The 15 Bikes That Caught Our Eye At Core Bike 2018

by Andi Sykes 9

Core Bike had plenty for us to look at from new Reynolds wheels to flowery 661 helmets, but there were a few bike that had us stop and take a second, third and fourth look. Here they are.

DMR Sled SLX Build

  • From: Upgrade
DMR Sled
DMR is now offering the Sled with SLX and X-Fusion parts.

DMR had a new build option available for the popular Sled at Core Bike. We reviewed a bright red DMR Sled last year and actually got our first look at the British-designed bike at Core Bike in 2017.

The new build option brings pricing under £3000 for the complete bike and uses top quality kit including RaceFace rims, Shimano SLX drivetrain and a Xfusion fork up front. Expect to see plenty of these on the trails in 2018.

Pivot Mach 6

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Stealth grey Pivot Mach 6

Pivot’s aggressive trail bike get’s a new stealth finish. The Mach 6 is Pivot’s go to bike for the trail/enduro rider with 155mm of travel out back for when things get really rowdy. The stealth finish really sets off this build especially with the black finishing kit and subtle Fox decals.

Transition Patrol

  • From: Windwave
transition patrol dvo
If the Hulk rode a bike this would be it.

Windwave made a big deal about being the new distributor for DVO, speccing out almost every Transition Bike on display with DVO components. This alloy Transition Patrol was by far the most eye-catching with a black and green frame that almost looks like it was designed to be ‘DVO compatible’. This custom build features a DVO Diamond fork, DVO Topaz rear shock, and the DVO Garnet dropper post.

Transition Smuggler

  • From: Windwave
transition smuggler carbon
The new carbon Smuggler on show at Core Bike

The Carbon Smuggler from Transition was only announced a few days before Core Bike so this was our first time getting to see the updated 29er in the flesh. Like the rest of the Transition range, the new Carbon Smuggler uses Transition’s SBG geometry (a full explanation of SBG can be found here) and boasts an impressive standover height. With ‘only’ 120mm travel on the rear, the Smuggler promises to be a fast and fun trail bike.

Fantic 1 Integra

  • From: Windwave
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Fantic Integra 1 running a Brose motor and 160mm travel

Fantic is an Italian manufacturer of motorbikes who has used the increasing popularity of Ebikes to move into the bicycle market. The Fantic Integra 1 is its enduro ready E-mtb and gets the sort of specification you would expect from a hard-hitting bike. The rear sports 160mm of travel via a RockShox shock with a Lyrik handling hits up front. The drive system comes from Brose, the same company that supplies Specialized with its motors.

Lynskey Bootleg

  • From: Hotlines
lynskey bootleg
Long, low, slack and Titanium

Not much is known about the Lynskey Bootleg other than it has been designed to be an aggressive hardtail suitable for the lovely conditions we ride in here in the UK. We understand that the bike has been designed around a 150mm travel fork and that pricing will be around the £1700 mark for the frame only, but we’re waiting for the final details to be confirmed. Watch this space.

Muc-Off Yeti SB6

  • From: Silverfish
Another Fat Creations creation

Fat Creations is responsible for this epic, custom paintwork. This Yeti SB6 features the MucOff colours over the frame and forks, even the handlebar and stem has been painted to match.

Airdrop Edit

  • From: Airdrop

airdrop edit

Sheffield based Airdrop bikes didn’t have its own stand at Core Bike but it did have one of its Edit full-suspension bikes on show at the SRAM booth.

Moustache Samedi Ebike

  • Spotted at Magura
moustache samedi ebike
Moustache Samedi built up with Magura dropper, brakes and forks

Magura is working closely with Bosch in the UK on their E-bike servicing, so we found a couple of E-bikes with Magura kit at the show but this custom Moustache Samedi was the one which really caught our eye. Built up with Danny MacAskill signature MT7 brakes…

Ritchey P29

  • Spotted at Magura
ritchey p29 fat creations
Custom paint by Fat Creations

There was plenty of steel at Core Bike 2018, but most of it was found on fixies and BMXs. However, if you headed to the Magura room you would have come across this custom Ritchey P29. This svelte steel bike has undergone a custom paint job from Fat Creations and has been built up with select Magura bits and bobs.

Ibis Mojo HD4

  • From: 2Pure
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All new black and black HD4

It’s black AND black! This Ibis Mojo HD4 morphs smoothly between gloss back and a satin black.

USE Specialised Stumpjumper M2

  • Spotted at Exposure Lights
Old Skool Specialized Stumpjumper with USE S.U.B forks

This Specialized Stumpjumper M2 was a black from the past. Not only is the bike itself suitably old skool but many of the parts brought back some great feeling from back in the day. Upfront is USE’s own linkage suspension fork, something which the brand would like to look at again sometime in the future, while the rear suspension is handled by one of USE’s original suspension seatposts. Oh, and anyone remember those Michelin Wildgripper tyres?

Sabbath Blank BMX

  • From: Hotlines
Plus tyres on a BMX!

Hotlines had a couple of BMX’s on display from Sabbath Bikes, but it was the Blank that really grabbed us as we hadn’t realised that the plus tyre movement had made its way into the realm of BMX. The Blank comes with slick 2.4in tyres front and rear on wide rims to give them an even wider looking profile. It might be time to hit the skatepark again!

Ibis Hakka MX

  • From: 2Pure
The Hakka will be making an appearance at Singletrack Towers soon

No motorist would ever be able to say they didn’t see you if you were on this bike, the colour really is that bright. The Ibis Hakka runs on plus size tyres for added comfort, has a sleek carbon frame and gets a set of disc brakes to keep your speed in check. We’ll be getting one of these in for test in the coming weeks.

Bernard Kerr Pivot Phoenix

  • From: Upgrade
Custom painted for Bernard Kerr.

Custom painted for Pivot team rider Bernard Kerr, this carbon Pivot Phoenix saw action at the RedBull Hardline last year and is fully decked out with kit from his sponsors. “I were right about that saddle though…”

Comments (9)

  1. Do the dvo forks on the transition have a short off set?

  2. “No motorist would ever be able to say they didn’t see you if you were on this bike”
    You wanna bet? ;o)

  3. That Ibis has me interested too! ever since it was mentioned on mountain bike radio by the JRA crew! it almost looks like the OPEN cycle U.P. either of which sadly will be well out of my budget for a while yet at least!

  4. “This Specialized Stumpjumper M2 was a black from the past”

    You mean like the old Robinson’s jam golly?

  5. Michelin Wildgrippers – yes, had them, and they weren’t grippy!
    Loving the P29 and the Ibis – both beautiful.

  6. I remember the Wildgrippers as well, I loved them!
    Thought they were great! haha

  7. “I were right about that saddle though…” Yellow pages advert reference?

  8. Loving that Ritchey P29.

    I hated the wildgrippers I had, YoKaiser right Wildslippers.

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