25. January 2022


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 and recycling – very important topics that also motivated him to start his channel.


In June he virtually challenged two guys to build the best “100% Made in Europe” mountain bike. They are: Ralf Holleis, director of product design during the day and a detail obsessed 3-D printing nerd at night. Over the past few years he made a name for himselfcombining 3-D printing technology and futuristic bike design. For his “Made in Europe” frame he used a mix of 3-D printed lugs and steel tubing. The other guy is the professional photographer and filmmaker Kilian Reil. Earlier this year he wanted to build a completely “Made in Germany” bike and quickly got in contact with Alex. Due to some shipping difficulties caused by the global Covid Pandemic the project also turned to “Made in Europe”. His aim remains to build a super reliable, gearbox driven XC-Bike.


For the realisation of this unique project, Kilian partnered with Project 12 Cycleworks, a Dutch framebuilder. Michael Burgerhout has a lot of experience in designing custom bikes. It took him more than one month to build Kilians Pinion Vertigo frame.


The result is a 132mm travel steel frame with 29″wheels, a coil shock, an Intend fork, a Pinion gearbox but also Trickstuff brakes and Tune hubs.


The painting is absolutely outstanding and individual. It was realized by the Dutch company Cyclepaint.


A work of art: The intricate shock mounting and linkage.


The C1.12 gearbox provides 12 gears and a range of 600%.


For more info on Kilian’s bike and the European Bike Challenge follow the European Bike Project, here.




3-2-1… The countdown starts!

3-2-1… The countdown starts!

The atomsphere is electric! Together with our partner, the e-bike manufacturer Stromer, we present a world premiere at the Eurobike! The official launch with all the details will take place at the Eurobike from 13.-17.07.2022 at Pinion, Hall 12.0 / D08 and Stromer, Hall 12.0 / C17!

Nordish by nature: Touring bikes from German manufacturer Böttcher

Nordish by nature: Touring bikes from German manufacturer Böttcher

Among adventure cyclists, the north German manufacturer Böttcher is as well known as Bayern Munich is among soccer fans. The brand stands for individuality and high-quality trekking and touring bikes that are anything but off-the-peg. The revised Pinion models from Böttcher stand out from the crowd with a well thought-out overall concept. Last but not least, the manufacturer uses a different frame material for each model…

Tail wind at the start of the season: E-Touring bikes with Pinion and rear motor

Tail wind at the start of the season: E-Touring bikes with Pinion and rear motor

For spring, several manufacturers present their new Pinion e-bikes for trekking and touring. The models presented are all based on a modern aluminum frame that integrates the Pinion transmission and powerful battery in a visually pleasing way. The Neodrives Z20 rear motor provides the corresponding power in all pedelecs. As usual, it quietly and directly boosts its own pedal power and converts it smoothly. We are introducing the new e-bikes from Contoura, Electrolyte, Jongerius and Tout Terrain!