New Urban Bike Tech | Taipei Cycle Show 2018

New Urban Bike Tech | Taipei Cycle Show 2018


– I’m here at the Taipei Bike Show and I’m on the hunt for
all the latest and greatest urban cycling tech. There’s loads of weird
and wonderful stuff here including this four seater bike. This is designed to be
fun for the entire family, so I’m just gonna go
for a quick ride on this with all of my mates. (upbeat music) Some misinformed people think
that eBikes aren’t very cool. Well, they’re wrong. Look at this. Absolute beast. From Coast Cycles I’m riding. I mean, this is probably the
coolest bike I’ve ever seen. People always go on
about 23 millimeter tires and then it was 25’s the fastest. Then it was 28 is the fastest. This has got four inch tires
and they feel amazing (laughs). It’s so much grip and like, it’s like one of the like motorbike tires. They’re incredible. Coast has really thought
differently about bike design. So, rather than have the
traditional diamond shape, well it’s got something
completely different, but this is a bike designed
for urban environments and to be really practical. So, it’s interesting to see the different design
choices that’ve been made. So, you’ve got these massive fat tires that, well, are really good for low speed, short turn maneuverability. They got loads of grip and
loads of puncture protection. Both are really comfortable and then you’ve got the suspension as well to add even more comfort. This massive seat that’s
like a sort of chopper, it may have multiple
passengers on a bike like this. You can sit, yeah you can
put pegs on the wheels so you can have footrests
for those passengers and there’s mount points
for luggage as well and carrying loads of
luggage isn’t a problem because you’ve got a motor to assist you. So, it’s great. And for added practicality,
the Gates Carbon Drive down here as well. So, many more maintenance
compared with if you had a normal chain drive
system on the bike as well. Nice. Tell you what though, I
could really see myself cruising around the mean streets
of Bathe on one of these. Probably form a gang, get some leather jackets, but waistcoats. Let us know in the comment
section what you think our gang should be called. Let’s find some more tech now. Good lights are essential
for cycling safely in an urban environment. So, I wanted to illuminate you about some flash new
lights that CatEye has. So, these are CatEye’s new sync lights and they’ve got a number of really cool sort of high tech features built into them to make them better. So, they all sync together and they can also sync to your phone and one of the advantages here is that you can turn them all on or off with the press of a single
button on any of the lights. So, I’ll show you. It doesn’t end there, though. The Kinetic Rear Light also has an accelerometer built into it, which can detect when
you’re getting slower and therefore make the light
brighter as a safety feature which well, perhaps it should
be called a deccelerometer. Also, when you sync the
lights to your phone, you are able to see the battery life on each individual light
which is really awesome because it means you don’t have to worry that you’re not gonna have
enough battery for your ride and your lights are gonna
run out half-way through, you can see exactly where you’re at, but there’s some also
some cool stuff over here, so I’m gonna show you that. (tape whirring) – CatEye also has this new
computer called The Quick which is designed
specifically for commuting and riding in an urban environment and it displays all the sort
of essential information you need such as speed, time,
average speed, distance, but it’s an inexpensive and very sort of elegant and clean design. I like it. This wheel is called the Hycore T1 and it’s a new product
here at the Taipei Show. Now, at first it might just look like a really high tech trispoke wheel, but it’s much more than that. It’s actually an eBike wheel, so by inserting this wheel into your bike, you can turn it into an eBike which means you don’t
need to buy an eBike. You can simply use your existing bike and just get one of these wheels, which is really cool
and a really novel idea. Now, the way it works,
is it actually integrates the entire eBike system
into just the wheel. There’s no need for any additional parts that you would have to
stick to your frame. It’s sort of contained within
here, which is really neat. So, this is the battery here
and then there’s two motors. One there and one there
and through beveled gears, they actually spin into
this central gear box and that’s how it just
generates the forward motion. I’m just gonna spin it up
so you can see it turning. It’s also got some rather
cool lights on it as well as an added bonus, but each one of the motors is
capable of producing 180 watts which means what 360 watts
of assistance in total and the makers reckon the
battery is good enough for 50 kilometers of riding,
which is pretty impressive ’cause it’s quite a small battery in such a neat and self-contained unit and to charge the battery,
you can simply take it out. You can open a panel on the
back and remove the battery and charge it and if
you’ve got a spare battery, you can put one in as well. This is called The Cyclo
and according to the makers, it’s the only thing you
need on your handlebars. Now, it’s a really
innovative piece of tech that’s designed for the commuter market and it’s just absolutely
jam packed full of features. So, fundamentally it’s a bike
computer for your handlebars, but it also features a camera and a light, but it also can do navigation, like so many features I’m
gonna have to look behind me. It’s a power bank for your mobile phone, it does all your sort of metrics like your speed and your
distance and all that and your calories burned, but it’s also a theft alarm, all right? So this is actually securely on your bike and it’s designed to be left on your bike and it links up to your smartphone, and if someone tries to steal your bike, an alarm goes off that’s 100 decibels and it automatically sends a
notification to your smartphone to tell you that a naughty person is trying to steal your bike. Size matters and if you don’t believe me, take a look down here because this is the world’s smallest eBike according to the makers, Lekuma. The makers also recommend
this is the smallest eBike motor in the world
and attached to that are well, pretty much the
smallest wheels in the world. You get 250 watts out of this though, and 15 kilometers range, which is awesome and this bike is designed
to kind of address the needs of people who want to use a bike as a mode of transport
in an urban environment, but also other forms of transport as well such as trains, buses, and even airplanes and to that end, the battery that’s fitted neatly into this tube, is designed to be safe
to be taken on airplanes. So, obviously it’s no where near as fast as a full-on rode bike, but it’s still a lot faster than walking. Ebikes, if you haven’t guessed already, are really big here at Taipei this year except for this one which is really small, so let’s see how small it
goes down when it’s packed up. (tape whirring) How cool is that? That is really compact
and it’s got these wheels on the back down here, so that you can use it as like a trolley to move it around to make it easier. For an eBike to go that
small, that’s incredible. It’s like a transformer. I’m over on the KMC stand. Now KMC are the largest manufacturer of bicycle chains in the world and they’ve got a new chain
that’s specifically designed for single-speed eBikes and they’ve decided to
try and make a chain that’s better suited for
well, urban cycling and eBikes by making it more durable
and less likely to drop off and they way they’ve done this
is new designs on the pins and also on the plates
on the side of the chain that have a sort of, well they’re wider and don’t sort of sham fit in,
like on a traditional chain, which means there’s less
chance of it dropping once it’s been worn, but it’s great to have
a chain for your eBike that well, gonna last longer
and isn’t gonna wear as fast. As a cyclist, discovering
that your pride and joy has been stolen is well,
an even worse feeling than accidentally reversing over your family on Christmas day. So, I’m always really happy
to see new bike lock tech and here at the ULAC
stand, they’ve got this and this is a D-Lock
with a thumbprint scanner which you use to unlock it and lock it. Well, it’s not just a thumbprint scanner, it’s also a fingerprint scanner and you can store up to 20
different fingerprints on there, which is well, really awesome, but should the thumbprint scanner fail or be damaged by a horrible thief, then there’s actually a backup key that you can use to lock
and unlock the lock too and the battery life for
the thumbprint scanner last for 2,000 scans which is really long and there’s a USB port to charge it so you can also charge it out and about if you’ve got a power bank. In addition to this little one, there’s also a big chain lock and some larger D-locks as well. There’s a full range,
but yeah, really cool. D-locks and chains are great for securing your frame and your wheels, but the smaller items on your bike that are held in place by Allen bolts can be hardest to secure
against those pesky thieves, but fortunately, Hexlocks
has a really neat and innovative little tiny gadget that can solve that problem. You can take a standard Allen bolt or hex bolt anywhere on your bike and you can turn it into a security bolt with this simple insert. They’re available for
different sized bolts and they’re made from a
medical grade stainless steel to stop them corroding which
is a really nice feature and I just think they’re
really great for securing something like your seat
post so that thieves can’t steal your seat post. Oh, and if you were wondering, what happens if a thief gets
ahold of one of these keys, they can just go around
unlocking all these bolts, well, they can’t because
the keys are all different and you need to have the right key. I’ve spoken about Gates
Carbon Drive on GCN before and one of the best advantages of it is that it offers much lower maintenance over a traditional
drive train with a chain and this makes it great for
urban cycling and commuting. Well, you want less hassle, but in the past, it’s been
quite a premium product and Gates is looking to
rectify that with these which are more affordable
chainring sprockets for use in the drive train. They’re now made from a composite material which reduces manufacturing costs and it’s great to see this kind of tech becoming more affordable
and more mass market in bikes that are gonna
cost much less money than they did before and over here I’ve spotted,
you can see on the wall, that’s one of the Schindelhauer bikes from the Red Hook Tech Video. One of the trends we’re seeing is that urban and commuter tech is becoming increasingly low
maintenance and hassle-free which is exactly what you
want for that kind of riding. And Schwalber have got a new tire system which is particularly exciting. So, this is an airless system and it’s basically designed
to avoid punctures. The system has three main components, so you’ve got the traditional sort of tire rubber outer layer. Then, you’ve got this blue
strip down the middle, which hold the bead in place and then, in place of the air, you’ve got this material
that sort of fills the void which is the same sort of material you might find in your Adidas trainers. The main advantages of this system are that you avoid punctures and you don’t have to pump up your tires regularly before rides. There are a couple of disadvantages. So, it weighs considerably more than a standard inner tube in a tire and there is increased rolling resistance, but it’s designed mainly for eBike use and for commuting, well,
it’s a welcome trade-off. All right. Well, I hope you enjoyed
our look at the latest new urban cycling tech and if you have, then please give this video a thumbs up and subscribe to the channel. If you wanna watch more of the
latest new tech from Taipei, then click down here. I’ve gotta commute home now through this urban metropolis in the rain. It’s kinda just like being in England. Bye.