This is definitely our final final slice of Core. A little extra. We look at some products from Purple Harry’s, TSG, Amplifi and DMR.
We were curious enough to stop by the Purple Harry’s stand. A small display but some pretty different looking bike cleaning products. Of particular note was the ‘bike-floss’. Essentially a very long pipe cleaner they are available in three sizes – large, medium and small bristle, and they get to areas of a bike that your hands and fingers just can’t without ripping your knuckles to shreds. Things like chain rings and cassettes should be a doddle to clean with bike floss in your tool box. A fairly inexpensive addition to your cleaning kit and probably a surprisingly useful one. Reusable and £3.99 a pack
Along with the new TSG Advanced Helmet, the brand have now put together a range of MTB clothing, all sitting at very reasonable prices. These are the Duff shorts, with the focus being on downhill these have all the features of a modern short. Surprisingly, sitting at the exact same price is a trouser variant, the Poacher. TSG Duff Shorts £54.99 TSG Poacher Pants £54.99
The new jerseys looked pretty stylish, pictured is the Bikeshirt long sleeve, retailing at £39.99. There are and range of colours as well as a ¾ sleeve version.
TSG Bikeshirt LS Jersey £39.99
TSG Trunk ¾ Jersey £34.99
Amplifi are a new player in the mountain bike world. The had a decent display of protective wear on display. With a strong background in Snow sports they already have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to designing wearable technology. Based in Germany they have incorporated many of their Snow Sport innovations into their new range of Bike Gear.
Their elbow and knee pads come equipped with a new padding called Armougel –
“The material is strain rate sensitive – Think of it as an extra layer of muscle, working with your body to create an active layer of protection for your body. It intelligently adapts its level of shock absorption relative to the amount of impact. When riding, it flows with your body moving with you, and allowing you full freedom of movement – under impact the material reacts, and increases it’s absorption properties. The smart material is used in tandem with a geometric cavity design to double dose the safety factor. The unique S-Cell design builds density exactly where it is required, when it is required” – Amplifi
Try the pads on and they have a distinctive feel. The gel feels like it surrounds and molds immediately to your knee caps and elbow joint without restriction. The two ranges – Joint and Buffer, have different levels of protection – The Buffer providing a softer more comfortable pad designed to prevent minor injuries – bruises and the like whereas the Joint range is a hard-shelled pad which will offer some hefty protection.
Information on their gloves was fairly limited but they have a fairly understated look to them and feature velcro wrist strapping, a pre-curved cut and a noticeably sticky coating on the palm.
Back when we where covering Eurobike 2014, we mentioned that DMR had a re-imagination of some old friends in the pipeline. Sadly, we can’t show you as much as we would have liked, but here it is, what many people have been waiting years for. The new DMR Trailstar.
Built around 275 wheels, the new Trailstar goes back to its roots with an updated feel. Obviously steel, the bike sits with a short back end joined by low and slack angles.
The frame, made from 4130 steel features stealth dropper post rooting, a tapered headtube, available in stealthy black, MetGrey and Matte Black, 2 sizes of Small/Medium and Medium/Large and weighs in at 2.5kg. Price is decent at £399.99
Still in prototype stages, the guys at DMR didn’t want to show off the current frame they have from the factory. But after a bit of tweaking what we see in these images is almost exactly what will be coming to your local bike shop soon.
Bucking the universal trend to mark up prices year on year, Marzocchi have actually dropped their price points on their forks.
380 C2R2 – Were £1499.95 Now £1299.95
55CR – Were £499.95 Now £399.95
350CR – Were £569.95 Now £429.95
380CR – Were £699.95 Now £649.95
350NCR – Were £999.95 Now £849.95
Slope CR – Were £499.95 Now £399.95