You’ve no doubt already read a hot take on the barren wasteland that was Eurobike 2017. Big brands have deserted it and next year’s big releases have already happened or are being saved for Sea Otter. We were left with halls filled with commuter e-bikes, cargo bikes and, depressingly, scooters.
We took a lap round every hanger to find out how many downhill bikes there were, the answer is “not very many”. A few stipulations first, the bike didn’t have to be new (in fact, only two were) and the bike had to be on its brand’s stand (so for example the prototype Intense on the SRAM stand doesn’t count).
Here’s the downhill machines that Friedrichshafen had to offer:
Transition are a brand that have roots in gravity bikes and they wanted to finally build a bike that was worthy of World Cup wins. With three already under its belt, the Transition TR11 was the joint most successful downhill bike of the 2017 World Cup, and that’s before its even been released – mission accomplished.
Eurobike was our first chance to get a proper look at the full carbon beauty (full story coming soon).