Bite-sized Bike Bling from the Bike Place 2016 – Part 2

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Here’s yet more that’s new and noteworthy from the Wonderful World of the Bike Place 2015…


Empire was sowing the new VX8 DH frame:

Empire VX8

It uses the same swingarm and seat tower as the MX6, and looks burly as all get-out. More from Empire.


Joystick saddles

Joystick is now a sponsor for the Soecialized Gravity Racing team, and they were showing off an enhanced range of saddles from £44.99 all the way up to £129.99. They’re arranged over two shapes (broadly) – the Analogue saddles are shorter and wider, and the Binary ones are longer and narrower.

Importers Hook It do custom mudguards, too…

Hook It Mudguards

More from Hook It


DSC_0728The new Troy is looking rather tasty. Carbon all over the place, and a natty black and yellow colourscheme on this one.DSC_0730Short chainstays too – 424mm. DSC_0733

We also liked the look of the Hendrix aluminium full-suss chubber. Purple haze, indeed.

More details from Haven.

Sweet Protection

Cool colours available on Sweet Protection lids. There’s a cool orange and white number: DSC_0737…and we particularly like this one:DSC_0739

Lids are £140, and MIPS ones are £170. There’s a carbon MIPS one, too, in black and white, for £200.

And ably held up by Gregor are the Mud Ride shorts, with cordura in all the right places (the gusset) and fully taped waterproofness
DSC_0741They’ll set you back £130. More details from Sweet Protection



ION’s Sean Reynolds was also on hand, and was showing ION’s Transom backpack. The 16l one comes in at £135 and the 24l one is £150, both with air conditioning. 8 and 16 litre versions are also available without the cool venting feature…

And finally, I present to you the roll-on anti-chafing Butt Shield!


No More Pain, indeed. You can apparently use the roll on on your chamois, by the way – you’re not trying to.. um.. I’ll leave it there. Details from 2toms

Barney Marsh

Singletrack Magazine Contributor

Barney Marsh takes the word ‘career’ literally, veering wildly across the road of his life, as thoroughly in control as a goldfish on the dashboard of a motorhome.

He’s been, with varying degrees of success, a scientist, teacher, shop assistant, binman and, for one memorable day, a hospital laundry worker. These days, he’s a dad, husband, guitarist, and writer, also with varying degrees of success. He sometimes takes photographs. Some of them are acceptable.

Occasionally he rides bikes to cast the rest of his life into sharp relief. Or just to ride through puddles. Sometimes he writes about them. Bikes, not puddles.

He is a writer of rongs, a stealer of souls and a polisher of turds.

He isn’t nearly as clever or as funny as he thinks he is.

Comments (1)

    “No More Pain, indeed. You can apparently use the roll on on your chamois, by the way – you’re not trying to.. um.. I’ll leave it there. ”

    Ball or Aerosol?

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