August 30, 2012
We’re running on limited internets here in Germany, but here’s a quick look at some of the things that caught our respective eyes on the first day of the show. There’ll be more detailed stories up shortly.
Let’s start… NOW!
First up, we have a new DH brake from Hope. It looks like a regular M4, but the two unevenly sized pistons are big. The smaller one is the same size as the large piston on an M4. It still runs a Tech lever, but should offer lots more power. The vented disc version is now slimmer too.
There were a lot of ‘fresh from London’ Olympic bikes around. Specialized has a whole wall full. Kulhavy’s bike took centre stage though…
How about a limited edition Ned Overend signature single speed?
Now, next is a thing that’s had everyone scratching their heads. Specialized maintains (rightly) that much of the time and expense with making a carbon rim is in the tyre bead hook. It takes ages to make and it’s dead fiddly. Seeing as mountain bike tyres run at low pressures that don’t really blow tyres off rims, they thought ‘Let’s just get rid of the bead hooks’. And here we go – it’s the Control Carbon wheel set, the carbon 29er weighs in at 1450g and in the US they’ll retail for around $1500 a pair, which is pretty cheap. But… no bead hook? The 23mm rims just have stubby sidewalls. And that’s it! And yes, they’re tubeless/2Bliss ready too.
Elsewhere, Specialized showed its new carbon disc cross bike. It’s not just the regular Crux with a disc on though. The fork, headtube and whole front end is beefed up, while the seatstays have been pared down. Reckon people are going to start aftermarket-installing just a front disc fork on their bikes (like we did with single front discs in the old days)? Then expect to see some headtubes fall off, reckon the engineers.
This is a brand spanking new All-Mountain helmet from Bell called the Super. It features a removable GoPro mount, great rear coverage and goggle compatibility. There’s even a (removable) goggle clip that bolts on the side so your goggles won’t ping off. It’ll be £125 when it’s out late spring 2013.
After making race shoes, then some leisure riding shoes, Giro has finally released its new flat and flat/SPD shoes. This is the flat (Vibram) soled version. The SPD version is similar in good looks too.