The charismatic Eric Parsons was at the show with the latest of a rapidly growing range of bags from the Alaskan bag-builder-to-the-(Iditabike)-stars, starting with a range of complete bags for popular frame sizes.
Revelate gear is brought in by Back Country Biking
Pashley Speed Five
Now this is one of our favourite bikes from the show. It’s basically a five speed, drum brake, old school bike like Pashley’s Guv’nor, only a little more useful for general riding, with a Sturmey five speed and drum brakes. It comes in Bentley Blower British Racing Green and gold and there’s a race number board on it. The whole bike will sell for roughly a grand. We like to think of it as a very British version of all those gravel racer bikes that are all the rage in the States. The Pashley Speed Five is a gentleman’s gravel racer.
POC helmets (and protection).
POC was showing a number of new products, as well as doing a big push on why it uses the colours it does, what the most visible colours are to wear and how best to be seen. Starting off, it has a new bike park/dirt jump lid called the Crane Pure. It features a thick polycarbonate outer for repeated scuff protection. Inside this thick shell, it lets POC run softer foam than normal as it shouldn’t get dinged as much. This is the Martin Soderstrom version – and there’s a Danny Makaskill signature lid coming too
POC is also making (more) armour. It now has a version 2.0 of its armour, featuring ‘viscoelastic plastic dough’ – which is that soft stuff that gets hard if you hit it. It’s making a hard-fronted shell style pad and a more freeridey set of soft pads for better riding comfort.
This new POC back comes in a few different sizes; there’s the 25L expedition bag and then there’s a narrow 16L version for the racer or fast trail rider. There’s also a nearly identical capacity 15L bag which is wider, but squatter and should help with tree clearance on some trails. All the bags have POC’s spine protector built-in.
There’s a kid’s lid called the POC-ito (it’s a pun, OK?) which features many of the same gadgets that the big-boy helmet does.
There’s a new POC road helmet called the Octal, which has huuuuge vents. POC makes the outer material hard enough that it forms an outer shell, so the inner helmet can be made light. Other features include things like a pair of hydrophilic pads that grab your sunglasses (and the wetter the better) securely enough you can lift your helmet up by them. The Octal helmet weighs a startling 190g
POC is out through 2Pure in the UK. www.2pure.co.uk