Eurobike Day One Part Two

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It must be that time of year again… The sign that autumn is on the way and 2010 products are about to appear.

Chipps and Matt are once again doing their double-act there, with Matt capturing video and winning hearts with his funky dancing, while Chipps concentrates on the still pictures and the after-show beers.

Here’s the first of their reports from the show: First-off we’re featuring new stuff from the Brits, Orange, Endura, DMR, Brooks and Hope, plus some titillation from Chris King.

Over at Hope, we caught the guys mid-ice cream break, but they still allowed us to have a nose round the stand. First off, the Hope seatpost finally exists! And to mark the long time taken to actually build it, they’re going to call it the Eternity post. It’ll come in 27.2, 30.9 and 31.6mm diameters and a 350mm length. All this for £70.


Over at the Hope stem department, they’ve been working on their XC stem to stiffen it up. Now only coming in 90mm or 110mm it’s been beefed up at the bolt-holes, but pared down at the lightening pockets, resulting in a stem that’s supposed to be lighter AND stiffer. That’s what they all say, isn’t it? This seems to be going about it the right way though. For those who like their stems shorter and even stiffer, the DH style stem is now a little slimmer but more bold. It’ll only come in 50 and 70mm. So for the XC riders that we know who like 70mm stems, they might have to go burly. Or talk Hope into making shorter XC stems too…


Then we have the new Hope Race X2 brake, featuring the X2 caliper, but a whole new lever… It’s been slimmed and pared down to save weight, features a carbon lever blade (natch) and even the brake pads are aluminium backed. Complete ‘honest’ weight (ie, including bolts, hose, oil and carbon top-cap) will be 270g per wheel. You’ll have to pay £195 a wheel to get some and they should be out soon.

You’ll see that the pink special edition Hope brake has now been upgraded to their Tech lever and caliper. Even more room for pink engraving…



The new Hope Race lever...

"Ah'm on me break..."

Chipps 'working hard' at SRAM's coffee stand

Let’s look at the English Gentlemen; Brooks Saddles. Riding high on a wave of retro bikes, town bikes and fixie riding, Brooks are still making some great stuff. They’re making some limited edition saddles with the contours of Alp D’Huez imprinted into the leather, then they’re making some coloured saddles, limited to 250 worldwide to commemorate Cycle Messenger World Champs and other events like the Bike Polo World Champs…

Limited Bike-Polo coloured saddles

Other Brooks products on show included fixie-style leather double toe straps and a ‘Top Brooks Dealer only’ edition of furry cow-hide leather saddles. And for those who have to have the latest in London cycling fashions, there’s a Brooks cycling cape, designed in conjunction with the people at Dashing Tweeds.


Very real cow.

Natty luggage

Brooks also have a lovely range of panniers and bar bag luggage out – featuring steel fasteners and clever touches like touring bike-length spokes holding the bar-bag’s map holder on, just in case you need a spare in the middle of the desert, old boy. The bar bag even features a leather Brooks belt/saddle bag that deploys like a leathery Thunderbird 4 from the front of the bar-mounted Thunderbird 2. And remember those lovely Brooks shoulder/courier bags? They’re now available in leather. We can’t think of many better uses for a cow.


Red, white and blue? How British, old boy!

That's Alp D'Huez on those contours.

We've not shown any of Charge Bikes' stuff yet, partly because we gave you a preview last week and partly because our appointment at the Charge Arms - again, top of our list of 'Show Booth of the Year', isn't until tomorrow, so we don't want to spoil things too much. Suffice to say that bike journalists were crowding round trying to actually buy stuff off Nick Larsen and one journo has reputedly bought the whole Charge Bikes pub-themed show stand to take home to Germany...

Another one for the Brits was Mark Cavendish's extra fast stage-winning Scott, complete with custom paint job.


DMR were very excited about showing us their new 898 Dirt Jump frame. It’s called the 898 because the tubes are heat-treated to 898degrees Celsius as part of their tempering process. It’s super low and single speed and meant to be a premium dirt jump machine. It’ll retail somewhere between £400 and £500…

DMR also showed us their Reptoid frame – a more urban chuck-about machine – complete with their ace new transparent and bombproof plastic saddle, secured by a single bolt through the middle of the saddle.





The new DMR 898 frame. Clashing colours are so in for next year, didn't you hear?



Chris King showed a few new things – some of which were so new that we got to see serial numbers 000001, 000002 and 000003… First off is their Inset headset – a Chris King headset for oversize headtubes. They also showed their new bottom bracket (yes, we know they already make a bottom bracket…) that works with Truvativ cranks.

Want Chris King quality in a 15mm hub? Well, they have two for you. One is based on their 9mm QR hub and the other on their 20mm hub shell. Which hub you choose depends on whether you think you’re going to change your mind in the future (or which hub shell you currently have). You can upgrade from 9mm to 15mm or you can downgrade from 20mm to 15mm – up to you… (The 9mm hub is 164g and the 20mm one is 297g so that might swing you too).

Not entirely mountain bike news, but news nonetheless, are the Chris King road hubs. Super light, with titanium everything and their usual quick engagement. They won’t be cheap, we’re sure, but they’ll probably be worth queuing for.







Let’s talk fabric… Endura have ditched using eVent fabric and have now found their own PTFE fabric which breathes better and allows for use with stretch panels and pit-zips. Look for it to replace eVent in their current range, plus appear in new jackets very shortly. They were also keen to show us their new MT500 baggy short which is breathable, water resistant, takes their clip-in shorts AND won a design award at Eurobike. They have an engorged range of Merino wool stuff for next year – with Merino arm warmers, sock sets (two pairs for £15) and some great Merino hats, as modeled by Matt, plus a sleeveless Merino base layer. There’s other stuff coming out too, but we need to leave room for us to show you some stuff in a Singletrack magazine feature this autumn…

Matt was feeling all Glasnost

Isn't that Badly Drawn Boy?

Sleeveless Merino

Award winning already MT500 baggy

Hot news for steel hardtail fans is that Orange are finally producing their skinny steel R8 bike. First shown last year, the new bike is now on the way and should appear in dealers soon. The R8 has a classic Orange wishbone, a Reynolds 853 tubeset, Breezer-style dropouts (with full rackmounts) and a simply lovely two-tone paint job.


Lovely cowled dropouts on the R8

The Orange MIII or M3 is their new jump frame. It’s basically the front end of a Patriot with a hardtail back end and should please those who lament the passing of the Sub Zero. It’ll be £499 for the frameset.


Other Orange news includes the completely new Crush frame. It’s been slightly de-chunked (because of the new MIII) and gains a triple chainset but should still please those who are after a knockabout, fun hardtail.

The P7 is completely revised (partly because it was time and partly to pass the stringent new CE standards for bikes, which are particularly hard on steel hardtails). It features new sliding dropouts, a new Reynolds 631 cro-mo tubeset and a selection of strengthening gussets.

P7 dropouts


The new de-chunked Crush

Extra gussets on the P7

And how about a Yorkshire Tea Tea?

Experimental Orange 224 with datalogging kit mounted and an idler jockey on the pivot to remove pedalling forces. This is after some of their riders finding that they went even faster once they'd snapped a chain...

That prototype again, with idler in view

We showed you this Strange proto 224 with link earlier in the summer

The P7 and the Crush - both completely reworked for 2010

The Diva, Orange‘s women’s bike, gains an extra medium size and it also gains a whole new hardtail cousin, the Diva HT. It also comes in small and medium (around 14in and 16in) and has a nicely non-pink-flowers paintjob that will please the women who don’t always want to ride a Barbie-pink machine out on the trails.


How about an Alpine 160 in Banana Custard Yellow?

...and a Blood in bright green - the 'in' colour for 2010.

Orange are making the most of their new powdercoated rim services.

The classic Orange 224. Did we hear Matt lusting after one? I think we did...

The MIII or M3


Skinny steel fans rejoice!


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (20)

    I can’t for the life of me work out the purpose of that idler on the 224. Can someone explain it please!

    It places the chain in line with the pivot, therefore pedaling forces will not try and extend the suspension. I think.

    It makes people talk about their bikes – free publicity.

    It’s a way of having a very effective rear wheel axle path for bump-absorption (that a 224 already has) without having chaingrowth messing things up too much (which can be an issue on long travel single pivot bikes).

    This may be grossly exaggerated but you’ll get the idea. Imagine the axle path is a clock face with the axle starting at 6 o’clock, and as it compresses it travels through 9 o’clock to midnight. In other words a semi circle (again this is a grossly exaggerated).

    Because of a combination of chain ring, pivot placement and axle movement, the chain extends as the suspension compresses. On a single pivot you often feel this as pedal feedback.

    So, if you can have the chain line pretty much in line with your main pivot the amount of chain growth will be minimal. Adding the idler pulley does this, it just alters the chain line, whilst allowing Orange to maintain the same pivot placement etc.

    Or for a different take on this check out the Brooklyn Race Link.

    Good explanation Mildred.. I must cut ‘n’ paste that and save it somewhere 😉

    Any idea of the cost of the R8 as a frameset?

    Any more info on the King ceramic bb? Ta

    cheers mildred, that makes a lot of sense. Does make it look like the chain’ll skip a lot though, not a lot of teeth left to engage on the chainring.

    Loving the 2010 P7. What frame is that? (With all the King kit on?)- Looks amazing.

    hora, Its Chris King’ own line of cielo frames. Check out the website for more info

    Ta and will do. Also -the Orange Tea tshirt- I WANT ONE!

    Strewth. I’d have to save my pocket money for a year:

    Hora gets more pocket money than me!

    It’s not a ceramic King BB, he said that it ‘works with SRAM’ which sounded like ‘it’s ceramic’ 🙂

    Liking the DMR stuff. Liking a lot of the stuff in fact!!!

    Can I be the first to say………someone should have gone to specsavers?

    ‘Chipps ‘working hard’ at SRAM’s coffee stand’

    Sod the coffee, get hamsters (from Top Gear) autograph, the guy with the XX Tshirt behind you 😀

    The mounting hardware for the Brooks front bag and the rear panniers are the same as my Arkel’s. Is Arkel making the bags, or just providing the hardware?

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