Garda Bike Festival – what we’ve spotted so far

Our Dave’s currently in Riva del Garda for the Bike Festival. It’s a good spot for a bit of riding and the first public viewing of a lot of product that’s so far been restricted to press releases and launches.

Here’s what he’s spotted so far…

One minute it's sunny

One minute it’s sunny

not so sunny now...

and then not so sunny…

With ‘changeable’ weather out here this year the riding’s proving interesting on the mix of loam and limestone. It doesn’t seem to dampen the spirits of the tyre kickers and product prodders that are cruising the aisles of the festival expo though…

YT Industries Capra

YT Industries Capra

Rottwild's Hybrid power bike

Rottwild’s Hybrid power bike

Rottwild/AMG race team bike

Rottwild/AMG race team bike

The legendary guide Holger Meyer

The legendary guide Holger Meyer

Definitely german

Definitely german

Fatbikes are everywhere

Fatbikes are everywhere

Prologo's grippy saddle

Prologo’s grippy saddle

and matching gloves

and matching gloves (smartphone friendly and fireproof evidently)

Niner have the best apples

Niner have the best apples

Enve M Series rims

Enve M Series rims

Vecnums 200mm dropper post

Vecnum’s 200mm dropper post

Dt Swiss one piece lowers

Dt Swiss one piece lower forks

It's that 27.5+ Sherpa from Rocky Mountain

It’s that 27.5+ Sherpa from Rocky Mountain

WTB's 27.5+ rim on the Rocky Mountain Sherpa

WTB’s 27.5+ rim on the Rocky Mountain Sherpa

Nope, no idea...

Nope, no idea…

Maxxis Shorty looks perfect for the current wet conditions

Maxxis Shorty looks perfect for the current wet conditions

Es grips in national colours

ESIgrips in national colours

Reynolds Black Label enduro wheels

Reynolds Black Label enduro wheels

Stealth branding

Stealth branding

Far from home, Boreale Biking are on a mission to get Germans on singletrack

Far from home, Boreale Biking are on a mission to get Germans on singletrack

Alutech Fanes, more on this later

Alutech Fanes, more on this later

And the Tofane - 29 enduro

And the Tofane – 29 enduro – again more later

Managed to bump into Bluto in a bar

Managed to bump into Bluto in a bar

and also on a rather sweet and light bike

and also on a rather sweet and light fatbike

Dave's current roomy, it's Tim Flooks busy on the SRAM stand

Dave’s current roomy, it’s Tim Flooks busy on the SRAM stand

RST prototype enduro forks

RST prototype enduro forks

and prototype lockout

and prototype lockout/damping

Haibike e bikes are proving popular demo's

Haibike Nduro e-bikes are proving popular demo’s

Kenda's new Honey Badger

Kenda’s new Honey Badger

Honey Badger side profile

Honey Badger side profile

and a new NevegalX too

and a new NevegalX Pro too

the bikers balance board

the bikers balance board

It's not all strange euro brands, Endura are here too

It’s not all strange euro brands, Endura are here too

Rollei ActionCam

Rollei ActionCam

Alchemy rims XC wheel

Alchemist rims XC wheel, it’s quite light

and enduro option

and an enduro option that doesn’t weigh much more

nice wide asymmetric rims

nice wide asymmetric rims shared by both

Crema Cycles

Crema Cycles – nice bikes and great coffee too

There's always a crowd at Evoc, natürlich...

There’s always a crowd at Evoc, natürlich…