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Eurobike 2017 Day 3, starring Lightweight, Brooks, Bont and Northwave

Topeak and Birzman have cool new stuff too!

We're three days into Eurobike and we're still finding loads of cool new products – in truth, we've hardly scratched the surface, and there's only one day to go. Here are some of our favourites from today…

Lightweight Meilenstein Disc wheels

Lightweight is introducing a Meilenstein Disc clincher wheel with a disc-specific rim – there’s no brake track – that’s wider than previously. The external diameter is 24mm, designed to provide better support for the wider tyres that most people are using these days.

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The hub shell is half round and half pentagonal, the idea being to improve safety and reliability by providing a mechanical lock between the hub and the rest of the wheel, while distributing the one-sided braking forces from the disc rotor.

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The good news is that the price of the Lightweight Meilenstein C Disc hasn't gone up. The bad news is that that price is £4,600.

Brooks Cambium All Weather saddle

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Brooks has revealed an All Weather version of its vulcanised natural rubber Cambium saddle with a waterproof nylon cover rather than the organic cotton of the existing models. Instead of steel, the frame is made from glass-fibre-reinforced nylon. 

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There are several versions of the Cambium All Weather saddle. The C17 model, for example, is priced £95 compared with £110 for the standard Cambium C17.

Bont Helix shoes

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Bont is introducing a new shoe called the Helix which is a lot like the existing Vaypor but with a different closure system. The lace for the Boa dial goes into the upper and then runs right underneath the foot and into the upper on the other side.

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Bont says that fully surrounding the foot leads to a great fit while saving weight.

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Northwave off-season shoes

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Sticking with shoes, Northwave has introduced new Flash TH (road) and Raptor TH (mountain bike) shoes that include Thinsulate. The idea is that they look like a summer-style shoe but offer extra warmth for autumn and spring.

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Northwave is also introducing Extreme RR GTX (road) and Extreme XCM GTX (mountain bike) high-end winter shoes. 

They come with a neoprene Climaflex collar and a Gore-Tex Rattler membrane that’s designed to keep out the wind and rain.

Topeak PakGo X bike case

Topeak has shown a new bike case called the PakGo X that’s made from a polycarbonate material called Makrolon. 

One of the key features is a removable stand. You take it out and put it on the floor, mount your bike (everything except the wheels) to it, then slot it back in position inside the case. 

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It looks a well thought-out system with various pads, covers and sleeves designed to keep your bike safe during transportation. 

The only feature that immediately struck us as a little odd was the extent to which the case’s wheels extend from the bottom of the box. We just hope they don’t get knocked and damaged in transit.

The PakGo X will be available next year for about £800. We’ll ask if we can get one in for review. 

Birzman luggage

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Everyone is jumping on board the adventure bike train at this year’s Eurobike, including Birzman which is bringing out a full baggage collection called the Packman range, available from late October. 

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The bags for the main triangle are designed to be modular – you can use them individually or to complement one another.

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Birzman also has a new Push & Twist pump head that it’s rolling out across its floor pump range, taking over from its Snap-it Apogee design. It fits both Presta and Schrader valves. As the name suggests, you just push it onto the valve and give the collar a slight twist and that holds it there firmly. It’s very simple and quick.

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To remove it, you just pull back the collar and it comes away. 

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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