Trade shows 2001

Eurobike, August 30-September 2

By Tim Maloney

The 2001 trade show season got under at the weekend with the Eurobike show in Friedrichschafen, Germany. Cyclingnews reporter Tim Maloney walked the massive floor of Eurobike.

As the new Zeppelin NT wheeled above the Messe at Eurobike 2001 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, most of the world's top bike firms (except Cannondale and Giant) were present. As the heavy news of the impending Schwinn/GT bankruptcy hearing (September 10) hung over Eurobike like the spritzy grey skies, most of the world's top cycling products firms introduced their product lines for 2002 to dealers and industry operators , with public allowed at the weekend. Here is part one of our pick of the highlights.

Eurobike early highlights

Bikes

Merckx Alu Cross

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Mudding with Eddy
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Campy cantis and colossal clearance
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A mighty clean machine — for now at least. This mud masher has a high-clearance unicrown fork, Campagnolo Mirage cantilever brakes and components, Time pedals and special heavy duty 'cross wheels and tires.

More information: Merckx's website

Litespeed

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Litespeed's new metal
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The titanium specialists showed off their new, ultra-light Ghisallo and — a surprising departure that yells 'diversification!' — an aluminium frame with carbon fiber rear stays.

More information: Litespeed's website

De Rosa King

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Expect the unexpected
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Luscious lines
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An all-new, completely unexpected and unprecedented carbon bike from perhaps the most artisan of Italian builders, the King has a swoopy ergo look in a "minislope" configuration with a nice carbon integrated headset.

More information: De Rosa's website

Antonio Colombo

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Stylish Italian
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The owner of Gruppo, Cinelli's parent company, poses with the attractive new Cinelli Allante, another lightweight minislope with carbon Muscle forks and wishbone chain stays, carbon cranks and seatpost, and cool new Ram integrated carbon monocoque bars and stem. A major improvement on last year's Starship with its goofy CNC rear brake bridge.

More information: Cinelli's website

Look

 
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Look ahead
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Keen and serious
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KX is the name and revolutionary design is the game. The innovative 1.850kg frame (with Look HSC 4 fork) borrows from late '80s Columbus MS multishape tubing. Look has taken the K series to the next level with shaped hi-modulus carbon tubes and massive head lugs. The all black CSC team issue is especially serious-looking.

More information: Look's website

 

Pinarello

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Logo stem, carbon bar
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A Prince on a diet
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Fausto Pinarello showed Cyclingnews his new Prince LS: 7.1kg with a smaller diameter downtube, 32.4mm diameter seat tube and a carbon fork and stem. Available Spring 2002. Nuff said.

More information: Pinarello's website

CIOCC

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Any consonant you like, as long as it's 'C'
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It rhymes with 'coach'. Here's a racy-looking, Campy-equipped 7000 series aluminium bike with new FIR Speed Lite wheels and integrated headset.

More information: Ciocc's website (not updated recently)

Schwinn

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The last of the breed?
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Is this Euro-spec Fastback Pro triple the last of the breed before Walmart ? Maybe so… Hey! Where did the Euros get the matte black look from? I wonder...

More information: Schwinn's website

Parts & accessories

Time

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Bottle opener included?
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A new logo and new interesting products; a proto new generation top-end road pedal, "Impact "looks like a miniaturized, ergo version of their Equipe pedals.

 
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Hand me my shades
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Scolop Pro, an all-new awkwardly named MTB shoe, features a upper with an all-new ribbed MTB outsole, internal sock and a leather, speed-laced upper. An update of Time's popular World Cup with a Jetsony look for the 21st century.

More information: Time's website

Mizuno

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Carbon, carbon everywhere
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Maestro Andrea Pesenti has finally synched his state of the art forks with the Japanese sporting goods giant and the new MR 51 is his latest.

 

Campagnolo

A welcome new Record 10-speed triple rules the roost in Vicenza, as this new sub-group from Campy has a medium cage derailleur, specially designed for a 13-29 10-speed cluster.

Lots of new wheels from Campy; the optimal Hyperon; a full carbon version of the Neutron, weighing "little more than 1200g."

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Eurus. We make that 21 spokes...
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Three new OverSize Climb Dynamic wheels are also new for 2002, with 30mm rims and Campy's updated version of crow's foot spoking (called G3): the 1600g/pr Eurus; mid-range Zonda; and entry level Scirocco. Track stars will look for Campagnolo's Pista wheel with a stiff 38mm aero rim and new, more rigid hubs.

More information: Campagnolo's website

Michelin

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Five fruit flavours
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Top end Pro Race road clincher tires will be available in five colors with new Silica based Energy tread and a Pro Light version: 190g in 23mm width.

More information: Michelin's website

Mavic

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Lighter Ksyriums
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A new, lightweight version of the popular Ksyrium, the SSC SL, with a claimed weight of 1,530 grams in the clincher version. With shaved-down rims and 18f/20r Zicral aluminium spokes, these hoops will be much sought-after next year.

More information: Mavic's website