Top Cycling Trends of 2017 in a Flash
Whether you’re a committed cyclist logging hundreds of kilometers a week on your bike or just a little bike curious, it’s always fun to spend time to spot the Top Cycling Trends of 2017.
And for bicycle enthusiasts, 2017 is a particularly exciting year with changes in every aspect of the industry—from how bikes are engineered, assembled, and even sold.
Take a peek at some of the biggest emerging cycling trends in 2017.
1. Wider tires are popping up everywhere.
It’s not surprising to see wider tires gain popularity with road bikes. A smoother ride and wide tires boost suspension capabilities, as well as allow you to cycle off-road on uneven terrain.
In fact, you’ll see widths of up to 47 mm (1.85 inches), christened the new “road plus” size, a dimension previously only seen on cross-country bikes.
You’ll even start to see tires pushing the envelope just shy of the fat tire range.
2. Carbon frames are for everyone except the most budget-conscious rider—because weight really does matter.
With bike manufacturers, shaving even a gram off the bike’s overall weight is cause for celebration. Designers and engineers spend countless hours trying to whittle the number down—which is one reason carbon frames are becoming standard with all but the most inexpensive mass-market bikes.
The engineers at Orbea took the lightweight mandate to heart, as well, carving 100 grams off the 2017 Orca and 200 grams off the 2017 Avant, a significant achievement, using high-tech carbon frames and other design enhancements. You’ll notice the difference.
3. E-bikes are taking off across the board, especially in the mountain bike niche.
E-mountain bikes open up a whole new world for novice cyclists—and have the potential to completely change the mountain-biking demographic. Imagine being able to discover new destinations and adventures previously unthinkable for all but the most elite riders.
4. There’s a gear shifting revolution with 12x systems.
5. Get ready for smart bikes and bike integration.
6. Wireless electronic shifting is winning over more and more fans.
Sram’s Etap wireless electronic shifting system, new in 2016, got rave reviews when they were introduced. They eliminate all the cable routing, giving the bike a cleaner look. Battery sizes should get smaller as more companies get in the game—expect to see Campagnolo and Shimano introduce their own electronic systems this year.
7. Sock doping is really a thing and we’re loving it!
If you think you’re seeing a lot more hot pink, turquoise blue, and neon green socks in your cycling club, you’re not imagining things.
Loud colors and funky prints are definitely on the menu in 2017— you even see mismatched pairs and crazy color combinations on the most serious cyclists.
Note to self: If you’re going to sock dope, stay away from short socks. What’s the point of embracing your wild side if no one can see it?
Images: bicycleadventures.com | versussocks.co.za
If you’ve noticed a trend we missed, share it in the comments below. We’d love to know what you’re seeing in the cycling world this year.