The Hottest New Bike Tech From The Taipei Cycle Show 2019

The Hottest New Bike Tech From The Taipei Cycle Show 2019


– I’m here at the 2019 Taiepei Bike Show to bring you the hottest new bike tech. This is Asia’s largest
bike trade industry show and it’s got over 1,400 exhibitors. It’s massive but to truly
appreciate just how big it is, I really have to show
you, so check this out, or should I say, tech this out. (hypnotic EDM music) This Pinarello Dogma is fitted with a really cool piece of tech called the XSHIFTER by a
company called CICLOVATION. Now what this does is it turns any mechanical groupset on any bike into an electronic wireless groupset. How awesome is that? It does it by having these
little shifter buttons that are on your handlebars and then these connect to actuators, which you place near to your
rear and front derailleurs and that grips the cable and
that moves the cable for you to change the gear and
it does it in a really neat, fast, and precise way. It’s impressive how well it works. The cool thing here is
that it’s a lot cheaper than the full price of a
full electronic groupset. It’s a much cheaper upgrade. It costs 399 US dollars I’m told and the weight is just 120 grams. Here we have the system fitted to a SRAM Red mechanical groupset and I’m genuinely impressed
with how well it shifts. There’s also an app which
allows you to adjust the timing of the shifts and also the shift intervals as well. Nice! I’ve just spotted a very special bike. This is the Team CCC
bike of Greg Van Avermaet and its resplendent gold paint job, which signifies the fact that he is the current reigning Olympic champion. It’s a stunner, isn’t it? But what’s really cool for me is the fact that it’s got
these #overachieve wheels on, which John craftily spotted in the Middle East earlier in the year but this is the first time
I’ve seen them in the flesh, or carbon, and they
look really cool indeed. These are actually a tubular version, now that I can get my
hands on them and see them. And also something that
I’ve never seen before is this #overachieve-branded saddle, which is craftily on it. It looks incredible. It’s quite a short-nosed saddle and it’s got this really
cool carbon rail underneath so I guess it’s very light but I can’t take it off and weigh it. And also around here, we’ve got the time trial wheels, which we’ve also seen the CCC team using. So you’ve got the disc wheel at the back, with the big #overachieve logo on it and this really nice
looking Textreme carbon, and then the four-spoke
front wheel as well, which looks very fast indeed. I’ve been trying to find
out a bit more information about the #overachieve
wheels and saddles and stuff and everyone’s been a bit tight-lipped. No one’s really saying much about it. I searched online and found that there is an overachieve.cc website, which
has mysteriously popped up, but, again, there’s not much
information on there yet so I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned. I’m really excited
about this piece of tech because I think it’s a world first. It’s an anti-lock braking
system for a caliper rim brake and it can be fitted to, well, any caliper rim brake or
v-brake front and rear. Here we’ve got it fitted to the front. It’s from a company
called SABS from Taiwan. The system comes on automatically
when you brake really hard and it’s able to pump the brake at a rate of 11 osculations
in three seconds. That’s pretty cool. And we can see it actually
in operation on this jig with this spinning wheel next to the bike. In terms of how it works, I don’t know. I’ve asked them and they’re
being a bit tight-lipped on it because they’re a bit worried about people stealing the idea and
intellectual property but they have said that it doesn’t contain pneumatics or electronics. It’s a purely mechanical system and it works over and over again. So pretty cool. If you have any ideas how it works, let us know in the comments. I’ve just come over to
the FSA and Vision stand and there is loads of new
tech here, starting with this. So here we have the K-Force WE groupset. We’ve seen it before but
I’ve not seen it before with hydraulic disc brakes. That’s new for me. And the most exciting thing
here is the levers because they’re much more ergonomic-shaped than other hydro levers
we’ve seen out there. That is a really low profile and the way FSA has done this is by instead of putting
the master cylinder here, it’s put it here. So it kind of makes
them a little bit longer but nice and ergonomic
and low on the tops there. I like that. The guys at FSA tell me
that the availability of the WE hydro disc groupset is gonna be around May, June of this year so stay tuned for that. I’ve also spotted these
rather cool looking power meters and chainrings. So this is FSA’s PowerBox power meter but it now comes with
a subcompact chainset and also this rather substantial and aero-looking TT version. That’s a 55-tooth chainring
and filled in to be more aero. I like the look of that. There’s also some aftermarket chainsets that are specifically
for the e-bike market, which is pretty interesting because FSA believes that as the
e-bike market develops, customers are gonna start to be a little more discerning
about modifying their bikes and fitting chainrings
that are better suited to the riding that they’re doing. I’m not seeing any of the brands
really focusing on this yet so that’s quite an interesting move. And then they also have
this integrated stem, which I’m particularly pleased to see because if you have a modern bike with lots of integration on it, as we’re increasingly seeing, then your stem and bar
options can be quite limited. Say, for example, with my Trek Madone, it’s hard for me to use anything but Trek’s proprietary bar and stem. But with this one, you could
actually fit your cables in through the stem and route them down into the headtube there. It’s nice and neat. I like it. I’m a massive TT nerd,
as many of you know. Couldn’t help but notice
this rather spectacular disc wheel from Vision. It’s a Metron tubular but I believe there’s a
clincher version as well. And then I spotted there’s some new FSA WE groupset, well,
TT-specific bits as well. So look at these bar-end shifters! How cool are they? They are really neat. And then on the levers
as well, there’s buttons. Not seen these before. Nice! Just spotted some new wheels
from a brand called CEC, which I’ve not heard of before, but they’ve really caught my attention because they appear to have fabric spokes and these are actually
made from a material called Dyneema according to the brand. And this is a gravel endurance
wheelset and the intention is that by having these
Dyneema fabric spokes, the wheel can compress more
and absorb shocks better than a wheel with traditional spokes. It’s a really intriguing concept and I’d be keen to see how it works and how it actually feels out on the road. But also by having these these spokes, they’re able to make the
wheel a bit lighter as well. So this is a 38 millimeter
deep carbon clincher rim disc brake-specific wheel,
it’s 22 millimeters wide, and it’s tubeless-compatible and it weighs just 1250 grams a pair, which is very competitive. You can always rely on Topeak for some exciting new gadgets and they don’t disappoint
me this year either. The TubiBooster, we’ve seen this before. It’s a big canister that
you that can pre-charge with 160 PSI to help quickly inflate a tubeless tire onto a rim because sometimes it can
be quite difficult to seat a tubeless into the bead and so this just releases a
load of air really quickly. They’ve actually modified it now and called it the TubiBooster X and with this, you can
now attach a track pump into the top of it and
it has a hose as well. And this means you can make use of the gauge on the track pump to be more accurate in
how much air you put in. Nice little modification. But the thing that’s really caught my eye is this. This is the AirBooster G2 and it’s a CO2 inflator
with a gauge built into it. Really cool. I’ve used a lot of CO2 inflators but I’ve never see one with a gauge in. They’re really useful
gadgets but the problem is that you don’t know
how much air’s gone in, there’s always a bit
of guesswork involved, and this takes the guesswork out of it. I’m gonna try it and see how I get on. So you can’t see on the gauge now ’cause it’s gone back to zero
’cause it’s not connected but I didn’t use the whole canister and this went about 110 PSI (laughing) so it certainly, well, it’s really hard. It’s only a 23 millimeter
tire but that’s cool. I love the idea that you now know exactly how much air is in there and you can use the gauge to let a bit out and you’d know exactly how
much is in there as well. I really like that. I’ve come onto the KS stand, KS being a company that
manufactures dropper posts amongst other things and you may have seen their dropper posts on the Mavic neutral service
bikes at the Tour de France but they have some new specific
ones for road and gravel, which is particularly exciting. This is one fitted to a gravel bike. It’s the LEV CI. It’s very, very light. It’s made from carbon fiber
on the tube though as well. If I press the button on the bar, you’ll see it pop up, nice. About a 160 millimeters
of travel on this one. Why is this useful? Well, for gravel bikes,
it’s particularly useful because when you go down a really little steep descent on some gravel, it can be quite disconcerting when you’ve got the saddle-to-bar
drop of a road bike. You feel like you’re sort
of going over the handlebars so being able to alter your position and get lower with your center of gravity, thanks to being able to lower your saddle, makes technical descents much better. There’s also an advantage
on the road, as well, by being able to adopt a more aerodynamic lower position when descending. This is something the Ivan Basso used in the Giro D’Italia years ago but it never really caught on. However now, bikes have gotten lighter so you see mechanics adding weight to bikes to get them to the UCI limit. Why not add some functional
weight and get more aero and not have to adopt a dangerous
position on the toptube? I think it’s, yeah. Could we see more of
dropper posts on road bikes? Who knows. Let us know in the comments. That’s it for day one
at the Taipei Bike Show. Hope you’ve enjoyed our
look at the hot new tech. If you have, give it a
thumbs up, subscribe to GCN, you know the deal. We’ve barely scratched the
surface of what’s here. It’s incredible how big this place is so stay tuned for more
tech coming out very soon on the channel from the show. And in the meantime,
if you’d like to watch more Taipei bike tech,
you can click down here for some stuff from last year. It’s cool if you’ve not seen it already. Watch it again if you have.