Hottest New Road Bike Tech | Eurobike 2018


– Brace yourselves because coming up we have got some the hottest,
new road bike tech out there. – That’s right, we’re here at Eurobike. 13 halls and over 1400 exhibitors, showing the latest and greatest products. – We’ve got our work cut out Ollie, we better get a move on. You go that way, I’ll go that way? – Sounds good man.
– Right. (smooth music) It’s fair to say that this,
has completely blown me away. This is on the Ceramic Speed booth, and it’s their brand new invention. It’s so new in fact that the patent is still pending on there,
it’s genuinely mind-blowing. They have been targeting
the idea of improving the efficiency of your
bike for many, many years, and there’s loads of different components. Like oversized jockey
wheels and ceramic bearings that help them do that, but their goal was to create a bike that’s 99% efficient, and they reckon that they’ve done it. So let me talk you through it, because you might be struggling
to get your head around it. Basically, instead of a
chain you have a drive shaft, and on it are 21 bearings in total. The chain ring effectively, which can’t be called a chain ring anymore because there is no chain, is kinda rotated 90 degrees. So that then turns these bearings, it turns the drive shaft,
and then at the other end, on a standard hub would you believe, on a standard free wheel,
you’ve then got the equivalent. And so in total, they
say it is 99% efficient. Now this one is a Simsbury
version at the moment, but this rear cog, I guess
that’s what it’s called, can be built into actually a cassette. You can change gear by then moving the second set of bearings
up and down the drive shaft. Now you’ll be pleased to hear that you don’t need to use your imagination, because apparently there
is a complete bike. And here it is, the working prototype, with a 13 speed cassette. (smooth music) – Ah man, I love a bling pair of shoes, and I just spotted these new
Infinito R1’s from Fi’zi:k, and now available in a new
color which is this gray-knit. They look so cool, I really
want a pair of those. There’s also some other
cool new knit colors as well available, which we’ve got here. Fi’zi:k also have some new saddles, which are particularly bling as well. So last year they came
out with the Versus models which feature this relief
channel down the middle. They only went up to the
carbon railed R1 designation, and now they’ve got the 001’s, which are the lightest and stiffest, and the most high end tech
that Fi’zi:k offer in a saddle, so that’s really awesome. They’ve got the Arione,
the Antares, the Aliante, all available now in the
zero zero model, or 00. Is it zero zero or 00? I don’t know, either way awesome. (hysterical chuckles) – Colnago C64. I mean strictly speaking
there’s nothing new here. It’s just your run of the
mill, handmade in Italy, carbon lugged frame, a
kind of a work of art. But what is new, is
actually how you buy this. Probably not relevant to
many people out there, but it’s interesting never the less, because Colnago are
going direct to consumer. This is their first offering, it’s called the Private Collection, and it’s the first bike
of 64 that will go direct, which is kinda cool. Personally I’m not sure I could pull off quite so much gold bling, but
yeah that’s something ‘in it. One, two, three, four, five,
six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13, 13 gears on Rota’s new group set, this is pretty cool right? So a few years back Rota
launched their Uno group set, which was hydraulic brakes
and also hydraulic shifting. Then things went a little bit quiet, but clearly they have
been working super hard behind the scenes because now they’ve got a new 1X group set. So mountain bike, road and this
cyclo-cross gravel version, but actually apart from the shifters it’s all the same, it’s brilliant. The derailleur works from
a 10 to 52 tooth cassette. It’s got a clutch system in there as well, so it is 1X specific, and then it’s only the cassettes that you
change, so you could run a 10-52 on your road
bike if you so wish. To get 13 sprockets on the cassette, what they’ve done is
really quite ingenious. It fits on a standard free hub body, but they’ve moved it 3MM over
towards the non-drive side. So there isn’t a rim brake version, you have to use 142MM
width spacing on there or of course boost if you’re
riding a mountain bike. But then in order to be able to fit a tiny 10-2 sprocket on
a standard free hub body, that actually mounts over the end of it. Anyway, it’s clearly an
amazing bit of engineering. Remarkably liked by the sound of things. They’re being a bit cagey about figures, but remember that their Uno group set was the lightest group set out there, and now they’ve gone 1X. I mean the mountain bike cassette weighs just 330 grams and that’s a 10-52. – What’s the difference between a tire and 365 prophylactics? Well one’s a Goodyear, and
one’s a very good year. This is Goodyear’s Eagle tire, and it’s their first road
bike tire in a very long time. It’s an all season model
designed for all round use, but we’re told they do have a lot of other models in the pipeline, including specialty tires for
racing and that sort of thing. The eagle is a fully tubeless tire. It’s available in widths 25 to 32MM, and Goodyear tell us that they’ve put a lot of though into the
design of making this a really reliable tubeless tire. That can be pumped up just
with a hand pump at home, without the need for a special compressor. Also with regards the
bead and stuff like that, it’s designed to fit very
well onto the rim width without bulging out the sides. They say that when this tire
is quoted at being a 25MM tire, it is indeed actually a 25MM tire. – Wahoo have got a whole load
of new stuff on their stand. Starting with the legendary kicker, which has just been
redesigned, not externally, which is a good thing in
my book, but internally. So we’ve now got a bigger fly
wheel, it’s now 16 pounds. That’s very roughly about eight kilos, and they reckon it’ll generate up to two and a half thousand watts resistance. Also they’ve redesigned the internals, so they say now it’s virtually silent. To the extent where technically you could use it in a library. Up front we’ve got the kicker climb. Now we saw that last year,
Lloyd-y had a good look at it, but just in case you didn’t know, it basically changes the
gradient of your bike. So anything from minus 10 to plus 20%, so for that reels whiffed experience. But then another new bit of tech which I love is just up here. This is called the Kicker Headwind. This is a smart fan and you
can set it in one of two ways. You can either sync it up with
your trainer via Amp Plus, and you can set it so it
will increase the wind speed, depending on the speed
that you’re riding at. So basically the faster you
go, the more cooling you get, just like the real world. Or, you can actually sync it up with your heart rate strap via Amp Plus, so the harder you try, the
more wind it’s gonna kick out. – This is the new Merida Warp TT bike, and I am really excited to see this here. It’s brand new, it’s
just come out yesterday and it’s gonna be ridden
by the Bahrain Merida team in the Tour De France
team time trial tomorrow, including Vincenzo Nibali. It’s got loads of awesome,
really TT nerdy aero details on it that I’m gonna tell you about. The first thing that
Merida unsurprisingly, is claiming that it’s eight watts faster than the previous Warp TT. But what are the reasons for that? Firstly it’s got a completely
redesigned cockpit. The previous version
had a direct mount brake that was fitted onto
the front of the bike. This one, it’s been completely integrated with a tetro center pull
system that’s completely hidden and integrated at the front there. Also Merida is using a lever-less, quick release lever at the front which comes from Control Tech. By not having the lever
at the front of the bike, that actually saves about a watt. Overall the new cockpit design, which also comes from Vision,
and by removing the brake Merida have saved five watts
at the front of the bike. Throughout the rest of
the bike there’s another couple of watts savings, so
that’s eight watts in total. Now other cool details we have, are the junction box which is just here. Merida has used the new Dura Ace system to have the junction box hidden, right down here in the bottom bracket, for easy charging and
checking the battery level. So that’s really cool. My favorite really geeky TT bike detail on the new Warp is to
do with the front mech. The front mech is removable. And the reason for that is that it means on a flatter TT course you
can choose to run a 1X set up, which has a number of advantages. Firstly it’s lighter but more importantly, by removing the front mech
and having a single ring you’re actually making the
bike more aero dynamic. We’ve seen Tony Martin run 1X set ups in time trials for this reason. When you remove the front mech, there’s actually a plate
that comes with the bike that covers up the hole
where the front mech went, to make it nice and
flush, and clean and aero. So that’s really cool. – We’ve quickly stopped
by to see Continental, because they have their
brand new GP4000 RS tires. These are the limited Tour
De France edition tires, and they were actually
kind enough you’ll remember to give away five pairs in
the GCN Show a few weeks back. Basically they take the venerable GP4000-2 and made it faster. They’ve got a lighter tread on there which apparently cuts down
on the rolling resistance. So there you go, even faster Cont-y tires. – Fortunately it’s not raining right now, but if it was I’d be protected. Because I’ve got the
Para-Top fitted to my bike, which is an all encompassing
rain protection cover and it’s also got some pretty cool tech designed into it as well. There are some holes in the front, which actually fill it
up like a para-sail. So the air is able to get in these holes and then fill up the cavity in here, so that you don’t actually
get the whole thing collapsing against the
oncoming wind pressure. A pretty cool piece of design. I could do with one of
these back in England, where it rains all the time. Cor, day one of Eurobike done. I don’t know about you Si, it’s hard work this Eurobike lark. – Oh it’s so tough. Right, please make sure you
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100 thoughts on “Hottest New Road Bike Tech | Eurobike 2018

  1. That guy in the yellow is just a gcn version or Scotty laughland or whatever his name is from Shimano/gmbn. Absolutely annoying voice and fake ass persona.

  2. First bike is awesome! Sadly, i think, thats worth a fortune. 🙁 Just as like these kind of bikes, roadbikes. I have to stick to my 1986 Csepel Marathon roadbike, Made in Hungary. 🙂

  3. The shaft could be constructed to flex basically 0% at any load that a human could output. Mounting points, cassette etc would be the weak points which would have to be completely rigid… all possible things to engineer but then comes the question of cost vs increase in performance… why this over a chain system…

  4. very noisy system and good luck keeping those bearing clean. cool concept but its not good for real world applications.

  5. I've never seen Ollie look so uncomfortable as during the massage – aren't they supposed to be relaxing?!

  6. This is amazing. They're not far off from making it reliable. If it was completely encased it would keep it from being prone to exposure failure and add rigidity.

  7. Motorcycles have had shaft drives for years now, whyd it take so long for someone to use that concept for a bicycle?

  8. This drive shaft thing is so 1898, Hygenic Wheel Co already did it (http://museum.garneau.com/en/ )

  9. DID HE SAY 21 SEPERATE CERAMIC SPEED BEARINGS !!! I CANT AFFORD 1 OF There BEARINGS !!!!!! WELL ILL JUST HAVE TO MAKE DO WITH MY OLD FASIONED OUTDATED DESIGNED ULTEGRA AND DURA ACE GARBAGE !!!

  10. he didn't even show the bike changing gear… I thought that was the whole point in going over to the prototype in the first place…. got my hopes up for nothing

  11. this ceramic speed drivetrain concept is not new, is very very old school!!! stop that bullshit of "revolutionary drivetrain"

  12. You could make the cassette on the first drive shaft bike as big as the rim, introducing bikes with “speeds” as high as you can fit 😍😍😍 I love the idea

  13. How much efficiency would you lose with the drive train when it gets dirty? i'm sure the chain will lose some but having so much surface exposed to dirt can be a disadvantage compared to the traditional chain?

  14. damn 3D printing kids these days…this is total crap and will never work!
    but the kid is gonna be rich by dumb investors and crowd hah that´s clever$

  15. 1:20
    But wouldnt the pedals keep moving like on a single speed bike? Which would be kinda bad in situations where you drive 35-45 km/h. When they fix this problem/it is already fixed then this looks really nice!

  16. Hay! Try placing teeth on both sides of the cranks and enclose the cranks then center the drive shaft. Then use a dual hub in the rear abd add two plates giving the bearings two areas to transfer weight of force. Then add disk breaks and then enclose all those moving parts. Design a electrical motor you can place into the crank area has an accessory. Use dense foam donuts with a outer rounded surface with an inner notch. Then use a kevlar inner tube you air up with nitrogen forcing the dense foam outward making the tire ridged. A bike tire that csn take thorns glass nails sharp rocks and not go flat. If you make a state of the art bike why not make it all state of the art? 😖😩

  17. I got to where he is really in love with the fan and realized I was watching a teabagger groveling for ad money. A fan that can slow down and speed up. That's incredible. Whats next a light bulb you can dim? Genius.

  18. I like the drivetrain with the shaft but I wonder how well that will fare with a crusty autumn leaf blowing into the back sideways gear/cog? Or a small plastic bag.

  19. What's the benefit of this driveshaft? Slightly lighter and theoretically slightly more efficient? Did they manage to freewheel it for coasting? Admittingly, it's a very pretty bike and I'm just as well tempted by it's unconventionality :))

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  21. The construction reminds me of a "snail" drive, which are usually for heavy lifting application. The exception is the use of ball bearings.

    How is the contact wear on the outer bearings if most "snail" drives are worn out 10x faster compared to more common gear drives? If one bearing brakes, is it still usable? A common bicycle chain drive might simply get "shark" teeths on its cogs but is still usable.

    Not saying that this is not a good idea, it just seems to difficult to compare to other drive lines for bicycles. Anyway, nice to see some people thinking outside the box :).

  22. Sorry late to the party, but I know somebody who rode something like that in 1899, namely Major Taylor https://i.imgur.com/WW9N8zd.jpg

  23. Driveshafts on bicycles were invented about 125 years ago. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaft-driven_bicycle
    (They've lost to chains because of lower efficiencies… and nothing of the design in the video has shown otherwise)

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  25. I think the pinion gear drivetrain would be very difficult to keep clean. Because the bearing tolerances have to be tight for this to work, and dirt introduced into the system would cause a lot of wear and greatly reduce efficiency. Then, when parts are worn, its not just a simple matter of installing a new chain and cassette. Drivetrain overhauls would cost much more to the customer. Also, assuming this wont become a mainstream drivetrain, technicians would need specialized training to be able to work on them. Having the parts encased would solve all of these issues in exchange for massive weight gains.

  26. I've never seen the bike in the thumbnail before, and yet I knew exactly what it was, and got really excited. Boy that was effective. 😄👍

    Even if it's more hype than substance right now, I'm surprised you didn't put it later in the video, after a midroll or something. 😏

  27. I developed an oscillating pedal that is very efficient and it is the World's BEST design. Use a conventional bike, just remove it's cranks, spindle and chainwheel then assemble this invented mechanism . The conventional bike frame's bottom bracket will be the housing of this invention….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1ZPAnzWEwo

    Here are the reasons why you should invest for this project https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHvVwwkbhZmdJuXk012zcRB9HXH9nRCyb

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  28. You'll have to stop pedaling, disconnect the drive shaft from the rear or front cog and move it up or down, then you can continue.

  29. Actually the drive train with the shaft in the middle @ 2:00 isn't new. Just go into the National Technical Museum in Praque there stands a bike with a similar construction from the early days of cycling.

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