions in mind ... and we'll let you figure out what the F in its name stands for.
We've already seen a few bicycles – such as the Varibike and Raxibo Hand-Tret-Velo – that are intended to provide riders with more exercise and more power output by having them pedal with their legs and arms. Germany's Ruder-Rad, however, believes that a two-wheeler is too unstable a platform for that kind of four-limbed locomotion. That's why it's introducing the recumbent Ruder Trike.
For generations, mountain bikers have had to make the sometimes difficult choice between affordable, nimble-climbing hardtails and fast, cushy full-suspension bikes. German company Altinsoy Manufaktur has a different idea. Its Bees Bike has a completely modular design that lets you quickly change over from hardtail to full suspension. You can also adjust sizing and positioning with ease.
In 2013, Estonian designer Indrek Narusk introduced the Viks,
a limited-edition stainless steel fixed-gear commuter bike. As he told
us at the time, its striking design was inspired partly by cafe
racer-style motorcycles. Now, to celebrate the line's second
anniversary, he's rolled out a carbon fiber version.
Reliable cycling power meters can cost upwards of $500 or even $1,000, making them out of reach of most weekend warriors looking to track and improve their performance. Velocomp is trying to change that with its PowerPod, a handlebar-mounted power meter that's expected to retail for US$299.
If you want to give your legs a bit of a rest when riding your kickbike, an oddity spotted at Eurobike 2015 this week could be just what you're looking for. The Kick-Varibike can be propelled by leg or hand power, and the riding experience is likened by the firm to cross-country skiing or stand up paddling.
We’ve seen electric full-suspension mountain bikes before, and we’ve also seen electric trekking bikes. Flyer’s new TX-Series, however, is something you don’t come across too often – an electric full-suspension trekking bike. Gizmag checked it out at Eurobike.
Dropper seat posts are becoming increasingly common on mountain bikes – among other things, they allow the rider to drop the saddle down out of the way when they’re adjusting their riding position on steep descents, but then pop it back up again afterwards. They do, however, require yet one more cable to strung along (or inside of) the frame. At this year’s Eurobike show in Germany, Magura has presented an alternative – the Vyron eLECT, which is the world’s first commercially-available wireless dropper seat post.