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EICMA 2004

Milan, Italy, September 17-20, 2004

La Bella Bici

The trade show season now moves to Milan, the renowned style capital of the world. With the World Championships in Verona just a week away, EICMA 2004 boasts record attendance and 665 brands on display as cycling in Italia reaches fever pitch. In the third part of our look at the Milano show, Tim Maloney is your host as we walk the floor. Part 1 is here, part 2 can be found here, and part 3 is here.

De Marchi's new line of classic wool replica jerseys
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True blue

Wool is still one of the best materials for cycling wear and for 2005, De Marchi has a new line of classic wool replica jerseys.

Northwave's new chrome Aerator model
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Chrome dome

Here is Northwave's new chrome model Aerator for 2005, the shoe of choice for Spanish cycling star Alejandro Valverde. For 2005, Northwave has created a version of their Aerator shoe featuring three velcro straps called Aerator3 for riders who prefer this type of closure over a mechanical buckle.

Featuring three velcro straps, the Aerator3 has been designed for riders who prefer this type of closure over a mechanical buckle.


Ale-Jet Petacchi's shoe of choice next season,
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Petacchi's pedal pushers

The world's top road sprinter, Alessandro Petacchi, relies on DMT shoes to put the pedal to the metal and next season, Ale-Jet will use DMT's new high-end Flash model with unidirectional carbon fibre sole.

Here's a shot of the underneath of DMT's Flash road shoe with new unidirectional carbon fibre sole.

Sidi's new limited edition Ergo 1 carbon shoes
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Who let these dogs out?

Sidi's brought out a limited edition run of their top-of-the-line Ergo 1 carbon shoes sport this shiny mirror-finish Lorica synthetic leather.

Sidi also has a new version of their best-selling Genius model, called Genius5 Hi-Tech Carbon Fibre, mated to Sidi's more rigid carbon sole.

A new pedal
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Pedal alternative

Miche has developed a new pedal with many interesting features. The MT4 has a 9mm cleat height that keeps the shoe close to the pedal axle, a non-slip rubber surface and replaceable side protection inserts. Miche MT4 is available in four color choices for riders who want to match their pedals to the bike.

FSA's SL-K Mega Exo crankset
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Compact carbon cranks

FSA has been at the forefront of the development of carbon fibre cranks as well as compact cranksets, so it's no wonder that their new SL-K Mega Exo crankset has received so much attention this show season.

With it's multi-directional carbon fibre and 24mm hollow chromo spindle, which insert into the outboard cartridge bearings, FSA's SL-K Mega Exo crankset is the compact alternative to their K-Force Mega Exo crankset for riders who prefer to go compact. Here's a detail shot of FSA's SL-K Mega Exo crankset with outboard cartridge bearings.

FSA's Claudio Marra also showed us their new Platinum Pro BB for 2005 (top). Note the difference between the new silver BB, with 22mm bearing width versus the previous model (bottom) with a 10mm bearing surface.

Selle Italia has a new gel flow version
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Sitting pretty

Selle Italia has a new gel flow version of their SLC saddle for 2005, with a carbon undercarriage for lighter weight.

ITM's new integrated CX2 carbon fibre TT bars.
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Time savers

ITM's new integrated CX2 carbon fibre TT bars are the choice of top riders like FdJeux.com's Aussie star Brad McGee and British Olympic pursuit champ Brad Wiggins.

Naturale o bianco? ITM's Flavio Tizian was also happy to show Cyclingnews his firm's new Millenium Carbon Wing Shape Super Oversize (31.8mm) bar and stem set in both natural and white carbon fibre.

Vision Tech's Carbon Pro Clip On aero bars
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Vision of splendour

Vision Tech's Carbon Pro Clip On aero bars feature special ergonomic carbon fibre extensions and weigh a reported 400 grams. Just below are Vision Tech's Aero Base bars; ergo shaped and built with 6000 series aluminum for strength and light weight (250 grams, according to FSA).

Italian eyewear and clothing maker G&G
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For the natives

Always on the cutting edge, Italian eyewear and clothing maker G&G goes native with their Native Style collection.

Italian titanium specialist Nevi
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Hey good lookin'

Italian titanium specialist Nevi uses tubing from American manufacturer Ancotech. Their new Grimsel model has white carbon fibre and tone-on-tone accents to make it one of the best looking bikes at EICMA 2004.

Here's a detail shot of Nevi's Grimsel rear triangle, with white carbon fibre chainstays.

Monza bike builder Casati
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Super Nova

Monza bike builder Casati is known for some of the most refined artisan bicycles in Italy and for 2005, Casati had this jewel-like Nova model, with Deda hydroformed tubes and swoopy carbon fibre rear triangle that's reminiscent of Pinarello's Onda.

Another string to Casati's 2005 line-up is their Arte model, featuring carbon tubes mated with aluminium lugs. Here's a detail shot of the head tube with cut-out lugs.

Colnago's new E-1
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One is the number

A major hit at the EICMA Milano show, Colnago's new E-1 offers top-end carbon fibre for a more affordable price than Colnago super premium President or C50. Sloping geometry and Shimano's new Ultegra 10 speed group are other key features of the E-1. Here's a detail shot, showing the E-1's innovative new frame decoration.

Giant's T-Mobile TCR Composite,
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T-Mobile's Clean machine

Giant's T-Mobile TCR Composite with integrated headtube complements its clean lines throughout.


Images by Tim Maloney/cyclingnews.com

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