Core Bike: Premier Image Dump

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It’s late on Tuesday night, so we’re not going to be slaving over a hot laptop until Wednesday morning. In the meantime, though, Chipps’ pics have been shrunk and cropped and they’re uploaded here for Singletrack Premier readers to have a quick peruse until we get the chance to put words to the pictures and present them to the rest of the world tomorrow.

Until then, enjoy.

Conti forgot to bring chairs. They did bring lots of tyres though

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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)

    What up with those e13 pedals? Looks as though there is a dial to adjust something?

    Loads of retro colours and styles there. Then lots of new shiny sleek looking designs too.

    Hope chainring-o-bashring-catcher looks a bit clever, but a bit more expensive…

    Those are some dropouts on that Surly!

    Ritchey’s look good – I was tempted until I saw the prices.

    $999 for the Ritchey doesn’t seem too bad, especially considering its one hell of a pretty thing.

    Those Surly dropouts are a tad ‘busy’!

    I’m rather concerned about that implement next to the scales on the second pic. WTF is it?

    I in love with that black n blue carbon yeti.

    That Hope Bash / Chainring combo looks interesting.

    Yeti SB88 Carbon looks lush.

    Liking the Hope combo as well!

    Loving the look of the Kinesis 29er…getting tempted by clown wheels

    Surly dropout is awful – much better looking Rohloff dropouts out there.

    Liking the look of the Hope cranks.

    The Kinesis looks ace but for the chainstay bridge sitting pretty for mud collection duties.

    wow – Onza porcupines, haven’t seen a pair of those for almost 15 years!

    Well done, Hope!! Now we can thrash the bashguard and the chainring at the same time!!

    I must admit that is soo sexy that I’d buy one anyways and hope for the best.

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