We have plenty, plenty more Eurobike stories to come, so let’s get things started with a visit to the Salsa and Surly booths.
As seen in our Sea Otter coverage, Salsa has some smart new racks coming out that’ll please the bikepackers out there. They’re gently curved to take a sleeping bag or tent with plenty of bungee attachments too.
Rear rack on a Fargo - we've heard rumours of a titanium Fargo coming out at Interbike too.
Here's the front rack as mounted on a Vaya - looks ideal for a tiny sleeping bag.
A huge tyre. Must be a Surly. Nope, it's a Salsa Mukluk
Salsa has a new snowbike called the Mukluk – space as usual for 4in super huge tyres, but this has a non-offset back end so that (with included spacer) you can run ‘regular’ 135mm 29er wheels in it when you’re not snow-biking.
Quite chunky then. We like the heavenly sun rays kissing it.
Over to Surly, next door. There are some revisions, a brand new model, a huge trailer and a move away from the beige and brown palette of previous years.
Here's the Steamroller with new 'Open bars'
Beige still lives on in the Steamroller. Behind is the new blue Cross Check.
The snow bike that (mostly) started it all, the Pugsley. All Surlys now get a dropped top tube (and that little joining tube) for more standover.
The Rolling Darryl is a 'lightweight' new snow rim coming in at 'just' 740g each.
Now what on earth is that? It's the new Surly trailer...
It's a complex looking dropout, but it allows direct mount of the new trailer, plus options for B.O.B. nuts too.
The new Surly Troll. It's basically a geared 1x1 frame, but also has dropouts to take the new trailer.
A low-down universal joint keeps the weight low with minimal effect on steering. The claimed payload of the new trailer (which comes in short or long) is 300lbs. It even features threaded bosses so you can construct your own framework/box sides.
Many human-powered delivery companies are already ordering them. US price will be $750, so it's not for casual trips to the pub.
We'd like to thank SRAM for countless fine coffees during the show. (Though next time, please let Matt have one too.)
Genesis bikes has been busy over the summer. There are many new versions of popular models – and indeed this was the first time that Genesis had exhibited on its own at the show. Still nearly warm from the welder was the first run of the new prototype titanium hardtail.
Here you can see the 44mm headset 'standard' allowing you to run tapered forks, check out that flattened top tube too and the Crud Catcher mounts.
Even the insides of the dropouts have been weight-relieved.
A new chainstay plate allows mud clearance AND narrow cranks.
We expect to see lots of these buzzing round a town near you soon.
This is a very interesting new Genesis. A Day One 'cross bike, but with (current) eight speed Alfine and disc brakes. World tour? Cyclocross race? Both