Autumn Shows Make Clear: E-MTB Unstoppable
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany – E-MTBs are rising to new heights, that’s what Eurobike and other autumn 2016 shows indicated. The motor-assisted mountain bike was ‘all over the place’. Where the 2016 models looked a bit dull, with the 2017 models manufacturers gave them all they needed to become commercially successful.
The 2017 E-MTB got wide 27.5+ tires, front and rear suspension, special e-bike brakes, and even complete e-MTB group sets. Boost hubs are pretty much standard on every mountain bike while swapping the 29-er wheelset into a 27.5+ is possible nowadays.
New dimension for XC
Even crosscountry riding gets a new dimension, as the sport of mountain biking is taking increasingly extreme forms. So the full suspension bike with dropper post is right at its place. But there’s also plenty of news for the mountain biker who likes to ride the countryside, taking his own luggage too. Bike backpacking, aka ‘bike-packing’ is totally hot, a fact which the bicycle industry has responded by presenting all kinds of handlebar, saddle, and frame bags.
Shimano and SRAM
This time big players like Shimano and SRAM presented their news officially at Eurobike too. Shimano displayed its Deore XT Di2, a less expensive version of the XTR Di2 with 1×11, 2×11, or 3×11 speeds. SRAM proudly presented its XX1 Eagle, a 1×12 speed group set with a giant cassette of 10 to 50 tooth sprockets.
The biggest surprise came from the brand Box, introducing a brand new 1×11 speed MTB derailleur gear system. German brake brand Brakeforce One presented a prototype ABS for bicycles. Others have tried to do the same before but maybe this time ABS for bikes will find success. As for tires there were quite some novelties at Eurobike, with Schwalbe’s G-One Allround as the most remarkable 27.5+ tyre.