Here we go! Interbike is only weeks away which means Eurobike has officially started. For those that cannot make the trip overseas, Eurobike is a giant tease every year reminding us or rather, showing us a taste of what is coming to Interbike. We will have a wealth of coverage from Interbike in a few weeks as well as do our best to cover some of the rather unique and/or interesting things we find from Eurobike.
Electric bikes are making a huge statement this year, much to the chagrin of numerous online comment haters. Manufacturers aren’t out there making electric bikes to defeat all of your Strava KOM’s, so stop the hate. If riders on E-bikes are riding faster than your feet can take you and become arrogant about it, blame the rider not the bike he is on. There, that should handle that.
Our first Eurobike guest is a collaboration from French designer Philippe Starck and Moustache Bikes. The team has assembled four very unique looking electric bikes as a collection named, M.A.S.S. – Mud, Asphalt, Sand, Snow. Each has been designed specifically to handle its designated terrain.
The Snow Edition bike is aimed to tackle white fluffy power with fat tires and a parka? Pretty sure that’s a photo prop? The Snow uses a mono-ark fork design which allows for optimum snow evacuation and is equipped with a Bosch electronics system. Also found is a Shimano XTR drivetrain and brakes and Schwalbe fat tires.
“I wanted the bike to be able to go over all kinds of terrains and especially infinite and poetic territories.” – Philippe Starck
The Sand Edition employs a warm, light grey color that looks almost like a raw titanium finish. The bike is a loaded with SRAM’s new RockShox Bluto Fat Bike fork, a Bosch system, Shimano XTR drivetrain and brakes and Schwalbe tires.
“Cycling is one of man’s most powerful accessories. It offers almost endless possibilities with a minimum of material. The bicycle is on the path of dematerialization, which is a symptom of our civilization. just like man over time has increased his physical potential, the bike has naturally acquired electric energy to better serve humanity.” – Philippe Starck
Designed for fast and comfortable urban use, the Asphalt Edition is defined by a dual suspension frame. the charcoal grey bicycle has a Shimano Alfine Di2 11V drivetrain, integrated hub and is electrically driven and connected to the Bosch powertrain. Schwalbe tires and comfort elements such as a Fi’zi:k saddle complete its look. It is initially availability in a 25 km/h version, but will eventually have a 45 km/h counterpart.
Last but not least is the Mud Edition. An all-terrain version that comes in a medium greyscale color. The dual suspension frame uses Shimano XTR drivetrain and brakes. Unique to this model is the use of a 29-inch front wheel and 27.5-inch rear wheel. You can choose between Fox Racing or RockShox shocks/forks.
“This is more than a bike, it’s a machine to generate pleasure through hybrid technology that combines muscular effort with the assistance of an electric motor. The synergy between man and machine occurs naturally and seamlessly allowing users to enjoy the comfort of a motorized two-wheeler and the agility of a bike.” – Emmanuel Antonot, Moustache Bikes
With heavy influence from the French designer, we can only wonder if the frame inspiration came from elsewhere… thoughts?