Eurobike: Intense, Maxxis, Charge bikes and more

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The Charge Bike stand at Eurobike is always the subject of great speculation. What will it do this year? In the past Charge has had a launderette and a pub (complete with beer) and for 2010 unveiled a fairground carousel with all of its bikes on display.

All lightbulbs were installed by Nick Larsen himself.

Anodised posts in every colour

Charge's popular Spoon saddles in 'New Nubuck' and others with a real 'gum' base

Charge Skinny Duster - as reviewed in the new issue of Singletrack Magazine.

One of our favourite bikes from the show. Townie elegance.

...and a killer red sparkle job.

Skinny Duster with (what will be) 11sp Alfine

Charge's new Cleaver. A burlier 120mm fork hardtail

Charge complete 'cross bike for £800

Moving off round the show, this brand ‘Faggin’ caught our eye. Every brown bit of this town bike is leather…

A fixie for fetishists?

Impractical, but ace nonetheless

White Industries was once again show its wide range of single (and double) freewheels and some 'cassette' fixed sprockets.

Here is British firm Whyte, showing off some of its newly revamped frames. Suspension bikes gain a flared headtube and there’s a lot more carbon going around… Matt has just been to the full 2011 presentation and will be back after the weekend to let us know the full deal. In the meantime, enjoy these highlights.

Here's the Whyte 146. Full carbon wit htapered head tube, 146mm of rear travel and weighs in at only 25.5lbs

Whyte's aluminium trail bike. New flared head tube and a 12 x 142mm Maxle rear (with swappable dropouts for future-proofing)

The Whyte 901 alloy hardtail. Shares the geometry of the Whyte 19 (which we review in the new issue of Singletrack Magazine...)

As seen on a previous story, MRP's new prototype single ring guide with seat tube mount.

It's subtle, but we loved the look of some of the new GT bikes. Very stealthy and good looking bikes throughout the whole range.

Good to see the venerable Zaskar living on.

Not quite our bag, but how about this incredible looking GT BMX?

Now THAT'S how you do a flashy headbadge!

Kenda was showing four new tyres in its Signature range – with the input of endorsees Lopes, Carter, Rey and Tomac.

New Kenda 'Tomac' Slant Six (in 2.5in, 2.35, 2.1, 1.95 and 29x2.2 and 2.0in Phew!

The Eric Carter inspired 'Happy Medium' for fast dual slalom style stuff. 2.35in, 2.1 and 1.95.

It's got 'H' blocks so must be the Hans Rey inspired H-Factor all mountain tyre (2.5in, 2.35 and 2.1)

Brian Lopes has this BB6 tyre in 2.35in, 2.1 and 1.9in.

Intense Cycles was showing some revamped models and of course the brand new, as used by the CRC DH team, M9 frame.

Even if you're not into downhill, you can't help be impressed with the look of the new M9. It comes with the new Cane Creek Angleset which will allow the user to adjust the head angle of the bike by swapping headset cups around.

Most Intense models have been revamped with things like the new direct mount front mech mount.

There are grease ports in the main bearings now, and the G2, 2-position dropout appears on many bikes. This helps adjust the BB height and head angle to different terrain.

Intense's 951 frame. There's a running move away from the seam-welded downtubes of old back to a real tube for strength.

The Intense Slopestyle. As frequently ridden fast by Nigel Page

Gold Tazer FS bike.


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 (14)

    That GT BMX is the nicest thing i’ve seen from the whole show. Is it going to be production model?
    Also, was there any sign of the 2011 Charge Scissor frame?

    I presume you mean Kenda rather than Maxxis in the article title?

    That GT BMX is sweet

    So is there an EBB in that Skinny Duster? 🙂

    Mucho liking that Zaskar! Really nice. Good head badge on the BMX too!

    I felt a bit wrong perving at the red sparkly bike on the Charge stand every morning of the show. It makes me feel much better to know I am not the one person who liked it.

    mmmmmmmm – those Intense’s look loverly (except the gold one).
    Liking the paint on that Zaskar and the fancy headbadge.

    Simon1975 – There are two variations of the skinny Duster frame: one with a normal BB and a gear hanger, and one with an EBB and no gear hanger.

    I have seen the future but doesn’t it look old fashioned. Alfined Skinny Duster.

    Michelin Wildgripper Sprint – Green = Happy Medium

    That GT might look stealthy, but the toptube sure looks bent

    Any idea of street dates for the new Kendas? Slant looks like a nice halfway house between speedy Small Block and grippy Nevegal…

    H-Blocks – Bobby Sands and Co 😉

    interested why Whyte are going back to Alu for that new 120 bike? bit of a retrograde step?

    Mr Whyte still hasn’t visited specsavers then?

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