Lots to see at this year’s Core Bike Show 2012, so we’re chopping it into manageable pieces. First off, we take a look through the Silverfish atrium, starting with its Evoc packs.
Evoc has become known for its range of hydration packs with in-built back protectors. But not everyone wants one of those, or perhaps they have their own already. Evoc now has a range of bags to please those riders. And with styling less reminiscent of a French exchange student from the ’80s, these should be pretty popular. There’s also a small 10L pack (in black, below) with a back protector.
Also from Evoc, there’s a range of lightweight back protection clothing that’s come over from the snow world. These are still fully safety rated, but less restrictive (and hot) than a full pressure suit and will suit the enduro or perhaps the trail centre rider wanting more protection. They’ll come with the extra shoulder pads for £130 or £89 without.
Moving across to e*thirteen, Silverfish was showing the new pedals which, though expensive, are meant to be longer lasting and more serviceable than your regular flat pedal. They come with a full set of 7mm, 5mm and blanking pins to tune the grip, but the most important bit is the sandwich… This is a pair of durable, yet ultimately sacrificial layers made of a Lexan-like hard plastic (the white bits below) around a core of aluminium. At the end of the season. you can unbolt the scuffed old plates and replace them with shiny new ones. You can also adjust the bearing tension too. Dirt jumpers, for example, might want to tighten the bearings so they don’t spin freely, whereas trail riders will want them frictionless. Price’ll be £119 a pair.
e*thirteen has also combined the knowledge of the Hive and Chub brands to come out with a selection of wheels. All will feature scandium rims and there will be a full range of 26in and 29in wheels, along with a downhill wheel too.
Formula has updated all of its brakes with better incorporation of the reach and bite adjusters that were add-ons (and looked it) last year. It also has a new brake: the Formula RO. It’s the first bike disc brake to feature an oval piston, which is claimed to better spread the force over the disc surface. It’s certainly very sculpted and neat looking and will cost £249 an end. Intended for the all-mountain and enduro market, they’ll weigh a claimed 361g an end.
Any colour as long as it’s black! Silverfish showed a selection of travels and wheel sizes from Mr Turner, from the 4in Flux to the DH only DHR monster. All feature DW-Link suspension and they’re all made in the States. This might prove interesting this year as the main manufacturer of alloy frames in the States, SAPA is closing its doors due to there not being many people wanting US-made frames… Mr Turner is therefore looking out a replacement maker. We hope this doesn’t delay the, er, interesting other projects he has on the go…