Core Bike 2011: Part One

February 3, 2011

Brace yourselves! There is loads and loads of new stuff below. Prepare to gasp at bright new colours, bold new graphics… and some genuinely new bits and bobs.


A few new bits and bobs from the mighty  ‘M’ including these new entry level marathon forks. By using butted steel stanchions and an open oil bath they come in at a wallet-friendly price of £239.00. Available in 100-120 mm . They still have lockout and rebound for this money.

The 66 and 888 are both available with steel springs instead of TI for this year as well. It puts a bit of weight on your bike but saves tons in your pocket. 66 retails for £799.00 with a steel spring and the 888 come in at £899.00


Nokon have always made cable routing freaks happy. They’re now also going to make weight weenies swoon as well. These gear cables they claim are 58% lighter than ‘normal cables’.


Hot tip here: want to get in with a headset manufacturer? Offer them a shoulder to cry on as they tell you about the madness that is the modern world of headsets. Without fail anyone that was offering headsets at Core were basically saying “WTF?” So many variants so many headtubes. FSA Gravity light are offering four of the more popular varients.

Also new ABS Plastic/carbon fibre  chain guide. It’s 70 grammes lighter than the metal equivalent model.

Gravity Light whip caps – with a cut away wedge in the star fangled nut. Lookdown-turndowns will be yours!

New disc and rim compatible entry level wheels from FSA £159.00

RRP Bearing press is a pretty thing .


Matt from 18 Bikes models the Dyno Jacket we reviewed recently on the site.

Montane Photon is fully waterproof and 180 grammes.


Stans Rims available in 26 ” and 29, on their own 3.30 hubs.


Ladies love bears as well. Sombrio has great fun stuff to ride in this year.

80’s BMX/California inspired DH/Freeride top.

Dmr /Kinesis

The prettiest  tapered headtube out there? 898 is on our list of “need but won’t use ” bikes this year. Or else we’ll get one and get laughed at by the cool kids at the park.

The Bolt is very nearly ready (well it’s actually “on the water” as we type). 5″ of suspension sprung “mash you in the face” goodness. The pivot  rotates around the BB. All bearings are Norglide spherical jobbers to keep it nice and stiff.

Tons of Vault pedals in loads of lovely colours.


This is the Identiti test-bed DH bike. It’s being tested by their UK DH 4x team and should be out next year .

Estimated price is going to £1200.00! More info as soon as we get it.

Nitro Pedals. Lots of colours and axle options.

This crazy bolt-on attachment turns your helmet (or cardboard box) in to a speaker.

TSG have loads of ace new graphics.

Renthal now have a low rise bar to complement their other bars.

White Brothers have new forks! They’re now using a magnesium lower leg rather than the machined aluminum we’re used to. The forks are closed system in terms of damping but have oil bath lubrication. Slotted Norglide  bushes in the lower legs for better stanchion support and better lubing. The other thing about these forks is ease of travel adjustment (for an externally un-adjustable fork that is). Taking out the damping circuit and the whole fork is adjusted via a circlip in the bottom of the cartridge.

The 15mm axle uses a Shimano-type threaded attachment at one end and an expandable wedge at the other end. The result being an axle that clamps at both ends equally.


Turner Flux looking good with laser-etched graphics.

Rocky Mountain Element. XTR. Bling. Carbon everything. The kind of bike P-Diddy wants.

New Raceface Turbine Stem. Loads of lengths available and good for race/trail… and a bit of hucking.

Colours matter.

Evolve Stem – £39.00.

Raceface’s new NEXT SL  cranks. The urge to use the word bling is strong. Raceface claims it’s lighter than XTR by a quarter pound and 150 grammes lighter than XX! Chain rings are good for either Shimano or SRAM 10spd. The arms are the only completely hollow carbon arms on the market (No exo skeleton or aluminum supports inside). All of their carbon bits and bobs are made in Canada.

Nice aren’t they?

10spd /0ne speed chain rings  -loads of people seem to be making single-ring chain rings this year for 10 spd.

Raceface does some really nice kit. For gents…

And ladies…

The Kyber. Women specific knee pads (these are not just resized they’re anatomically redesigned to be women specific).

I’m sure other people have seen these  – The Flank. They’re a soft pad with a lower half shin pad as well for pedal strikes, which for those of you that find fully hardened shin pads unbearable to pedal in, but also seem unable to stay on flats (ahem) these could prove to be the answer.

Evoc has loads of nice new colours and this pack the FR Trail. 20 Litres. Looks good for big days out or for attaching pads and lids for bike a hikes to the top of mountains.

SDG storm saddle. Impregnated divots of rubber so you can grip on the slippiest downhills. “Lots” of SDG-sponsored downhillers have been adding bits of tyres to their saddles on really muddy courses (so that’ll be most of them last year). This is the ready-made answer just for that.

More soon..

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