After the Eurobike Fair bicycle hub manufacturers have offered an advance of the trends for the year 2016, which apparently will be an exceptionally innovative year for this industry. The actors of this exciting market are clear that we will have to learn a new terminology for the bicycle. Any amateur or professional in the sector who does not want to be ashamed of himself while talking to bicycle hub enthusiasts, by 2016 should learn some terms of the type: 27+, division size, standard impulse or assembly plan.
The fact that mountain bike manufacturers have enjoyed experimenting with new tire sizes in recent years is well known in the bicycle hub field. This experimentation has led to several new trends, such as 29 “, 650b and fat bikes. Now, another new tire size is coming up for 2016: 27+, which marks a potential trend, combining the best of several worlds. The 27+ is based on a wide tire in 650b format, also called 27.5 “in the jargon of the bike, which has been fitted with 2.8 to 3 inch tires, placing it among the traditional tire for all mountain bikes and a fat bike The result is a tire width that offers above all high traction and stability.
The mountain bike industry sees great potential in bicycles adapted to a wide variety of terrains and uses, but the rapid growth of the category of mountain electric bicycles is especially striking. This is a category in which slightly wider tires can make full use of their traction power, in which their slight weight gain plays a very small role.
The sizes of the wheels are also at the center of the second major mountain bike trend for 2016, the size of division . This term refers to the new strategy of being able to equip more and more models with various wheel formats, depending on the size of the bicycle hub manufacturer’s picture. So, for example, next year we can find a mountain bike model size S equipped with 650b wheels together with the same model in size M, which offers a choice between 605b and 29 “, along with a size L that is only available in 29 “.
The new Boost standard is also wide for the 2016 bushings, the manufacturers of mountain bikes have decided that in general it is also better, especially in endurance racing where wheels with traditional widths can be within the limits of its stability. The bushings have been widened by 6 millimeters in the case of the rear wheels and 10 mm. in the case of the front wheels.This way you get a better support of the spokes, thus achieving a spoke angle that greatly improves the rigidity and stability of the wheel. According to the statistics of the manufacturer’s, a 29 “rear wheel with a 148mm Boost hub has the same rigidity as a 27.5” wheel with a 142mm hub, some of the advantages we see in the new trend are:
Increased rigidity with a more efficient and more accurate driving of the bicycle.
By having a wider rear wheel, you can use shorter chain.
The suspension pivots can be placed further apart and therefore we gain rigidity.
The wider rear bushing offers a wider selection of plates.
Boost improves the clearance between the fork and the wheel.
Comfort is the demand in the road bike segment. A clear sign of this trend is the fact that, by 2016, most racing bicycles will be able to be equipped with wider tires. Most models will come off the assembly lines with 25mm tires, but in most cases, the bicycle frame and fork will have enough space for tires up to 28 mm. Just a few years ago, the most purest of the racing bicycle revolted these formats that, they said, were close to those of bicycle hiking (which starts at 32 mm), but now more and more brokers are aiming for this new trend , especially the biggest and heaviest, seeing in the widest tires more comfort and better grip.
The fact that traditionalists are no longer the only ones who have something to say in the racing bike market is also demonstrated by the success of disc brakes in the segment. Experts have little doubt that this brake technology will reign in the road bike scene next year. While the rim brakes used so far offer very respectable response times, the advantages of disc brakes become convincing in wet conditions and when the brake lever is only grasped from above or with one or two fingers. In any case, in the future, many road bike enthusiasts will come to appreciate greater safety in disc brakes, pedaling with more relaxed hands, since they require less force to operate. In addition, in 2016, the introduction of direct assembly, in the bicycle industry, another new standard.