I predict most companies, even with 14 months up their sleeves, will still be cutting it super close for having anything ready. Availability won’t be “and it’s in store Monday!”
Someone will proclaim it to be the year of the “smart bike”. Like last year. And the year before that.
eBikes will take over Eurobike. Like last year. And the year before that. That’s where a huge chunk of money is.
There’ll be a few new GPS head units people will get excited over… then they’ll forget about them and buy a Garmin or Wahoo unit that has already launched this year. Sorry Stages, Bryton, Lezyne, Pioneer, Sigma, etc. It’s a two player market until any of them can make something people SING about being a game changer. I don’t see that happening.
If my experience with the R1 and BKool AIR is anything to go by - Trainer companies will follow the lead of Wahoo and screw up something in production trying to get something to market. I think Wahoo are ahead of the curve here, fail fast. Others will follow suit… but fail slowly.
More on that… We really haven’t seen anything revolutionise direct drive smart trainers like we did with the original Kickr. (Yeah, the Neo… but it’s really not that different). I don’t predict we’ll see any “game changing must have” updates to direct drive trainers this year, maybe not for a few years. We’ll likely see refinements. Hopefully more thru-axle support!
Wahoo/Sufferfest anything: It’s too soon. Maybe Wahoo will boot out FulGaz and RGT from their booth and for Sufferfest to be front and centre.
Garmin/Tacx: Still too soon. We saw the Neo Bike TWO YEARS AGO… It’s already a legacy device.
4iiii/STAC: Too soon for anything revolutionary unless STAC had something already pending on the cards that 4iiii can paint red and call their own.
Kinetic: I’d hate to be fielding the questions at their booth about the R1. I suspect they’re spinning their wheels fast with a firmware updates that’ll bring that unit a little closer to ‘satisfactory’.
CycleOps: We saw their ‘rocker plate’ thingy in person at the Giro d’Italia Femminile last month. Also 14 months old now though.
That’s about all. There’s a lot that’s happening at Eurobike that people will like. More on that when embargos lift and press releases are leaked…er… released.