25th Edition of Taipei Cycle 2012 – Part 1

by Scott Kelly

March 27, 2012 (Taipei) – The 25th edition of Taipei Cycle took place earlier this month at the Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei, Taiwan and continues to grow as one of the world’s top three bicycle trade shows. A total of 1,092 companies filled 3,288 booths at this year’s show, an increase of 15% over last year. In addition, the show saw 13% more international visits this year, a testament to the importance of the Taipei Cycle show.

Most exhibitors chose to display their 2012 bikes and components however a few companies had some prototypes and concept bikes on display in their booths. Most notably were Di2 and hydraulic disc brake-equipped road bikes available from both Stevens and Colnago.

The Stevens SLC Disc Prototype featured TRP’s Hywire Di2 compatible disc brakes. The SLC featured great tire clearance and internal routing on the cables.

The Colnago C59 Disc featured Formula’s take on Di2-compatible hydraulic disc brakes. Both bikes could prove a watershed in the march towards disc brakes for road bikes. While cable-actuated road disc brakes have been around for a while, lever feel has never been optimal. Both the Formula and TRP brakes felt great and we can’t wait to get a pair in our hands.

The 2013 edition of Taipei Cycle will take place at the Nangang Exhibition Hall from March 20-23. Here’s a selection of photos from this year’s show…

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