Live From Eurobike—Part 1
It’s that time of year again, when nearly the entire bicycle industry heads to Germany for the Eurobike tradeshow and the first glimpses of next year’s products. We’ll be bringing you updates from Friedrichschafen with teasers of some of the gear that caught our attention, and we’re starting with pieces from Giordana, as well as Pinarello’s latest.
First off, Giordana is upgrading its top-tier kit, the NX-G series, which stands for “Next Generation.” Expect features, fit, and prices that compare with the world’s highest end products—this is race-oriented gear developed for professionals and offered for aficionados.
Along with a refined version of Giordana’s excellent race fit, the NX-G bib shorts are built with panels that offer graduated compression out of a single piece of fabric. The fabric apparently requires some closely guarded manufacturing techniques, but the results are said to be incredible, and we’re excited to spend some time in these beauties.
The NG-X series won’t be the only line to benefit from the new Cirro S, and Cirro SW (women’s) chamois. The four layer construction has a full complement of anatomical features, and the aloe vera-infused material should further enhance comfort.
We couldn’t help but notice the Sahara jersey. Designed for climbers, it ranks among the world’s lightest tops with claimed weights under 100g for most sizes. But it’s the airy feel that makes us think it will be a go-to for next summer’s rides.
Despite the Dogma F8′s unshakable popularity, there’s reason to think that the Gan series may steal some of the spotlight next year. Borrowing heavily from their Tour-winning sibling, the Gan S and Gan RS are built to provide a nearly identical ride to the F8 at a more palatable price.
The Gan RS sits higher in the pecking order, with most of the distinction being owed to its use of Toray T900 carbon fiber, as opposed to the Gan S’s Toray T700 construction. Accordingly, the RS finds itself dressed in slightly higher-end build kits.
As you’d expect, the stiffer, stronger material used in the Gan RS allows for a slightly lighter weight frame, but in either case, you’re looking at a bike from an elite bloodline that boasts exceptional road manners.