The premise is simple. At Demo Day, Trade visitors and journalists alike have free rein to explore the booths set up by the numerous bicycle brand principals. All it takes to take out a bike of choice is some identification by way of passport or ID card and visitors get to loan out the latest 2013 model year rides. And for many (author included), the experience proved to be taste of cycling paradise because it really isn’t everyday that one gets his (or her) pick of the latest and best models for the upcoming year and put it to the test (within personal limit) on an immensely scenic trails in terrain with an average of 685m elevation.

Building upon the success of yesteryear, EuroBike 2012 has opted for a new venue for Demo Day in Ratzenried, a sunny corner between the Alps and Lake Constance—better located for participant accessibility and perfect for putting both road and mountain bikes to the test on its five test trails.

Ranging from 3.5km to an extended 12.6km about scenic Ratzenried and its surrounding villages, the offroad and road trails have been designed so that every rider (barring physical condition) can experience his (or her) choice of bike. For the offroad junkie, there are three routes demarcated as easy, medium and difficult for enjoyment and test of chosen bikes.

For those limited to riding the trails in Singapore’s neck of the woods, the opportunity to shred a whole new challenging set of offroad cross-country terrain proved to be immensely invigorating.

Bustling with excitement, EuroBike’s Demo Day grounds is a hive of activity where crowds made up of European and global cycling players take their turn on the latest mountain bikes from international brands like BMC, Cannondale, Specialized and Ghost among many others.

Given the sheer number of bikes available and limited time, my pair of hands, legs and limited stamina saw me give Giant’s new 2013 Glory, Shimano’s Zee groupset equipped test bike, a Stevens 6061 Alloy TB SuperLite T-Wall hybrid electric bike and Marin Rift Zone XC to the test on the intermediate trails.

EuroBike 2012 commences tomorrow with more in store, so stay tuned for the next update from team Togoparts live from Friedrichshafen. Until then, enjoy the snapshots from Demo Day.