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Five of the hottest new bikes from Eurobike 2016

Gorgeous gear from Germany

There are fewer better places in the world to oggle the latest kit than the humid halls of Eurobike. The biggest brands in cycling vie for show floor space to display their latest wares.

2016 was no exception and some of the hottest bikes in the world were on display. Here are our personal favourites:

Propain Carbon Rage

The Propain Dirt Zelvy team will have a new carbon frame to ride on next year with a completely overhauled design. A new linkage is complemented by massively adjustable geometry and a weight saving of 300 grams.

Unfortunately we won’t be seeing it at the World Champs next weekend under Isak Levisson and James Purvis, but it has being given to Phil Atwill for a week of testing and videoing as we speak.

For more info click here.

Orange Strange Prototype

At Eurobike three years ago, Orange displayed a prototype, long-travel 29er that looked like a cross between an Alpine and a 324 and, at the time, nobody really knew what to make of it. However, with the like of the Trek and Evil recently releasing coveted long travel big wheelers, Orange revisited the idea and came up with this.

Orange’s current 29er, the Segment, feels great on fast singletrack but can be a tad undergunned on the bigger hits. However, a 150mm shock and 160mm fork keep this machine stable, while Boost and stretched geometry bring it fully up to date. The prototypes are being shipped out to Verbier for some intensive testing and tweaking before the production run, which should be sometime in 2017.

Yeti SB 6 Turq

On the surface it may be difficult to see what differentiates this bike from a conventional SB6, but it’s what’s beneath that counts. This bike is made with Yeti’s Turq carbon that shaves 300 grams from the weight of the frame.

The update has been applied across the Yeti range, but the SB 6 is our favourite. Surprisingly the frames we saw didn’t actually come in signature turquoise, just stealthy black, but production models will come in both colours.

Rocky Mountain Slayer

A legend reborn from Rocky Mountain. We remember riding the original Slayer 12 years ago so were more than excited to see this one in the flesh.

With its downhill-bike capability, 170mm fork and 165mm of rear travel this all-new Slayer goes head to head with our favourite enduro bikes such as the Radon Swoop, YT Capra and the revised Commencal Meta AM V4.2. Some tough competition with this bunch, but Rocky Mountain promise us that the Slayer’s pedalling responsiveness is matched with an uncanny ability to find and hold speed in rugged terrain.

Click here for more info.

Pivot Firebird

Pivot have been on spree of releases at the moment with the Switchblade, and updated 429 and now the Firebird all being added to its catalogue.

If you were at Whistler for Crankworx then you may have already seen this but for us Europeans this was our fist glimpse of the 170mm  travel super-enduro monster.

For more information click here.

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