Formula's prototype Selva C fork, Hope's Fortus wheels and BMC's new Fourstroke XC race machine

Plus some of the latest kit from Prologo, Kross and more

As one of the first shows of the year where journalists can get their grubby hands on some of the latest kit, we jumped at the opportunity to attend and headed south for some much-needed Italian winter sunshine.

Prologo CPC technology

The lugs are like octopus suckers
The lugs are like octopus suckers

Prologo had some new gloves and saddles on display at the show, which feature an interesting rubberised portion of hollow suckers that, it claims, provide additional grip and vibration absorption over 'standard' surfaces.

Prologo has patented its CPC technology found on both saddles and gloves
Prologo has patented its CPC technology found on both saddles and gloves

This technology is called ‘CPC’ and Prologo is so confident in its ability to perform that it's gone to great lengths to patent it.

The rubber suckers are akin to octopus tentacles and Prologo claims that when compressed they form a small vacuum to create additional grip between the CPC and whatever surface it is in contact with.

The Prologo gloves are minimalistic
The Prologo gloves are minimalistic

CPC is also claimed to aid with rider cooling by increasing airflow and wicking away sweat.

BMC Fourstroke and Trailfox AMP SX bikes

The new BMC Fourstroke looks mean
The new BMC Fourstroke looks mean

With a reputation for having some of the most precisely made bikes on the planet, BMC has gone all out with its brand new Fourstroke XC machine.

With a slacker 67.5-degree head angle and a longer wheelbase (1,180mm, size large), the new model should be more capable than the outgoing bike.

It has an integrated dropper post
It has an integrated dropper post

It's also included an in-built dropper post that offers 80mm of travel. The dropper has two positions, up and down, but the overall height is easily and quickly adjusted like a standard post. The most expensive model in the range is set to retail for €9,999.99.

BMC has also launched a more hardcore version of its Trailfox AMP e-bike, dubbed the SX. It touts a 170mm travel e-bike-specific Fox 36, Shimano’s STEPS E-8000 motor and an XT drivetrain.

I rode BMC's Trailfox AMP SX and it was fun!
I rode BMC's Trailfox AMP SX and it was fun!

I had a quick spin on the bike and can confirm that it’s great fun to ride. Hopefully I’ll be able to test both the Trailfox and Fourstroke in the near future on my local trails.

Formula Selva C coil fork

The Selva C fork will be released in 2019 and uses a coil spring instead of air
The Selva C fork will be released in 2019 and uses a coil spring instead of air

Although the Selva fork isn’t a newcomer to the market, it is jam-packed with impressive technology and unprecedented levels of adjustability and backwards compatibility.

With that in mind, Formula has been hard at work developing a coil sprung version of its popular 35mm stanchioned fork.

It uses the same damping as the other Selva models
It uses the same damping as the other Selva models

Details were fairly scant, but it uses the same damping system as the Selva S and R but changes out the air spring for a coil that comes in soft, medium and hard versions.

The coil spring has adjustable preload
The coil spring has adjustable preload

It’s scheduled for a 2019 launch and Formula confirmed it’ll cost slightly less than the other models, making it the most affordable Selva on sale.

Hope Fortus rims and Evo cranks

Replacing Hope’s popular Tech range of rims, the Fortus has been introduced to bring wider internal widths to Hope’s rim line up. The Fortus rims are available in 23, 26, 30 and 35mm internal widths that cater for a range of riding styles from XC to full-on DH.

Hope's Fortus rims replace its Tech lineup
Hope's Fortus rims replace its Tech lineup

Each internal width is available in 27.5- and 29-inch diameters and the middle two width options are also available in 26-inch. It’s nice to see Hope continuing support for the old-skool wheel size.

They'll come with an array of different coloured stickers
They'll come with an array of different coloured stickers

All of the rim only options are going to cost £90 with full wheelsets built onto Hope Pro 4 hubs, coming in at £425. Hope machine-build the rims but finish them off by hand and are built using readily-available J-bend spokes.

Claimed weights for the 30mm internal width, 27.5 wheelset with Pro 4 hubs is 2,305g. The wheels are due to be released in May 2019.

The Evo cranks are an evolution on its already-popular design
The Evo cranks are an evolution on its already-popular design

As an evolution of its popular cranks, the Evo promises to be lighter and stiffer than the previous model. They’re CNC machined from 7150 aluminium and have a 30mm 7075 alloy axle. They’re available in 165, 170 and 175mm lengths and use Hope’s own bottom bracket.

Kross Level 10.0 bike

Kross's Level 10.0 bike is a budget-beating carbon machine
Kross's Level 10.0 bike is a budget-beating carbon machine

Kross is Poland’s leading bike brand, but has yet to properly break into foreign markets. It's hoping that its €1,500 carbon cross-country bike called the Level 10.0 will help persuade people that it's worthy of consideration.

The bike’s got a host of top-performing parts including a RockShox Recon RL fork, Schwalbe tyres, Shimano SLX and Deore gears, and Shimano brakes.

Alex has been riding bikes since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He first raced back in 2003, winning the Juvenile category on a sketchy hard tail Planet X bike. Alex lived in the Alps for seven years so isn't shy of a climb or two and loves getting out in his bike in all weather. His favorite thing to ride is steep loamy tracks with loads of opportunities to slam the bike into turns and really give it some frame bending welly! He's broken his fair share of frames, so any bike between his knees is going to get a right seeing to.
  • Discipline: DH, Enduro, XC, BMX, Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Epic descents covered in the world's finest loam and hero dirt
  • Current Bikes: Nukeproof Mega 275 / Giant Anthem Advanced 275 1 / LeMond Reno / Deluxe Pro 2 BMX
  • Dream Bike: Giant ATX 1 DH (1999 model)
  • Beer of Choice: Teetotal
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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