Singletrack.com is on site at Eurobike in Friedrichshafen, Germany. We can attest that the mountain bike scene here is alive and well. The same mix of trail riders, dirt jumpers and freeriders seem to populate this area as it does in America — in fact possibly even more so.
We’ve got a ton of photos of various mountain bikes and fat-tire paraphernalia. A few observations:
• 29ers have not gained the traction in Europe as they have in the USA. Brands that sell bikes in America are showing 29er models, but most Euro-only brands are not offering them.
• The 26-inch hardtail is still a choice bike here for a certain market segment. Many high-end carbon hardtails with 26-inch wheels are on display.
• Alpine-style MTB trekking is a big segment and there is a host of gear for riders.
Trek is showing some new and updated frames, as are Orbea and Fuji. Specialized also has some new bikes, which we’ll get to next. Look for us to fill in the gaps with stories in the days and weeks to come, but for now check out what’s new and what’s current on the mountain bike scene in Euro-Land.