The first big show of the year is Core Bike show - a trade only show for British distributors to showcase what's new for 2007. Cycling Plus was there to get the lowdown.
There's plenty to look at, from the new Kinesis Racelight range with carbon framesets and Dura Ace Oval finishing kit to the wacky looking Surly Pugsly with massive 8" wide tyres - it'll make quick work of rolling over all those obstacles on your commute!
Hope also enter the seatpost market this year with two new models with two-bolt clamp heads...see all the pics below.
Feast your eyes on all the shiny new kit below.
The Adidas El Moro is an all new multi-purpose shoe, the trainer style sole with chunky grip will appeal to commuters and tourists alike as will the tough uppers. The stylish appearance will be good for everyone else (from Chickens)
Fizik distrubutors Extra UK couldn't wait to show us the new top of the range Arione. The all new K:1 follows the shape of the standard model but it's constructed from a one piece carbon hull bonding to a one piece rail. The rail follows the outer edge of the saddle shape allowing the carbon hull maximum flex. Topside, the K:1 has a super thin gel cover to add a little more comfort. Price was to be confirmed but expect it to be more than the current top Arione (the Carbon) which comes in at £180! (from Extra UK
Windwave showed the latest pannier range from Axiom, the waterproof 28.8 litre or 33.2 litre pairs retail at under £70 and the waterproof bar-bag with a 7.9 litre capacity for £39.95 see windwave.co.uk for more details
BMC showed off the latest Pro Machine, to be ridden in 2007 by Vinokourov, here in its Astana Kahzakstan team colours, its nice we like
Brooks extended their wool range with these two new colours and a long sleeve
Cane Creek had these classic styled brake levers with natural colour hoods - perfect for that retro fixie style
Also from Cinelli and in keeping with the strange naming is the new carbon race bike the ManMachine - It's a full carbon monocoque frameset finished with Cinelli parts and available either as a module (Frame, fork, headset, stem and post) for £1049 or a complete bike equipped with Campag Veloce 10 speed for £1599 (from Chickens)
The legendary Flite saddle (remember when every man and his dog rode these) has been completely redesigned and brought bang up to date by Selle Italia and even though it's changed radically, Selle Italia assured us it feels just as good (and a little lighter) than the original (from Chickens)
British engineers Hope, masters of the disc brake had two brand new seatposts on display with their own design two bolt clamp head with layback. The heads are beautifully sculpted whilst the post is available with either a carbon or aluminium shaft
New from legendary Italian bike builder Cinelli is the bizarrely named 'Cinelli Bootlegger Hoy! Hoy! Rats!' A supercool subtle matt black alu frameset, carbon fork from Columbus (complete with lowrider rack mounts) 700c wheels, low rise bars and a road double chainset drivetrain for a not unreasonable £599 (from Chickens)
Upgrade had the all-new flagship of the Kinesis Racelight range the KR810. This full monocoque carbon frameset (sub 1000g) comes complete with a dedicated fork, headset, and seatpost at under the £1000 mark. The race ready build shown has TRP carbon brakes, full Dura Ace and Oval finishing kit. The sub 1000g-a-pair Reynolds KOM wheelset pushes this to approx £3k. Weight was a very svelte 14.7lb for the complete bike. (From Upgrade)
Oval launched this great new product, it replaces the four bolt clamp on the front of Oval's standard stems and allows Oval's tri bar extensions to be fitted below the stem meaning you don't have to clamp your TT clips on directly to those expensive carbon bars! Also on show were the new R910 Aergo bars. These anatomic bend drops feature internal cable routing and the deepest top flat section we've seen on any bar. The tops are also ergonomically designed to fit your hands and feature Kevlar reinforcement to potentially make a very tough bar indeed and one that weighs in at just 240g (From Upgrade)
Surly have always pushed things further than most and one of our faves from their range the Pugsly was on display, the massive 8" wide tyres and single speed setup means the Pugsly will roll over almost anything
Upgrade are the new distributors of Reynolds composites and the new Reynolds bar was on show - Superlight, a bend that's a cross between a classic and an anatomic, sculpted tops (but not wing shaped). The new sub 300g Reynolds UL fork was also on display in a prototype form, as soon as they are available Cycling Plus will be testing it. Reynolds also showed the first all-carbon Tandem fork we've seen with massively oversized legs and a super deep crown. These still kept the weight down whilst looking super strong. Reynolds also had wheels on show including the KOM (1000g a pair) seen on the Racelight KR810, and the DVC deep carbon wheels which are available in clincher as well as tubular
Ritchey had the new Carbon evo bar on show with its ultra-lightweight classic bend it also features an extended oversized middle section for clip on bars. The bend features a shallower drop than standard bars and sanded no slip sections at the stem and brake hood mounts, it's available in 40-44cm widths with a 84mm reach, the 38 version shortens the reach to 75mm for smaller hands, weight is around the 220g mark
Salsa's new Poco carbon bar shown here with an anatomic bend offers a short 70mm reach in sizes between 36-40cm it's a bar especially for the smaller rider
Time's new VXS was impressive, based around Cycling Plus fave the VXRS (which we tested in our superbikes supplement last summer), the VXS gets slightly revised angles and a reworked frame designed to cope with the demands of Sportives and big miles. The VXS Module (Frame,fork, post, stem, headset) retails for £2099 whilst a complete bike with Centaur and Kysirium Equipe wheels comes in just under the £3k mark (from Chickens)
Weirdest accessory? How about Topeak's inflatable mudguard? Nope we can't work out when that would come in handy either, would make a good lilo for a pet hamster though (from Extra UK)
Willier's new flagship the Cento has a stunning swooping monocoque carbon frameset (which bears some similarity to Specialized's Tarmac) and it's the bike that team Lampre will be aboard this year