Bike Expo - Independent Success
As a partner exhibition of the Travel exhibition – alongside Africa Expo – Bike Expo was independently hosted this year for the fifth time by HUNGEXPO Zrt. The largest, season-opening bicycle exhibition of the country filled the 9000 square meter of Hall G. It's clear that the organizers were on to something when - breaking from the previous traditions - they allowed visitors to test as well as purchase the bicycles on display at the exhibition. The discussions with the exhibitors revealed that most people made good use of this opportunity and left the event as the owners of a new bike. The firms which stayed on with Bike Expo enjoyed the concentrated attention and interest of the visitors.
Although following the unsuccessful negotiations between Hungexpo C.Co. Ltd. and the Hungarian Bicycle Industry and Retailers' Federation (MKKSZ) which lasted for months, fewer manufacturers presented their products than before, the biggest firms including KTM, HEAD, Kenzel, FOCUS, Cervélo, Univega, Pegasus, Brompton and MBM still participated, alongside the electric bicycles of ZTECH, Riese und Müller, Bulls, Apache, Giant and ICE. Instead of lingering on the past, Hungexpo is setting its sights on the future, convinced that the number of exhibitors will continuously increase over the years to come.
One of the most successful events of the Bike Expo was the test track, which was longer and more exciting than last year's version. Beginners and professions alike could test the latest bikes on the lap, including a bridge, inclines, multiple S-curves and a slalom stretch, which practically ran around the entire length of the pavilion. Cyclers had a chance to experience the TomTom interactive bicycle test track, using smart watches to measure their speed and make video recordings of their test laps.
The Gravity Academy MTB, BMX and monocycle champions yet again amazed visitors at this year' event. Thanks to the participation of multiple award-winning Hungarian champion, Attila "Gizmo" Nagy and friends, the riders showed off a range of spectacular aerial stunts. The hosts even catered to the needs of children who could learn standard cycling rules on a real road rules learning track.