Live From Eurobike—Part 3
It’s been an interesting couple of days here at Eurobike. As always, our interest has been piqued by a swath of products, many quite innovative. We’re going to conclude our Eurobike coverage with a bit of both—some substantive new changes to Zipp’s respected wheel lineup, and a few other random items that caught our eyes while wandering through the convention center.
Zipp’s Firecrest rims remain thankfully unchanged from last year, but their hubs will get minor refinements across the lineup. The new 77/177 hubset not only improves on the bearing seals in the superceded 88/188 hubset, but further enhances stiffness by moving to a fixed preload design. There’s also a new quick release to go along with the hubset, although disc options will also be available in in a host of thru axle options as well, with 15x100mm and 12x100mm axles available up front, and 12×135 and 12×142 options available for the rear.
The 77/177 hubs will also find their way to the center of Zipp’s new 30 Course wheelsets. Developed with heavy influence from the 202 Firecrest, the 30 Course uses an aluminum rim that boasts a whopping 21mm internal width, which hints at its intended pairing with larger volume tires. With weights ranging from 1490g for the rim brake/tubular configuration, to 1650g for the disc/clincher option, they’re competitively lightweight, and look to be built to take the abuse of training, gravel rides, and larger riders.
Aside from this, a few other items caught our eye; in no particular order, here are a few of this year’s standouts.
Crankbrothers refines the long running Mallet with new internals to increase durability and reduces size from the Mallet DH by 12% with the Mallet E. Enduro. Trail riders should rejoice in the weight savings and added durability.
Yeti’s expanded the small line of apparel it introduced two years ago, adding sought-after accessory pockets to their new bibs and a puffy for the parking lot après.
Svelte. 232g. Full Carbon. Undoubtedly Enve. Enve completes the wheelset with the introduction of these Eurobike Award-winning hubs.