7 cool things at this year's Cycle Show

Titanium commuters, hydraulic Campag, a bamboo fat bike and more

Bike shows bring a huge variety of brands out of the woodwork. While you’re guaranteed to have some cool stuff on show from the big players, shows often feature dozens of niche brands which also have something interesting to show.

The Cycle Show in Birmingham is no exception on both counts, and we visited to bring you the coolest stuff we could find.

1. Vaaru titanium bike range

The profile is similar to carbon offerings from Niner
The profile is similar to carbon offerings from Niner

We were keen to have a nosey at the Vaaru stand, as the British titanium specialist always has something interesting on show.

Of particular note was the prototype, titanium rigid mountain bike fork which was seen on the front of a V:29 hardtail.

This fork is unlike anything we’ve seen before, using a three-part construction that welds the cast crown to the fork legs with the seams, and is then ground back to create a seamless transition between the different parts.

The ride quality is said to be superb, and though the fork is unlikely to see production, James Beresford – owner of Vaaru Cycles – did hint that the research done here could find its way onto a road bike in the future.

We also liked the look of the Octane 6-4, an aggressive, classically styled race machine. The one on show was SRAM eTap-specific, which made for a very, very clean-looking bike.

We’re looking forward to seeing where Vaaru go in the future.

2. Wilier Superleggera road bike

This Willier caught our eye with its deep, copper colour
This Willier caught our eye with its deep, copper colour

While not a new addition to the Willier line, it was hard not to be distracted by this deeply coloured, copper beauty.

Constructed from Columbus SL tubing and built up with a very classy looking, Campagnolo Athena groupset, this bike was a real head turner.

3. Jura Cycle Clothing

Unsurprisingly, their kit is popular with Eroica riders
Unsurprisingly, their kit is popular with Eroica riders

Jura Cycle Clothing is a one-woman operation, based in Lewes, UK. It produces traditionally-styled merino cycling clothing at an affordable price.

Headed by Claire Pool, Jura does a lot of business catering for the Eroica market, and will customise your jersey for a small upcharge.

4. J. Laverack Ti Super Commuter with Shimano's Metrea H-Bar

J Llaverack was commissioned to create this bike around the Shimano Metrea groupset
J Llaverack was commissioned to create this bike around the Shimano Metrea groupset

We’ve been keen to fiddle with the Shimano Metrea groupset for some time now, and we finally had the opportunity to do so at this year's show.

Shimano commissioned J. Laverack, a UK-based titanium specialist, to produce this super-duper commuter dubbed the Pilot to showcase the new groupset.

The frameset itself is a very clean affair, with the subtly formed top tube and curved seat-stay bridge being the standout highlights for us.

And while we won’t pass judgement on the ergonomics of the handlebars, having not ridden them yet, the riding position certainly looks… interesting. We’re looking forward to weaving through traffic in #fullaero mode in the future.

J. Laverack specialises in fully custom bikes, but it will be offering the Pilot as a stock model.

5. Canyon Commuter 5.0

This Canyon Urban 5.0 commuter caught our eye
This Canyon Urban 5.0 commuter caught our eye

While we’re on the subject of super commuters, this hybrid from Canyon really caught our eye with its belt drive, internal gear hub and integrated dynamo lighting.

At the time of writing, the bike is currently on sale from the German direct-sale specialists for £969 which is an extraordinarily good price given the amount of relatively niche tech that’s been crammed into this urban beast.

6. Campagnolo hydraulic groupset

Though details about the new Campagnolo hydro groupset are thin on the ground, it's been a regular sight over the last few months. Stop teasing us, Campy!
Though details about the new Campagnolo hydro groupset are thin on the ground, it's been a regular sight over the last few months. Stop teasing us, Campy!

Campagnolo has clearly decided that its new, unreleased hydro disc groupset is so good, it didn’t even have to show the driveside of the Ridley Fenix SL disc it was fitted to.

Though details of this hotly-anticipated groupset are scarce on the ground, we’ll keep showing you photos of the "ooh, shiny" goodness at every opportunity we get, and hopefully it won’t be long until it lands in the grubby mitts of our resident testers.

7. Brooks helmets

Only Brooks would cover a helmet with tweed, and we like it
Only Brooks would cover a helmet with tweed, and we like it

Have you ever worried that your helmet doesn’t quite match your hunting attire? Fret no longer as Brooks has released its Carrera Foldable helmet, covered in a handsome herringbone tweed.

Whilst the tweed is unlikely to improve the aerodynamic properties of the helmet, you can at least feel less uncomfortable the next time you ride your mechanical horse to the blacksmith/farriers/farmers' market/other oldey-timey event.

And finally...

No words...
No words...
We also saw this: an electric, bamboo fat bike. Sure, why not?

The Cycle Show runs until the 25th of September, 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham. For more info head to www.cycleshow.co.uk.

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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