What’s going to be hot this year? Here’s our 10 predictions for Eurobike 2018!

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Ah, Eurobike. It’s the humongous bike show where tons of brands, media, buyers and even the public come together to check out all that is new in the bike world. It’s not just mountain bikes – there’s every sort of two wheeled pedal powered (and with a bit of e-help too in many cases) bicycle based product to be found. Complete bikes, components, clothing…it’s all here, complete with culture clashing wtf moments, ‘how did they ever get funding for that?’ inventions, and anonymous headset cap specialists who actually provide the caps for millions of bikes.

We’ve an intrepid gang of four on the scene: Wil is our Eurobike veteran, while Amanda, Andi and Hannah are all going in for the first time. It’s an especially risky endeavour for Amanda, since as a vegan there’s every chance she will return seriously malnourished, or poisoned by accidental dairy consumption (the rest of us can expect to get scurvy). You can follow her efforts to survive on #veganeurobikesurvival. We’re also using the hashtag #stweb18, and you’ll find that many of our discoveries are on Instagram stories before we get the chance to get a full story published, so stay tuned to those for hot news (and a good dose of behind the scenes nonsense too).

We know there will be pretzels, and salt, and sausage. But what else do we think we might find? What do we hope to find? And what would we really rather not see but fear we probably will? Here’s our predictions…

Andi

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Andi has come to Eurobike just to prove all his predictions are correct. Here he conducts research on the streets of Friedrichschafen.

1. Gearbox gears with an e-bike motor built in

It’s gonna happen, get over it. The end.

2. No downhill bikes

Downhill is dead. There will be no downhill bikes, only enduro machines. If you want to break bones, there’ll be Freeride, where we’ll see a growth in hemp based accessories. Grips, saddles and goggles will all be offering hemp based performance advantages for those who don’t fear painful landings.

3. Recycled Clothing

There will be clothing and shoes made from plastic bottles and bags. They’ll be made of rubbish, but because they’re good for the environment they will cost a zillion pounds.

Amanda

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Consider Amanda’s predictions a style guide of what’s to come this year.

4. Retro paint jobs

There will be lots of retro lettering, excessively kerned block text, and to go with it there’ll be retro colour schemes. Off whites, muddy reds, browns and oranges will throw us back to the 1970s, clashing colours will hark to the ‘80s and spackle of the ‘90s will make us all need to throw out our enduro-fluoro and get with the new old-style. I hope I’m right.

5. Solar powered e-bike charging points

Want to take your e-bike into the far flung mountains? Now you can, with portable and easily installed solar powered charging points. Once located, the charging point takes energy from the sun until you plug your e-bike in for that all important top up. As well as far flung places, these will be a great solution for those wanting to get a quick recharge while they’re at the supermarket, in the doctor’s or even at your favourite cafe stop.

Hannah

Unicorns. Everywhere. Or is that a Narwhal? Or a pigeon? A gnargeon?

6. Unicorns

There will be unicorns. Unicorns on bikes, unicorns on clothes, accessories to dress your bike up as a unicorn, and unicorn horns to attach to your helmet. There will also be rainbows, so you can go full unicorn rainbow if you want to.

7. Things that fold

Cashing in on the millennials (who all live in teeny tiny bedsits in cool urban city centre neighbourhoods) and commuters, there will be lots of space saving things that fold. Folding bikes, folding wheels, folding helmets, folding shoes. You can take your bike anywhere when it all folds up small enough to fit in a suitcase, luggage rack, or under your sofa.

8. Switches and buttons

There will be switches and buttons everywhere. Switches to change your head angle, ones to choose between shock settings, buttons to extend your bars in or out, to put your seat up or down, and unifying systems to bring the whole lot together in one big XC to Freeride Transformers style transformation.

Wil

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Front fanny packs are coming – Wil demands it.

9. Titanium e-bikes

The e-bike market is maturing, I think we’re seeing a new customer emerge who is after a more refined and perhaps retro aesthetic as an alternative choice to the swoopy lines and integrated fairings of current carbon and hydroformed alloy frames. Think elegant, bespoke titanium frames with small, classically round tubes made by small artisanal brands – just with a big battery and motor strapped to it, and some extra wires for the big plastic head unit. Bringing together the zing of titanium with the zoom of a motor, I think we’ll be seeing the first of this new e-Tit market here at Eurobike.

10. Actual Fanny Packs

The hip pack has been booming, but it’s time for the front-bum bag to make an entry. When was the last time your belly sweated? And it’s so much easier to access a pack that’s on your front, plus it keeps your centre of gravity where you need it. 

What do you think? Might we be closer to the truth than we know? Or will the truth be even stranger than the fiction? What do you think we’re going to see? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned here to read all about what we discover at Eurobike 2018.

Comments (2)

  1. Bikes propelled by string.

    Bikes with lugs.

    Turnips will be the new superfood, and special front racks (Titanium) will be available so that endurance riders can carry their turnips to nibble on during the race. There will be of course, a matching Ti spork.

    Due to the epidemic of asthma amongst professional racers, Trick Stuff will have a special inhaler mount to put on your frame.

    Gravel bikes will finally have 2.35″ tyres and actually be useful on gravel once the dropbars get higher than the fork crown.

    Downhill will indeed be dead. Not because of the lack of interest but the lack of unbroken riders. The new sport of downhill eWheelchair racing will take its place.

    The ePenny Farthing was about to be released, but the factory tester has taken up eWheelchair racing instead so will be unavailable to demonstrate it.

    Bound to be at least one of the above. My money is on the turnip…

  2. Primarily the future will eliminate the distractions of old school biking:

    Punctureless tyres.

    AI Suspension.

    No chains. No cables. No sprockets.

    Bikes will come in e- or not e- versions of the same model. ie with strap-ons as an upgrade.

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