March 06, 2014 (Taipei, Taiwan) – Pedal is on site at the Taipei International Cycle Show, getting the goods on the latest offerings and newest technology in the worldwide bicycle industry. The Taipei Show is one of the three biggest cycling trade shows in the world ranking up there with Eurobike and Interbike. The show runs from March 5-8 this year with the last day being open to the public. There are over 1,100 exhibitors taking part and approximately 36% are from overseas.
This is a very important show on the international scene as many Original Equipment (OE) buyers as well as many distributors from all over the globe are here to see the latest products as well as work with suppliers directly. Companies from around the world are vying for new business as they showcase their products to some of the most influential buyers in the sport. It is also a great place to pick up on the newest trends and find the latest cool items.
One of the trends that is being seen is electric bikes, and in particular off-road electric bikes. Giant has gotten into the game with the FullE bike, while the Accel group’s Haibike has the Nduro that uses a Bosch 36-volt, 250-watt motor. There is also a new partnership between Canadian Bionix and Wheeler bikes to launch a Wheeler electric model.
Another new trend that continues to gain traction is road disc brakes, and several bike companies have models featuring this emerging technology. Shimano is introducing hydraulic-specific brakes for road bikes that are compatible with their hydraulic-specific Di2 levers while FSA is has released a cable-actuated hydraulic disc brake designed for offroad use, but it looks suitable for road as well.
Fat bikes continue to grow in popularity as other brands jump on the category bandwagon. Fuji and several others now make a fat bikes. Stay tuned for more to come direct from the Taipei International Cycle Show.