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Eurobike 2019: Roundup, more tech, and the weird and wonderful

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Cyclingnews' time at Eurobike 2019 has now come to a close, the Eurobike blues are setting in and we're looking back fondly to our week in Friedrichshafen. 

Yes, the days are gone where every major bike brand would launch their entire product range at the show, but Eurobike is still a launchpad for myriad manufacturers, who showcase their best bits and most recent releases. 

This lack of routine opens the doors to varying trends at each edition of Eurobike, with 2019 being the year of the following three. 

Eurobike 2019 saw the rise of the e-bike. Every corner of every hall featured more batteries than the Duracell Bunny's Christmas list. The Bianchi stand featured an enormous revolving carousel dedicated to their new e-MTB range, Park Tools got in on the act, launching an e-bike-specific chain cleaner, and Look launched a number of battery powered bikes, including a gravel-specific e-bike

Talking of gravel, this subsection of cycling can no longer be considered a niche. More people are riding gravel bikes than ever before, most bike brands offer a gravel-specific model, and Shimano are leading the trend with their GRX groupset, gravel race shoes, and gravel-focussed components such as handlebars and dropper posts. 

Thirdly, we've all heard that #OutsideIsFree, but at Eurobike 2019, we learned that inside can be rather expensive if you want all the bells and whistles, however, there are definitely options for every budget. There's a huge demand for indoor cycling, and that was demonstrated by the vast quantity of indoor trainers on show. We reported on the launch of the Wahoo KICKR BIKE, but we also saw the Tacx NEO Bike Smart, the SRM Smart IT, and hundreds of turbo trainers to suit all budgets. Zwift launched in-game steering as well as the recreating the Yorkshire course ahead of the UCI World Championships.

Even more tech

With over 1400 exhibitors at Eurobike 2019, it's unsurprising that we missed a few things in our first Eurobike tech gallery, compiled after day two. Here, in our second Eurobike tech gallery, we bring you even more tech from our final day in Friedrichshafen. 

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The bikepacking and gravel take-over was most obvious at Shimano. Here is the new bikepacking range of bags from PRO
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The FSA K-Wing AGX gravel specific carbon handlebars, featuring integrated routing with a 115mm drop, 75mm reach, and 12 degrees of flare
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The PRO Discover carbon seatpost uses Dyneema to increase strength while decreasing weight
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Sticking with gravel, SRM have launched a Shimano SPD compatible power meter, so you can measure your watts no matter your terrain
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Hope's new RX crankset is a machined, two-piece hollow construction. It is 510g and comes in a range of colours
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The Quark Tyrewiz isn't brand new, but it's a great little addition for those riding long days in varying temperatures, as it provides real-time tyre pressures. How long until this is integrated into a rim, we wonder...
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When gravel racing, time is of the essence. Keep the Topeak Tubi-bullet X at hand, and plug that hole before it ruins your day
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The Giro knit material has made its way from shoes to gloves
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A few cool Tour de France themed K-Edge mounts
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The PEdALED clothing range features a new merino-lycra blend and some stand-out reflective detailing
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Alongside their 3D printed saddle, Fizik launched two new short-nose 'Argo' saddles. There's this, the Tempo Argo R1
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And then there's this, the Vento Argo R1
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Topeak's clip on fenders feature a reflective pattern for added safety at night
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The Zipp Super-9 in pink, as used by the Canyon Sram women's team
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Adjustable TT extensions from Look make for easy fit adjustment when trialling new positions
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These patented inline brake levers from USE are UCI legal
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A beautiful paintjob finishes this titanium Curve frame
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Another look at the titanium Curve's paint scheme
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Weird and wonderful

Throughout our time in Friedrichshafen, situated adjacent to the picturesque body of water that is Lake Constance, Cyclingnews encountered some of the most innovative, forward-thinking technology currently available in the cycling industry. However, there were a few items that stood out for a different reason. Some simply due to their extravagant paintwork, others due to material choice, and a particular bike that simply put function over form in the bid to be the fastest. Check out our weird-and-wonderful gallery below.

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This Cervelo S5 had been given a wild paint scheme by Muc-Off
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A subtle yet quirky addition to this De Rosa Corum steel frameset
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King bicycles handbuild premium frames from a range of materials, the bikes looked stunning, but this paintwork really stood out
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Deda had a neat feature built into the floor of their stand, can you guess what it's made from?
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Here's a close up. Interwoven bar tape makes up the multi-colour criss-cross pattern
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This Wilier was wearing some pretty wild wheels from FFWD
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The T Red Horkokhan, a stayer bike used in motor-paced track racing. It features a smaller front wheel and negative rake forks to enable the rider to get further into the slipstream than a conventional bike
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Titomic are really challenging the way bikes are made
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Wooden bikes weren't hard to find at Eurobike 2019... here's one of them
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...and here's another, the MyEsel road bike that comes with a five-year frame warranty
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