Best of Eurobike 2011: Back to black

Cycling Weekly went along to Eurobike, the world’s biggest cycle trade show, to bring you news of what’s hot for 2012 and beyond…

It would appear that, thankfully, bike manufacturers are moving (slowly) away from their safe red/black/white combos.

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It seems the required reading for product managers over the last 12 months was Hitchhiker’s Guide: Zaphod Beeblebrox’s spaceship with black on black has been taken as a style guide by all and sundry this year.

Expect lots of subtle bikes combining matt and gloss for 2012. Here’s a selection of what we saw.

Cipollini, Eurobike 2011

Cipollini addsblack styling

Look, Eurobike 2011

Cleaner lines you couldn’t Look to find

Stevens, Eurobike 2011

Stevens: German giants

Colnago, Eurobike 2011

Colnago: Even the Italians get involved

Focus, Eurobike 2011

Black magic: Focus never misses a trick

Bianchi, Eurobike 2011

Bianchi’s green machine

Cannondale, Eurobike 2011

Judos to Cannondale, the first with black on black

Fulcrum Dark Label, Eurobike 2011

Not to miss out, wheel manufacturers such as Fulcrum – with its Dark Label series – are joining in to offer matching hoops

More from Eurobike 2011:

Wide aero wheels

Testing stuff: aero bars

FSA groupset gets closer