A small taster before this week's main course

EUROBIKE 2012: Dahon, Tern, Lezyne, TSG…

You can find out Eurobike 2012 accumulator page here.

Folding bikes, LED lights, zeppelins, publicity stunts, 1,200 exhibitors and 40,000 trade visitors – we hope you’ve remembered to pack some comfy shoes. Now that Eurobike is imminent, more bike and P&A brands have let slip details of the new ranges they’ll be showcasing in the halls of Messe Friedrichshafen.

Tern is introducing its new Swoop series of bikes with an uber low-step frame design. The Swoop top tube is only 28cm, or 11-inches, off the ground (more of a bottom tube, then?). That makes it one of the lowest step bikes on the market, according to Tern. Other key features of the Swoop series are the low centre of gravity to enhance stability, shorter cranks (170mm) reducing the angle knees need to bend at to rotate those pedals and an upright riding geometry – the shorter reach and higher bars bringing the rider close to a ‘sit up and beg’ position, by the looks of it. There are also integrated light and dynamo hub options, space for an optional front and integrated rear rack for shopping trips and a folding time of less than ten seconds.

Two versions of the Swoop will be available, the Duo and the D7i. Tern will be in booth B4-501 at the show and on the Demo Day at booth #101. 

As well as bringing its new kit to Eurobike, Dahon will be celebrating its 30th anniversary at the international show. There’ll be a fully blown press conference on Thursday (11am – noon) including details of a marketing campaign that will include a ’30 Years of Me and My Dahon’ photography and video competition. For the anniversary, Dahon will produce 30 Limited edition and 300 Replica Bikes for promo purposes, with a special anniversary film and plenty of other celebratory shenanigans. Product-wise, the brand has revealed a colourful line-up of bikes for 2013. The two-toned Vic P18 is a new performance bike from Dahon, featuring a specially designed frame and a new Neos nine-speed rear derailleur with a front derailleur to combine for 18 speeds of riding comfort. There’s also be a completely new folding e-bike, using TranzX technology (page 43 and 45). The Ikon Electric will incorporate strong halogen front and rear lighting, while the brushless motor will be incorporated in the front wheel (the battery is tucked away in the rear carrier). Other highlights include the Formula S20, another performance folding model, this time using a Shimano Tiagra ten-speed drive train with a Vuelta Highku Alloy 53/39 tooth crankset.

Biologic’s new version of its seatpost-with-an-integrated-pump PostPump will be on show. There’s more on that in our New Products section this month (pages 66-67).

Rubena has produced the GAADI open innertube. The firm’s newly developed innertube with two ends will be over on stand A5-501.

Sugoi is returning to Eurobike in 2012 with a range of new lines and technology on show, including its cooler technology, used in its RSX Short (which also uses the BOA closure system) and the RSX jersey. The cooling collection is made from Icefill, a high performance cooling material that cools skin and protects from UV rays (UPF 50+). Sugoi’s new Tri collection will be showcased too, featuring new fabrics and designs and a new fit too. The highlight of the collection is the performance RS collection, strong on technical details and sharp good looks, the brand says. The RPM collection will also be available to examine close-up, featuring sleek design, a performance aesthetic and eye-catching colours. There’s more on the brand in the CSG UK show round-up (pages 13 and 14).

Lezyne will be showcasing its wares at Eurobike (as well as Interbike and the UK’s NEC Cycle Show). The 2013 line of LED lights has been completely redesigned and expanded. Four new models have been introduced to suit a wider range of riding applications. The Mini Drive, Power Drive and Super Drive LED lights have become the XL line, with an increase in lumen for each, plus new oversized aluminium and CNC machined bodies that are cooler and lighter. New commute orientated lights include the Macro Drive (front) and Micro Drive (front/rear), while the Femto Drive LED was first debuted way back in April at the Sea Otter Classic (see BikeBiz.com for more on that). It will be the first opportunity for most of us European and UK types to see the CNC machined aluminium body-boasting light up close and personal. There’ll also be refined co2 inflators, new bottle cages, hand pumps and small bag/organisers. Lezyne will be at B3-107.

Endura will present its spring/summer 2013 collection in Friedrichshafen.

There’s a new Dawn for TSG. Available from spring 2013, the Dawn pays tribute to the “skate feel of the ‘70s”, back when full cut helmets with ear protection were more common. TSG has blended the retro styling with all the modern safety standards, naturally, construction featuring a tried and tested hardshell made from durable PP synthetics and shock absorbing EPS foam. The earlaps accommodate three holes for ventilation and simultaneously provide the rider with better hearing than you might expect.

That is but a small snippet of what’s in store on the shores of Lake Constance this week.

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