MTB picks from Core Bike and The Bike Place

Highlights include the new Orange Five, worlds-winning pro bikes, Lapierre, Intense and Hope goodies

This year's Core Bike and The Bike Place trade shows were stacked with fresh mountain bike goodies.

We sought out the most exciting product picks from both events and here they are, below.

Orange Five

The new orange five is new, honestly: the new orange five is new, honestly
The new orange five is new, honestly: the new orange five is new, honestly

Just as evolution has turned monkey into man, so the Orange Five has evolved over the years. Orange showed off the latest incarnation of the species at The Bike Place; it is 10mm longer and half a degree slacker than the previous model, bringing it to 66 degrees with a 150mm travel fork. A new top tube and redesigned dropout promise to bolster stiffness too.

With this spec and bright orange paint, it turned more than a few heads at the show: the basic design may be prehistoric, but this beast is no dinosaur!

Pro title winning bikes

Gee atherton's surprisingly stock gt fury:
Gee atherton's surprisingly stock gt fury:

Gee Atherton’s world champs winning GT Fury starts of our trio of title-winning pro rides.

This bike didn’t sport the red, white and blue that Team GB normally display at the Worlds, as Gee decided at the last minute to ride a smaller frame and longer stem than he had been using for the rest of the year. Form following function: a philosophy that won out for Gee.

Tracy moseley's trek remedy 29:
Tracy moseley's trek remedy 29:

This is Tracy Moseley’s Trek Remedy 29, which she rode to the Enduro World Series overall title last year.

This bike sports the Fox RAD (Racing Applications Development) suspension, including a float X rear shock, rather than Trek’s proprietary DRCV unit.

Manon carpenter's world champs winning saracen myst:
Manon carpenter's world champs winning saracen myst:

And here's Manon Carpenter’s World Championships winning Saracen Myst; team GB colours and all. Check out our video of Manon’s bike here.

Race Face Stash storage vest

The race face stash eases your water and food carrying burden:
The race face stash eases your water and food carrying burden:

Hate wearing a pack? This vest from Race Face incorporates a pouch for a water reservoir (up to one litre) and deep pockets in the back to carry the essentials for a short ride.

New guides from e*thirteen

The new e*thirteen guides are made of noise-reducing polycarbonate:
The new e*thirteen guides are made of noise-reducing polycarbonate:

E*thirteen showed us an updated range of chain guides for 2015. They all feature a new polycarbonate material designed to reduce noise while being resistant to becoming brittle when exposed to solvents.

All three feature a new tool-free locking mechanism to allow easy access to the chain or removal of the crank. They all accommodate 28- to 38-tooth chainrings and the LG1+ and TRS+ come supplied with a range of bash guards to suit your chosen ring (30,34 and 36 tooth).

The LG1+ (£140) features a removable lower idler and is designed for DH duties, while the TRS+ (£80) is aimed at enduro or aggressive trail riders.

Dainese Trail Skins kneepads

Dainese's honeycomb-memory foam pads are ultra thin, but still protective:
Dainese's honeycomb-memory foam pads are ultra thin, but still protective:

These lightweight pads from Dainese are claimed to have the best impact absorption/weight ratio on the market.

The honeycomb / memory foam construction is only 7mm thick, yet it is certified to EN16221-1 standards.

Hope goodies

This santa cruz v10 got the green hope factory treatment – and that seatpost:
This santa cruz v10 got the green hope factory treatment – and that seatpost:

There was plenty of eye-candy in the Hope Booth. Craig Evans’ Santa Cruz v10 was laced with Hope products, including a prototype carbon post.

This prototype 10-speed cassette has a massive 10-40t range:
This prototype 10-speed cassette has a massive 10-40t range:

Also on display was a prototype 10-speed cassette. It has a wide 10-40T range, with nice and even 20 per cent increments between the gears. The largest three are individual anodised aluminium sprockets (similar to the brand’s T-rex cassette extender); the rest is crafted from hardened steel.

The beauty of this is that the steel portion can be used as a seven-speed downhill cassette. To fit a 10-tooth sprocket, a dedicated freehub body is required, as with SRAM cassettes, but a broad and evenly spaced range of gears can be achieved without the extra investment of 11-speed hardware.

HT X1 pedals

HT's x1 pedals combine a massive footprint with clip-in centres:
HT's x1 pedals combine a massive footprint with clip-in centres:

With the help of DH superstar Aaron Gwin, HT developed these pedals to provide a wide platform and easy engagement for clipped-in downhill racing.

They employ a similar mechanism to Shimano pedals, but with a new, longer cleat designed to aid engagement. They are available in a huge range of colours and can be yours for £120.

Leatt Cargo 3.0 hydration pack

Not quite ready for the market, leatt's cargo 3.0 has plenty of features...:
Not quite ready for the market, leatt's cargo 3.0 has plenty of features...:

Still in development, this 10-litre rucksack from Leatt is already crammed with features. Chiefly, it has a laminated battery of thin back-protectors which can be added or removed to suit your needs.

Also, it has a well thought-out smartphone case that clips into the inside of the front pocket and allows the touchscreen to be used without removing the device. Straps are provided to secure full-face or open face lids on the back – perfect for enduro racing.

It does without a waist-belt, but the shoulder straps are very broad, and are pulled together with twin chest straps; the system was described to me as “the bra”. We look forward to trying one on.

UK spec Lapierre Zesty

The zesty features 11-speed xtr...:
The zesty features 11-speed xtr...:

At £5,400, the Lapierre Zesty is intended to offer the ultimate dream-spec zesty for UK riding. Highlights include Shimano XTR 1x11 gearing, XTR brakes and mud-friendly WTB Vigilante tyres. Ooh la la!

Intense Bikes

Shaun palmer's 1996 intense – can't remember which country he's from:
Shaun palmer's 1996 intense – can't remember which country he's from:

Intense brought out a selection of their extensive range, from Shaun Palmer’s famous 1996 World Champs bike, which brought him achingly close to that title, to a prototype downhill bike, which was locked in a cupboard and introduced with the phrase “no pictures”. The little teasers!

Seb Stott

Technical Writer, UK
Seb is a geeky technical writer for BikeRadar, as well as MBUK and What Mountain Bike magazines. Seb's background in experimental physics allows him to pick apart what's really going on with mountain bike components. Years of racing downhill, cross-country and enduro have honed a fast and aggressive riding style, so he can really put gear to the test on the trails, too.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep!
  • Current Bikes: Focus Sam 3.0, Kona Process 111, Specialized Enduro 29 Elite
  • Dream Bike: Mondraker Crafty with Boost 29" wheels, a 160mm fork and offset bushings for maximum slackness.
  • Beer of Choice: Buckfast ('Bucky' for short)
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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