This report might be a little brief as we’re still trying to pound the show halls for new stuff… There’ll be more updates on Monday when we’re back in the office. But let’s start off with the new magnesium DT Swiss Pace forks… Coming in as an addition to the carbon forks, there’ll be a couple of models that feature a whole new cartridge damping system too. The Cross Mountain will have 32mm stanchions and come in 100, 120 and 140mm travels with 15mm and QR options. The Enduro Cross Mountain will come in 130 and 150mm. The best bit about them is the new lowers (apart from looking great and being stiff) is that they’ll be 25% cheaper than the carbon forks, which’ll still continue, but be aimed more at the XC race world.
DT is also launching a new ‘Tricon’ wheel system. The hub is made of two flanges and a separate shell. The flanges use straight pull spokes and can be tensioned very tightly – the spokes didn’t move at all on the ones we saw. The centre section can therefore be made lighter, or a different colour, or even from something like carbon, though DT wouldn’t confirm that. The rim features a keyed hole that the spoke bed fits into, leaving the rim wall tubeless-ready.
And then on to the Independent Fabrication booth where they were showing Joe Ingram’s new 18lb titanium hardtail, a custom carbon bike with Indy Fab ‘crown’ lugs and a very swish cyclocross bike.