Eurobike 2022: Focus on the novelties of European manufacturers
technology of hope
The new Hope HB.916 high-pivot Enduro had one of the best paint jobs of the entire show. Believe it or not, all the photos show the same bike!
160mm of travel, the high-pivot Enduro really has everything a bike should have in 2022: Boost rear spacing, 29″ or mule complete wheels, downtube storage compartment, a large idler pulley that creates less drag than smaller ones, geometry adjustment, 64° head angle and approximately 78° seat angle As with almost all Hope products, the frame is manufactured in-house in Barnoldswick, UK .
Hope also showed us their new Gravity stem, which is a few grams lighter than their DH stem. They also have new tools for bleeding brakes: Hope will download files from their website for free, so you can print these parts at home with a 3D printer.
The new Intend BC Samurai fork is the lightest Intend fork to date and at 1385g (uncut steerer) it is probably the lightest 120mm production fork on the market.
Intent took several routes in order to save weight on this fork. ND-Tuned’s carbon steerer is one of them. Having minimal offset at the dropouts also saves weight – thanks to the new sloping crown the offset is still 44mm at 120mm of travel. Flat-mount DM brake mounts also keep the weight low. Finally, the thru-axle and drive-side upright received a drilling treatment.
The Samurai fork will be offered in three versions:
Samurai CC: 1385g, 120mm max travel, carbon steerer, carbon cable guides
Samurai XC: 1495g, 120mm max travel, aluminum steerer
Samurai GR: 1440g, 50mm max travel (intended for gravel bikes)
The forks will be available in fall 2022.
Cornelius d’Intend would like to thank his significant other for coming up with the name Samurai.
Classified is a fast growing Belgian company that manufactures a unique rear hub. It has two speeds and replaces the functionality of the front derailleur.
After the hubs quickly became very popular among road and gravel riders, MTB specific hubs will soon be released. Both the road and gravel hubs are operated with a small Bluetooth button, but the Classified team has been tight-lipped about the specifics of the mtb shifter. The hub moves instantly and even under high loads (up to 1000 watts). In gear 1, the hub is not activated and everything works as usual. In gear 2, when the hub is activated, it reduces the gear ratio down to 0.7. It’s like going from a 50 t chainring to a 34 t chainring on a road bike or from a 40 t chainring to a 28 t chainring on a mountain bike. Classified indicates that when the hub is activated in gear 2, the efficiency loss is approximately 1%.
This means the Classified hub lets you run larger chainrings (which are said to create less drag). The mtb hub comes with an 11-40t cassette which means you get a very decent range but at the same time you can optionally use a shorter derailleur cage which wouldn’t be as prone to damage as the current 12 speeds. options.
Classified also had a single-speed (or is that double-speed? Dingle speed?) cassette on display. It is compatible with Gates Carbon Drive belts. It is mainly intended for city bikes, which would get two gears in total without having a derailleur. However, personally, I could also imagine using such a hub on a singlespeed park bike.
While Classified hubs were initially only available in Classified complete axles, dealers will now be able to order a hub-only option and attach them to the rims of your choice. Classified now also works with several rim manufacturers including DT Swiss, Mavic, Enve, Boyd, FFWD, Reynolds and Spinergy, so you will be able to get a complete wheelset from any of these brands.
EXT had a prototype of their new Aria shock at the show. It will be one of the few shocks on the market to have two positive air chambers. This means you can adjust the spring curve so that it becomes more linear, rather than progressive. This system is also used on the ERA forks, while the damping system comes from the renowned Storia shock absorbers. Unfortunately, EXT hasn’t been able to tell us yet when they plan to launch the clash.
EXT also featured a new 190mm ERA fork. These new forks will have 36mm legs with increased wall thickness (1mm thicker). They will also have a larger, self-adjusting negative air chamber and new, stiffer bottoms. As on the current ERA, the crown/steerer area will use a special design that is supposed to prevent noise and provide more stiffness.
The inverted prototype Era also looks interesting, but with a weight of around 4 kg it is intended for light electric motorcycles that hit the 60 kg weight class.
Qvist.cc is a new company from Dresden, Germany. Their rear hub got a lot of attention at Eurobike 2022 and many people said it was the most innovative product at the whole show.
What sets the hub apart from the crowd is the double pawl system. The left and right ratchet rings both have 64 points of engagement, but only one side is engaged at a time. This means that you get 128 commitment points in total. So far, such a high number has only been seen on ratchet freewheel systems. The advantage of ratchet systems is that – compared to ratchet systems – more teeth engage at the same time.
The ratchet rings are machined from hardened high tensile steel and the rear hub comes with a 17mm axle, large stainless steel bearings and 6 bolt disc mount.
It is available with 28 or 32 holes. Qvist offers XD and Micro Spline drivers. At 270g the hub isn’t the lightest, but to my knowledge there is no ratchet hub that offers more points of engagement.
SQlab saddles and shorts
At SQlab it’s all about comfort and pain-free cycling and their new “made in Germany” saddles are no different. The 6OX saddle is for Enduro riders, the 611 is for All Mountain and the 610 offers maximum pressure relief for trail rides or people who have trouble finding the right saddle.
The saddles are made of “Infinergy”, a material you may have seen on running shoes. Infingery offers very good cushioning and rebound properties. In order to get the right amount of cushioning, SQlab uses up to two layers of taping on the saddles, which makes the saddle firmer in those areas.
Infinergy saddles are completely made in Germany, with the Swiss made carbon rails that are used on some models being the only exception. All saddles also use the active SQlab system, which means the rear end of the saddle rail is attached to the shell at a single point. With the saddle you get three different elastomers that slide between this shell and the rails allowing you to adjust the lateral movement of the saddle. The purpose of the active system is to allow the saddle to move so that it matches your hips.
SQlab slippers and shorts are also made in Europe (Lithuania, Italy and Portugal). While some brands use very thick pads, SQlab decided to do things differently and offer very thin, yet high density pads. SQlab says these more effectively reduce shear forces on your seat bones. SQlab offers four different pads, two of which receive a layer of TPE gel. Thickness increases the more upright the intended sitting position.
Finally, SQlab also offers insoles “made in Germany”. How do you know insoles might be a thing for you? Numb feet and toes, knee pain, cramps, and sore soles are some of the signs that you might need a decent insole. SQlab says your feet are made for walking, not for riding a bike. However, they have a built-in cushioning mechanism for walking which can cause problems when cycling. The idea behind insoles, therefore, is to turn off your feet’s natural cushioning mechanism, which will reduce many foot-related problems while cycling.
SQlab has also launched the new “Profiler” app for dealers which helps them measure your seam length, hand size as well as the distance between your seat bones and will recommend suitable products.