Even after purchasing a road bike, not everyone immediately takes up racing or starts to train in an effective and efficient manner. The majority of people who ride bicycles for transportation do it for recreational purposes, such as touring, sharing, or hiking. A novice may have trouble telling the difference between a cyclocross bike and a gravel bike, but if you look closely, you’ll see that there are quite a few key differences between the two types of bikes. A cyclist riding a gravel bike will have a fit that is less athletic and more straightened out than usual.
The gravel has a much softer and more pleasant roll, it is more solid, and it has more room for mounting extra attachments, such as travel bags and other tourist equipment. This is an excellent option for high-speed driving on asphalt as well as rolling tracks and uneven terrain (and not very high quality). This market is projected to have very fast development in 2022, and the vast majority of bicycle manufacturers now offer models of this sort. Let’s speak about some of the most recent developments in this mode of transportation, shall we?
MTB Will Disappear
Mountain bikes have seen the most significant fall in terms of sales growth over the previous couple of years, which may come as a surprise to some people. However, this trend has continued. That is something that you can expect to hear from any attractive user on the dating service who is familiar with the concept of bicycles. Even the new 27.5+ standards and bikes that were produced to lift the spirits of mountain bikers are not enough to rescue marketers from the enormous fall in interest that has been shown in this category.
So, what exactly is going on here? Yes, the problem is within those who are responsible for marketing, since when they unravel and extend the segments of various kinds of bicycles, they themselves end up putting sticks in the wheels of such bicycles. It is not a secret that in recent years there has been a boom in road-type bicycles (road, mole, gravel, and touring), in addition to the phenomenal development of all types of electric bicycles. This growth has been fueled by the rise in popularity of electric bicycles.
As of this year (2019), it is possible to purchase road bikes that come equipped with a built-in electric motor. In passing, I’d like to point out that the category of electric bicycles is now exhibiting the most fast growth and development. In point of fact, such two-wheeled “gadgets” may also be driven by a person who had never even considered the possibility of riding a bicycle in the past.
1x Transmission Will Be Scheduled
Because gearboxes with one star in front were first used on downhill bicycles, but quickly became prevalent in other disciplines, this trend has died out in the mountain bike sector. The reason for this is because at first, transmissions with one star in front were used on downhill bicycles. Because the convenience of use and maintenance is such a huge bargaining point, now they are starting to be aggressively introduced into the sector of cyclocross and gravel bicycles. You do not need to spend time finding out which lever to push in which direction in order to acquire the ideal load now that we have provided you with this information.
You only adjust the position of the chain on one of the handles to make it higher or lower, and then you focus more on steering the bike in the desired direction while maintaining proper body posture. When it comes to road bikes, this is an excellent approach to shed a few extra pounds and boost aerodynamic performance; moreover, the year 2020 is set to see the debut of the first road bikes equipped with a 1x gearbox. Although road racers are somewhat worried about the rise in the cadence between gears, this is mostly due to the fact that the number of speeds in the gearbox has been reduced, which means that the load drop between each speed has increased dramatically.
- Here is a quick look at the other trends concerning the bike industry:
Tires Will Be 2.6-inch Wide
A new wave of popularity, which is reminiscent of the massive transition to 27.5-inch wheels, is gaining tires 2.4 – 2.6 inches wide. Wide trail (WT) is the development of Maxxis. WT tires are made specifically for the rim of 30-35 mm, and now it is the standard among mountain bikes.
Biking Will Become Safer
Although cross-country athletes drive fast, they take change and technological progress rather slowly. But today we can already see how the angle of the steering column is increasing, the steering wheel is getting shorter, the course of the shock absorber is growing and seat posts with shock absorption appear.
A long frame and a short takeaway provide faster, more predictable steering and a confident stance on steep descents. Cross-country bikes are safer, which means you can safely ride faster.
Rims Will Be Made By Aluminum
You can blame professional enduro riders for this, but they prefer to ride the stage on a bent aluminum wheel than not finish the carbon race at all (and it doesn’t matter how rare this is today). But, if that means that aluminum rims will get better and better, then that’s great.
Frames Will Be Made By Carbon
If you have spent and arm and a leg on super expensive carbon wheels, then you can save a little bit on the new frame in 2020. Good carbon fiber will probably always be the most desirable, but steel frames come back to us. And yes, we are talking about double suspensions.
Modular Cassettes Will Have A Larger Range
If you ever try to put a big star in the back, you will never give it up again. Now everyone puts a minimum of 42T, but not everyone is ready to switch to 12 speeds. We think that in 2018 there will be more than 11 high-speed 50T cassettes. We can only hope that this kind of start will get more popular.
Springbike suspension forks
This point is a bit controversial, but we think that the noise around the spring shock absorbers will not capture everyone. The reality of switching to a spring fork means you can get a less responsive and frisky bike. Not to mention the difficulties of preload and negative balancing.
More Brands Will Enter Direct Sales
The recent transition of the Intense Cycles brand to a direct sales model to the consumer may push other manufacturers to such a bold step. The bicycle industry will closely monitor Intense Cycles and it is possible that many will also want to try their luck and abandon intermediaries.
E-bikes Will Get Lighter
Electric bicycles are gaining popularity, which means manufacturers will release new models and improve old ones.
Wheelbase Will Become Longer
The wheelbase becomes longer, so there is a need to shift the fork. We will not be surprised if soon we will be able to choose the fork offset we need or even change it ourselves before the purchase.