Beast Components / Dinolfo Cycles
After seeing a myriad of “fun” small-wheeled e-bikes, it was a pleasure to spot a real steel hardtail at the Beast Components booth. Of course, the Dinolfo Cycles hardtail was fitted with plenty of Beast carbon parts, including ED30 rims, handlebars, stem and saddle. The bike also sported an Intend BC Blackline Ebonite fork, Trickstuff brakes and a Vectum Nivo 212 dropper post.
The Beast Components also lead their colored components on display. They offer red and blue pieces and started doing limited colored editions earlier this year.
The new MTBE 2 comes with many great features: it has an adjustable visor and reflectors all around the shell. The dimple style section of the shell doesn’t scratch as easily as regular options and can provide a small aero advantage. The helmet also has the “Cascofit” mesh inside the shell which is supposed to provide a good fit and ventilation as well as additional protection against rotational forces in the event of an impact.
It can also be made winterproof by attaching an additional transparent shell (which protects against wind and rain) and it can also be equipped with earmuffs.
The MTBE Fullface helmet is based on the MTBE 2, but has a full carbon shell and obviously a chin bar. It looks sleek and isn’t as wide as other full face options. The MTBE Fullface comes with two sets of pads so you can adjust the fit.
All Casco helmets are made in Romania, including all small parts such as straps.
Evil Eye is a well-known Austrian manufacturer that offers sunglasses with smart features. Most of their sunglasses come in two sizes, have adjustable temples and adjustable nose pads. The branches also have a braking mechanism and can be clipped into the frame.
In case you need prescription glasses, Evileye offers you three different options: clips, direct glazing (the full lens is made according to your prescription) and adapter glazing (the middle part of the lens will be made according to your needs) .
The new Traileye NG Pro comes with silicone lens protectors available in different colors, allowing you to change the look of your sunglasses in seconds.
The Peak Sight goggle allows you to use two lenses stacked on top of each other. In the setup they had at the show, a bright lens was the base and the darker blue lens was used on top. As the lenses can be clipped on in seconds, this is a nice feature when riding in variable conditions.
All Evil Eye products are made in Linz, Austria.
One of the coolest features of Xentis wheels is their fully modular hubs: with the right adapters you can use them with skewers and a wide range of thru-axles.
Their new Squad 2.5 MTB wheels have an internal width of 25mm and also a height of 25mm. The set weighs 1289 g and costs 2199 euros.
All Xentis rims are made in Austria, where the wheels are also made. Each wheel is signed by the person who built it.
Until now, most of the shorts from the Austrian brand Löffler have been aimed primarily at cross-country, gravel and tour riders. The new Lando shorts are for gravity runners, however, and are so long that you won’t have to worry about the unsightly pad gap.
It has adjusters at the waist, soft breathable fabric at the back and comes with a liner that has a 90kg density gel chamois.
Löffler sources its fabrics, garments and upholstery from European suppliers. They pride themselves on doing approximately 70% of all knitting at their headquarters in Ried am Innkreis and the actual sewing of their garments takes place in Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania and other European countries. Only 1.25% of their products come from abroad.
Löffler says their products are carbon neutral. 72% of the energy comes from renewable sources, including solar panels at their headquarters. All emissions that cannot be avoided, such as those from trucks, are offset by a certified climate project in Bulgaria.
Vertical is a new company that set out to create the lightest dropper posts on the market. Although the trip may not be the longest, the weight will be around 300g which is impressive.
The design is also very nice, with an air valve that is easily accessible and still allows you to mount a seat bag. More details will be announced when the dropper launches.
For those of you who want additional safety features, the new Alpina Stan MIPS Tocsen might be an interesting option. Not only does it come with the proven MIPS system, it also has a Tocsen crash sensor. It connects to your smartphone and will send a message to predefined contacts or other Tocsen users who are nearby in the event of an outage.
Zandona is an Italian company from the Venice region that has been manufacturing protective equipment for motorsport for many years.
They offer a wide range of knee and elbow pads as well as chest protectors and full vests. All products are available in different sizes and almost all products are CE Level 2 certified, which means they offer a high level of protection and shock absorption.
The Kindernay XIV is a 14-speed hub gear operated by a hydraulic shifter. It can handle up to 160 nm and offers a range of 543%.
What sets it apart from the crowd is the fact that the rim is bonded to a cage, so the actual gear hub can be swapped between multiple axles or bikes. It is available for several thru-axle standards and weighs 1750 grams (hub with cage and shifter).
Sour Bicycles of Dresden, Germany presented the first prototype of its new “Doucle Choc” full suspension bike at the show. There will be some changes on the production models, but the most important specs remain the same: 140 – 160 mm of travel at the front, 148 or 132 mm at the rear (185 x 55 or 185 x 50 Trunnion shock ). Everything seemed to be very well done and especially the rocker was a joy to watch.
The small size bikes will be designed for 27.5″ or 29″ wheels, while all other sizes are designed around 29″ wheels. All production will be done in and around Dresden.
They plan to offer four sizes with a reach of 423/455/485/510mm. With a 150mm fork, the geometry of a 455mm reach bike will be a 64° head angle, 78° seat angle, 100mm head tube, 443mm chainstays, a 30mm bottom bracket drop and 620mm stack.
circle the world
To end this article, I would like to introduce you to Bernie from Cercle the World. With the help of Alex from Portus Cycles, he built this awesome bike that definitely takes bikepacking to the next level.
It’s based on the idea of having your own chair, table and bed built into the frame of the bike. To do this, magnets are used to hold the two folding sides. Whenever you feel like taking a break, converting the bike to chair mode is a matter of seconds. When you’ve found the perfect place to spend the night, the frame and two tent pegs help turn the bike into a tent.
Bernie plans to build at least two more of these bikes and will start touring the world on May 1, 2023. A friend will join him and the idea is to have a third bike with them for people who want to ride with them during a day or even more. Once back home, he wants to build more of these bikes. Since they use a Pinion P1.18 gearbox and have very intricate single parts, the bikes won’t come cheap, but you’ll get a truly amazing bike.
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