Magnic Light, Wilier.
We all know the importance of staying visible while riding at night. We are also familiar with the hassle of replacing batteries and deciding when to do so. Enter Magnic Light, which looks like something that could revolutionise the bicycle lights industry with its innovative concept.
Unlike solar or battery-powered lights, these babies find their power from the rotation of wheels. But unlike a dynamo, it has zero contact with any moving parts, as it has absolutely no contact with the rims or tires.
Working with something known as eddy currents (something to do with changing magnetic fields) and magnets, the carbon-clad lights are powered up to illuminate 6 LED bulbs.
The downside? They only work for metallic rims. Carbon geeks shall continue using battery-powered lights. Or dynamos.
At an unassuming section of the Wilier booth, something black and stealthy caught your eye. The Wilier Twinfoil, in a sleek matt black skin, looks like a time machine at standstill. These guys recognise that thinner or flatter doesn’t quite mean more aerodynamic.
The quirky fork design aims at minimising rotational air turbulence that a regular TT Frame might face.
If your reason for not wanting to get a steel bike because steel is heavy, you have no idea how wrong you are. Miyata introduces their newest bike, the Elevation Extreme. Coupled with a Campy Super Record gruppo, this handsome steed teases the scales at 6.54kg. There might be truth in ‘Steel is real’ after all.
Adding on to their growing range of apparels and helmets, the Israeli company now launches Funkier cycling shoes. With features like kangaroo leather, carbon soles and custom footbeds, these guys look all set to join the big boys in the cycling footwear segment.
With the electric-bike market having a bit of a boom especially in Europe, Fairly introduces the E-Flow. Keeping the traditional bicycle shape while incorporating a sleek ‘aero’ look, the cleverly designed commuter was awarded the Taipei Cycle Design and Innovation Gold Award (sanctioned by the prestigious iF Design).
As the company’s name suggests, the helmets they produce are nothing short of wacky. There’s nothing new with the helmet designs, as they sport the lines of street-style skid lids. What gets the crowd talking are the outrageously quirky designs that adorn the helmet’s exterior. With stripes, polka-dots, brains, leopard prints and watermelons, these helmets are sure to bring out the nutcase in any cyclist.
Dedacciai, Pacific Cycles.
This is what a bike looks like when you get when you mix steroids and high modulus carbon fibre. The Dedacciai Temerario might look unconventional, but there are reasons for this madness. We should also make known that the seat-stays are titanium.
Boxy top and down-tubes keep flex at a minimum on the monocoque frameset. Super-oversized asymmetric boxes sport the chain stays, keeping the rear triangle tight, again to increase torsional stiffness. FYI, torsional flex is the twisting of the frame under each pedal stroke, creating energy loss thus reducing speed.
Titanium seat stays are the only things that are designed to contribute toward the rider’s comfort. This thing gives me goosebumps.
When it comes to 8-inch foldies, Pacific Cycles’ CarryMe pretty much annihilates all competition, if any at all. There have been a couple of variations on this uber-cute ride that includes a two-speed and three-wheeled options.
As if all that wasn’t enough, the motorised version will now blow your mind. Yes, yes. Go on and laugh. We did the same too until I took it for a spin, only to find out about how much fun it is to ride!
An ample 160-watt motor powers the 14x84T drivetrain, for when you want to give your legs a break. And at just 12 kilos on the scale, the idea seems quite impressive after all.