Eurobike #2, Liteville and Sram weights

It’s a bit strange. I’m not a fan of German bikes and I don’t like just anodized frames. But there is something with Liteville that makes my heart beat a little extra. Can be compared with Cannondale and their Lefty.

Liteville doesn’t care so much about what’s cool but they know how to produce the bikes people should buy. Like Specialized with weight, they just want to make it the best.

An old Liteville 301 MK6, 6 year old made me like All Mountain more than XC and it showed me that a full suspension bike can perform so much better if it’s just built right.

Now 2015 they introduce the 101 MK1:

It may not look as flashy as a modern carbon bike but I don’t think you will ever find a 120mm aluminium frame that will perform better and give you more joy.

Spec in German:

and Scaled sizing like they had for a while:

Duolink to get the length you like:

It won’t be cheap (so please don’t compare to cheap German brands) but it will give you fun for a very long time. And of course it’s made in Germany.

Also from Germany, or developed in Germany are the new Sram Red eTap. Here is some weights of the new wireless group:

with more info: Bikerumor

Sram is also releasing a new cheaper X-Sync chainring. Made of steel for lower price and more durable:

New Acros hubs

Some parts I remember more than other. Been checking the market for good hubs like Hope Pro 2 but a bit lighter. On R2-bike sorting A-Z it has always shown Acros hubs (before Absolute Black) nut they seemed boring. Last thursday on Eurobike I had to check Acros hydraulic gears when I saw they had a stand. Didn’t look anything more in their stand.

Back on friday I got some photos to and talked with a nice guy. Remembered that I’ve seen hubs on R2 and asked about it. He showed me a hub that really impressed. Lower weight than Tune King/Kong (15g/5g) and at a little better price. A star ratchet that could be better than DT’s 240 hubs with straight pull spokes like Sram.

Acros Nineteen XC is the name:

A 19mm carbon axle, threaded endcaps that are easy to change and I think they look really good. Also got a ED and FR version a bit heavier with less straight pull spokes.

Not on their website yet as they will be released in the beginning of 2015 after some more testing.

A good view of Acros at Eurobike you will find here: MTB News

Eurobike #3 Roadbikes + CX

Have to mention one thing, my phone ran out of battery yesterday so missed some things, like DMT shoes, really nice.

But never miss a Fibula brake, my dream:

Nice 15mm axle on Storck CX:

continuing with CX. CKT by Virenque:

French with Italian design 😉 And awesome RAR wheels, super quality built in France:

CKT steel that made me drool, lifetime warranty:

Beat this if you can:

But made in Taiwan 😦 Maybe can be good anyway.

Of course they got an aerobike:

Parlee with an ugly front:

Nice Parlee with EE cycle brakes:

clean tube to tube:

Caterham, like a 7 but in carbon:

Tunehubs like CKT:

Super cool steelbike with an integrated carbon seatpost:

The bikes to drool over, can it be better than Swedish high-end Rolo?

Ferrari, or Colnago V1-R, missed the C29:

New Mavic shoes, Cosmic Ultimate like the best wheels I’ve used:

German and good looking? Superlight and still reasonable priced? AX-Lightness puts many questions on their edge with their new Vial Evo frame:

BMC Crossmachine with Sram CX1:

De Rosa Solo made Paduano Racing seems like a bargain and showing Pegoretti that a super expensive Italian made frame doesn’t have to have a lot of colors:

Skip the red color, dream about the frame I flew to Germany to look at and talk about. De Rosa Corum, handmade custom Italian steel frame 😀

Even available for disc brakes:

If you can’t afford a De Rosa Solo titanium frame but still want italian handmade titanium from De Rosa they got a cheaper version 🙂

Bimota isn’t just a motorbike, but the motorbike are cooler:

World best training wheels 2015? Campagnolo Shamal Mille:

French, handmade, RTM and the new creation by Time called Skylon:

But still like the older tube to tube frame ZXRS:

A beautiful saddle, 138g:

Carrera Scatto seems to have got into my phone too:

The worlds best crankset got better and lighter? THM-Carbones Clavicula SE:

Lightweight Urgestalt, don’t really know:

With a lot of blue color:

Lightweight discwheel:

A Guru Preamio R:

Fastest clothes that can be perfectly made to fit you (or Martin or Vos):

Don’t know but it came a new Slice that I missed to take a photo of complete, here is the frameset:


The best looking Synapse 2015:

Summer commuting bike for all weather. Synapse disc in alu with Sram Rival and perfect fitting fenders:

Cannondale caad10 trackbike:

Corima Viva MCC:

Neil Pryde Nazaré2 again:

Wooden handlebar?:

Animal and bike on the wall, works for vegetarians too:

Look 795, looks better than 695 but seems strange:

And that’s all from Eurobike. If you think two wheels isn’t enough the thursday evenings discussion was why we didn’t have this instead. A Wiessmann:

Eurobike #2 MTB

There was 2 mtb that I will continue to talk about after Eurobike.

First we have a Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt BC, 120mm back with a Pike in front, a proper AM bike made for everything:

In carbon or in Rocky language MSL.

Race Face cockpit like always on Rocky Mountain, suits well:

no small axles and bearing here, oversize deluxe:

The top of the line Thunderbolt MSL is the 799. XTR Di2 get’s the price up to 9999€

Lever where you have to press way to long to shift, opposite of the road Di2 shifters:

BH Lynx in carbon and 27,5″:

A Massi fs XC with Magura electronic damper:

Orbea XC fs for 27,5″:

and hardtail:

Open, Lauf fork, AX-Lightness, THM Carbones M3 and so on:

The lightest mtbstem on the market? AX-Lightness rigid on another Open with Lefty:

American Classic carbon mtb wheelset:

Giant found the colors and put them on a Anthem 😉

The enduro from Canada. Rocky Mountain Altitude MSL BC:

Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 750 MSL:

Rocky Mountain Element, xc fs 29″:

Julien Absalons BMC:

Tune Skyline with Ryde rims:

Haibike top of the line xc fs with Bike Ahead Compsites wheels:

Their Greed hardtail with Bike Ahead and Rock Shox RS-1:

Nino Schurter’s Spark 700 with a 38t chainring in front, strong guy:

Manuel Fumic’s Scalpel 29 with 36t chainring:

Cannondale Trigger Team, should be every AM rider’s dream I think 😉

Remy Absalon’s Genius with XTR Di2, expensive Enduro

Corratec 65mm XC fs 27,5″:

Mondraker Podium 29er, supercool:

Ritchey Integrated mtb stem and bar:

And here we go, Cannondale Flash 29er was way to high for a short guy like me, never thought of it even when this year’s Teammodel is really nice and good speced. So when they announced a model with lower front, better (is it possible?) fork, stiffer rear I had to check it out as fast as Larry was ready with an interview. Starting from the bottom. Big axle Lefty Carbon 2.0:

much better hosingmount on the protecting plastic and not so easy to break:

Lower distance between clamps (38mm(?)): and made it possible to ride shorter stems than 85mm:

The bike:

Except the fork it looks pretty normal, like SuperSIX Evo with nothing special. But a lot underneath. Ready for Di2:

moved drivetrain 6mm to the right, same spokelengths on both side (heard in München) and 60(?)% stiffer:

The chainring clearance with probably the most customizable crankset that still works after 13(?) years:

Still the same OPI stem (miss the old SI):

Maybe you could have thought that this was the other (with RM Thunderbolt) big thing but it’s not for me. The thing that was bigger is AM, Enduro, XC and underestimated frame Liteville 301. 140mm or 160mm rear travel with a super linkage and able to build it for your type of riding. Like a XC rocket with a 27,5″ wheel rear and a 29er front with a Rock Shox RS-1:

Or more Enduro with a Formula 35 fork:

Standard enduro with a Pike and 27,5″ on front too:

Normal BSA bottom bracket, (even still for e-type fd) with a big hole for Reverb Stealth or KS Integra dropper post:

a bit odd hosing for the rear brake, with a PMmount for 180mm rotor so no need for adapter. Syntace X-12 axle:

48xx€ for the build with RS-1 seems like a lower price than before too so not overwhelming expensive. High end alu made in Germany.

Ending this post with some nice parts. Ryde Trace rims, seemed good and think I will build some wheels with it this winter:

or should I go for tubular with the new Tufo XC6 in 2,2″?

Everyone is talking about XTR Di2. Yes it’s new but not as cool or good feeling like Acros A-Ge:

Eurobike news

A lot of news but here is some. Like AX-Lightness upgraded Vial frame, now for disc brakes:

And their new SRT mtb clincher rim, 25mm wide and good enough for the world champion in sprint:

Tune presents a new carbon clincher wheelset for road. 41mm high rims and an impressive complete weight at 1185g:

And a bit strange Tune Komm-Vor with 2 colors:

More news on Roues Artisanales

Ridley Helium SL and De Rosa King TT

Found some new pictures on the upgraded Helium yesterday, called SL. No gorgeous ISP but internal wiring and PF30, 780g in size medium for frame and 310g for the fork. But is the fork standard 1 1/8 all way?



And look at this beauty, De Rosa Formula King TT bike:


Hard to get it better than that. Same style on logos on front as rear wheel and maybe an integrated brake on the rear side of the fork. But specing a Time trialbike with Campagnolo using Ghibli, Super Record and the new Bora TT crankset. I want! Except the front brake it has everything right if you ask me. What do you think about it?