The Cycle Show 2014 – Randoms #1

The Cycle Show this year was a little bit better than years past. Still tarmac centric but enough mountain bike content to keep us interested.

We got a sneak peak at Hopes new seat post clamp with it’s incorporated dropper post cable holder which looked pretty cool. We also got a peak at their new direct mount stems.

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Hope are all about the finishing touches and that is exactly what this new product is.

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Hope have put together two new direct mount stems, the most interesting of the two being the above.  Working on a slightly different idea, the new stem has a mounting plate (not pictured) allowing you to move the stem in 10mm reach increments giving 50, 40 and 30mm options.  The idea behind this is that when you get a new bike, or just stem for that matter, you might not yet know exactly what reach is going to be best for you and the bike, so this solves that in one purchase.  On top of this adjustment, there are two reach options on the stem itself including a zero, giving you all the adjustment you could ever need.  Price for this stem will be around £90.

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Pictured on the right is a re-make of the direct mount stem which Hope already have in production.  This differs with a two piece bar clamp giving you extra weight savings.  This will retail at £100.

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Some nice looking kit from Box. Their stems and bars are beautiful looking pieces taking influence from their well tried and tested BMX kit. We saw more of their new kit at Eurobike

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Light technology seemingly improves year on year. We’ll have some 2015 offerings on test soon.

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The power of Beetroot. Emyr Davies swears by the stuff as part of his pre-race rituals. Have his oxygen boosting secrets been uncovered?!

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DMR had some of their new ‘All-Mountain’ kit bolted to their full suspension platform ‘The Bolt’. We’re looking forward to trying their new cranks and wheelset out on our Bolt.


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It’s the small things – We really like this little custom feature on Manon’s Saracen. They used a chopped up Mashguard to support the front WC number plate and give it a more Pro-Look.

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