Core Bike 2011: Part Two

by Matt Letch 23

This time with fewer mistakes (There’s a pot of coffee and a cup of espresso in the furnace today)

Hope

The new 10 speed options from SRAM and Shimano are spawning a resurgence of non-ramped chain-rings and, as seen, bash guards for the new size BCDs.

Odd and even sizes will be available to fine tune your 1×10

Hope Proto-type crank-arms and chain device – Very new in terms of spindles and BB compatibility but kind of retro in the looks department.

Hope’s new incredibly powerful LED offering (available Autumn)  – We walked around with sun spots in front of our eyes for hours afterwards.

The two indicators on the top of the light  give a power setting for the light and battery power runtime left.

The Hope District – Incredibly bright rear LED for use during the day and night. They had one in a tree outside the window of their show display and you could see it flashing clearly from about 50m away on a clear bright day.

Fox

As ever Fox is doing a massive range of gloves – some of them now have a new treatment called ironmask™ where a waterproof  treatment is encapsulated into the fibres of the material so it can’t wash out – Not only does water run off nicely, it helps keep the gloves cleaner longer.

OJ Simpson’s favourite – this is the Stealth Bomber – Full-grain leather palm and the knuckles are covered with one of those new smart materials Poron XRD™ (The previous model had carbon knuckles to protect you)

A piss-pot to go to war in…

Flux is available in pink and a smaller size for women.

Fox claims that the air cool material used in their jerseys wicks better than most and can keep you 2 degrees cooler.

New lid from Fox; the Striker. Lighter than the Flux and with a better retention system.
Crank Brothers/Lizard Skins/Ibis.
Crank brothers has a new entry-level (Well maybe “high-end but not the absolute top price” would be better) level wheel set. It uses a Formula rear hub and a wider, slightly heavier rim comes in 9-15 mm at the front compatible – £500.00
Cobalt stem
Cobalt in carbon.  Their shorter stem all come under the Iodine Moniker.
Ibis HD is available now in two incarnations: 140mm.
And 160mm
The Mojo has gone from the range – if you want a light one go for an SL if you want to ride it harder get a HD.
Lizard Skins in bright new colours
Lots and lots of colours.
Niterider
Minewt Cordless is great commute light, or helmet light come to that – USB chargeable. 250 Lumens will cost you £129.99
Or the 150 Lumens will cost you £100.00 – This will also probably get you into a post party at the Trekkie Convention.
Lightning bugs are Niterider’s answer to the urban commute/emergency pack lights.
Rohloff
Rohloff have got a new round shifter! (gasp)  – they’ve also improved spring tension so the shift is lighter.
Salsa- Surly
Sim and myself were confused as to why we both a) Were physically sickened by the Surly Troll and b) Still wanted one.
The revolting colour  is worse in real life , and yet we still were still left yearning- The bike is designed to take every wheel size, brake type, trailer attachment, hub/singlespeed/derailleur combination known to man. It made me want to grow my beard back and head off to the countryside and plot the downfall of society. Probably with a pair of oddly bent bars on the front and a coaster brake.
More Utility.
The Salsa Mukluk – is a snow/sandune bike- Unlike the Surly Pugsley it’s symmetrical, but does come with the freak standard of the show: a 175mm rear end! When it’s not snowing or sand-storming you can use step-downs so you can run ‘normal’ wheels on it. The reflective accents are there to stop you getting hit by snowploughs – No really!
Salsa was quite an early adopter of 29ers. This is the Spearfish with 80mm of flex pivoted travel at the back, and of course a tapered headtube – it uses a propriety aluminium/scandium mix and weighs just five pounds.
More soon…

Comments (23)

  1. I like the Hope cranks – sort of Turbine meets RS8.

    I also like the look of the light.

    And the Ibis.

    Think I’m gonna need a bigger salary….

  2. Ran is looking HAWWWT!

  3. I like the look of those grips with the flange on. Grips with a flange are my favourite grips.

  4. I knew the time’d come – I need to decide which child to sell so I can afford a pile of shiny Hope drivetrain bits and lights.

  5. I want that Fox army pisspot!!!

  6. The trick Kent is not using dirty words, but using words that ‘sound’ dirty……like mukluk….get it…mukluk!…you like that?

  7. that new Hope stuff looks gawjus

  8. HOpe should make frames out of solid billet, nice..bit heavy but nice

  9. I wish you’d make your mind in these articles whether the text for the photo should be at the top or the bottom!

  10. god i would love an ibis hd they are gorgeous,just poping out to get a euro lottery ticket

  11. The Mukluk’s got a 170 rear end.
    You could at least try and copy your “info” correctly.

  12. Can I have the surly with Hope please?

  13. Those Hope cranks had some horribly sharp edges on the outside of the arms. If Hope don’t smooth them off for the production version they’ll be taking the prize for the ‘most efficient boot shredder’ pretty quickly.

  14. ‘Fox claims that the air cool material used in their jerseys wicks better than most and can keep you 2 degrees cooler.’

    That’ll be popular in the UK 😉

  15. Like the Hope chain device dor a 1×9 or 1×10

  16. the new hope stuff looks ace – well done boys, flying the flag

    can i have a job?

  17. Those Hope cranks had some horribly sharp edges on the outside of the arms. If Hope don’t smooth them off for the production version they’ll be taking the prize for the ‘most efficient boot shredder’ pretty quickly

    Only if you’re a scuffer! None of my cranks have suffered in this way…

  18. Caffeine?
    Fox gloves ionmask rather than “ironmask” though you never know if they use iron ions in the ion mask.

    Cobalt in carbon all under the iodine moniker? Michael Faraday, Monsieur Le Chetallier, Marie Curie, Boot’s the, Mendeleev must all be spinning in their graves at this confusion of marketing speak for their precious elements!

  19. Love the fact that someone knew to correct the 175 to 170 on the Salsa thingy! Especially as everyone in the UK needs a snow/sand dune bike…

    Hope stuff looks good, specially the light.

    And despite the comments about the Salsa I would like a Surly Pugsley, for no good reason I can think of. But I’d ride it an awful lot!

  20. Love the fact that someone knew to correct the 175 to 170 on the Salsa thingy! Especially as everyone in the UK needs a snow/sand dune bike…

    some of us already have one.
    And know what the rear end spacing is. ;o)

  21. Sharp edges on the cranks?

    They look like raceface dues a bit, and they don’t cut you boots up. What boots do you ride in, canvas deck shoes?

  22. The hope chain device looks pointlessly heavy, why machine it from alloy when poly carbonate is lighter and good enough?

    When are the chain rings available?

  23. Hope cranks, cnc’d…umm any one remember riding in the 90’s. when cnc’d carks well all the rage, rember how they used to snap, forged will always be stronger, i wolnt be buying these, like most hope stuff its over rated…im sure ill get a load of hate for this but i have had hope stuff and its all broken 🙁

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