London Cycle Show Day 1

It’s been a few years since I was last at Excel, not since the ‘not to be confused with…’ Cycleshow (the one that’s now at the NEC) was there a couple of years ago. Excel certainly seems to have filled out a bit since I was last there and feels less like a remote outpost of the empire and more like a reasonably accessible bit of London (I got from there to Kings Cross in about 50 minutes).

Anyway, the London Bike Show is building on the back of an unlikely combination of an outdoorsy type show, complete with tourist board booths and, oddly, but welcome, a farmers’ food market, and the London Boat Show. Each part of the giant hall has colour-coded carpet so you know where you are in the kingdom: blue for bikes, green for yachts and orange for the outdoors. Going from one section to another is an interesting experience; a little like wading through a river with hot springs feeding it. You start to leave the scruffy, T-shirt-wearing cycle show goers and slowly there’s a change to the embroidered polo shirts of the tourist board representatives, trying to lure you to Jersey, or Austria and their relative merits. Then there’s another change (a sea change perhaps?) as you get to the yatcht world. It really is a true stereotype about the stripy jumpers, deck shoes and chinos. The only creatures that seem at home roaming the length of the show are the sharp suited City traders, bunking off the afternoon at Rutter, Fluff and Jarvis in order to bag a new Cervelo, a Sunseeker yacht, a holiday in Corsica and a pack of spicy chorizo for tea all in an afternoon’s work.

Anyway, where was I? Back to the bike show. Having been to the (other) Cycle Show at the NEC back in October, there were some big companies missing there, and this is where some of them have chosen to be instead. Companies like Trek, Extra and Madison are all here – and there’s also a subtle amount of retailing going on, because who wants to go to a bike show, fondle stuff and not return with at least a few souvenirs? It’s all very civilised so far though, with none of the Moroccan bazaar feel of other shows’ retail corners.

In terms of absolute brand new stuff, there isn’t a whole lot, with many firms keen to hold things back until Core Bike later in January, or perhaps Sea Otter in April. It is, however, a great chance to prod and feel many of the new gadgets that have appeared in the last year or so. Us journos can find it easy to forget that 99% of the world hasn’t seen Shimano’s new XT or Intense’s new carbon bikes. Or those new Yeti SB66s. They’re all there though and all available for a tweak and a chat to the distributors. Thursday’s crowd certainly seemed very well informed, asking all the right questions of the sales people. Whether this descends into sticker-grabbing madness at the weekend, who can tell?

Today was also the time for some of the journalists and pro riders to prowl the stands, away from the crowds. I spotted Tracy Moseley, newly reinvented as an entire new ‘T-Mo’ brand of her own. Newly refurbished too was Scott Beaumont, no longer rocking the Rocky Mountain four cross bike (though what a bike that was!) and instead in the new, but reassuringly familiar livery of the turqoise and white of Yeti. Martin Ashton is a feature of the show, performing his every-impressive trials shows – no matter how well-rehearsed and slick they appear, they’re still hugely tough moves that are rightfully applauded by the crowds, while in the background, the slightly odd appearance, stage-left to stage-right of someone sliding down ‘the longest indoor zipwire in the world!’.

What are a few of my highlights? Personally, l liked the new Genesis 29ers, the Transitions, carbon Intense hardtail, the Yeti SB66, the new Brooks coloured leather bar tape, the crazy Cube electric bike, Shimano Ultegra Di2

The London Bike Show is on until Sunday. Details at: http://www.thelondonbikeshow.co.uk/

Now, where are the photos?

Singletrack: ready to chat, ready to drink coffee.

 

Genesis Bikes

We brought you a glimpse of the new Genesis Fortitude prototype at the Singletrack Weekender back in July. It’s now ready for production, and in three very different guises: the Singlespeed SS, the 1×10 race-tuned Race and the braze-on-tastic, Alfine 11 Adventure. All three are designed from the ground up to run a short, rigid fork.

Smart new Genesis Fortitude 29ers. Not just different colours!

The Adventure is an Alfine-specific bike with ALL the braze ons. It's £1500 complete

Nice tube tweaking from Reynolds on all frames.

Horizontals on this one and the single speed. Verticals on the Race

The Fortitude Race. From the company that imports Shimano and it's 3x10 Dynasys concept, it's good to see a 1x10 specific bike! Whole bikes will be £1250 and will come with the e*thirteen guide (even with the frameset)

A new, cheaper, Croix de Fer disc 'crosser; the CdF. Under £900 complete with Shimano Sora and Reynolds 520 tubing.

Can't go wrong with this colour, can you?

 

Exposure Lights

Exposure was showing it’s new dynamo-powered light. No name yet, nor price or anything. They had it connected up to this pretty hub, although it will also work with a Shimano dyno hub too Expect 650 lumens of light while riding (anything over 5mph) with a 450 lumen stand light that stays on when you stop. The lamp unit and dyno gubbins works out lighter than a MaXxD too and you know that Exposure is already working on Garmin-chargers and phone chargers and all sorts of add-ons…

Mountain bike dynamos. The next big thing for endurance riders and racers. Believe us...

Bright, isn't it?

The USE cable-to-hydraulic system isn't quite near production yet, but it now has a name: the CX11

 

Other stuff!

Everyone loves a Muklukk

Salsa is also pretty ahead of the curve with its Vaya disc road bike

 

Carradice is getting all Hoxton at the show with this tweed getup

 

Whyte has literally just had these carbon 29ers into stock. They're very nice, as we found out on a recent test ride.

 

Get to the show before it shuts on Sunday and you'll be able to fondle all this lot

 

 

As seen in the next issue of Singletrack, Four4th Lights has made it from shed to showing at the show.

 

Cube always has a bunch of great looking bikes and its stand at the show is very large.

 

It's a Transition bike, but not necessarily what you're expecting

 

A hardtail?

 

A 29er hardtail. Looks good to us.

 

Brooks hasn't stopped with its current love of coloured leather. Here are some saddle-shaped handbags.

 

They're coloured cycle clips, made of Brooks leather with a metal band inside them.

 

And coloured Brooks bar tape...

 

Rose Four Cross bike

 

The Rose downhill bike. Expect a few medium-big names on the team this year.

 

Flambé frame?

 

Porridge - the new, old, energy food

 

Steel 'cross frame fans weren't disappointed

 

The new Kinesis disc 'cross bike. There might be one of these coming to Singletrack Towers soon...

Scott Beaumont's new play bike from Yeti

 

Yeti SB-66 Carbon! In the flesh!

 

 

And an ally SB66 too. Now you can see how that funny link thing works

 

Extra had all sorts of nice bits on show. Not least this new carbon Intense Carbine

 

And the very svelte Hard Eddie

 

It's like a Niner fork, only a bit more beefy looking. Or is that just the 'butch black'?

 

...nice...

 

 

Endura had a really nicely thought out urban range of clothes. Subtle and smart, but practical for riding too

 

Ready for your next commute. And not in hi-viz!

 

Nice palm detailing on these Endura urban gloves

 

Conti had the full range of tyres on show. And it's good to see that it's proud of the Singletrack Editors' Choice awards it got recently!

 

 

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