Top 10 Bike Trends For 2019

Top 10 Bike Trends For 2019


(upbeat electronic music) – We’re rapidly approaching
the end of 2018, and it’s about this time
of year where we start thinking about what’s
gonna come up next year. So in this video, I’m gonna
talk you through trends that we think will be poppin’ up in the coming year. Hopefully our predictions will be, well let’s say, better
than our race predictions. (electronic music) – 2018 was undeniably the year for Aero and the Gravel Bike. We saw manufacturers
release a lot of Aero bikes from BMC, Specialied, Canon
L, Cervelo among others, so we think we’re probably not gonna see too many new Aero bikes in 2019. So other manufacturer’s
models will get some love. We think we can expect
some major new updates to the Endurance and
the Lightweight models. (bouncy rock music) Since the boom of the public hire bike, the backlash to the
dockless ones will continue. But instead, could we see
the rise of the hire e-bike? I mean, check this out. This is the Uber JUMP
e-bike in San Francisco. They have seen a massive increase of 15% in journeys on JUMP
bikes since their launch, and, well, the Uber cars
have had a decrease of 10%. Now Uber’s rival, Lyft, have
invested in a similar product, and Uber have announced
that they will launch their JUMP scheme in Europe next year. So could this be the model
that gets hire e-bikes right? (uptempo music) There’s long been that saying in cycling that the ideal number
of bikes is N plus one, N being the number of
bikes you already have and plus one being you
always want another bike. But in 2019, we think it will
be the year of N minus one. With the increase of gravel
bikes, all-road bikes, and do-everything bikes,
could this be the year that we have one bike that rules them all? (rock music) Next season sees a shift in the way the men’s World Tour
points and the overall individual rankings will be decided, and we think these changes will actually make us care more about the World Tour and not just the individual races. First of all, the points
on offer have changed for certain races, putting more emphasis on the bigger races, like the
Classics and the Grand Tours, and less on the smaller stage races. The UCI rankings will also decide two of the Wild Card Division One teams for every World Tour race, meaning that we should see all the best riders at every race, and the lowest ranked
teams will get relegated. See, it does sound good, doesn’t it? Very exciting, actually. Ah, next year’s gonna be tasty. (techno pop music) Next year also sees a year
where we’ll be seeing pros race across different
disciplines of the sport. Yes, with riders like Wout van Aert, Pauline Ferrand Prevot,
and Bahrain-Merida’s Ivan Garcia Cortina
racing the Red Hook Crit. Well, we’ve seen it before, but next year sees, for the first time, a World Tour team take concerted effort. Yes, the EF Education
First squad have announced their plans to race races
like the Dirty Kanza, the Red Hook Crit, among others, as well as their
conventional race program. Could this be the new trend? (aggressive rock music) Yes, I know, XC does technically belong in the world of mountain biking, but we thought it would be
also relevant for us here because in 2019 we
think that cross country will take over from downhill as the new blue ribbon
event of mountain biking. Now I’m gonna let you
into a bit of a secret. Red Bull have released their, oh no, it’s not really a secret,
they’ve released it… But they’ve announced
that their viewers numbers were far greater in XC than in downhill for the first time ever. Now that’s quite something. And if more roadies
are doing other events, could we see Sagan join
Mathieu van der Poel and Pauline Ferrand Prevot? Well, I guess we’ll see. (electronic music) Power meters as standard. Yes, we first saw this
on the Specialized Venge and the Cannondale System 6, but we think that Top M bikes released from now on will increasingly feature
power meters as standard. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a massive decrease in
the price of power meters and a massive increase
in people using them. So it makes sense for
manufacturers to use power meters as a way to put their bikes
ahead of their competitors. Now, the only big question
is what model will this take? Will brands go for Cannondale’s way of charging to activate,
or will they be ready to go while straight out of the box? I mean, that’d be nice. (echoing pop rock music) Now, unfortunately, we’re not claiming that all the inequality issues
plaguing women’s cycling is gonna go away in the 2019 season. I mean, that’d be amazing but
it’s just not gonna happen. However, the slow move to
equality we hope will continue. I mean, take Tour de
Yorkshire, for example. I mean, yes, the women’s
race is only two days and the men’s is four, but they race the same amount
of distance as the men’s, the same amount of climbing,
and really nothing cut out. So we hope that will continue
moving forward into next year. (modern electronic music) Yes, like them or loathe them,
e-bikes are here to stay. Most e-bikes out on the market now are still quite ugly and
bulky-looking things, mostly designed for going around town or down your nearest mountain. But next year, we’ll be
seeing e-bikes continue to look more and more
like normal road bikes. I mean, look at the
Pinarello Nitro, for example, that Dan rode, and that Rivel e-bike, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. We think this will be a common sight in your local club ride. (electronic music) Over on the Tech Channel,
you might have noticed that we’ve got a countdown to
the death of the rim brake. Yes, the point where all new
bikes come out with discs, and this was actually predicted
by an industry insider. Could 2019 be the year that we see every major manufacturer release
new bikes featuring discs? I mean, I think yes. I hope you’ve enjoyed this video and I hope most of our
predictions ring true in 2019, and if you want another video to watch, why don’t you check out this one, a video on the most
successful bikes of 2018. And while you’re at it, why don’t you give this
video a big thumbs up? Right, I think I deserve
a mince pie, don’t you? Oh yeah. Merry Christmas, all!