For its 2nd year, the Burgtec House Show has grown to include more brands, house more products and serve up better food and coffee than ever before! Well ok, the excellent coffee was at last year’s show too.
The 2020 edition of the Burgtec House Show included new brands Orange, Forbidden Bikes, Peaty’s, Push, Enve, Evil as well as Fox and Burgtec (obvs).
It doesn’t take too much imagination to look at that list of dream bike makers and have a good idea of the level of kit and builds that were represented and we very nearly came home with a few new rides to add to our own collection.
The Druid is classed as an aggressive trail bike with 130mm of rear-wheel travel and up to 150mm of front wheel movement. A classy carbon frame rolls on 29in wheels and each Druid is size-specific meaning the front and rear triangles of each size of frame are different. This is a pretty big deal and ensures that each size bike rides as it was designed to.
The standout design of the Druid is its high-pivot suspension design with an idler wheel, a design that is more common on 8in travel downhill bikes than 130mm travel trail bikes. The system means that the rear end increases in length by almost an inch through its range of movement, aiding traction in the rough stuff and in corners.
This mint-green bike was custom-built and featured a full XT groupset, Fox Suspension, a One Up dropper post and Burgtec finishing kit.
Frame prices start at £2949.00 and full bikes should be available pretty soon. Head on over to Forbiddenbike.com for more info.
Orange Hazzard Edition Alpine 6
The Hazzard edition Orange bikes were only officially announced today, but there were a couple on show at the Burgtec open day. This is the Alpine 6 Hazzard bike of which only 10 will be made and each will share the same choice of components the Hazard boys run on their bikes.
Orange has painted each frame in a pearlescent white paint with custom Hazzard decals then built each one up with choice parts from Hope, One Up, Formula Gusset and Schwalbe.
Of the parts, it’s the coil over rear shock that has received most of the attention. It’s a new secret model from Formula that has been specifically tuned to the single-pivot Orange platform and has been thoroughly tested by the Hazzard boys to ensure it’s all working as it should.
If the Alpine 6 isn’t your cup of tea then Orange is also offering the Switch 6 reverse mullet as a Hazzard bike in the same colours and with the same components. For more info head over to the Orange Bikes website or check here.
Evil Insurgent LB
Evil is one of the few brands that build it’s enduro bikes with compatibility for dual crown forks. This version is the Evil Insurgent LB which boasts 151mm of travel at the rear and 180mm travel RockShox Boxxers up front to turn it to a park bike.
This isn’t some rare custom build, but an off the shelf carbon bike fitted with all the same parts that you would find on one if you were to buy one including SRAM Code RSC brakes, SRAM X01 DH 7-speed transmission, e*thirteen wheels, 27.5in Maxxis tyres and Chromag cockpit.
Once again it’s the rear shock that grabs our attention, this time for being a Push Elven Six coil shock. Push will only supply coil shocks for bikes that they have specifically designed the shock around. Whereas other rear shocks can be bought off the shelf and fitted to anything, the Eleven Six is only for certain bikes and you can’t switch a shock from one model of bike to another and expect it to work. For more info visit the Evil website.
Evil Chamois Hagar
The final bike that caught our attention at the Burgtec Show was the Evil Chamois Hagar. Now, a gravel bike isn’t something that floats my boat, but the Evil isn’t like any gravel bike on the market today.
Instead of taking a road bike and turning it to a gravel bike, Evil has designed the Chamois Hagar to be a true mountain bikers gravel bike complete with aggressive geometry and off-road specific components.
The carbon-framed gravel monster comes with a 66.6° head angle, a number unheard of in the gravel world, while the rear end features aggressively dropped chainstays to reduce the length by as much as possible.
The build features the latest Shimano GRX, gravel-specific, drivetrain, complete with powerful hydraulic brakes, a dropper post and tyres that measure almost 2in wide!
So those are the 4 bikes that very nearly came home with us today, but which one would you choose given the chance? Let us know in the comments section below.
Keep your eyes peeled for more Burgtec news tomorrow.