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Eurobike 2004

Friedrichshafen, Germany, September 2-5, 2004

What's new at Eurobike 2004, part 2

The trade show season starts with Eurobike, in Friedrichshafen, Germany. It's a huge show that attracts all the obvious big names, plus an array of local brands from makers of everything from solid European town bikes to wild super-light German exotica. Tim Maloney is your host as we walk the floor for a further look at some of 2005's new stuff. If you missed part 1, it's here.

Bontrager Race Lite X carbon fibre crankset
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Bontrager gets (carbon) cranky

Here's Bontrager's new Race Lite X carbon fibre crankset, featuring carbon fibre arms with forged alloy spider for optimized strength and a 7075-T6 alloy chainring, mates to a GXP out-board bearing bottom bracket and comes in double, triple and compact (110mm BCD) versions.

Clank n'pail, Canyonsnail, Cannondale?
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Clank n'pail, Canyonsnail, Cannondale?

Nein, it's a Canyon, a very popular Germany bike brand that certainly offers an homage to the American brand. This is Canyon's top of the line Carbon Ultimate model, equipped with FSA's MegaExo carbon fibre crankset. And check out the comfy-looking Tune saddle!

Cannondale Prophet
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Prophet Margin

Cannondale's new Prophet mountain bike provides 140mm of balanced front and rear travel, with adjustable frame geometry, a welded hollow Hot Box swingarm pivot that Cannondale says offers "great lateral stiffness for superior efficiency and precise tracking." Shown here is the Siemens-Cannondale Team Replica 4X version, sporting a FSA El Toro crank with bash guard. Forkwise, Prophet Team Replica 4X profits from a Lefty Max Carbon 140 crank with SPV Evolve and a Manitou Swinger SPV 4 Way Air rear shock.

CAAD8's innards
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CAAD you shave off some grams?

Although the carbon/aluminium SIX13 remains atop the Cannondale road bike pyramid, CAAD8 is the American firm's newest version of its CAAD Optimo frame series. It's Cannondale's lightest aluminium road frame ever at 30 grams less than its predecessor CAAD7. This new rig has Cannondale's shaped Power Pyramid downtube and a tapered bouble-butted seat tube, mated to a rear triangle with 6061-T6 aero seatstays, butted chainstays and forged dropouts.

Cannondale's R1000 Compact Drive
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And here it is in a bike

Cannondale's R1000 Compact Drive has a CAAD8 Si Optimo frame, Slice Premium fork and Fizik Airone saddle and the new Shimano Ultegra 10 speed shifters, driven by an all-new Cannodale Si Compact Carbon 50 x 36 Compact crank, specially designed by FSA for Cannondale to fit the oversize CODA bottom bracket.

Cannodale's all new Si Compact Carbon 50X36 Compact crank
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Cannondale gets compact

Here's a detail shot of Cannodale's all new Si Compact Carbon 50X36 Compact crank. There were more compact cranks at Eurobike than you can shake a tyler Hamilton Tour stage win at. Why go compact? Many fans of this approach to gearing swear by two incontrovertable facts: A compact chainset is lighter than a standard double, and provides a better Q-Factor than a triple crankset. One Cyclingnews editor is planning to sell his collection of old 110mm mountain bike cranks and retire on the proceeds. Retro compact, you see...

Colnago Master 2005
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Classic Meets Carbon

For 2005, Ernesto Colnago has updated the classic all-steel Master with a carbon-fibre rear triangle. Note that the show model is shown with HP chainstays, which will not be on the production model.

Colnago C50 2005
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Update For C50

Last year, Colnago introduced the C50 to commemorate his fiftieth anniversary as a bike builder. For 2005, the Cambiago, Italy firm is building its C50 model with a lighter high-modulus carbon fibre in a unique twill weave and has updated all the colors on the C50 model. This paint scheme is PR04.

MTB maestro Max Commencal branches out
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Road warrior

Mad Max Commencal of Sunn mountain bike frame has had his own firm for years and now also makes road bikes. Here's a clean Commencal road machine for 2005; aluminium / carbon fibre road frame with integrated headset and carbon fibre fork.

DMT Flash
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Flashy DMT

Flash Italian shoe maker DMT has some nice new kicks for 2005, with their new Flash model as top of the line. The Italian-made shoes sport a one-piece perforated upper and micro lever mated to the new 2X Density closure, placed atop an all-new full carbon fibre sole and weigh in at 243g/pair (size 41), according to DMT. Flash will be available in 3 colorways.

DMT Kyoma
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On thy sole..

DMT's new Kyoma model for 2005 shares the SHLC carbon fibre sole with the Flash model, but has a one-piece microfibre upper with three velcro closures and an external heel counter. Kyoma comes in three colorways.

Fizik Airone Carbon
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Fizik trims Airone

Tried and tested by Saeco's Gibo Simoni and lauded as one of 2004's most interesting products, Fizik's Airone saddle has been upgraded and improved for 2005 via the integration of their Aliante saddles TwinFlex technology into the Airone Carbon, made trendier still with the addition of white carbon fibre. Airone Carbon tips the scales at a reported 199 grams, 30 grams ligher than the original Airone.

Fizik Bar:Gel
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More Fizik comfyness

Already acknowledged experts in the use of gel technology for comfort, Selle Royale has teamed with their Fizik brand to launch Bar:Gel for 2005. Created with proprietary Technogel, which according to Fizik is the best gel flowing due to it's superior shape memory. Bar:Gel consists of 2 curved gel strips for drops, two straight strips for the top and durable, breathable and grippy Microtex tape.


Images by Tim Maloney/cyclingnews.com

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