More pure, unadulterated bike-related oxytocin from Core Bike 2016.
This is an hop-up cassette, with an impressive 9-tooth smallest sprocket. It runs on your existing XD driver. It’s quite clever – the largest 3 sprockets lock onto the freehub body, and the remaining ones lock onto that.
It comes in 2 parts – the larget 3 sprockets are aluminium, and the rest are steel, so you can get a replacement section rather than buying a whole cassette when something wears out. It’s available in both 10 (9-42t) and 11(9-44t) speed, for £209 and £229 respectively.
Oh, we love the look of the DVO Topaz air shock. 3 speed compression, adjustable rebound, very little stiction thanks to a cunning air bladder, and a scant weight of 330g – not bad for a piggyback. It’ll cost you £399.
Heist wheels by Easton are also accompanied by ARC rims (they’re the same rims as the ones on the Heist wheels). A huge range of widths on the rims – 24, 27, 30, 35, 40 and 45mm internal widths. Crikey. The wheels will be available in 24, 27, 30 and 40mm widths.
This is Silverfish’s Thomas’ new bike. 160mm travel, hewn from purest carbonium, and huge head and toptubes for stiffness. We love the sidewall tyres, but apparently reactions have been mixed. What do you reckon?
Details on the above available from Silverfish
Quite nifty stuff – the Orange sealant never dries out – so you can check on sealant levels by using a little dipstick rathe than inspecting the inside of your tyres. The chaps at Orange Seal were on hand with videos of quite startlingly large holes the stuff has patched up. We’ve got some in to test, so watch this space.
Details from Extra
Ibis Ripley LS
Ripley now has a choice of front triangles, the regular and the LS. The LS is a bit longer and slacker (think more ‘trail’ and less ‘xc’ than the non LS Ripley (which is also available – it’s just a front end swop after all).. 68 degree head angle, 130mm fork, internal routing, it’s stiffer and more boosted than the old one. More info? Click here
Somehow we missed this colour Tectal helmet at Eurobike – we hope this is a guys colour too! More info from 2pure.
Great looking MT500 backpacks (£99.99 or £119.99 with bladder) from Endura. 15 litres capacity……with an integrated back protector made of the same straw-type stuff (koroyd) as Smith helmets, fact fans – so it’s light and breatheable. You can buy it separately for their smaller SingleTrack backpacks too, which have a 10l capacity and cost £59.99 or £79.99 with bladder. More details from Endura.