Diamonds from the Core 2016 – Part 1

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More goodness from last week’s Core Bike 2016 trade show – in this instalment, some cool stuff from Transition, Dainese and FSA…


Transition Double

We were rather taken with some of the smaller offerings on the Transition stand – principally this cute Transition Double jump bike – 100mm of travel, singlespeed and resolutely 26in wheels. Handy for the local jump spot, or slopestyle, or whatever you fancy, really.

Transition Ripcord

And going *even smaller*, this is the Ripcord, a full-on 24in wheeled full-suss bling machine for miniature shredders. It’ll set you (or them, natch) back £1499.95.


Dainese Trail SkinsRe-jigged Trail Skins knee pads – more fitted, more comfy, but with the same levels of breathability and protection (we liked the previous ones rather a lot), in natty blue. Dainese are going great guns with clothing too…

WDainese Smartwatch Atmoe particularly liked the Atmo smatrwatch jacket, which has…Smartwatch Atmo Dainese…a touchscreen compatible window on the sleeve to put your smartphone underneath (duh). It’ll set you back £199.99


Gravity seatpost

Gravity were showing this imminent dropper – no firm details yet apart from the drop (125mm), but it’s likely to come in around the £200 mark, which should make it very competitive indeed. Colour us intrigued.

More details on all of the above from WindWave


Vee tyres were showing some interesting looking chubby rubber – rhe Crown up front…

Vee Crown

…and the Bulldozer out back.

Vee BulldozerReynolds

Reynolds wheelReynolds had some new for 2016 wheels on show – carbon rims, 28 spokes front and rear, asymmetrical to apparently make them more compliant (vertically) yet still laterally stiff…

Reynolds trail wheel

There are several flavours available – trail wheels in 29 and 27.5 with a 25mm internal width, enduro with a 28mm internal in 27.5 and 29, and chubber 27.5 plus wheels with a 40mm internal width. They’ll cost £1799.Reynolds Industry9 hubThey’ve increased their relationship with Industry9, so they’re using their (rather pretty) hubs too.

More details from Upgrade

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