Germany's massive bike industry expo Eurobike is in full swing this week with the spotlight on two major trends: racing bikes and e-bikes. Doors open for the general public Saturday, August 31.
If you're in the market for a bike, good news: this year's dreary spring and summer dampened bike sales while inflating inventories globally, sparking discounts on 2013 models. But for those hungry for the newest generation of gear, Eurobike features 1,250 exhibitors from 49 countries flaunting the latest wares.
What's hot, especially in Europe, are electric bikes, and you can see new systems from Bosch, TranzX, Panasonic and BionX at the show. Bosch, the European market leader, is unveiling its Performance Line for mountain or trekking models -- available in 25 km/hr and 45 km/hr versions -- and the Active Line for leisure e-bikes. Cannondale will also launch its new E-Series of electric bikes, and Gates is showing off new carbon belt drive electric bikes. In Germany, e-bikes are especially popular, with sales topping 450,000 by year's end, reports Eurobike.
In Asia, the hottest new trend is racing bikes. In China, sales of high-quality racing bikes have recently almost tripled within the space of a year. The cycling industry's innovations will also be shown at Asia Bike, which takes place from October 10-13, in Nanjing.
Eurobike takes place in Friedrichshafen, August 28-31 and welcomes some 20,000 visitors every year. The show invites industry visitors August 28-30, with doors open to the general public on Saturday, August 31.