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Eurobike 2016: Bikes and Bits
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Posted on: Friday 2nd September 2016

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Eurobike 2016 Part Two: Bikes, Groupsets and Components

Here is part two of our highlights from Eurobike (, courtesy of Richard Melik of Freespeed (

In this feature, Richard picks out a few highlights he spotted including an on-bike wind tunnel (well, sort of...) and a cut price (relatively) version of the bike that Jan Frodeno is currently crushing the Ironman world with.

Argon 18 CdA sensor system

One of the truly exciting developments at the show was the work being done by Marc Graveline at Argon 18 to incorporate real time CdA (drag) sensors into the next generation TT and road bikes.

A combination of sensors, accelerometers and gps provide incredibly detailed data on bike speed, wind speed, pitch, yaw angle and braking force – all either in real time on your preferred head unit or for analysis after the ride in the major training software packages.

Arguably more valuable than (or at least an alternative to), wind tunnel testing, this can be done under actual riding conditions – head position, back angle, elbow width, high hands/low hands, helmet choice? Change things up and keep an eye on your CdA numbers and fine tune what works best for you.

Whilst the system is being specially developed for Argon18 they are also working on a standalone kit to fit the technology to other brands.

Definitely one to keep an eye on.

Argon 18 CdA

Canyon Speedmax CF

With many of the major triathlon bike brands choosing to stay away from the show this year – Cervelo, Felt and Trek amongst others – the most notable bike launch for triathletes came from Canyon.

A new launch for 2017 range is the Speedmax CF version of their already hugely popular (and successful) CF SLX TT bike. The bike shares much of the aesthetic appeal of its older brother but the main selling point is the price point.

Starting at £2200 for the 105 equipped bike it is going to be seen at a lot of races next year. Granted it doesn’t have the clean, fully integrated front end or hidden brakes of the SLX but this also makes it an easier frame to break down for travel and maintenance.

Available to order now, and be warned, their popular bikes have a habit of selling out early.

Canyon Speedmax CF

Shimano Dura Ace Di2 9100

A first up close look at Shimano’s flagship new groupset, available soon, and there is a lot to be impressed with.

Shimano Dura Ace Di2 9100

The synchronised ‘semi-automatic’ shifting has been getting a lot of the attention since the launch but I was equally impressed with some more subtle improvements. The new TT shifters are very neat, one button units and are reminiscent of the SRAM eTap buttons in shape.

Shimano Dura Ace Di2 9100

For road bikes the control box has been designed to double as a bar end plug with the wiring routed inside the bars, so no more plastic strap around the stem and hours spent hiding all the cables.

Shimano Dura Ace Di2 9100

Redesigned pedals, brakes, shifters and the addition of an integrated powermeter and hydraulic braking options make it an exciting step forward for an already popular groupset.

CeramicSpeed SRAM compatibility

A favourite brand with many pro triathletes, CeramicSpeed bearings significantly improve the smooth running of the moving parts on any bike – bottom brackets, hubs, derailleurs and chains all benefit from the attention of this innovative Danish company.

Their oversized pulley caught my attention in Kona last year, Tim Don has been using it this year, and they have now added SRAM compatibility to allow those with the popular SRAM eTap wireless groups to join in the fun. 


ISM saddles

There are two certainties on the Big Island each year when it comes to the bike count announcement. Cervelo will have twice as many bikes as any other brands and ISM will have twice as many saddles. If there has been a criticism of ISM saddles over the years it is that they are quite chunky and heavy and perhaps not the most aesthetically pleasing saddles.


For 2017 this has been addressed with the launch of two new models – the PN3.0 and the PN3.0C. A sleeker, lighter profile – a cross between the Prologue and the Attack – if it rides as well as it looks they will have a winner on their hands. The carbon version is a real head turner and we can see it being a perfect complement to any triathlon superbike project.


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