The 78th edition of EICMA is ended but its ferment remains, dragging with s & eacute; a wind of change and restart destined to persist (and to make us forget the year of forced stop by the pandemic). Among new proposals, absences and big returns, which we talked about in another article, there are also many curiosities; and evidence that we have intercepted snaking through the stands and grouped into three macro-trends: the thrust of e-bikes, with an ever increasing range; rich in their declinations, a renewed design that points to essentiality; (with some surprises) and a more & ugrave; necessary attention to road safety.
To unite the exhibition pavilions with an incisiveness; even greater than in past years a great red thread (indeed, green), the impulse to mobility; sustainable , more and more; protagonist among the new entries on the market. This year the message from the builders is in fact resounded loud and clear: the future of two wheels is; already here, and & egrave; their electrification .
To tell you about our foray into EICMA we decided to use only and exclusively a smartphone, or rather, a pair of Oppo Find X3 Pro (Review) . A little as a challenge, a little for opportunity, we wanted to demonstrate that the level of some top of the range of 2021 – including the Find X3 Pro just mentioned – are able to reach a high quality; images and can almost always replace prosumer cameras as well. For the occasion we shot most of the clips in 4K at 60fps (the front ones are at 1080p upscaled to 4K), with active optical and electronic stabilization and DJI Osmo Mobile 4 gimbal following for comfort.
- E-BIKE BETWEEN GRAVEL, STRAPS AND FOLDING
- EVOLVING DESIGN
E-BIKE BETWEEN GRAVEL, STRAPS AND FOLDING e-bikes (who knows & agrave ;, maybe at the next edition & hellip;), however the many models scattered around the fair allowed us to get a & rsquo; more idea; concrete of the trends that animate this sector. L & rsquo; impression & egrave; that electrification has given a real shock to producers, including Italian ones.
There are many mountain and city models, but it is; the rise of the gravel segment is also evident. At the transmission level, the belt flanks the chain with some interesting traction evolutions: on this front the new H700 from Bafang , a very compact motor (250W of power and 32 Nm torque in a 3.2 kg body) which stands out for the characteristic deceleration system of the house but also and above all for the integration of a two-speed gearbox; which constantly detects the speed; bike to automatically set the best gear.
Just the belt transmission & egrave; one of the distinctive features of the Noko proposal, an emerging tricolor brand that wants to get noticed for the engagement of racing components (engine, battery, handlebar and seat post come from FSA, Raicam and Sram hydraulic brakes) and the possibility; of online customization.
In general, the prices of e-bikes are still quite high (many models from 3,000 euros upwards) which have led many manufacturers to work on portability concept as a deterrent to theft – folding e-bikes are now a trend in the sector, as demonstrated by the solutions adopted by the gi & agrave; cited V-Ital Group – but also on the integration of GPS systems with mobile application for tracking.
EVOLVING DESIGN Here is the Rapido scooter by MV Agusta, very fast but still limited to 25 km/h in Europe
As for practicality; and portability, in the relay of the most popular models; appetizing wins the proposal of V-Ita , Italian startup of electric bikes, e-scooters and scooters with a half soul Milanese and met & agrave; Neapolitan (the factories are located in Somma Vesuviana, in the province of Naples). The oldest specimen interesting of the range is called MyToy and & egrave; a folding fat bike that turns into a trolley with an assisted system that facilitates transport. Autonomy is of 50 km, which reaches 100 with the optional battery, weighs 25 kg and, if you press the & quot; Walk & quot; button set on a handle that protrudes from the frame, the game is; done.
In contrast to the other manufacturers, MV Agusta makes sparkle from its stand a double proposal of electric scooters, with which the historic brand makes its debut in the segment, which squeezes the & # 39; watch out for the nostalgic of the lines – those more & ugrave; eccentric – of the past. They are called Rapido and Morazzone , the first & egrave; a concentrate of exuberance and care of the materials, with power of 500W (the maximum allowed by the legislation) and autonomy of about 50 km, the second is; a prototype with & quot; hull & quot; scooter-style front that heralds the style of possible future models and that could land on the market in the coming months.
SECURITY ON this helmet? mounted the Eyelights viewer, a few tens of euros and easy assembly
Another device that could prove extremely useful are the overtrousers with airbags by Air Dynamics : the French company based in the Toulouse area has brought to EICMA this garment made of rainproof and abrasion-resistant fabric, quick to wear over all types of trousers, which inflates thanks to d & # 39; s cartridges rechargeable compressed air. It combines the airbag with the technology used for the suits of fighter aircraft pilots: it is activated when the cable connected to the motorcycle comes off due to the driver's fall.
Always among the French startups it stands out also the idea of a multimedia viewer to be inserted in the helmet: a kind of digital monocle that allows you to view navigation maps, but also a series of information related to the smartphone, from the address book to management of calls.
Article created in collaboration with Greta Rosa, Roberto Catania and Elena Toni
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Oppo Find X3 Pro? available at € 900 . (update November 30, 2021, 5:12 pm)