Core Bike 2010: Mountain bike round-up

Bike, bags and limited edition gear

We brought you a load of product news from the UK's Core Bike Show at the start of the month – see the related articles on the right. Here's a round-up of some of the other mountain bike kit that caught our eye.

THE Industries

THE are producing a limited edition version of their popular The One full-face helmet to help raise funds for paralysed BMX star Stephen Murray.

The design features the logo of Murray's clothing brand, Stay Strong, which was set up to give him a creative outlet and generate some income for his family, plus a blue band, like the charity bracelet worn by his supporters.

An unspecified percentage of the profits will go to the Stephen Murray Family Fund. The carbon helmets should be available in May via THE dealers and http://staystrong.co.uk. Price TBC.

Lezyne

Lezyne are best known for their tools and pumps, but they also have a range of four hydration packs, ranging in price from the £39.99 Firebreak to the £94.99 Great Divide.

Lezyne adroit hydration pack:
Lezyne adroit hydration pack:

The Adroit bag pictured here costs £79.99, including a 3l bladder, and includes a removable spine plate, straps for leg/arm armour, a removable waist belt with pockets, a 'media pocket' for mp3 players and plenty of internal organisation. They're available in the UK through Upgrade.

Lezyne's more expensive hydration packs come with removable aluminium spine protectors:
Lezyne's more expensive hydration packs come with removable aluminium spine protectors:

e*thirteen

E*Thirteen are bringing out a limited edition 'Rocket Red' version of their SRS+ chainguard. It's available in a choice of sizes – 36 or 40T – for £129 from UK distributors Silverfish.

Limited edition e*thirteen bashguard:
Limited edition e*thirteen bashguard:

Identiti

As well as their new full-suspension frame, Identiti were showing off their Persona 'fixed gear freestyle' frame, which should be available from next month. A fixie, in a mountain bike round-up? Well, this is no lightweight road machine.

The company's aim was to produce "a strong but not excessively heavy frame that can handle today’s progressive riding". It displays a clear BMX and mountain bike influence, and is made from double-butted TAF chromoly.

Identiti persona: identiti persona
Identiti persona: identiti persona

Features include a sloping top tube, down tube box gusset and Taper-Lock CNC-machined dropouts. Identiti say: "We’ve tweaked the classic fixie frame geometry to provide a little more space up front for bar spins, etc."

The frame will cost around £275 including headset and seatclamp. It'll come with a sticker sheet in a choice of three colours – Matte Black, Metallic Orange or Chrome Plate – and in three sizes. Claimed weight is 2.305kg (5.1lb). The Persona will also be available as a complete bike, including Identiti FFX fork and Halo wheels.

DMR

DMR had BikeRadar Live star Sam Reynolds' jump bike on display, complete with carbon Reynolds wheels, as used in his December training video.

Sam reynolds' dirt jump bike:
Sam reynolds' dirt jump bike:

CW has been riding mountain bikes for more than two decades now. He's the first to admit he's not the fittest or most skilful rider on the hill, but that doesn't stop him sweating up the climbs to have a blast on the downhills.
  • Discipline: MTB, commuting
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains and flowing singletrack
  • Current Bikes: Whyte T-129 S SCR, Stanton Sherpa 853, Pinnacle Dolomite 6
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston Old Peculier
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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