January 31, 2013
Distributor R53 was showing a few of its wares at The Bike Place. Among them was the ICE dropper post. It stands, worryingly for ‘In Case of Emergencies’ but looks well made enough that you’ll probably use it rather more than that.
Up front is a Maverick Speedball type multi-directional lever which loops back to the seatpost. The post itself uses a low-down cable entry with three positions operated by a ‘pin in a hole’ operating system that’s been good enough for Gravity Dropper all these years… There’s a concertina boot to keep out the crap and a coil spring to bring it all back to full height again. Drops are 45mm, 90mm (as well as fully up) and the post comes in the popular 27.2mm size, with shims available for 30.9 and 31.6.
Price will be a reasonable £125 or so. www.r53sport.com
R53 was also excited to be importing Pyga bikes. These are designed by Patrick Morewood, ex of – yes Morewood bikes (more on them later in the week) and Mark Hopkins, founder of Leatt braces. They are making a range of full suspension and hardtails, but with not a 26in wheel to be seen. Only 650B and 29er.
It’ll initially offer a 11omm 29er and a 120mm 650B, along with a ‘Zero’ 650B hardtail.