We know that some (OK, lots) of you step off the skinny path of singletrack and on to the road now and again, so here’s a very loosely curated selection of photos of mostly drop-bar, mostly ‘cross but not always, bikes that caught Chipps’ eye at the show.
Behind this modest doorway lurks 15 halls of madness
Orange was showing the RX-9. The 'cross bike they said they'd never build. Or is it a rugged commuter bike?
BIG clearances back there.
Tapered ally fork.
A Specialized from the Olympics? Oh, OK then...
Here's the Specialized Secteur; a disc road bike with Roubaix-inspired geometry.
A Crux disc in carbon? Heads are nodding...
Genesis showed its Vapour ins a great new green.
And the Croix De Fer is now available in non-white
An aero (non-UCI legal) faired P5
How about this tapered head-tube Rock Lobster with new Easton carbon 'cross fork?
It's not a BB7 Ultimate (though we hear that those might be in the works). It's more of a BB7 with Ti Hardware. A BB7+ if you will.
Big Hutchinson Toro CX tyres
Nick Craig was seen walking the aisles, training hard for the upcoming Three Peaks with ice cream
When they get the right spoke lengths, Hope will be making carbon clincher and tubular Hope Hoops.
No one will miss you on this one.
Unapologetically steel frame from Ritchey
Another Olympic bike, this time from Canyon. (And thanks Trev for the emergency T-shirt)
Cross hasn't gone 100% disc yet... Just wait until someone wins a race on them though, then it will.
A post-box red X-Fire. The first prototypes we saw were more raspberry in colour by accident. We kind of liked them.
Here's Kona's no-nonsene Paddy Wagon.
...with a clear-coat finish to show off the welds and brazing.
Surly has this '4am bile' yellow Cross Check complete bike.
It's a titanium Fargo!
This bike from Salsa has been causing a stir. The Warbird is described as a 'gravel racer'. Seeing as we don't have any gravel races, how about 'Audax/Classics bike'?
Scandium frame and Enve carbon fork will be £1000... Ti frame is £1900 f&f.
You'll get your Paris Roubaix tubs in there, won't you?
Hard to see, but that's a Wiggins-yellow Dogma.
This isn't just a disc road bike Colnago...
...but it has internal hydraulic brake routing...
...and reverse-engineered Di2 compatible levers that power the Formula brakes.
You can hear the purists choking....
There'll be a carbon and an aluminium disc 'cross bike. But will Sven be riding one?
Here's the Charge Bike 'Filter Apex'. It's got 'cross inspired geometry, a SRAM Apex group and BB5 road discs
We're often lapped by one of these at the Yorkshire races...
Those lovely printed titanium dropouts...
There's something very right about wishbone road bikes.
Here's the Saracen 'Hack' bike (geddit?). This model sells for less than £900 complete. On/off road/commute fun.
Noooo! Who decided to license out the Ferrari name to a Taiwanese bike company?
Kona's new steel Rove looks great.
The Jake with discs. Now they can make those seatstays proper-skinny
Many 'crossers were running 140mm discs, with road bikes on 160mm for heat dispersion.
There are still plenty of 'trad' cyclocross bikes like this Jake the Snake
Monster front ends abounded.
Here's what the Chris King company gets up to in those idle moments. A Cielo 'cross bike.
Swiss Cross - possibly one of the most lusted after steel 'cross frames ever.
Not ones to miss out. Here's Look's disc 'crosser.
Apparently Giro eventually found someone from the defunct 'Z' brand and asked if they could reissue this old Lemond-era Air Attack Z livery. So it has, under the newer Reverb design.
The new Giro Empire shoe was developed with Taylor Phinney. Lace-up goodness.
Eurobike - land of brands you've never heard of.
Cannondale's sexy 'cross machine. Really, these should only come in matched pairs, shouldn't they?
It says 'Green Tech' but we were convinced it said 'Greed Tech'.
18 speed gearbox system from Pinion was finding a home on many Germanic bikes.
Yes? No? Maybe?