Core Bike Show Part 2

Cove Bikes Gabe Fox of Cove Bikes made an appearance at the Core Show and brought with him a nice ne

Cove Bikes
Gabe Fox of Cove Bikes made an appearance at the Core Show and brought with him a nice new Shocker frame, which we promptly took off his hands. Look out for a review soon.
Also of interest was the 4in travel Hooker frame, perfect for 4X duties, dirt jumping and general down the woods thrashing...

RaceFace
As usual, Race Face had loads of nice clobber, both hardware and clothing.
We took a great new zipped hoody straight off the stand to keep us warm in the oversized tent, whilst eating the sweets out of their candy cabinet which also had a few shiny bits in there too...

Intense
Silverfish UK are now the importers of Intense tyres, but with a nice twist.
The super tough casing that took five people to mount a tyre isn't there on the UK tyres instead there's a slightly lighter weight casing, and the same great tread that's dipped in and out of the UK for some time. Expect big things from Intense tyres this year.

Hope Technology
Hope have been working really hard in recent months developing all sorts of luxuries. First up are the custom laser etched brake levers with five fonts available, and all anodised Hope colours. They're perfect for tricking out you steed. New for 2006 is the seatpost and the new wheelsets. Hope haven't yet decided which rims they'll be lacing up to their hubs but they'll be laser etched and you can be sure that at some point custom options will come up...

Marzocchi
We've already previewed the Marzocchi fork range for 2006 in MBUK and will continue to test them throughout the year, but the thing we're still really excited about is the Roco shock. Using a basic shim damping system, the Roco is designed as a DH racing shock. There is no pedalling platform, stable platform or whatever you want to call them. Just shims and oil. It's also been designed so it can be serviced at shops and by handy mechanics. The only tools you need are clamps to hold the shaft to undo the head.
Technical Manager Dan Jones from Windwave explained the whole shock to us, and took one apart in seconds to demonstrate...

Kona/Paligap The Kona boys are always there in force, and they had their really nice range of components on show-perfect upgrades for any Kona owner...
They had cromoly crank arms to fit on Isis bottom brackets, a clean chain guide, chunky flat pedals, and loads of cool looking technical clothing. Lots of Ritchey stuff was on display as well, as was the new addition to the Paligap lifestyle catalogue-Powerballs. Everyone should own a Powerball; essentially a handheld gyroscope that improves hand strength, grip, forearm strength and upper arm/ shoulder movement...

Sombrio
Without a doubt, the Sombrio stuff is the nicest looking kit we've seen to ride in. It's all top-notch kit and looks better than anything else out there. Just check out some of their spring 2006 range.
Get it while it's hot..

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