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Gallery: The best tech from the 2023 Eurobike show, part four

It’s an electrified world, and we’re all just living in it.

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by James Huang 25.06.2023 Photography by
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It’s already been several years since Eurobike established itself as not only the world’s largest bicycle trade show, but also the bellwether for what was happening in the e-bike market – and if you’re still waiting for this “little fad” to just go away, you’re living in a fantasy world as that ship has sailed long, long ago.

At least according to figures provided by industry leader Bosch, e-bikes in general constituted 28% of the total market share in Europe in 2022. Those figures vary by region, but it’s still just shy of half of total sales in countries like Germany and Belgium, with continued double-digit percentage growth in both, too. The company estimates that e-bikes will likely surpass non-powered bikes in some countries this year. 

Bosch didn’t provide segment-specific figures, but looking more anecdotally, while it seems the world is slow to warm to the idea of e-road and e-gravel (and I think there are valid reasons for that), e-assist urban, cargo, and mountain bikes are white-hot. I’ll cover cargo bikes in another gallery later on, but at least in the off-road space, much of the action is happening in the burgeoning so-called mid-power category, with motors putting out more like 50-60 Nm of torque instead of 70-90 Nm. 

Included in this category are bikes like the Specialized Turbo Levo SL and Trek Fuel EXe, which may have less oomph than their full-powered counterparts, but can also be around 10 kg lighter, too. This isn’t just because the motors and batteries are downsized, either; all of the ancillary parts that are typically reinforced to handle all that extra mass on a full-powered model can be lightened up as well.

Bosch is clearly bullish on this segment’s prospects, introducing its first mid-powered drive motor at Eurobike called the Performance Line SX. The motor unit tself is impressively compact, supposedly weighs just 2 kg, and is so quiet that most will struggle to hear it at all – even when riding on tarmac. Output is limited to 55 Nm, but that should still be plenty unless you really prefer the motor to do the lion’s share of the work for you. 

Bosch also expands the ecosystem of controllers and displays, such as the newly oversized Kiox 500 and a new Purion 200 combination mini-display and controller pad, plus additional functionality in the associated smartphone app that offers a broad range of customization, screen configuration, and handy features like an electronic key. You can even use your phone as the display itself, in which case you also get a more usably-sized navigation screen and optional wireless charging.

So is this what the future looks like? Nope. It’s what right-now already looks like. 

There’s still a lot more to come (and you can find all of Escape Collective‘s tech coverage so far from Eurobike here).

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