I just got back from Eurobike in Germany. I also spent a couple of days sightseeing in Switzerland.
Though Eurobike is a huge trade show, there really wasn't as much new stuff as I'd hoped to see. Show security was tight, as evidenced by the photo at left, but I managed to sneak a few photos.
Highlights include the new Brooks natural saddles, as seen in the photo at right. They also have new white colored saddles.
Cinelli is reintroducing their Unicanator saddles. I used to own one of these and still wince at the thought of having to ride more than a mile on it. No doubt these saddles are largely responsible for Italy's declining birth rate.
In other saddle news, I examined the new Berthoud saddles with their light plastic frames and screws rather than rivets. They looked well made, if rather modern.
Lepper had an interesting new line of leather saddles. these use a leather/latex foam sandwich construction on a traditional frame. They certainly look terrifically comfortable and seem to combine the best of traditional and modern saddle technology. We'll be ordering samples and looking forward to stocking them if they test well.
The new Campy Super Record 11-speed gruppo was cool, though somewhat irrelevant.
I looked at some promising new bike luggage that we hope to import. And we'll be considering bringing in some new city bikes. I have to be a little secretive about all this until details are worked out.
I'd write more, but jetlag is catching up. A few more photos can be found here.
10 September, 2008
Posted by Velo Orange at 4:28:00 PM