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Six eyecatching designs from Berlin Bike Show

Cool new stuff that we've spotted on the stands

We’ve been rushing around the Berlin Bike Show – or the Berliner Fahrradschau, to give it it’s proper name – prior to its opening this evening and here are half a dozen of the many things that have caught the collective eye so far…


1. Cinelli Nemo TIG steel road bike

The new Cinelli Nemo TIG is made from Columbus Spirit tubing – oversized triple-butted steel. It comes with a tapered head tube with a 1 1/2in lower bearing

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If you want to buy in the UK the frameset is £1,599. Pay an extra £200 and you can have any non-standard colour you want. There’s a lead time of about 30 days on a custom colour.

2. Upso bags
You’ll never guess what Carradice sub-brand Upso uses to make its bags. Oh, alright, you did guess: lorry tarpaulins.

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Once the tarpaulins have reached the end of their life in the haulage business, Upso has them industrially cleaned and turns them into something new.

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They do a whole range: panniers, despatch (messenger) bags (£45), backpacks (£60), and loads more styles. These are the new seatpacks (above).

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This cabin bag (£85) is sized to be permitted as hand luggage when you fly.

We think the bags look very, very cool. Plus, each one is unique because of the nature of the material used.


3. Keim Cycles Arvak wooden bike

There are a lot of wooden bikes here at the Berlin show; this one, made of white ash, is from France’s Keim. 

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It comes with a carbon fork and wheels, and without a seat tube or seatpost. 

It doesn’t look like you get a great deal of adjustability here but the look is certainly striking.


4. Primarius road bike

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This bike from bespoke brand Primarius is unusual for a number of reasons. Mass market, it ain’t. It’s has a single gear, eccentric bottom bracket, disc brakes, integrated seatpost with a seatmast, co-ordinated mudguards… we’re not sure what’s going on with the lighting but we’ll try to find out later. 

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We love this little plate at the driveside rear dropout but,if we're being picky' shouldn’t that be ‘built’?

5. Johnny Loco cargo bike
Johnny Loco is another brand from the Netherlands, specialising in urban bikes, delivery bikes, beach cruisers and cargo bikes. You can use that front carrier section to transport shopping, children, elderly relatives… that sort of stuff. 

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This one comes with a Shimano Nexus hub with seven gears and a roller brake, plus disc brakes up front. You can get it either with or without electrical assistance.

6. Quoc shoes
Quoc make some neat shoes in several different styles. The new Night shoe is available to preorder from the end of the month (31 March 2016) with-order fulfillment and full availability from July.

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The upper is synthetic on most of the models although a black leather version will be available too (that’s the one at the far end). 

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The outsole is carbon-fibre/nylon. It is compatible with three-bolt (road-type, Look, Shimano, Time etc) cleats.

The heel strip is 3M reflective for safety at night.


Right, we're back off out there to hunt and gather. More highlights coming your way shortly.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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wycombewheeler | 8 years ago

"6. Quoc shoes Quoc make some neat shoes in several different styles."


these are crocs with cleats right?

mayve there is a market for more hybrid footwear?  perhaspo flippers with cleats, could reallhy shake upo triathlon swim times and transition times.



WolfieSmith | 8 years ago

Looking at the shoes I imagine it's pronounced 'cock'. If Mat thinks those shoes are 'cool' he needs his eyes testing... sad

Dr_Lex | 8 years ago

In photo no.3, that looks oddly like the Dead Kennedys' logo in the background signage. No doubt stands for Deutsch Kraft or similar.

Jimbomitch | 8 years ago

I have always imagined it to be 'Kwok Fam'

dtd replied to Jimbomitch | 8 years ago

Jimbomitch wrote:

I have always imagined it to be 'Kwok Fam'


I've had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times and he certain answered to that pronunciation.

Doper | 8 years ago

How does one pronounce "Quoc"? 

ron611087 replied to Doper | 8 years ago

Doper wrote:

How does one pronounce "Quoc"? 

Rhymes with rooster I think.

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