New Urban Cycling Tech At Eurobike 2018

New Urban Cycling Tech At Eurobike 2018


– Here at Eurobike, there are loads of absolutely brilliant
urban cycling solutions, including this dude’s cargo bike, which is probably the best way
for getting around the show. – Yeah so easy to ride apparently, that any idiot could do it. – Wow, what are you talking about? – Sorry mate, no I
didn’t mean it like that. Anyway, coming up we’ve got some of the absolute show highlights for you. – That’s right. (gentle music) – This is the Desiknio Urban bike and I’m a little bit in love but see exactly why I’m
a little bit in love, other than the aesthetics, we need to see the other side of this. there we go, there is a
lot of stuff going on here. Now this is on the Pinion stand and you can see it’s got a
Pinion C1.9 gearbox on there. So that is a nine speed
sequential gearbox. It’ll give you a super low bottom gear but a high gear that’s
equivalent to about 50-11 so you could really tank it
on this bike, let’s face it. And the brilliant thing
about Pinion for Urban bikes, well a lot of bikes in fact, is that it’s pretty much maintenance free, all it needs is an oil change once a year or roughly every 10,000 kilometers, which is a lot of city riding, isn’t it? It’s also got a Gates
Carbon Belt Drive on there, so again that doesn’t need
oil or lubrication or cleaning but the other thing about
this, is it’s an eBike. I don’t know whether
you’ve noticed that yet but it’s got and Ebikemotion hub on there with 250 watts at your disposal. The battery is concealed in the down tube, the ignition switch is
there on the top tube. And all in, it weighs just 15 kilos. And actually I have had
a little go on this one and it’s like a rocket ship. Over at POC and they’ve got a new helmet, it’s called The Omni
and this is their new, kind of entry level offering. They say it’s like a hybrid
that crosses from commuting over into road and
despite being entry level, it still has their new
internal spin system so that designed to reduce
rotational impact forces in the event of a crash. And in terms of use, when
you say it like a hybrid of commuting and road,
it feels quite robust, which is exactly what
you’d want for commuting, knocking around in your
bag and in the office. Although they tell it’s only 300 grams but part of that robust feeling comes from that internal shell there that you can see running across
the middle of the helmet. And then for road use, quite a lot of ventilation going on there and kind of a pleasingly retro
silhouette, I like that one. Then sticking with commuting, the POC and Forth range which is very cool and there’s a whole load of
new stuff on here as well. Starting with Oslo jacket and trousers, so that’s like a fully waterproof suit but it doesn’t look
like a waterproof suit, which is excellent. So they say the trousers
have been designed to actually be worn into the office, without looking like a total twerp. Moving down we’ve got the Montreal vest, which is a super reflective
lightweight gilet there. You notice there’s that
little LED blipping away there so this is a new little
idea that they’ve got, a new concept and the idea is that magnetic tabs are built
into the pieces of clothing, this one is a little tab but
it’ll actually be built in on the production samples, and then you can click these
little modular lights on there which is cool, innit? And then lastly we have this, which is the emergency poncho which I’m particularly a
fan of and you’ll see why. (soft seductive music) Have a look at this
trailer from Carry Freedom, I was drawn in across the show because it looks so cool. This is a prototype of a
delivery system basically. If you come over here, you
kind of see how it all works. So it’s based around a modular system so this is the basis of it,
this is like the basic trailer and you customize it
depending on your needs. So look, this here extends the towing bar so you can end up with a
five meter long trailer so you can tow a canoe. They say you can carry cellos with it, surfboards, whatever you like. It’ll take up to 90 kilos of weight and then also three widths of axle as well so you can potentially
even carry a palette. Sounds like a challenge. – This is the Mercedes-Benz Style, which is a bike that’s a collaboration between Argon 18 and Mercedes. And we actually featured it
in the GCN show last week but this is the first time
we’ve seen it in the flesh and it’s a seriously nice bike. So it’s part of the collaboration, a lot of the branding has been removed because that’s the Mercedes-Benz Style so you’ve got only subtle nods to the fact that’s it’s an Argon 18, with the simple little logo on the front and a nice Mercedes star on the top cap. Now this is just the
beginning of a partnership between Mercedes and Argon, that’s gonna be particularly exciting. The partnership’s set to last five years and at the moment, this is just a bike that’s been styled by Mercedes and it’s actually an Argon Krypton. But as the partnership develops, Argon has told us that
Mercedes is gonna get involved with the engineering of bike
frames and carbon layups and aerodynamics and bring all of its engineering expertise
into building the bikes. So that’s really exciting to see what Mercedes can do in the bike world. – This is something we
wanted to see for ages. What better way than to
give your bike a little bit of a pep up, than to respray it. Often quite expensive but
not with these guys, okay? So this is Spray.Bike and basically, it’s a bike specific spray paint, which means that it’s liquid in a can but then when you spray it,
in fact it becomes a powder. Now powder coating is the way that professionals respray bikes. And it’s supposed to be amazing so when you spray it
you won’t get any drips or whatever, you get a proper,
nice, simple, even coat so even a complete
newbie, I’m told like me, could actually get some
pretty amazing results. Now you could leave it
completely matte like this one or you could rub it down, to give it a more even smooth finish and then if you so wish,
you could actually start to make it gloss so you could
apply lacquer over the top to get that proper professional finish. And the coolest bit as far as I’m seeing, is you don’t need to prepare
the frame any further than just cleaning it down. So you can actually spray it over the top of your original paint
that came with your bike. – Hiplok has come up with something that could, quite frankly, completely change the way we think about locking up our bikes. Now this is their Airlock system, it’s been around a couple of years but they’ve come up with
a modification for it They’ve made it wireless and digital so that it can connect
to your smartphone app and using your smartphone
you could automatically, digitally unlock it via a
sort of proximity sensor when you walk towards the lock. How cool is that? But although this would be really awesome to have in your house,
it doesn’t end there. Hiplok believes that there’s
massive opportunities for this kind of tech for locking up bikes in mass areas such as your office or public spaces such as, train stations, could have devices like this fitted and you could book a space to lock it in a specific bike lock hub. That’d be awesome. – Make sure you give this
video a big thumbs up, if you have enjoyed the tech in there. Here we are surrounded by
proper urban bike tech. – They are the living
embodiment of urban cycling but this is only the
tip of the tech iceberg, here at Eurobike so be sure to check out all the
other videos and content that we’ve been putting out on the GCN Tech channel
and the GCN channel. – Yeah in fact there’s one you can get to by clicking on screen now.