Just over the road (well, Formula1 race track) from Core Bike is another show: The Bike Place and it was well worth a quick visit while we were down at Core (more of that later this week). With heavyweights like Jungle, CSG, Orange and Evolution exhibiting, there was always going to be some good stuff to see.
Beloved of the racing fraternity for comfort, weight and all round grip (if it’s not muddy anyway) ESI grips have always been a slightly chamfered sausage of silicon. There’s now been extra work (can you lathe down silicon?) in making the grips slightly more ergonomic. Behold! The Fit XC grips.
Evolution Imports also showed off these full titanium one-by rings – for SRAM’s bolt-on spider cranks and for regular four-bolt MTB cranks. They should wear well and be pretty light, though at a bit of an enthusiast’s cost.
The fine folk at NRG4 were at The Bike Place showing off, among other things, the new Kali Maya which is a freeride helmet (if that doesn’t sound too enduro for you) offering deep coverage, with a long visor and clip on accessories that’ll take a GoPro, helmet mounted light or whatever in the box.
Hiplok’s staff were on duty, showing off the brand’s new Sold Secure Gold lock that still fits comfortably around your waist for pub trips and bike messenger work days alike. It also showed its mini-locks that clip handily into a belt or back pocket for similar trips to town.
Charge Bikes Cooker Maxi
OK, so we’ve just reviewed a £3000+ carbon fat bike. Obviously, you don’t need to spend that to get some ridiculously fat, grippy ‘look at me’ traction on the trail. The Charge Cooker Maxi 1 – takes the original Maxi and gives it an alloy frame and an all-up price of £849. Which is nearly ‘I’ve had a bottle of wine at home on a Friday night’ impulse-purchase money. And you’ll use it far more than a home gym, new snowboard or home cinema projector that you’d buy with the same cash…
GT Bicycles Fury DH
GT was proudly showing off Gee Atherton’s World Champion GT Fury bike. Looking reassuringly similar to the stock bike just above it, it only added some signature Pro components and some unbadged (Stan’s?) wheels (alloy nipples on the front, brass on the rear) and that was about it really… Buy a GT Fury, though, and you really won’t have any excuses left at all, eh?