Back after a couple year hiatus, and at a new location, Eurobike was buzzing with happy industry folk who made the trek from all over the world to catch up with old friends, and talk bikes, the future of bike biz and the economy. Sadly, another common topic took precedent at many of our meetings, and that was the surprisingly scary streets of Frankfurt. It seems many other bike industry people booked hotels in one of the sketchiest locations of town. Known by many as the Drug Temple, Frankfurt has earned the moniker of being the “Crime Capital” of Germany, and although we saw plenty of neat historic buildings, the trash and uneasy feeling are the biggest takeaways for many who came to the show. It seems like the part of town we stayed in was the worst, which we wouldn’t have guessed seeing as it’s right next to the main train station and the prices of the hotels. I’ll spare the gritty details of sex acts, exposed body parts, needles and attacks on fellow bike industry friends while on the streets, but I will say, it’s one of, if not the gnarliest places I’ve ever been. And as a Los Angeles native who spent plenty of time looking for trouble in Downtown L.A. and the Venice Boardwalk during my teenage years and early 20’s, that’s saying a lot. Instead of pulling up to booths to say hello to friends and chat about what cool stuff we’d seen at the show, bike talk was replaced with crazy stories about the rampant drug use, prostitution, homelessness, and fights just outside our hotel room door. Needless to say, many folks will be looking for hotels in new locations next year.

It wasn’t all gloom though. Once we left the Red-Light District and made our way to Messe Frankfurt where the event was taking place, the grit and nervousness turned to excitement as eight halls filled with all kinds of bikes and bike stuff greeted us every day. Being that the show was in Europe, there was definitely a heavy representation of eBikes, specifically in the cargo, urban and commuter categories. We made some stops and checked out the impressive work that goes into those wild contraptions but mostly let our counterparts from handle those things, while we focused on the knobby-tired bikes and bits.

Overall, the vibe from the show was very positive, which is a great sign for bike fans. When the brains behind the products we love to ride and tinker with are energized and happy, the advancements in tech are sure to boom as well. New tires, suspension improvements, new drivetrains, new eBike motors, helmet developments and more, means that we’re in store for some very cool stuff coming down the pipe across the industry.

Here’s a small selection of bits that caught our eye at the show. There’s a lot more cool stuff that we either couldn’t take photos of, or only shot video of for our YouTube video, so be sure to subscribe and check that out for lots more info and product.



Looking to create a more permanent and durable plug, Lezyne is close to finalizing this puncture-repairing bit. Part tire boot, part plug, these are designed to be installed once at home from the inside of the tire out and then trimmed to height. They’ll have different sizes available and should do a great job of keeping those expensive tires with big holes working longer.


As a huge sucker for classic styling, this belt-driven klunker blends style and silence. I love belt drives and this bike just looks way too cool to not acknowledge.


The Austrian brand known for making bad ass dirt bikes shares their name with a bicycle brand that was showing off a very well-rounded lineup. KTM eBikes looked promising with their Horst Link suspension design and we really liked the looks of this urban rig, complete with a KTM balance (strider-style) bike. We’re excited to get some KTM bicycles over to test in the future.


LAL’s Supre Drive is a product we were thoroughly impressed with, taking the theory of a standard derailleur setup, but moving the chain tensioning to a separate pulley in the crank area. This lets them remove the low-hanging derailleur cage, and add a hydraulically damped sprung tensioner. Less (or no) broken mechs, limited extra drag and better chain tensioning sound like good things to us, we’re excited to see where this tech goes.


There were three very cool Cavalerie bikes on display, all featuring belt-driven gearbox drivetrains. The prototype eMTB had a beautiful raw carbon finish with some crazy wheels on it. Their freeride/DH bike also looked like a blast and is probably dead quiet without any chain slap noise to worry about.



I’ve always wondered how it would feel to take a downhill bike, tweak the angles a touch to give a good climbing position, and add in a motor to fuel the uplift. The Cybro N°07 looks to be exactly that, and it really caught my attention. This thing looks ready to rip!


The biggest shouting point for OLI was their cross-compatibility with other systems. That’s to say, you could take a Shimano or Bosch-equipped bike, unbolt the motor and display, and install the OLI system in their place. I’ve got no idea how well the OLI system works, but I’m excited to see companies giving users another option, and the possibility to replace or upgrade their motor system to give an existing eMTB a new lease of life.


I don’t want to ride this on the mountain. Partly because of a lack of trust, which I’m sure will be earned if or when I do ride it. But also because I want to retain as much involvement in my ride as possible – I enjoy a front wheel lock up from time to time to keep things spicy and my brain firing. That said, for beginner riders who have a lot more to focus on and are yet to quite develop the fine finger control to modulate the brakes, this sounds like a fantastic idea.


A bike created to display what may well be “the future”, with a green mindset applied to the design and manufacture of the frame and fork, reducing material use and removing the need for shipping the bike across the world. We’ve still some ways to go as an industry, but 3D printing (or Additive Manufacturing) may help us to reduce our impact on the environment, and create exciting looking bikes like this in the process.


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