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3-2-1… The countdown starts!

3-2-1… The countdown starts!

The atomosphere is electric. After 10 years of growing central gearbox technology in the cycling marketplace, the next generation follows... and this is hot! Together with our partner, the e-bike manufacturer Stromer, we will soon introduce a world`s first! So you can be excited! The official...

Nordish by nature: Touring bikes from German manufacturer Böttcher

Nordish by nature: Touring bikes from German manufacturer Böttcher

At home on the world's roads Among bike travelers, the northern German manufacturer Böttcher is as well known as Bayern Munich is among soccer fans. The brand stands for individuality and high-quality touring bikes that can be adapted to individual needs thanks to practical features and numerous...

DESIGN-AWARD FOR STROMER X PINION S-PEDELEC

DESIGN-AWARD FOR STROMER X PINION S-PEDELEC

What a start! Just recently unveiled, the brand-new Stromer X Pinion speed pedelec ST3 Pinion is already rolling into the fast lane and impressing the jury of the Red Dot Design Award with its innovative and unique design. The dynamic 45 km/h commuter bike integrates the latest shifting and drive...

Seans Mission to climb and descend all 282 Munros in Scotland

Seans Mission to climb and descend all 282 Munros in Scotland

Sean Green is a well recognised face on the mountain’s of Scotland. With a eclectic mix of tattoos, his grizzly frame and often with a bike on his back, a shrinking violet he is not. What he dreamed of as a young boy, he now turns into reality: Sean's goal is to climb all 282 Scottish Munros -...

Hiphip Hurraaa! The MTB-News User Award Bronze in the category "drive train" goes to Pinion!  In the last few weeks, about 16,000 MTB-News.de readers have voted and boosted us to 3rd place! So Pinion is one of the top-3 gear shift manufacturers - just after the quite well-known competitors Sram...

TEST REPORT INSTINCTIV M97

TEST REPORT INSTINCTIV M97

Introduced in spring, on Europe’s trails in summer, in the press in autumn! Due to the unique design with long reach, flat steering angle and low-mounted shock, the gearbox-driven Enduro bike from Dutch brand Instinctiv Bikes caused a stir in the MTB scene. Can the bike, which is available as a...

HOW DO I GET MY BIKE READY FOR WINTER?

HOW DO I GET MY BIKE READY FOR WINTER?

CARING FOR YOUR PINION BIKE The fact that Pinion bikes are extremely robust and easy to clean is not only common knowledge among diehard cyclists. More and more commuters are relying on e-bikes and speed pedelecs with a combination of Pinion gearboxes and Gates Carbon Drive belts. While derailleur...

NICOLAI ARGON GX PINION – THE ALLROUNDER

NICOLAI ARGON GX PINION – THE ALLROUNDER

The Nicolai Argon GX Pinion is indeed categorized as a gravel bike, but comes thanks to its versatility of a fast race bike as close as a serious bikepacking bike. On the one hand, this is ensured by the sporty geometry with Nicolai-typical long reach, flat steering angle and longer tail. Because...

NEW VIDEO PINION TRAVEL COMPANION

NEW VIDEO PINION TRAVEL COMPANION

Simon and Nacho – also known as “260 Litros” – break out in 2017 and set out to discover the traditional Inca routes of Equador by bike. The two guys from the Spanish Basque Country captured stunning footage of extreme situations: Through rushing rivers, on clayey paths and all that at an altitude...

NEW: PINION H3 HYBRID HUBS

NEW: PINION H3 HYBRID HUBS

The new generation of hubs goes by the name H3 HYBRID. They were developed in cooperation with the hub and wheel specialists from DT Swiss® and stand for proven DT Swiss technology and straightforward functionality with low care and maintenance required. Due to the HYBRID technology it is...

Stromer S-Pedelecs with Pinion

Stromer S-Pedelecs with Pinion

Swiss bicycle manufacturer Stromer exclusively develops fast E-bikes which reach speeds up to 45 km/h. Thanks to their fully integrated design, exceptionally powerful motor, and extensive connectivity (including GPS positioning via a free smartphone app) they have been at the forefront of the...

NICOLAI SATURN 14 GPI

NICOLAI SATURN 14 GPI

With the Saturn 14 GPI, Nicolai Bikes presents a versatile geared trail bike. Downhill, the modern geometry and low centre of gravity, as well as the lower unsprung mass at the rear wheel, provide unimagined downhill potential. Uphill, the balanced geometry and 600 % gear range result in limitless...

Read 75 test reviews online

Read 75 test reviews online

... in times like these, most of us spend more time than usual at home. And have more time to read. Test reports, for example! On our website you will find over 75 reviews of various Pinion bikes: classic touring bikes, mountain bikes, trekking bikes and now also many e-bikes. This gives a lot of...

TEST OF 11 PINION TREKKING BIKES

TEST OF 11 PINION TREKKING BIKES

In the latest issue of the 'aktivRadfahren' magazine eleven Pinion trekking bikes underwent extensive testing. The bikecheck involved brands such as Idworx and Tout Terrain with gearboxes ranging from 18 to 9 gears. You can find lightweight trekking bikes for every-day use as well as bikes with...

TEST OF 10 PINION E-BIKES

TEST OF 10 PINION E-BIKES

"The Neodrives rear motor and the Pinion transmissionare sophisticated high-tech systems for e-bikes. The combination of the two systems has enormous potential." - Georg Zeppin, Head of Test & Technology at elektroRad magazine. In issue 04/2020 you can expect a big Pinion special and 10...

12 Bikepacking Bikes

12 Bikepacking Bikes

Is Bikepacking the new bike touring? Bike touring, bikepacking, adventure biking - the differences of the mentioned bike categories are fine. It is not up to us, as a manufacturer of high-quality drive trains, to define the limits of the individual areas of application. We know only one thing:...

3 bikepacking tips from the pro

3 bikepacking tips from the pro

The focus of bikepacking is on travelling with as little luggage as possible. This luggage is strapped directly to the bicycle frame in special bags. Popular formats of bikepacking are overnight trips, micro-adventures and tours lasting several days or weeks or endurance races. But what do I take...

Podcast Bikepacking with Pinion

Podcast Bikepacking with Pinion

As part of the virtual trade fair VELOWeek, a podcast was created on the topic of bikepacking with Pinion gears. In the 35-minute conversation, Andrea Escher (Communications & Marketing, Pinion GmbH) explains on which bikes "the Pinion" is installed and what the advantages of the gear system...

BEST OF PINION X NICOLAI CUSTOM BIKES

BEST OF PINION X NICOLAI CUSTOM BIKES

NICOLAI BIKES 100% MADE IN GERMANY, 100% CUSTOMISABLE NICOLAI BIKES stands for frame buildingn 100% made in Germany. NICOLAI focuses on craftmanship, excellant welding quality and with the love for the little details some of the best bike frames in the world are made in the town of Mehle (Lower...

33.105 km from Patagonia to Alaska

33.105 km from Patagonia to Alaska

Kamran Ali cycled an unbelievable total of 33,105 km from Patagonia to Alaska. Kamran himself describes this trip as the "tour of his life" - to realize his dream he quit his job and left civil life behind. Kamran reaches his destination Alaska after 3 years, 7 months and 10 days. Of course, you...

WE ARE PINION

WE ARE PINION

Did you know that the idea for the Pinion transmission was born at Porsche in 2006? Since then, a lot has happened. Our innovation has won several awards, more than 100 manufacturers are among our customers and we have grown into a large team of engineers, developers and salespeople, marketers,...

WITH PINION ON THE «GREAT DIVIDE»

WITH PINION ON THE «GREAT DIVIDE»

To ride the "Great Divide Mountain Bike Route" once in a lifetime is the dream of many cyclists. This legendary route is considered the longest "off-road bike route" in the world and leads over 2,745 miles (= 4,417 kilometers) from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border. The US-American extreme...

THE EUROPEAN BIKE PROJECT

THE EUROPEAN BIKE PROJECT

FROM THE BEGINNING In early 2019 Alex launched his Instagram channel "The European Bike Project" which gained huge popularity showcasing the immense variety of European manufacturers. Thanks to his daytime job in the environmental sector he gained a lot of knowledge when it comes to sustainability...

SCHINDELHAUERs PINION PEDELECS

SCHINDELHAUERs PINION PEDELECS

The most advanced electrification of the classic Schindelhauer bicycle The new e-bikes Arthur VI/IX and Antonia combine independent design and state-of-the-art automotive technologies. As with all bicycles from Schindelhauer, the newcomers are characterized by the typical clear design. The...

Bikepacking in the realm of the Inca

Bikepacking in the realm of the Inca

„Through humid jungles, rushing rivers, on clayey paths and over paved roads - we want to be able to master the legendary Inca Road Qhapac Nan on our bikes!" Together, the 260 litros, Simon and Nacho, have traveled to the most remote corners of the world. They are hungry for adventure and know...

The dream of the cargo bike far away from all standards

The dream of the cargo bike far away from all standards

The dream of the cargo bike far away from all standards It's hard to imagine Europe's roads without cargo bikes! The environmentally friendly transporters have won the hearts of families, and more and more people are opting for cargo bikes in inner-city areas. This was also the case for Jaap, who...

BEST-IN-TEST FOR FALKENJAGD RANDONNEUR

BEST-IN-TEST FOR FALKENJAGD RANDONNEUR

In the current issue 01/02 2021 the Radfahren magazine certifies the touring bicycle Falkenjagd Hoplit PI the mark "VERY GOOD". A total of 41 bikes without a motor for everyday use, touring and sport faced up to the big mega test. The versatility and sheer indestructibility of the Falkenjagd...

BRAND FILM ▪ WE ARE PINION

BRAND FILM ▪ WE ARE PINION

"What does Pinion exactly do and what does the company stand for?" We are happy to answer this question: „We bring high-end automotive technology to the bicycle and offer a completely new riding and shifting experience!" Because cycling is our passion. Technical perfection is our claim, and...

Gravelbike Pilot Scram

Gravelbike Pilot Scram

As fast as a road bike and as agile as an MTB - this is how the manufacturer Pilot Cycles describes the advantages of this virtous gravel bike. One thing is obvious: Biking is fun with it in any weather! The robust Pinion gearbox and the easy-care belt drive are the perfect complement to the...

Rotor Elcano Pinion. Just your bike?

Rotor Elcano Pinion. Just your bike?

One bike for all The fairly new category of so-called gravel bikes is currently all the rage. They manage the balancing act from everyday bike to sports machine and thus appeal to a large target group: Just as suitable for the road as for off-road cycling. Sporty and comfortable at the same time....

PINION SPECIAL + 12 TRAVELBIKES IN THE TEST

PINION SPECIAL + 12 TRAVELBIKES IN THE TEST

Pinion fans take note! In RADTouren magazine, issue 02/2021, there is a big Pinion special! In addition to a 12-page report on Pinion, our history and a comprehensive product overview, 12 touring bikes with Pinion gears in the price range between 2,999.00 and just under 8,500 euros are subjected...

SCHINDELHAUER EMIL VI/IX and EMILIA VI/IX

SCHINDELHAUER EMIL VI/IX and EMILIA VI/IX

Schindelhauer Emil VI/IX and Emilia VI/IX  - the electrified allrounder The new Pinion e-bike models Emil and Emilia are based on the award-winning design of the Schindelhauer Gustav and Greta models. Schindelhauer transfers this concept into the era of electric mobility, equips it in this course...

Tout Terrain Outback with new features

Tout Terrain Outback with new features

Tout Terrain updated the successful model Outback and make the ultimate bikepacking machine even more versatile! An extra dose of comfort provides the Cane Creek HELM MKII AIR 29 suspension fork and the rim-/tire combination from WTB. Also new: The Pinion transmission is now available with a...

THE ALL-TIME WINNER

THE ALL-TIME WINNER

And the winner is: Falkenjagd Hoplit PI. Once again, the titanium touring bike from Falkenjagd wins a test. In the MY BIKE magazine 04/2021 test among touring bikes, the gearbox-driven bike beat its competitors with derailleur and gear hub. Frame and fork are made of durable titanium, ingenious...

Arriving faster with the S-Pedelec

Arriving faster with the S-Pedelec

S-Pedelecs are picking up speed! Even though the legal situation in Germany for the use of S-pedelecs is still a bit fuzzy, at least at the moment, more and more long-distance commuters are switching to the 45 km/h bikes. In countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland, for example,...

Gamux Downhill Bike

Gamux Downhill Bike

GAMUX - A WorldCup Downhill Team and Bike Manufacturer The "GAMUX guys" are well known in the gravity scene. The names Dominic and Pascal Tinner, as well as Romeo Cairoli are synonymous with DH Racing in Switzerland. For years, they have shaped the sport on national and international stages as...

Side-by-side test Pinion vs. Rohloff

Side-by-side test Pinion vs. Rohloff

The Nomadstrails, Matilda and Peyman from Finland, have been cycling the world since 2018. Since the beginning of 2021, the two have been on the road on bikes from Tout Terrain. Peyman has opted for a touring bike with Rohloff gears, while in Matilda's bike the Pinion gearbox provides the...

DOUBLE AWARD FOR PINION CARGO BIKES

DOUBLE AWARD FOR PINION CARGO BIKES

Cargo Bike of the Year Award 2021 The award was announced for the second time by the HUSS publishing house with its magazine Logistra for particularly logistics-suitable Cargobikes and awarded on 28.09.2021 during the 2nd National Cycle Logistics Conference in Frankfurt am Main.  An international...

Schindelhauer Arthur VI/IX in review

Schindelhauer Arthur VI/IX in review

In searching for the best e-bikes of 2021, the Downtown eBike Magazine team took a closer look at the Schindelhauer Arthur VI/IX. The editors agreed that the sleek avant-gardist was the optical highlight of the grouptest. But how does the 16 kg urban e-bike with Pinion 9-speed-gearbox and MAHLE...

8 Nasty Weather Bikes with Pinion

8 Nasty Weather Bikes with Pinion

THE PERFECT BIKE FOR DIRTY WEATHER Isn't every Pinion bike the perfect bike for the wet and cold season? Basically yes, because the advantages of the closed shifting unit are at least as convincing in autumn/winter as in dry, dusty conditions. As is well known, the gearshift is one of the most...

Welcome, Tristan!

One man, one bike and the mission to cycle 100,000 km in 100 countries. Sounds quite ambitious! What started in 2015 with a 3-month bike tour in New Zealand developed into a passionate heart affair. Six years later, Tristan cycled about 61,000 km and 66 countries. For the remaining 39,000 km he...

Ramsay, the flying Scotsman

Ramsay, the flying Scotsman

Ramsay MacFarlane is Enduro racer, MTB guide and trail coach in Scotland. He is one of those riders who are thrilled about innovations in mountain biking. Riding daily and in all weather conditions in the Scottish Highlands, Ramsay counts on his "low-wear gearbox-bikes" from Nicolai for years -...