The Taipei show was originally an OEM expo but has evolved into one of the most important cycle industry showings of the year. Not only a chance for cycle importers to finish off the spec for next seasons range but for accessory makers to showcase what will be available just a few months down the track. Its early season date means what you are seeing is most definitely the latest trend and if this year’s featured products are anything to go by, the retro revival and single speed mania that has been sweeping the market globally is only set to get bigger.
The last few editions of Taipei have featured around the advanced technology in carbon road and time trial frame manufacturing, supplying this market sector that really boomed in recent times. This year the bikes at the front of the booths were simplistic, steel, innovative and folding, in some cases all four! The global "go green" message it seems is being heard around the world as commuters look for different modes to get to the daily work place. It seems in Europe and Asia a mix of cycling "folding bike" and public transport work well together with travelers able to load the bike onto busses and trains for most routes.
Single speed bikes have created a market sector all to themselves and this year look for some nostalgic features in the design and color ways.
For those of us intent on keeping the derailer, carbon advancement in accessories, parts and frames has not stood still, advanced methods of layering carbon and resins able to resist higher temperatures have bode well for decreased weights and increased integrity.