Eurobike kicked off the 2006 Trade show marathon. The show seems to get bigger every year. It's hard to find good space for a booth and the brands who decided to display outdoors were lucky this year as it did not rain.
What was new? KHE had a fair bit of new product at their booth. From a 249,= Euro complete flatland bike to a new freecoaster hub, a super light tire in two sizes, a 10,25 KG complete bike, new Prism tires, a prototype stem and a chain that works with the super small 9T sprocket in the back. All KHE complete bikes are now assembled in Germany. Goldie (Butler) still has a signature model out.
KMC has a night light chain they call the LT. It looks damn BlingBling.
HARO Bikes showed the 2006 Nyquist Pro, the Mirra Flair and the F2. Nyquist's model has an all new Full CrMo frame with Heat-Treated Tubes and Mid BB shell. It's got an internal headset too but no more hydroforming. The bike features the HARO Prolite sealed 36h 3/8" Front and 48h 14 mm Hollow Axle Rear Cassette wheelset. It's got a dirt front tire and a rear park tire, just like Nyquist wants it.
Free Agent had a big booth with loads of bikes including the Imperial (Thorne wasn't there) and the Limousine (neither was Dale Holmes). The LaFinca boot across the alley looked busy all the time. With loads of brands to represent, the distributor had lots of questions to answer. The wethepeole bikes look good, as shown at the Rebel Jam in Berlin this summer. Their new 2-tone Millar frame is looking sharp with trimmed back-end tubes and an internal headset. Also wethepeople had a new cassette hub out and so did Volume.
Avent (USA)was present with a bike or two and some parts. Racing across the pond is big! they must have heard. Next to Avent we found those X-Games bike we had heard about. Bikes that look like MX bikes but with pedal power. They actually didn't look bad and were a memory to the first MX/BMX bikes that popped up in the late seventies.
GT had a full range of BMX racing and freestyle bikes on their booth with fancy colours (neon green, hot pink for freestyle and a new colour scheme for the racing bikes). At Mongoose the Steve McCann bike was on display in bright red.
Author had an interesting grind pedal on one of their complete bikes with replaceable plastic grind bits. Perv and Kuwahara teamed up outside with a combined booth. It is good to see the Kuwahara brand back. They also showed some heritage with old numberplates and an old Kuwahara jersey. Matt Pohlkamp is now their #1 pro, let's see if the brand can make him as legendary as Clint Millar and Gary Ellis when they started out on Kuwa. Perv had a few frames on display and some wheelsets. Also they showed complete bikes and a poster of Nasty Dawg of course.
Back around the corner and we run into Todd Lyons and Oliver Furhmann at the SE Bikes booth. Both of them were entering the MTB/bmx race and were preparing their bikes. TL was actually the only one riding the race on a BMX bike and he won his first moto. That's basically all I saw and all I wanted to see. Bikes looked good and thanks for the cold drinks.
Over at Felt they had some custome cruisers again and also some chicks riding the cruisers (sorry, no pics). The FELT range was big and sported a new graphic look on the BMX freestyle side. Not too many changes as far as frame design goes but what they have, does the job, so why change? FLYBIKES and Odyssey parts were also on display at Sport Import.
Cube had a complete bike with an orange front wheel and orange bars so you don't have to look for a spray can whenever you want to customize your bike. Thanks for picking Orange. Oranje Boven!
Bell Helmets have been making a history theme of their booth. This time they had a helmet of Ryan Nyquist on display. Also they had plenty of signature series skate-type helmets from the likes of Jamie Bestwick, Dave Mirra, Steve McCann and Nyquist.
Unity had a corner in the outdoor area displaying the RNC, Standard and SNAFU parts. Dragonfly had a booth indoors that they shared with some Snowscoot company. Complete bikes still available.
Premium Products shown in Friedrichshafen were the titanium axle, Premium Tire, Crmo pegs, Stem, grips, T-shirts and handlebars in gray and black.
In Hall 3 we found Viper bicycles. For 2006 the BMX racing bikes received the John Player Special look with everything in black, except for the decals. On the freestyle side Viper went the opposite with a pink bike.
That about sums up the BMX portion of the 2005 Eurobike show. More BMX news on FATBMX from the Interbike Show in Las Vegas. Coming up in October.