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Eurobike 2014: The latest bikes and kit from Orange, Met, Transition, Canyon and Schwalbe

Eurobike is the world’s largest bicycle show and is the place that most of the big, and small, manufacturers show off their latest 2015 products, so it’s a really good place to see what will be in the shops later this year. So Bikemagic roamed the huge halls that contain more bike brands than you ever knew existed to bring you some of the highlights.

Orange Five

Orange are stalwarts of the show, and always have a nice collection of bikes on display. Taking pride of place was the Orange Five RS in this lovely polished finish. 650b wheels and 150mm travel, and looks pimp in this RockShox Pike/Monarch build with SRAM 1×11 drivetrain and Reverb post.

Orange Alpine 160

The Orange Alpine 160 now available with on-trend 650b wheels, with 160mm travel and the latest Fox 36 forks up front with the revamped decals. The new Alpine 160 also uses the latest thinking in geometry with a longer front centre and is fitted with a short 35mm stem, not quite as radical as the Mondraker bikes but going in that direction.

Met Parachute returns

Remember the old Met Parachute helmet? Well it is back, and reborn for the new endure scene. It aims to bridge the gap between a full face and open face trail lid with a lightweight chin guard, so you get a bit more protection without the adding weight and heat buildup issues.

Got to say it looks a lot better than the old Parachute which looked like something out of a sci-fi movie. Claimed weight is 700g for a medium.

Transition Patrol

US firm Transition used Eurobike to reveal the new Patrol, a 155mm travel full-sussed rolling on 650b wheels. Angles are slack with a 65 degree head angle. It was developed with plenty of input from team rider Lars Sternberg.

There’s a Horst Link out back and a short rocker linkage activating the Monarch shock

Schwalbe updates Nobby Nic for 2015

German company Schwalbe’s Nobby Nic tyre is a hugely popular choice with manufacturers but it gets mixed reviews, generally fast and fine in dry conditions but not so capable in the squelch or when the terrain gets aggressive.

Anyway, the tyre has been updated for 2015 with larger shoulder blocks to introduce more stability when cornering and big gaps to help clear mud, and the central row of knobs have also been refined. There’s also a new SnakeSkin sidewall casing that is claimed to be better at withstanding cuts and slashes.

Canyon release range of handlebars and stems

German direct-to-consumer brand Canyon bikes have built a stellar reputation for great value for money bikes that are really well designed, and now they’re adding their own range of handlebars and stems. Almost all models in the company’s range will be fitted with these bars and stems, but they’ll also be sold separately too. The range comprises two flat bars and two riser bars, ranging from 720 to 740mm width, in a choice of aluminium or carbon.

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