Eurobike has just finished up for another year and by the looks of things, there’ll be some interesting products filtering down through the bicycle market. As with car shows, there were a few innovations that may or may not see the light of day, but Canyon Bicycles GmbH presented their Urban Concept bike, a high-brow commuter that’s practical and sure to cause a stir wherever it goes.
Canyon Bicycles can trace their history back to 1978 when the founder, Roman Arnold, started racing upon a custom Somec frame. Today, the company can look back on a long timeline of product exploration and development, culminating in very fine carbon fibre racing frames for both the road and mountain.
The Urban Concept is a new direction for Canyon, an opportunity to take their knowledge of design and materials to the street. It’s a highly integrated design, from the Supernova front and E3 rear light, powered by a SON dynamo hub, to the anti-slip pedals—comfortable regardless of footwear—and a stylish leather-covered basket that can be removed for shopping excursions.
A locking mechanism is located behind the seat tube and there’s a QR code on the top tube, recording the bike’s status and whether it has been stolen or not. If it has, Canyon offers a reduced-price policy for the owner. The Urban Concept is powered by a Conti® belt drive and a Sram Automatix two-speed hub, while Gilles Berthoud stainless mudguards protect the rider from spray.
It’s a very modern bike for modern cities with some useful details. What do you think?