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The Hottest New Bike Tech From The Taipei Cycle Show 2019

The Hottest New Bike Tech From The Taipei Cycle Show 2019

– I’m here at the 2019 Taiepei Bike Show to bring you the hottest new bike tech. This is Asia’s largest
bike trade industry show and it’s got over 1,400 exhibitors. It’s massive but to truly
appreciate just how big it is, I really have to show
you, so check this out, or should I say, tech this out. (hypnotic EDM music) This Pinarello Dogma is fitted with a really cool piece of tech called the XSHIFTER by a
company called CICLOVATION. Now what this does is it turns any mechanical groupset on any bike into an electronic wireless groupset. How awesome is that? It does it by having these
little shifter buttons that are on your handlebars and then these connect to actuators, which you place near to your
rear and front derailleurs and that grips the cable and
that moves the cable for you to change the gear and
it does it in a really neat, fast, and precise way. It’s impressive how well it works. The cool thing here is
that it’s a lot cheaper than the full price of a
full electronic groupset. It’s a much cheaper upgrade. It costs 399 US dollars I’m told and the weight is just 120 grams. Here we have the system fitted to a SRAM Red mechanical groupset and I’m genuinely impressed
with how well it shifts. There’s also an app which
allows you to adjust the timing of the shifts and also the shift intervals as well. Nice! I’ve just spotted a very special bike. This is the Team CCC
bike of Greg Van Avermaet and its resplendent gold paint job, which signifies the fact that he is the current reigning Olympic champion. It’s a stunner, isn’t it? But what’s really cool for me is the fact that it’s got
these #overachieve wheels on, which John craftily spotted in the Middle East earlier in the year but this is the first time
I’ve seen them in the flesh, or carbon, and they
look really cool indeed. These are actually a tubular version, now that I can get my
hands on them and see them. And also something that
I’ve never seen before is this #overachieve-branded saddle, which is craftily on it. It looks incredible. It’s quite a short-nosed saddle and it’s got this really
cool carbon rail underneath so I guess it’s very light but I can’t take it off and weigh it. And also around here, we’ve got the time trial wheels, which we’ve also seen the CCC team using. So you’ve got the disc wheel at the back, with the big #overachieve logo on it and this really nice
looking Textreme carbon, and then the four-spoke
front wheel as well, which looks very fast indeed. I’ve been trying to find
out a bit more information about the #overachieve
wheels and saddles and stuff and everyone’s been a bit tight-lipped. No one’s really saying much about it. I searched online and found that there is an website, which
has mysteriously popped up, but, again, there’s not much
information on there yet so I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned. I’m really excited
about this piece of tech because I think it’s a world first. It’s an anti-lock braking
system for a caliper rim brake and it can be fitted to, well, any caliper rim brake or
v-brake front and rear. Here we’ve got it fitted to the front. It’s from a company
called SABS from Taiwan. The system comes on automatically
when you brake really hard and it’s able to pump the brake at a rate of 11 osculations
in three seconds. That’s pretty cool. And we can see it actually
in operation on this jig with this spinning wheel next to the bike. In terms of how it works, I don’t know. I’ve asked them and they’re
being a bit tight-lipped on it because they’re a bit worried about people stealing the idea and
intellectual property but they have said that it doesn’t contain pneumatics or electronics. It’s a purely mechanical system and it works over and over again. So pretty cool. If you have any ideas how it works, let us know in the comments. I’ve just come over to
the FSA and Vision stand and there is loads of new
tech here, starting with this. So here we have the K-Force WE groupset. We’ve seen it before but
I’ve not seen it before with hydraulic disc brakes. That’s new for me. And the most exciting thing
here is the levers because they’re much more ergonomic-shaped than other hydro levers
we’ve seen out there. That is a really low profile and the way FSA has done this is by instead of putting
the master cylinder here, it’s put it here. So it kind of makes
them a little bit longer but nice and ergonomic
and low on the tops there. I like that. The guys at FSA tell me
that the availability of the WE hydro disc groupset is gonna be around May, June of this year so stay tuned for that. I’ve also spotted these
rather cool looking power meters and chainrings. So this is FSA’s PowerBox power meter but it now comes with
a subcompact chainset and also this rather substantial and aero-looking TT version. That’s a 55-tooth chainring
and filled in to be more aero. I like the look of that. There’s also some aftermarket chainsets that are specifically
for the e-bike market, which is pretty interesting because FSA believes that as the
e-bike market develops, customers are gonna start to be a little more discerning
about modifying their bikes and fitting chainrings
that are better suited to the riding that they’re doing. I’m not seeing any of the brands
really focusing on this yet so that’s quite an interesting move. And then they also have
this integrated stem, which I’m particularly pleased to see because if you have a modern bike with lots of integration on it, as we’re increasingly seeing, then your stem and bar
options can be quite limited. Say, for example, with my Trek Madone, it’s hard for me to use anything but Trek’s proprietary bar and stem. But with this one, you could
actually fit your cables in through the stem and route them down into the headtube there. It’s nice and neat. I like it. I’m a massive TT nerd,
as many of you know. Couldn’t help but notice
this rather spectacular disc wheel from Vision. It’s a Metron tubular but I believe there’s a
clincher version as well. And then I spotted there’s some new FSA WE groupset, well,
TT-specific bits as well. So look at these bar-end shifters! How cool are they? They are really neat. And then on the levers
as well, there’s buttons. Not seen these before. Nice! Just spotted some new wheels
from a brand called CEC, which I’ve not heard of before, but they’ve really caught my attention because they appear to have fabric spokes and these are actually
made from a material called Dyneema according to the brand. And this is a gravel endurance
wheelset and the intention is that by having these
Dyneema fabric spokes, the wheel can compress more
and absorb shocks better than a wheel with traditional spokes. It’s a really intriguing concept and I’d be keen to see how it works and how it actually feels out on the road. But also by having these these spokes, they’re able to make the
wheel a bit lighter as well. So this is a 38 millimeter
deep carbon clincher rim disc brake-specific wheel,
it’s 22 millimeters wide, and it’s tubeless-compatible and it weighs just 1250 grams a pair, which is very competitive. You can always rely on Topeak for some exciting new gadgets and they don’t disappoint
me this year either. The TubiBooster, we’ve seen this before. It’s a big canister that
you that can pre-charge with 160 PSI to help quickly inflate a tubeless tire onto a rim because sometimes it can
be quite difficult to seat a tubeless into the bead and so this just releases a
load of air really quickly. They’ve actually modified it now and called it the TubiBooster X and with this, you can
now attach a track pump into the top of it and
it has a hose as well. And this means you can make use of the gauge on the track pump to be more accurate in
how much air you put in. Nice little modification. But the thing that’s really caught my eye is this. This is the AirBooster G2 and it’s a CO2 inflator
with a gauge built into it. Really cool. I’ve used a lot of CO2 inflators but I’ve never see one with a gauge in. They’re really useful
gadgets but the problem is that you don’t know
how much air’s gone in, there’s always a bit
of guesswork involved, and this takes the guesswork out of it. I’m gonna try it and see how I get on. So you can’t see on the gauge now ’cause it’s gone back to zero
’cause it’s not connected but I didn’t use the whole canister and this went about 110 PSI (laughing) so it certainly, well, it’s really hard. It’s only a 23 millimeter
tire but that’s cool. I love the idea that you now know exactly how much air is in there and you can use the gauge to let a bit out and you’d know exactly how
much is in there as well. I really like that. I’ve come onto the KS stand, KS being a company that
manufactures dropper posts amongst other things and you may have seen their dropper posts on the Mavic neutral service
bikes at the Tour de France but they have some new specific
ones for road and gravel, which is particularly exciting. This is one fitted to a gravel bike. It’s the LEV CI. It’s very, very light. It’s made from carbon fiber
on the tube though as well. If I press the button on the bar, you’ll see it pop up, nice. About a 160 millimeters
of travel on this one. Why is this useful? Well, for gravel bikes,
it’s particularly useful because when you go down a really little steep descent on some gravel, it can be quite disconcerting when you’ve got the saddle-to-bar
drop of a road bike. You feel like you’re sort
of going over the handlebars so being able to alter your position and get lower with your center of gravity, thanks to being able to lower your saddle, makes technical descents much better. There’s also an advantage
on the road, as well, by being able to adopt a more aerodynamic lower position when descending. This is something the Ivan Basso used in the Giro D’Italia years ago but it never really caught on. However now, bikes have gotten lighter so you see mechanics adding weight to bikes to get them to the UCI limit. Why not add some functional
weight and get more aero and not have to adopt a dangerous
position on the toptube? I think it’s, yeah. Could we see more of
dropper posts on road bikes? Who knows. Let us know in the comments. That’s it for day one
at the Taipei Bike Show. Hope you’ve enjoyed our
look at the hot new tech. If you have, give it a
thumbs up, subscribe to GCN, you know the deal. We’ve barely scratched the
surface of what’s here. It’s incredible how big this place is so stay tuned for more
tech coming out very soon on the channel from the show. And in the meantime,
if you’d like to watch more Taipei bike tech,
you can click down here for some stuff from last year. It’s cool if you’ve not seen it already. Watch it again if you have.

100 comments on “The Hottest New Bike Tech From The Taipei Cycle Show 2019

  1. Great show Olly Dan did a video about fitting a dropper to a road bike and was sold on the idea. The only thing holding it back for roadies is the aero seat post. As soon as a manufacturer comes up with one, we will see them on road bikes. That said there are, like bottom brackets a lot of different standards out there which would make it much harder for an after market manufacturer to cover. My money would be on Trek to be the first one to provide a dropper as an option. Loving your work 👍🏾.

  2. Lots of negative on the electric to mechanical shifters, but I think there's a spot in the market for such things. An example from personal experience as a mechanic, this tech brings opportunity to riders that may suffer from disabilities, barring them from a joyful experience on a bike. Having the capability to click a button on a drivetrain that's under the premium price range of modern electric shifting could be substantial as certain modifications for special needs can get expensive quick! This allows more people to enjoy being on a bike in general!

  3. new tech I wish: affordable maintainance free gears and bikes with internal wiring for lights and gps computers from factory. You know, tech we really use, for real roadside and city problems.

  4. I think that days like these makes Ollie love being a GCN Presenter! He is like a kid in a sweet shop… but instead of sweets its the candy of carbon tech! Dropper posts can definetly make a difference on a decent but would take some getting used to and I am not sure that I would like to have an accident with the post popping back up at the wrong time on a decent! You know what would happen if they did get used in the Pro Peloton… the UCI would just come along and ban them like they do with everything else new and cool! Anyway looking forward to seeing more from Taipei! Keep it coming Ollie! Oh and by the way the spokes which are used in those CEC wheels, I am sure that Katherine had shown wheels with those sort of spokes when she was at the Dirty Kansa!

  5. I’m sure GCN already did a video comparing dropper post descending on road bikes but I’ll let you off Ollie seeings as you’re new an all

  6. I've been saying they should be using dropper post on road bikes for at least 5 years now. It totally makes engineering for descending. As materials get lighter… us manufacturing process has become more streamlined you will see more and more functionality on all bicycles. From a physics point of view lowering the CoG, with regard to the riders CoM via a dropper post is the most efficient and safest way. Sitting on the top tube accomplishes nearly the same thing except it also moves the center of pressure with the center of Mass. Which is not ideal weight distribution.

  7. It's my guess that the ABS system works on resonant oscillation of the cylinders which will be no more than precisely chosen masses. A sharp brake input will cause the cylinders to flex toward the rim then retract pulling the pads with them. The subsequent oscillation will deploy and retract the brakes until it is lost by damping inherent in the system. This will not happen with gentle application of the brakes. Or somefink like that, I don't know do I?

  8. The ABS could be a similar design to the old Suntour XC Pro Self Energising cantis that were out late 80's early 90's, but using a cam to modulate the movement.

  9. Those wheels with the fabric spoke aren't new. There is a company in Germany that does it and one I believe in the US.

  10. I have a dropper on my gravel bike and it’s made a world of difference in my confidence off road: It’s also completely hilarious on a fast descent in a group when you drop it and people freak out because they think your seatpost binder failed. I don’t think we’ll see them on road bikes until they build one into an aero shaped post as the manufacturers have spent tons of time and money developing these shapes and making them as thin as possible, with some unable to even house a DI2 battery.

  11. The yellow bike at 0:25 is the best. I think its based on tech developed by Francisco Sbarro. An Italian/Swiss car guy. The Ultra Carbon bike looks like something inspired by Confederate motorcycles.

  12. Hey Ollie, just wanted to comment on the SABS pads. We've been using them since 2013 and they are about to become standard equipment on Revelo's entire line of bikes because they have worked flawlessly and have been bulletproof. Where they really shine is when you corner too fast and need to scrub speed safely without locking up… not to just preventing endos. Pulsing and modulation is perfect and the anti-lock action is imperceptible! Some pics available here from the Toronto bike show .
    We're also featuring SABS on our upcoming 700c folding bike. Great report from Taipei…informative and entertaining as always! Cheers.

  13. Channels like this are the reason we now have the redicous flat mount disc and through axle road bikes. Cuz there are so many folks breaking rear axles on their road bikes. Let's take all 8ndustry standards everyone worked so hard to establish and fuck it all up. Better yet, let's reinvent the wheel next.

  14. Wasn't Ollie just at the Tapei Cycle Show about 3 months ago? Same show? or are these shows on as frequent as you change your undies?

  15. Imagine turning up with a pair of wheels with string for spoakes sure would make a impression on a new group ride

  16. Xshifters? Did I get it right? So now we replaced 1.5 meters of cable that cost 3 grams and $0.30 with wireless shifters that cost $400 and weight 150grams? aahh!!! and in addition, it seems the suckers that sent money two years ago to fund the Kickstarter project have not received their Xshifters yet? I guess Vaporware does qualify as wireless…

  17. XSHIFTER This is a fraud, two years awaiting delivery of the product in the kickstarter. He simply abandoned all his financiers. Does not answer questions

  18. finally someone is thinking about the poor cyclists, now I can have my tourney di2 without depending on the good will of shimano.

  19. Aside from the issues with fulfilling orders, the whole benefit of electronic shifting is eliminating cables that eventually stretch and start sticking which causes inaccurate shifting. Adding electronic shifting to cable derailleurs is like trying to power your sailboat with a fan.

  20. Seems like all neutral service bikes should have dropper posts these days. Did ASO start doing this already? RCS?

  21. Lmfao about 160 mm on the road bike dropper more like 100 guess you must have a small pp . Also the Co2 pressure gauge you definitely do not know how much air is in the tyre just pressure and Co2.

  22. Mechanics adding weight to bikes is an indicator the uci needs to get off their buttocks and get rid of the 6.8 rule.
    Should not even put in a limit and let them go at it.

  23. You don't need a gauge to tell you how much air goes into your tyres from a CO2 canister – it is zero.
    You might, however, be interested in the CO2 pressure! 🙂

  24. My guess is that the abs system is just two weights that amplify the wave set up in the pads during braking 🤔

  25. Really hot new tech. I've had a very serious concussion and an old fashion helmet does not protect you from concussions. The latest Trek/Bontrager helmets are over the moon great new tech. I would like everyone to get these and not end up like me taking anti-seizure medication for the rest of your life.

    As for stretchy spokes – the wheel will steer itself. Bad news on downhills in particular.

    There are super cheap deep section carbon tubeless wheels from China now and unlike the original ones that would delaminate these appear to be real dynamite. These wheels are so cheap that anyone can ride carbon wheels now. My experience with the clinchers of the same type is that rim brakes using their recommended basalt pads have good wear characteristics though the pads wear out pretty fast and you have to keep an eye on them. The new blue pads appear to have better wear characteristics but that remains to be seen. You do have to squeeze the brakes harder.

  26. I suddenly feel like I went back in 2017. Xshifter was a Kickstarter project which promised to deliver in Mar-17 but never fulfilled. Now they are selling it on the market yet their first backers still haven't got what they were promised of.

  27. A US company called Berd makes these Dyneema spokes, I just order some for my Alloy climbing wheel build. 24mm wide 25mm deep TL clincher at target weight 1230g.

  28. I like the look of that #Topeak Airbooster G2.. when is it available? I can't see it on Topeak's website!

  29. Bike companies really have very little left to develop that’ll make a big difference hence why all this stuff is over engineered shite

  30. That anti-lock break system would not work without some sort of electronics. Clearly they don't know how an ABS system works, and if theirs is just purely mechanical, would never stop you on a hill. There is a video of a guy who was making an ABS from his own back yard that made significantly more sense than "an oscillating weight that jiggles the break pad"

  31. Italian brand Brovedani put an anti-lock cantilever brake on the market in '94, it was an enormous flop. Similar, vibrating principle, driven by rubber rollers contacting the rim.

  32. The anti lock things are genius, however on a bicycle it would be useless on the front wheel but on the rear it would go a long way at making your tires last a lot longer.

  33. I've been using the SABS pads for over 6 years (introduced in 2012) and they take braking to another level. Revelo has a decent demo of it in action:
    It isn't about whether you endo, its about diving into a corner at speed and maintaining an unbelievable amount of traction. Modulation is fluid and brake compound is great. Silent and no pulsing detectable. Also it has saved my bacon on countless road surprises from cars, animals, and road conditions. I've been biking over 40 years and still commuting by bike. Hands down the most unsung advancement in bike tech I've come across. Don't knock it until you try it. I've got v-brake versions on my MTB, folder and canti version on my road bike.

  34. How about a handlebar that is both dropbar and high comfortable mtb like. With some lock n movement mechanism you can safely change on the ride. And with brake levers that split in kind of a v shape so you actuate the same lever in different positions. And as bonus manage to make it look not goofy .

  35. I go cycling to get away from junk you dont need , all no doubt very expensive , theres no realclue about gealth or how body works , never mind

  36. The SABS abs system 3:28 is not really new.
    Bike rumor published an article Nov 27 2012 before the Disc brakes revolution.
    It might be useful for rear brakes but I have never known anyone to have locked up the front wheel with calipers.

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