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The 10 best cycling innovations of 2021

The 10 best cycling innovation...
The radical Supre Drive mountain bike drivetrain is one of our top picks
The radical Supre Drive mountain bike drivetrain is one of our top picks
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The radical Supre Drive mountain bike drivetrain is one of our top picks
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The radical Supre Drive mountain bike drivetrain is one of our top picks
Cedric Eveleigh with one of his test bikes – he hopes to have Supre Drive market-ready by 2023, and anticipates that it will ultimately be in the price range of conventional high-performance drivetrains
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Cedric Eveleigh with one of his test bikes – he hopes to have Supre Drive market-ready by 2023, and anticipates that it will ultimately be in the price range of conventional high-performance drivetrains
The Powershift hub won a Gold award at Eurobike 2021
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The Powershift hub won a Gold award at Eurobike 2021
An exploded view of the Powershift hub
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An exploded view of the Powershift hub
The MIND system continuously measures suspension compression and expansion, by monitoring the changing distance between sensors (underside of fork crown, in photo) and corresponding magnets
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The MIND system continuously measures suspension compression and expansion, by monitoring the changing distance between sensors (underside of fork crown, in photo) and corresponding magnets
A MIND-enabled rear suspension
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A MIND-enabled rear suspension
Flight Attendant's rear shock module – both it and the control (fork) module incorporate motors to adjust the suspension
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Flight Attendant's rear shock module – both it and the control (fork) module incorporate motors to adjust the suspension
The Flight Attendant control module displays its three suspension modes
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The Flight Attendant control module displays its three suspension modes
Users have to hold their phone within 3 cm (1.2) of the Tubo-MTB PSENS' NFC chip
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Users have to hold their phone within 3 cm (1.2) of the Tubo-MTB PSENS' NFC chip
Like Tubolito's other tubes, the Tubo-MTB PSENS (pictured here with its NFC chip) is made of a thermoplastic polymer
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Like Tubolito's other tubes, the Tubo-MTB PSENS (pictured here with its NFC chip) is made of a thermoplastic polymer
The backpack's airbag, fully inflated and in place
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The backpack's airbag, fully inflated and in place
The EVOC Commute Air Pro 18's airbag is claimed to fully deploy within 200 milliseconds of a fall being detected
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The EVOC Commute Air Pro 18's airbag is claimed to fully deploy within 200 milliseconds of a fall being detected
The Arclight Bike Pedals are presently on Kickstarter
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The Arclight Bike Pedals are presently on Kickstarter
In its Full Monty fold mode – in which both the frame and the wheels are folded – the Tuck Bike measures just 26 x 16 x 34 inches (65 x 40 x 86 cm)
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In its Full Monty fold mode – in which both the frame and the wheels are folded – the Tuck Bike measures just 26 x 16 x 34 inches (65 x 40 x 86 cm)
The Tuck Bike's 28-inch wheels feature carbon fiber tubes instead of spokes, and they're said to meet the ISO 4210-7:2014 international standard for reliability
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The Tuck Bike's 28-inch wheels feature carbon fiber tubes instead of spokes, and they're said to meet the ISO 4210-7:2014 international standard for reliability
The TorchONE helmet is currently on Kickstarter
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The TorchONE helmet is currently on Kickstarter
Because the TorchONE's panels curve around the helmet, the lights can be seen from the sides, not just from the front or back
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Because the TorchONE's panels curve around the helmet, the lights can be seen from the sides, not just from the front or back
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As 2021 draws to a close, it's time to once again look back at some of the bicycle-related products that really stood out over the past year. While they might not all end up taking the cycling industry by storm, they're definitely innovative.

We should start out by saying that due to the continuing popularity of ebikes, they're getting their own separate list. If we tried to combine them and "regular" bike stuff together, too many things would have to be left out – and no one wants that.

Secondly, it's worth noting that some of the crowdfunded products on our list may or may not ultimately reach production. That's OK though, as this list is really just about the clever ideas that people have come up with, regardless of whether or not they take the form of products that can currently be purchased.

Finally, we should add that although a couple of the items on our list were first announced in 2020, they didn't really start gaining attention until this year – so they make the cut, as far as we're concerned.

So, with those disclaimers in mind, read on and enjoy!

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