A SNEAK PEEK OF TAIPEI CY­CLE 2018

The pre-show re­ally did put our cu­rios­ity into over­drive

Cycling Plus (Malaysia) - - THE HUB -

ycling Plus Malaysia, along with 22 cy­cling me­dia press, was re­cently in­vited to join the Taipei Cy­cle 2018 preshow me­dia tour in Taipei and Taichung by the Tai­wan Ex­ter­nal Trade De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil (TAITRA), to drum up en­thu­si­asm for the Taipei Cy­cle Show sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 31st to Novem­ber 2nd.

Tai­wan, the bi­cy­cle mecca for man­u­fac­tur­ers, im­porters and en­thu­si­asts, is the self pro­claimed “king­dom of bikes” that boasts over 4,500 kilo­me­tres of ded­i­cated bi­cy­cle paths, which are well-rid­den by lo­cals and cy­cling tourists. It is also ground zero for the amaz­ingly suc­cess­ful bike-share pro­gramme Youbike, which has ex­ceeded 60 mil­lion in terms of us­age in 2018.

Head­lin­ing the pre-me­dia tour press con­fer­ence this year was Wal­ter Yeh, TAITRA Pres­i­dent and CEO. The out­go­ing pres­i­dent spoke on how the bi­cy­cle in­dus­try and con­sumer ex­pe­ri­ence is on the cusp of cy­cling dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion and the era of smart tech­nol­ogy. Not sur­pris­ingly, Taipei Cy­cle Show 2018 will show­case how tech­nol­ogy in­te­gra­tion of IOT and Big Data will trans­form the in­dus­try. Ef­fi­cient man­u­fac­tur­ing with In­dus­try 4.0 process im­prove­ments as well as in­tel­li­gent and flex­i­ble man­u­fac­tur­ing will lead to faster cus­tomi­sa­tion pro­to­types that would sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove de­sign and in­no­va­tion.

On the first day, we were bussed to Taichung Iron Hill Cy­cling Sport Vil­lage, for a day of prod­uct pre­sen­ta­tion, Pow­er­point dis­plays, and Q&AS. In at­ten­dance was a di­verse mix of brands from in­ter­net star­tups to the more well­known brands that con­duct their R&D, de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­tur­ing in Tai­wan, proudly ac­claimed as MIT (Made in Tai­wan).

They let us to have a go at their new­est prod­ucts sched­uled for launch at Taipei

CCy­cle 2018. From Jan­uary through April 2018, Tai­wan’s e-bike ex­ports reached 82,000 units worth USD113 mil­lion, in­creas­ing 34.35% and 55.51% re­spec­tively com­pared with the same pe­riod in 2017. This mas­sive ex­port po­ten­tial from con­ven­tional bikes was clearly shown on the dis­play booth that day, while many tra­di­tional moun­tain bike brands such as Gi­ant, Merida, KMC were dis­play­ing their e-mo­bil­ity solutions.

1. BESV

The TRB1, BESV’S full sus­pen­sion E-MTB re­minds me so much of the heroic Black Ka­men Rider tele­vi­sion se­ries I watched while grow­ing up. The grasshop­per looka­like full sus­pen­sion bike is pow­ered by Brose - a lead­ing mo­tor man­u­fac­turer from Ger­many that fea­tures a large 756Wh (36V, 21Ah) bat­tery. More rid­ing, less worry about bat­tery. The JR1 mean­while looks like a con­ven­tional road bike but the e-as­sist sys­tem is vis­i­ble upon close in­spec­tion, as it is tucked away into the down tube. Even the pedal as­sist but­ton is cam­ou­flaged on the drop bars. Weigh­ing 15.7kg, I can fore­see that this will be a very at­trac­tive op­tion to MAMILS who would want to keep up with their younger or fit­ter coun­ter­parts.

Tai­wan, the bi­cy­cle mecca for man­u­fac­tur­ers, im­porters and en­thu­si­asts, is the self pro­claimed “king­dom of bikes” that boasts over 4,500 kilo­me­tres of ded­i­cated bi­cy­cle paths, which are well-rid­den by lo­cals and cy­cling tourists.

2. MAXXIS

Ever want to ride like the Greg Min­naar? The win­ningest racer in World Cup Down­hill his­tory - has worked with MAXXIS to pro­duce Assegai (as-se-gai: slen­der, iron tipped, hard­wood spear used by South­ern African peo­ple) a tyre that com­bines the best tread and char­ac­ter from the DHF, DHR II, Shorty and High Roller. It is cur­rently avail­able only in down­hill spec, 27.5/29 x 2.5 with du­alply butyl side­wall 3C Maxxgrip com­pound. It weighs a hefty 1.3kg but a lighter en­duro ver­sion is com­ing out by the end of the year.

3. RST

RST showed off their wire­less e-drop­per, that weighs 580g for the 30.9, 125mm travel ver­sion. The post is also avail­able in 100mm and 150mm travel ver­sions. The drop­per is con­trolled by a small wire­less unit at the top of the post body, which is pow­ered by a recharge­able, re­place­able CR123A cam­era bat­tery. This bat­tery can be recharged via the built-in mini-usb port, or eas­ily pur­chased from any con­ve­nience store.

4. Neco

Rove, a dy­namo hub power gen­er­a­tor UPS (Un­in­ter­rupt­ible Power Sup­ply) sys­tem that stores power in a built-in bat­tery while cy­cling and helps rid­ers charge their de­vices on the go.

5. Merida

The Merida EONE-SIXTY is the e-as­sisted ver­sion of the highly cov­eted ‘pedal pow­ered’ ONE-SIXTY. It comes with the Shi­mano Steps E8000 sys­tem spe­cially de­vel­oped for MTBS and 500Wh bat­tery with three as­sist modes.

6. Gi­ant

Gi­ant pre­sented 3 full sus­pen­sion E-MTB mod­els with a pedal as­sist sys­tem termed Hy­brid Cy­cling Tech­nol­ogy. The e-bikes are en­gi­neered with light­weight and strong ALUXX SL alu­minum that fea­tures 140mm and 160mm of Gi­ant’s tried and tested Mae­stro rear sus­pen­sion tech­nol­ogy. The Yamaha Sync­drive mo­tor is pow­ered by a 500Wh En­er­gy­pak bat­tery. A quick spin at the test track showed that the high per­for­mance Yamaha mo­tor has very a fast pedal en­gage­ment and ab­so­lutely no power loss at high ca­dence.

7. KS

KS took the op­por­tu­nity to show off their Ether prod­uct line-up. De­signed for en­duro, the Ether is light and strong enough for ev­ery­thing from XC to DH. It has an up­dated LEV drop­per with a re­fined pis­ton de­sign.

8. KMC

KMC’S new e-bikes fea­ture chains that can with­stand high mid-mo­tor ten­sile and tor­sional stress. I’m told that the new 12-speed chains driv­e­trains will be com­ing soon to the mar­ket.

9. IKIN

IKIN is the first e-mo­bil­ity foray by SYB - Shenyang Bi­cy­cle In­ter­na­tional. The same guys that carry Kuota and Ar­gon 18. Un­like BESV, IKIN doesn’t hide the fact that their road bikes are pedal as­sisted, what with the bulky bat­tery in­stalled quite promi­nently on the down tube. In­ter­est­ingly enough, the 23.3kg fat­tie ver­sion even has a “walk-as­sist” mode.

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