Core Bike 2009: New mountain bike clothing and components
By Matthew Cole | Sunday, February 1, 2009 10.00am
There was plenty on offer at the Core Bike show for mountain bike riders including fresh colourways from Fox Racing, some new bits from British company Hope, and other highlights from Selle Italia, Lezyne and Crank Brothers.
Hope had their tried and tested range of wheels, brakes, lights and hubs at the show as well as a few new items including a stem with hinge-fitting system – the one here is a special edition green version.
The company’s Tech M4 brake has been tweaked with a new ambidextrous ‘flip flop’ design lever machined from a single piece of aircraft spec aluminium alloy, a redesigned piston, lever and pivot setup with external reach and bite point adjustment dials.
Other improvements include an updated one-piece CNC machined caliper and a drip-free bleed nipple. They're priced at £170/£175 depending on rotor size.
The £100 Vision One LED Adventure light is based on Hope's Vision One LED light, but the Adventure is more suited to be helmet mounted, as the battery is held in a separate case which can be fixed to your backpack or your bike. It can also be bar-mounted. It pumps out the same 240 lumens as the Vision One, and comes with quick-release handlebar mount, head harness and helmet mount.
Hope have produced a new mountain bike wheelset range for Stan’s tubeless and Mavic users – the Pro 2 and Pro 3. There’s also a new lightweight cross-country wheelset, the Pro 3 SP-XC3, with 24-hole rims, built for racing and performance riding. £385 the pair.
THE Industries unveiled two new limited edition UK-exclusive helmets in both carbon and composite. They’ll be available to buy at £249 and £149 respectively, and I think you’ll agree they look pretty sweet.
Race Face are introducing two new colours for their Atlas freeride cranks, and you may not be surprised that one of them is purple. The other is red.
Fox are rocking some great new colours for 2009 on their Flux cross-country helmet, which – as prices for other kit rise – remains at £70. The Flux is now also available in a new XSS size for mini trail rippers.
The Rampage full face helmet gets a new look too with two new colours, and like the Flux remains at last year’s price, £95.
Fox are introducing a new range of Titan body armour including a very well priced knee and shin guard with clip-on straps for £18 and new padded shorts for £45.
The new Fox jerseys look very motocross, and go well with the new Blitz shorts. The popular range of Incline gloves has a few new colours, as do Fox’s entry level £18 goggles.
And what about the new range of Fox trainers? Gold, bright and bling is the name of the game here.
Selle Italia were rocking their range of Troy Lee saddles with custom graphics including the SLR Spider Phobia, Flite Eye Ball, Yutaak Skulls and Shiver Troy. Prices range from £46.99 for the Shiver Troy to £94.99 for the Flite Eye Ball.
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