Highlights from the London Bike Show

Action cams from hockey, high-tech retro bikes and more

After scouring the stands at the London Bike Show today, we are reporting to you here with the highlights. We found action cameras developed for ice hockey players, faux-fixie machines with hidden high-tech-ery, and steel-looking bikes that are actually carbon. Read on and scroll through the gallery to see it all.

UHWK action camera

Originally made for ice hockey, the UHWK camera is now ready for bike use
Originally made for ice hockey, the UHWK camera is now ready for bike use

If you’ve been enjoying the ice hockey at the Winter Olympics, and who hasn’t, then the UHWK camera might tickle your fancy.

It was developed to help ice hockey players capture the ‘rough and tumble’ action, but is now available to cyclists. The UHWK is attached to a headband, not unlike one you’ll find on a head torch, and will fit around a lid.

The camera features a 150 degree view
The camera features a 150 degree view

It shoots 1080p video at 30fps, offers 150-degree POV filming and will — probably — withstand an attack with a puck whilst you ride.

Tomir XC

The Tomir is a titanium cross country machine
The Tomir is a titanium cross country machine

Jan-Willem Santnicolaas is the Dutch master who made his name with Van Nicholas titanium bikes. He moved on in 2012 to form J.Guillem but continued to make stunning titanium machines. More usually associated with road bikes, we’re rather taken with this lovely looking Tomir XC.

Titanium on titanium on titanium
Titanium on titanium on titanium

Hackney GT bobble hat

Hackney GT hat keeps you warm and shows your bike love
Hackney GT hat keeps you warm and shows your bike love

Alright, I’ll admit I was still feeling chilly as I wandered around the show so I was drawn to Hackney GT’s bike-themed bobble hat. What’s not to like?

Rose Edelrose Metrea

Rose's Edelrose Metrea is built for urban use
Rose's Edelrose Metrea is built for urban use

The Rose Edelrose Metrea is a funky looking urban machine. Its cowhorn bars mean it’s got a fixie vibe, but they actually house Shimano Metrea shifters. And it’s got a leather Brooks B17 saddle, which is a good thing.

Shimano's Metrea components are on board
Shimano's Metrea components are on board

Favorit

It's not steel under that brilliant blue paint, it's actually carbon
It's not steel under that brilliant blue paint, it's actually carbon

If Favorit is making you think of old Skodas then you’re actually on the right path. The brand is, like the pro peloton’s favourite estate car supplier, a Czech company. 

The F1 Classic isn't quite what you think
The F1 Classic isn't quite what you think

It’s been building bikes since 1922, but is new to the UK. The rather lovely looking F1 Classic appears to be steel, but it’s actually a full carbon machine. We like it.

The chunky stem on Favorit’s urban models contain a dynamo-powered light.

So much angular goodness on Favorit's urban bike
So much angular goodness on Favorit's urban bike

GT Pro Performer 26 BMX

Old-school BMX style combines with 26in wheels for GT's Pro Performer 26
Old-school BMX style combines with 26in wheels for GT's Pro Performer 26

GT’s Pro Performer 26 is a BMX for grown up kids… Inspired by GT’s 1980s freestyle machines and boasting bits that have been lovingly recreated to ape the original bikes we guarantee that many a middle-aged-man-or-woman in Lycra will get their trick nuts in a twist when they see this.

For more check out GT

Presca

Presca claims to make the world's most sustainable kit
Presca claims to make the world's most sustainable kit

Looking for the “world’s most sustainable” cycling kit? Look no further! British brand Presca, based on Teeside, uses recycled plastic bottles for its jerseys and recycled fishing nets for the bottoms. There’s probably a rubbish joke in here somewhere, but it’s late and I’ve got a train to catch.

Find out more at GRN Sportswear

Mach7

Mach7's Gravello is painted by hand
Mach7's Gravello is painted by hand

There were a few new British brands at the show including Mach7. The company’s Gravello and Aeroblade bikes use Taiwanese carbon frames but are rather beautifully hand painted using 14 coats of paints. The work is done in the Silverstone Technology Cluster F1 fans! And the bikes also have an embedded NFC chipset carrying the serial number and bike number for added security. 

This little addition holds the bike's serial number in a microchip
This little addition holds the bike's serial number in a microchip

For more info head over to Mach7

Stanton

Staton's Switch is crafted from steel in Derbyshire
Staton's Switch is crafted from steel in Derbyshire

Another Brit brand, Stanton’s Switch 9er FS is an eye-catching number. Especially to a roadie like me… It’s a 29in Enduro bike made from Reynolds 631 steel and it’s built in Matlock, Derbyshire. That’s good enough for me.

Visit Stanton for more

Factor

The aero Factor O1 features the brand's split down tube
The aero Factor O1 features the brand's split down tube

In 2010 I rode the, then, super techy Beru F1systems Factor001. It was a super-integrated, mind-bogglingly expensive and really bloody stiff machine. Eight years on Factor, as they’re now known, are well established in the provpeloton under AG2R. Sure the bikes are less tech-laden, although the swoony Factor 01 still has a split downtube like the original and lovely TRP direct mount brakes, but along with the Factor 02 we think they’re lovely looking things.

TRP direct mount brakes look the business
TRP direct mount brakes look the business

Visit Factor for more info

Calibre

Calibre's Triple B takes the Bossnut up a notch
Calibre's Triple B takes the Bossnut up a notch

The Triple B is an up-specced version of Calibre’s well regarded Bossnut. It’s got a thru-axle rear end, a 140 RockShox Reba RL fork, a dropper post, i29 rims and a 1x chainset. And, of course, if ye head to your nearest Go Outdoors store armed with your discount card you’ll get money off the RRP. Boom!

For more info head over to Calibre

Tresca

The Tresca is a fine example of making what you want
The Tresca is a fine example of making what you want

You’re a young engineer who loves cycling and wants, but can’t find, a bike that you believe offers the optimum blend of stiffness and comfort so what do you do? You design and build your perfect aluminium machine! That’s what the team behind Tresca have done; this UK-based start-up has so far built just the one bike and was showing it off at the London Bike Show. The initial Tresca model will sell for around £1,500.

Kona

Kona's LTD checks a lot of the adventure road bike boxes
Kona's LTD checks a lot of the adventure road bike boxes

If the minty blue paint job, WTB 650b x 47mm tyres and Reynolds 853 steel tubes of the Kona LTD adventure bike don’t make you even just little bit tingly then I feel for you. There’s just something about this bike that’s calling us.

Reynolds' 853 chromoly is a superb starting point for any gravel frame
Reynolds' 853 chromoly is a superb starting point for any gravel frame

Check out Kona for more info

Rob Spedding

Editor-in-Chief, Cycling Plus, Cycling Plus Magazine
Editor-in-chief Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.
  • Discipline: Road. Mainly commuting but with the occasional mountainous sportive that he'll complain about/fail to complete. Enjoys cake stops. Will never, ever do another triathlon after a bad experience in open water.
  • Preferred Terrain: Gently undulated roads – he's more of a rouleur. Likes gravel.
  • Current Bikes: BMC Alpenchallenge, Viner Perfecta, BMC Granfondo GF0, anything shiny that Warren Rossiter will allow him to ride
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Specialissima, Raleigh Banana
  • Beer of Choice: Innis and Gunn Original
  • Location: Bath, UK

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