Cycle 2008

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Want to check out some new shiny bits?  We visited cycle to see what the 2009 products have to offer.

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Cycle isn’t the most glamorous of shows, its almost just a trail off from the bigger world shows but it still has some interesting products to show off and the smaller UK companies often have a good presence.  So here are a few pictures and words on what I found to be the more interesting of products and news from this years show.

Diamond back

After many drinks in Fort William and a follow up phone call from one party that could remember the conversation, Diamondback recently teamed up with Martyn Ashton to build a new range of bikes for not only trials riders but also branching in to dirt other aspects with Sam Pilgrim’s dirt jump bike which was unveiled at cycle.

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Martyn’s signature model has proven well and has become a benchmark in trials riding.  For this reason Diamondback have kept this very similar with just a few small geometry tweaks, nothings perfect.  A cheaper version of this bike is also in the pipeline making an affordable trials bike that can be easily upgraded.

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Martyn has also brought out a few 24″ trials/dj style bikes.  They might not fall directly in to a genre of riding, but they look great fun to ride.

The DB Bandito (previously tested on sdh) and Lex have stayed almost the same apart from a new lick of paint along with the rest of the DB range that have interesting non-symmetrical designs.

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DB has two big bounce bikes in the XTS range to go along side the gear boxed Sabbath.  The top model has been kitted out as a great UK bike with roadie gearing, light chain device and gravity cranks (also imported by Raleigh).  The bikes also have a new CNC’d linkage which will take the weight down further on both models.  Quad who have been producing brakes for some time now, are now making some wheel sets which are on all the XTS range.

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Raleigh

For the XC in you, Raleigh have brought back the Mtrax range with five full bikes ranging from £550 up to a full carbon £2k bike.  The bikes all have 100mm lockout forks and have been designed as all day fun bikes to ride.

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2 stage bikes

2stage bikes where had a stand with much enthusiasm towards there new bikes having an impact in the UK.  If you haven’t seen these bikes before they follow an interesting design with two air shocks set at two different pressures for the small bumps and big hits.  Its and interesting idea and im keen to get a ride on one and see how well they work compared to the conventional single shock setup.

One of the bikes is equipped with the new Sram Hammer Schmidt.  This is effectively a gearbox for just the chain rings meaning you can get the range of gears to ride to a trail without the problems off a front derailleur not keeping on the chain when riding rougher terrain.  Could this be the move we needed to have a real ‘do it all’ bike?

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www.2stagebikes.com

Yeti

A lot of people have been waiting to see Yeti’s newest arrival as a bike that may be a little more useful in the UK than its bigger brother.  The 303 RDH boasts to be a lot more agile while still having nine inches for those big hits.  Some nice touches on the bike include sag settings on the frame helping with ease of setup and geometry that can be very fine tuned. 

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Bike Box

This bike box could be quite an investment for all flying out to ride bigger mountains.  It’s got some nice features including straps specific to holding in bike parts including mech, helmet and wheels.  Check out the website for more info and a video of the box being dropped out the back of a car.

www.bikeboxalan.co.uk

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Intense

The big Intense bike, not that new, but looking nice in raw with the Manitou revox shock.

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Trek

A lot of hype surrounding the Session 88dh, but is it that special?  It definitely looks nice, as do the smaller bikes.

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Charge

Charge have made a gold plated bike that you can win!  Visit this site for a chance.

www.ilovemybike.co.uk

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KTM

KTM have a new importer and have a massive range of bikes.  I think the DH bikes (Aphex) are a bit bulky looking myself, but we will see how the ride shortly.  There will be a higher spec bike than the one pictured with fox 40’s, dhx5, Deemax wheels etc.

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The Caliber bikes will be a lot more affordable as a good start up bike starting from £1399

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Using anther suspension design the prowlers are also looking great as a bit more an all round trail bike.

Again, for anyone interested in XC bikes, KTM have a massive range which all look stunning.

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Did you know KTM also make radiators?

Shogun

Shogun bikes, ever herd of them?  Well they used to be distributed by that ‘quality’ company falcon, but have now been taken over by the guys that do LandRover bikes and have launched a new range.  None off the bikes are top end bikes but a couple of DJ bikes look like good affordable bikes to upgrade in time.

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Upgrade

Upgrade had a few interesting bits and some news.  Firstly, still in prototype stages is a new DJ bike for the more experienced rider.  This frame is a lot lighter than the rest of the range making those launches that little bit easier.

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Lots off new shiny bits from DMR, bright colours better be in this year!  DMR will also be joining the wide bar frenzy with a 750mm bar.

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Upgrade has now become the UK distributor for Atomlab products.  This brand seems to be a little love or hate, personally I love the stuff mainly due to having a few wheel sets which have lasted me a good 6 years!  They now make a simplistic disc brake with none off those useless extra bits that will snap off or just don’t work.  They also make a gyro version for those bar spinning and trail whip opportunist amongst us.

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A new version of the Trail King pedal is also coming out in 09 with needle bearings getting rid of the problematic bushings and a magnesium lighter version will be available.  If that’s not enough there will also be a limited edition hand machined version!

Continental

Continental have brought out two new DH tyres.  I put some on my bike today and the grip is incredible, they stick so well over roots.  At the moment there are only two tyres in the range, no size or compound options.

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Corsair bikes

Corsair bikes have been in the pipeline for about 3 years and are no ready to hit the market.  These bikes are imported by Windwave who are keen on pushing back to their roots with initiative products in mountain biking. 

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Hope

Hope have made a full bike produced almost completely using just their CNC machines, of which one was at the show working to see parts made.

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The show also had an indoor test track over wooden ramps and dirt with a range of bikes to try.

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Two Atherton’s were along to answer people’s questions and sign a few bits albeit a little broken after the rampage.

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The opportunity to watch a cycle fashion show was also on the cards and demonstrations on bikes and styles of riding were going on all day on the main stage.  Some interesting new products, a lot of new paint jobs but in all was a good show in its new venue at Earls Court.
SDH

 

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