With the BikeRadar team back from Eurobike 2007 now begins the gargantuan task of going through the Terra Bites of images. It's easy to be dazzled by a show with so much on offer but here's a quick preview with more to come.
Hoping to satiate your appetite with a bit of a Ti taster, a dash of aluminium and a tiny bit of carbon, here's what took our fancy
Merlin Work 4.0
Merlin always turns up a show stopper and the Ti guys certainly have a way of standing above their common carbon rivals. The new Works 4.0 is their take on the ultimate XC bike. Built around Merlin's durable MTS 3Al/2.5V titanium front triangle with an ICT four bar linkage, licensed from Ellsworth, doing the do at the rear. The ICT rear is a proven suspension system. Married to a titanium front, Merlin could well be right in claiming the Works 4.0 to be the ultimate suspension bike. Merlin Metal Works for further details.
Litespeed were in the same Ti corner as Merlin and what a corner it was. Meet the 4.3lb (1985g/medium) Sewanee XC race and marathon full suspension frame. Developed from the desires of Geoff Kabush US XC National Champ, although he's Canadian (also famed for his sideburns), Litespeed say they have improved on a bike they said they couldn't.
The Sewanee will be available in two flavours a Long Stroke and Short Stroke models depending on your riding. This one picture was dripping with top end race kit: Tune kit, carbon chainrings, carbon saddle and a Stan's Olympic wheelset. The frame alone will cost $3600, we can only imagine the total for the complete bike with that level of kit. Litespeed for further details
Ibis Mojo SL
We can't let titanium take all the lime light. One of the most desirable carbon frames of previous shows was the Ibis Mojo. Ibis now have a lighter SL (Super Light) version of the original Mojo. With anodized DW-Links and a plain matt finish the SL looks great and has a claimed weight of under 22lbs. Ibis squeezed 1/2 lbs out of the original Mojo frame. The plain carbon look is actually coated in the same material that protects carbon ice hockey sticks. The rubberized coating is a harder wearing and protects the underlying carbon.
Interestingly one weight saving is at the bottom bracket. Note the absence of an alloy BB sleeve. Instead the bearings are simple placed into the shell, not pressed. Even more interesting is that Ibis are using a system developed by Shimano. Are we seeing the birth of a new bottom bracket bearing standard here? Ibis Cycles.
Update from Ibis 26/09/2007:
"For your information we made samples and tested the press fit BB standard shown in the photo, but have decided to stay with a conventional alloy threaded BB shell since crankset availability for the new standard is limited and we did not get the expected weight savings. So the Mojo SL frames will have a threaded alloy bb."
And now the turn of aluminium and the return of an old classic. The Zaskar is hardily new, it's actually its 20th anniversary in 2008. To mark the occasion GT are going to make a limited run of 500 frames, the one pictured is number 002.
If you're not into the retro thing how about the Zaskar Carbon Team, we've given you an inset of the triple triangle just as a little teaser, more to follow later. For further details see GT.
Mongoose Canaan Team
Very close to the GT stand, Pacific Cycles own Monggose and GT, was the new Canaan Team bike. We're a fan of the Mongoose FreeDrive suspension system and the 100mm on offer here with full race kit looks like a winner for race day. The Canaan Team comes with Fox F100RLC 100mm forks, No Tubes ZTR Olympic Tubeless wheelset, Avid Juicy Ultimate's and SRAM Noir Team cranks.
There's an extended ladies women's range also. The women's Team Cali Elite being one of our favourites. Check out Mongoose.