Madison’s iceBike* Show Report 1

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This weekend sees the first opening of the Madison show iceBike* to the public. By all accounts, there are thousands of people registered and they’ll all get to see a preview of 2016 (and in some cases 2017) products on show. We had a preview with the trade earlier this week, and here’s what caught our collective eye.

Let’s start with the bikes:

Saracen Myst Carbon Team Prototype. This is one of the team bikes that the Madison Saracen team have been riding since the World Champs last year. Saracen asked team manager Will Longden for a ‘still muddy’ bike to show off on the booth – and when this turned up, it was true to the brief and still literally dripping mud, with barely a clean surface on it.

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Comprehensively grubby


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But mostly just muddy…


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The team has been riding these bikes hard through the winter and customers can buy the exact same model


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Clean stanchions show how much travel is still used


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Half bike, half vegetable

Over at the cleaner side of the booth, the Saracen Kili Flyer carbon was on show in this single available build. There’s also a (Martini Racing) frame only option.

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Like the skinwalls? Yes or no?


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The alloy Saracen Mantra hardtail has had a refresh for 2016



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There’s even a brand new electric-assist Saracen coming
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The beautiful Mantra Carbon has had a major price drop. Now £1299 complete!


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Beers or briefcase? This rack will take either.


Madison’s complete product range is in this giant telephone book sized brochure. Despite the digital revolution, sometimes it’s easier to leaf through some pages.

Moving over to the Genesis booth (whose brochure was shot by Sim Mainey of this parish) there were some great bikes on show. This Genesis High Latitude is a £1549 29er hardtail with a 1×11 setup and an SR Suntour Aion fork and some chunky 2.35in Maxxis rubber.

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Comes in Small, Medium and Large/XL

Moving over, there’s this Genesis Tarn 20, a plus bike with the full Boost/WTB Scraper rim/Maxxis Chronicle treatment. It’s the bike that the Genesis guys seem most excited about this year and we hope to get one in on test soon.


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Tons of room – plus cabling for a front mech

Genesis showed off the latest incarnation of the Caribou fat bike, with hugely bright paint job and very loud CST tyres.

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The new incarnation of the Caribou is hard to miss

That’s a taster of the bikes on show, we’ll let you see the components in the next story.


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (1)

    Genesis Tarn 20 was looking lovely until that horrendous seat stay bridge.

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